2018 BMW K1600B First Ride Review

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By John Burns

2018 BMW K1600B

Editor Score: 93.0%

Engine 19.5/20
Suspension/Handling 14.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.5/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.5/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 9.5/10
Overall Score 93/100

What’s a “bagger” anyway? I may not have been aware of the term as it applies to motorcycles until I saw a copy of Baggers on the newsstand, back when we had those (newsstands). They really were the rage there for a while and maybe still are. I mean, what’s better for the average Joe America Motorcyclist than a hot-rod Harley with integrated hard bags to transport your stuff in? A bike with a windshield you can go places on but still be cool, man. Especially if you can crank up a little Molly Hatchet en route. Hot mamas in bikinis will be lining up to pose on your bike for photography.

Baggers were really for people at the the opposite socioeconomic end of the BMW crowd, but any niche that can support its own publications cannot be ignored. Harley-Davidson‘s Street Glide isn’t just a bagger, it’s also possibly the biggest selling big bike in America. Hence the K1600B. BMW never uses the word “bagger,” but I think one look is all we need to know what the B stands for here. Roland Sands helped build the Concept 101 a couple years ago to float the idea. Now, we ride the finished product.

The rear end is about 2.8 inches lower than the other Ks, but we only lost 10mm wheel travel, front and rear, compared to the GT and GTL. The new bags hold 37 liters each.

The 101 in Concept 101 is how many cubic inches there are in 1649 cubic centimeters, and it’s that amazing, bodice-ripping inline-Six that makes this Bagger so unique. Not only does an inline-Six offer …read more

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