BMW Motorrad has launched its touring range of motorcycles in India. This flagship range of heavyweight includes four models, the R 1250 RT, the K 1600 B, the K 1600 GTL and the K 1600 Grand America. Prices for touring range start from Rs. 23.95 lakh for R1250 RT, and go to Rs. 33 lakh (Ex-Showroom) for the top of the line K 1600 Grand America.
The BMW R 1250 RT is powered by the well-known 1,254 cc twin-cylinder boxer engine, which powers the legendary R 1250 GS. Power output is 134 hp at 7,750 rpm and the engine produces 143 Nm of torque at 6,250 rpm. This pushes the 279kg Tourer to 100km/h from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds. The updated R 1250 RT now has a new front fairing and full LED headlight. As you'd expect, the Luxury Tourer comes loaded with technology, and this includes a large 10.25-inch HD TFT color display with navigation and smartphone connectivity, speaker system, BMW ShiftCam variable camshaft control, wireless smartphone charger and USB charging port, radar guided active cruise control, keyless entry, heated grips & seats, and more.
The Tourer is offered in four color options, Style Triple Black, Style Sport (Blue), Alpine White and Option 719 Mineral White Metallic With Stripes. The R 1250 RT also has 70 liters of onboard storage as standard, making it an ideal touring machine right out of the box, with no accessories required. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels and was designed with road riding in mind, unlike its motor sister, the R 1250 GS, an adventure bike.
BMW K 1600 Series
The BMW K 1600 series is Bavaria's leading motorcycle series and has three models: the K 1600 B (K 1600 Bagger), K 1600 GTL and the top-of-the-line K 1600 Grand America. The motorcycles are powered by a 1,649 cc straight-six engine, which remains the only straight-six engine in production motorcycles now available. Output is huge as expected, with 158hp at 6750rpm and a whopping 180Nm of torque at 5250rpm.
BMW K 1600 B
The K 1600 B is the most affordable motorcycle in the 1600 trio, priced at Rs. 29.90 lakh (Ex-showroom). The motorcycle has an elongated Bagger body and has many features that justify its high price. Apart from the equipment already offered on the R 1250 RT, the K 1600 B also features a 2.0 sound system, floor boards to rest your feet when cruising down the road and even floor lighting to make it stand out. The motorcycle is available in two color options, Style Exclusive (Dark brownish green) and Blackstorm Metallic.
BMW K 1600 GTL
In addition to the already luxurious K 1600 B, the BMW K 1600 GTL has a large backrest, which means that two people can go on a long cruise on this motorcycle in complete comfort and luxury. The rear seat back also has integrated storage, bringing the bike's total storage capacity to 113 litres, compared to 66 liters on the K 1600 B. The rear section of the bike also has a different design. The bike is available in two variants and three color options: Style Exclusive (blue metallic), Black Storm Metallic and Option 719 Mineral White Metallic With Stripes, which is similar to the finish offered on the R 1250 RT.
BMW K 1600 Great America
The BMW K 1600 Grand America has all the bells and whistles you could dream of in a mobile motorcycle. The bike builds on and expands on everything offered on the K 1600 B. The most noticeable changes are to the rear of the K 1600 Grand America, where the top box is a different unit than the K 1600 GTL which it also provides a backrest for the rear seat. The design is more in keeping with the K 1600 B than the K 1600 GTL, and this is basically the K 1600 B with the top box and rear seat back.
The K 1600 Grand America's topcase gets integrated speakers for the pillion and a USB charging socket.
In addition to the different design, the top case now also houses the racer's built-in speakers and a USB charging jack. The taillights are also located in the top box along with the beams, unlike the K 1600 GTL where the taillight is located in the body of the motorcycle. The K 1600 Grand America is offered in the same two color options as the K 1600 B, including Style Exclusive (dark green) and Blackstorm Metallic.