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#995962 - 09/02/17 08:01 AM Re: Saw A K1600B Friday [Re: moshe_levy]
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Originally Posted By: moshe_levy
BMW thinks they can get a little sliver of the American bagger market by (insert my sarcasm) appealing to folks who obviously have no interest in power and performance by emphasizing the power and performance of the K1600B.

-MKL


Interesting observations, Moshe. H-D and Goldwing are both cults, so the jury is indeed out.

Emphasising power and performance of the K1600B would be the last thing I would do as a BMW dealer (I understand that the K1600B is electronically limited to 125 mph, which it achieves in 4th gear).
I would be emphasising bodywork and mechanical design, refinement, smoothness and sophistication - but maybe only some of these attributes would appeal to the H-D rider on his "iron horse" smirk .

Perhaps you could inform this "limey" how big the market is for baggers compared to the more traditional Bobber, Softtail, Fat Boy etc

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#995963 - 09/02/17 08:03 AM Re: Saw A K1600B Friday [Re: AZgman]
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Originally Posted By: AZgman
Definitely an F6B clone


From an appearance point of view, I would be amazed if it was anything else.

The cleverest and most interesting styling for me was the Victory Vision. I don't think the F6B or K1600B are interesting, though they look sparkly and attractive in the brochures.


Edited by John Bentall (09/02/17 08:10 AM)
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#995965 - 09/02/17 11:53 AM Re: Saw A K1600B Friday [Re: TheOtherLee]
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Originally Posted By: TheOtherLee
Anyone besides me think of the Honda F6B?




The spoiler on the bags and the rear seat look pretty close to each other.
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#995976 - 09/02/17 02:02 PM Re: Saw A K1600B Friday [Re: moshe_levy]
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Originally Posted By: moshe_levy
I think that the marketing decision is more interesting than the motorcycle itself. BMW thinks they can get a little sliver of the American bagger market by (insert my sarcasm) appealing to folks who obviously have no interest in power and performance by emphasizing the power and performance of the K1600B.


-MKL


yet on the two Harley forums I frequent it gets no mention, well it got mention when announced and was quickly forgotten. six cylinders do great in an Accord, especially with all that plastic

if BMW marketing wasn't staffed by halfwits it would have been built on the R1200, either the LC or R9T engine.


Edited by CommuterChris (09/02/17 02:03 PM)

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#995994 - 09/02/17 09:42 PM Re: Saw A K1600B Friday [Re: Hank R1200RT]
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I like this K1600B. Didn't think I would, but when I saw on it I felt very comfortable, I could ride it all day in total comfort. My RT was the last bike I immediately felt at home on when I first sat on it.
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#995995 - 09/02/17 10:10 PM Re: Saw A K1600B Friday [Re: Hank R1200RT]
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On another forum it was mentioned that the bags won't hold a full face helmet? If true, it seems like BMW missed something that would be important to Beemer riders.
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#996003 - 09/02/17 11:18 PM Re: Saw A K1600B Friday [Re: Bud]
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I saw that somewhere, might have been a magazine review?. Without a test fit, I'm considering that an open question. If the shape is wrong, but the space is still in the 32 liter and up category, I don't think it is a real issue. I cannot fit my XXL C3 in my '06 RT bag without opening the chin bar, so I doubt a helmet with a fixed bar would fit.


Helmet goes in the top box anyway, and if I'm travelling the bags are full of other stuff and the cable lock comes out.

The market for this bike is concerned with style more than function. Functional types will go for the GT or GTL.



Edited by lkraus (09/02/17 11:23 PM)
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#997189 - 09/18/17 12:47 PM Re: Saw A K1600B Friday [Re: Hank R1200RT]
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I don't know. I think alot of you guys are being a bit harsh. It may not be your bag. But, I sat on one for a while the other day. And, for someone like me that is vertically challenged coming off of an '05 RT (which I love), it is definitely a bike to think about.

Of course I haven't test driven it yet. But, from the reviews that I have read, it seems very favorable in both handling and performance. I'd probably want to change out the windshield.

A couple of issues that I can see that will need to be addressed will be:

1) No back box - I think that is being resolved
2) I use a drivers back rest. Doesn't seem like a way to install one.
3) Crash bars?

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#997220 - 09/18/17 05:52 PM Re: Saw A K1600B Friday [Re: rglassma]
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Originally Posted By: rglassma
I don't know. I think alot of you guys are being a bit harsh. It may not be your bag. But, I sat on one for a while the other day. And, for someone like me that is vertically challenged coming off of an '05 RT (which I love), it is definitely a bike to think about.


what is vertically challenged? how much inseam is that?

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#997286 - 09/19/17 12:45 PM Re: Saw A K1600B Friday [Re: Hank R1200RT]
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My local dealer has sold more than a couple since their introduction. Luckily for me one was to an owner of a sweet 2016 RT with low miles that i now own.
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