It’s Here! The BMW K1600B “Bagger” Has Been Unveiled!
After Months Of Speculation, The BMW K1600B Bagger Has Finally Arrived!
Updated August 15, 2018
It has finally happened: BMW has unveiled the K1600B Bagger. Ever since we first saw the concept back in 2015, we’ve been wondering if this beast would ever go into production. Although the concept drawings and prototype model were given universal praise, we weren’t convinced that BMW would actually follow through and give the K1600 the bagger treatment that it deserved. In fact, we were expecting that BMW would – at best – add a few extras and bolt on accessories for the existing K1600. Luckily, BMW didn’t do what we expected, they did what we wanted. Here it is: the 2017 BMW K1600B Bagger, a special model built specifically for the North American market.
First seen back in 2015 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the first shots of the bagger really resonated with our audience here, but after that we didn’t really hear any more from BMW. Now, it seems like the latest addition to the K16 range is exactly what we’ve hoped for: featuring the very same chassis and engine as the rest of the family, this 160 hp bagger is set to win fans in the sports touring and cruiser segments.
So, we’ve got that tried and tested 160 hp and 175Nm motor, teamed up with fly by wire technology, and wrapped up in some seriously sensual bodywork. The K1600B comes strikes a powerful silhouette, with a “front heavy” aggressive stance. From the curvaceous front end, the bike slims down towards the rear before the practical side cases come in to play. The bags have been designed for easy luggage storage and come with integrated lights and sit in pride of place above the BMW K1600B’s chromed plated silencers. The rear fender has been cleverly designed to fold away, for an easy rear wheel removal when the time comes.
Naturally, since the 1600cc machine is such a behemoth, it comes with some very useful features. The first is electronically controlled Dynamic ESA suspension, which is fully automated when the BMW is in “road” mode. There’s also a “cruise” mode for absolute riding comfort. To make long distance touring even more painless, the BMW K1600B comes with the usual wind deflectors and a cool, electronically adjustable windscreen.
Of course, there are plenty of optional extras too. BMW have made “Reverse Assist” as an optional boon, because manhandling such a big bike can be a bit of a pain. They’ve also added a “Shift Assistant Pro” extra, for trouble free, clutchless shifting up and down through the gears. The optional “Intelligent Emergency Call” function is also a worthy upgrade, because you never know what’s going to happen on the road…
It’s almost certain that BMW will add a full catalog of additional accessories but you’ll have to get in touch with your local dealer to find out the specifics. It’s BMW after all, so they’ll have thought of everything, from electronic aids and practicalities, to a full line of riding apparel, no doubt.
At the moment, we’ve got no word on price. As far as we know, this is a North American only model. But we reckon that the Europeans will want in on the action, and it will no doubt become a European option too.