Beemer brings its six-banger expertise and sense for the luxurious together in the K 1600 GT. It packs a whopping 160 horsepower onto a sled that benefits from dynamic suspension and ABS to name but a few of the comfort- and safety-oriented features. This highly-anticipated machine has been widely touted by the factory as having been built specifically for touring American roads, and as we all know, touring here means something entirely different than it does in Europe. Today I want to put this new Beemer head-to-head with another major import that is already entrenched in the battle for a slice of the non-American American tourbikes — the Gold Wing F6B from Honda . How will they stack up once the smoke has cleared?
Right off the bat, I see some very definite similarities in the overall look of these rides. Everything looks well-planned out with nothing of “afterthought” features cobbled on, and this leaves me with a certain confidence in the vehicle as a whole. Up front we have wind-tunnel-tested fairings that provide a sizable “air pocket” for the rider while offering up ample protection from wind and weather, well, as much protection as one can reasonably expect on a motorcycle anyway.
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