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This is BMW’s new beast It can unleash 160bhp It weighs 350kg on a full tank Its 6-cylinder engine roars like a wild animal It would take an exceptional rider to tame this monster A man with exceptional abilities Mentally prepared to face the worst… Damn! You’re giving me a Hollywood-style intro for the K1600 Bagger! It’s not a sports bike, it’s just for a gentle ride! I need to go and change. I’m starting to get fed up with working with artists. On paper, the new K1600 Bagger certainly seems a little terrifying. Reading the technical specs, it looks like BMW have been overdoing it on the steroids. Almost 2.5m long, with a big 1650cc 6-cylinder engine, a huge 26.5 litre fuel tank and a generally hefty demeanour all round. Having created such an imposing machine, the German mark was wise enough to fit it with a reverse gear. But don’t be misled: although the K16B has the vital statistics of a sumo wrestler, it has the speed of a sprinter. 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, and 0 to 130km/h in 4.8, it can rival much sportier bikes. Well yeah, as well as a beefy 6-cylinder engine, the 1,618mm wheelbase and the bike’s weight mean that you can give the throttle a good twist without worrying about flipping it over. OK, it looks like I wasn’t entirely wrong to be a little wary about the numbers. The K1600 B is not the easiest bike to handle. After all, it weighs 330kg. And also, a small weakness of the bike is the throttle control. There is a slight delay, which is quite annoying if you want to ride at low speeds. However, its great strength is its look. This bike really does look fantastic. BMW didn’t need to look far for a great design they lifted much of what Rolland Sands had done with his Concept 101 Just over 20 years ago, the famous American bike designer created an outstanding bagger based on the K1600 GT. It was presented at the Villa d’Este elegance contest in Italy and prioritised the use of quality materials like brushed aluminium, carbon or even wood. It is worth noting that the large front wheel is one of the rare differences between the concept bike and the standard version. For a bit of background, 101 refers to the long road which crosses California from North to South, and it is almost the size of the K1600’s engine converted to cubic inches. Although some parts have changed, like the lower seat, the wider handlebars or the shorter electric windshield the overall shape of the B version is unmistakably similar to the K16 GT. Check out the lowered rear frame and the altered positioning of the luggage bags. To really emphasise the Bagger look, BMW is even offering optional advanced footrests. And as always with BMW, the list of other options is as long as your arm: keyless ignition, dynamic ESA suspension, shifter pro for going up and down the gears, an audio system, adaptive cornering light and much more besides. The only issue is that the added extras ramp up the price: €28,100 for our test model. Another quibble is the monotone black colour scheme. It is elegant, but for a bike which is supposed to be fun, it kind of kills the mood. Once you climb on board, this beast becomes rather pleasant to ride. With the flexibility of the engine and the luxuriant surroundings, you feel like you are riding a padded almost quilted machine. The 6-cylinder engine doesn’t cause any vibrations, the suspension effectively cushions the bumps, and nothing comes between you and the road ahead. Although there is a Cruise mode for the suspension, it should only be used for straight roads because the hydraulics become quite loose and the bike moves around quite a bit in the turns. Raise the electric windshield, stick on the cruise control, turn up the radio and the DNA of the K16 B GT model starts to appear. If you should ever get the urge to travel, it is certainly possible with this Bavarian Bagger. Hang on, we’ve been talking about Baggers all this time, but what does it actually mean? That’s right, perhaps some of you don’t know what Bagger means. Well let’s explain…. Basically, a bagger is a custom bike with a bigger front end, and a pair of luggage bags. The shape generally goes from high to low, echoing the streamline design look. On the market, there are a few European manufacturers which make them, like the K16 B, the Honda F6B or the Moto Guzzi MGX 21. But of course, most of them are American, whether they’re Indians or Harley Davidsons To see whether the BMW really is a Bagger at heart, we got hold of the Bagger par excellence, the HD Road Glide. Hey my friend, have you seen my lovely new Road Glide? Why are you talking like that? Because it’s an American bike Will you be doing that for the whole video?
Of course! OK, let’s go, at least I won’t be able to hear you speak! A few miles is all you need to realise that these 2 bikes are completely different from each other. Whatever feature you compare, the differences are staggeringly clear. Comfort-wise, while the rider feels pampered on the BMW, the same cannot be said for the Harley. Although the riding position isn’t too bad, the rear shock absorbers give your bones a good shaking at the slightest bump. Also, despite its weight, which you need to bear in mind, the K16B proves itself to be good under braking and has decent road holding. In comparison, the Road Glide quickly reminds you of its low ground clearance and the weak brakes mean that you always need to brake earlier than usual. Finally, it’s hard to compare the big rocker-arm twin engine on the Harley with the inline 6-cylinder on the BMW In terms of flexibility, the 107 doesn’t do a bad job, but it struggles at higher revs. The BMW engine, on the other hand, excels in every situation and lets out some wonderfully musical sounds too. As for judging the true spirit of the bike, what better way than to take them out for a ride! So here we are on the Harley Road Glide which sets the benchmark when it comes to Baggers. It’s a pretty hefty bike, with high bull horn handlebars and a very low seat. As a result, you sit low down on the bike, with your feet out in front These bikes are all about smooth riding. With a big 107 cubic inches offering a decent amount of torque, plenty of flexibility and, quite honestly, this engine lets you ride along just feathering the throttle. That means the bike sets off with just a few revs, and you can stay like that for a short while, before giving it another squeeze and moving forward a bit more. However, it is lacking a bit of character. In my view, as is often the case with Harley engines, they are quite restricted when it comes to the exhaust. It needs a bit of simple tuning to really unleash the potential of this big twin engine and get a much nicer popping sound Moving from the HD to the BMW, the question is: “is it really a bagger ? In terms of the riding position, you have to say: no, not really. It’s more like a traditional bike. Obviously, it has a lower seat than the K16 GT, the handlebars are different, but it is still completely different from a bagger. The foot rests are further forward, to give you a feet first position, but it just isn’t an American-style bagger. And to be honest, you try the feet first position for a couple of seconds and then you just go back to the normal position It’s nice, it’s got some go in it, but is it really a Bagger at heart? Again, it’s debateable, the flexibility of the engine allows you to ride gently. However, it’s easy to get tempted on this bike and give the throttle a good squeeze. You soon find yourself wanting to give it some welly and make the most of the power which starts to unleash around 5,000 revs. When it kicks in, it’s pretty impressive So, although it has a name and a look with all the classic hallmarks, is the new K1600 B a true Bagger or just a stripped-back GT version? Now that is the question! OK Michaël, so you tested the Moto Guzzi MGX 21, you tried out most of Harley’s 2018 models, is the K1600 B really a Bagger? Quite honestly, having ridden it, it is a great bike. The engine is excellent, it holds the road well, and it’s very well-equipped. There’s nothing more to say. As for whether it is a real Bagger, I don’t think so. BMW hasn’t gone all out. Here for example, the foot rests are optional, but they haven’t put the selector or the brake on them, so you hardly ever use them. And then there’s the six-cylinder engine. It always urges you to give it some welly, to go flat out, which is not what Bagger’s are about.” In fact, among the journalists at MJ, you’re the only one with an engineering degree. In other words, you’re the only one with a brain. Tell us a bit about this incredible 6-cylinder engine. The inline-six is a unique engine. It has the best balance and you can really appreciate it on the motorway, there is no vibration at all The individual cylinders are quite small, so the revs jump pretty quickly. It has plenty of torque: between 2,000 and 7,000 revs there’s more than 13mkg. It’s powerful, it sounds amazing, it’s like a Ferrari. Honestly, it has everything going for it apart from the weight, which makes it quite a heavy engine.” Although the BMW has plenty of strengths, there is one which particularly impressed us: the engine, with its incredible inline 6 cylinders. The engine alone is a knockout selling point for all the versions of the K1600. As for this B version, we were a little disappointed. BMW chose to go in this direction, but it failed to go all the way with the concept. But that should only be a problem for those looking for a real Bagger. Anyone else will simply find an excellent bike which can really rack up the miles. After the K1600 B, Aurélien is going home on another wild machine. A machine which has a monstrous amount of power With a terrifying roar!! A mysterious machine which…! Have you finished messing around with your Hollywood intros!! It’s my scooter, it’s a load of crap! It’s even got bird shit on it! We liked The wonderful six-cylinder engine
The bike’s agility despite its weight The comprehensive list of features
The finishing touches We didn’t like
The throttle control at start-up The monotone black colour scheme
Stationary manoeuvres

97 thoughts on “Test BMW K1600 Bagger : Une MOTO monstrueuse ? – Moto Journal (ENG. SUB)

  1. Mouais, sur le papier, ça a l'air bien, et dès qu'on roule 10m avec on sait qu'on est sur un gros scooter, par la position, le bruit (néant) du moteur, l'absence de sensation… On roule vite, tout est techniquement bien, mais concrètement, il ne se passe rien, pas de sensation. Gros point d'interrogation : c'est quoi ce truc ??… Bien décevant !! C'est là que l'on voit l'objectivité des médias (qui roulent toute l'année en moto, donc qui doivent bien se rendre compte que ce truc est "de la m….de") mais qui encensent quand même sans arrêt la 1200 RT ou la K 1600, alors que ce ne sont pas des motos, mais de gros gadgets roulants…
    Le bonheur de rouler sur ma ZZR 1400 ou ma Street Glide après : on tourne la poignée, ça avance ! Aaaaah !!! Voilà, ça gronde, ça vibre, ça pousse, ça prend de l'angle (oui, même la Harley, elles ont changé !) : ça c'est de la moto… Pas ce "truc" allemand pour automobiliste qui veut jouer au motard !

  2. Et si on parlait fiabilité ? Plusieurs motards ( il suffit de chercher un peut ) on quitté des pan euro pan de chez honda , et ont vite revendu cette daube bardée d'électronique pas fiable pour revenir à la marque Japonaise .

  3. Le nouveau journaliste c'est Grand Corps Malade ou quoi ? Cette voix caverneuse des entrailles de la terre o_O Bonne vidéo MJ, comme d'hab ! Continuez comme ça 🙂

  4. De pire en pire !!!!! 350 kg 28000euro,des options et de l'électronique de partout…….Vive les anciennes qui nous procurent des sensations ! En plus c'est moche

  5. Chacun son point de vue, mais pour moi, Harley c'est Harley, quitte à acheter une moto comme ça, autant prendre Harley, mtnt, chacun ses goûts !

  6. La vidéo est moins scénarisée et se concentre plus sur les machines, c'est vachement mieux.
    Et puis les commentaires en roulant, sans fioritures, objectifs, c'est beaucoup beaucoup mieux.
    Continuez dans cette lancée, c'est plus agréable à regarder.

  7. Merde alors!!! Aurélien aimerais peut-être aussi les américaines😜
    À quand un essai un peu Sauvage d'une harley stage1 À fin de prouver qu'il n'y a pas que les quatre cylindres tu peux me procurer des sensations?

  8. C'est vraiment choquant qu'il puisse y avoir un délai de réponse à l'accélération ou décélération sur une bécane à 28000 euros.
    Même une bécane entrée de gamme n'a pas ce type de défauts.

  9. Superbe reportage Aurélien. En plus, c'est une superbe idée de comparer la BM avec HD.  
    Vous ne parlez pas de la marche arrière sur la BM ! elle n'avait pas l'option ?

  10. Elle est vraiment moche, ils lui ont juste retiré l'arrière. je trouve ça réussi sur la gold mais là non.
    Par contre pour l'avoir essayer et avoir ouvert comme un porc, ce moteur c'est une tuerie, quand tu ouvres en grand sur les premiers rapport le bruit est magique.

  11. Excellent la qualité audio du micro, pas de grésillement, de bruit de vente même visière ouverte.. (même si la bulle doit bien protéger).
    Vraiment excellent!! Vous avez utilisé quoi comme micro ?

  12. Une ligne d échappement remus une couleur plus sympas que noir genre Orange et gris et sa petera déjà un peux plus sinon belle bécane

  13. hahahaha je savais pas que vous tourniez si près de chez moi alors le chatean de Folin il en jette n'est ce pas. Faudrait faire signe la prochaine fois que vous passez en bourgogne

  14. C'est pas un bagger, mais si vous voulez un vrai 6 cylindres d'homme, c'est ça qu'il faut essayer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7IAqs9zCZo

    😉 Bonheur assuré !

  15. pour moi qui ai la chance de vivre aux USA et ayant piloter aussi en France la difference ce fait sur les routes, en France a part les autoroutes il n,y a pas comme en CA de longue route ou la tu fait 400 Km sans stop la on apprecie beaucoup et c'est la aussi que l'on ce rend compte que la position de conduit et importante

  16. Le 6 Cylindres en ligne est le moteur le plus équilibré et la séquence d'allumage permet d'éviter l'auto-combustion du mélange air-essence. Franchement, une réussite ce type de moteur et chapeau à BMW pour l'avoir rendu si compact sur une moto.

  17. Alors perso j'aime pas Harley ni bm d'ailleurs mais vous me faites bien rire de critiquer la garde au sol de la Harley alors que vous arracher presque les repose pied de la bm a chaque virage …. Ça pue le parti pris ….

  18. Reportage bien cool comme d'habitude. Drôles et précis.
    C'est sympa de les regarder.

    Merci.

  19. C’est quoi tout ces névrosés ,qui font des commentaires à la con parce qu’il ne pourront jamais s’en payer une…

  20. Je n'ajouterai qu'une chose :

    L'Aprilia atlantic n'est pas une grosse daube ! C'est un super scoot au confort royal et il a un appetit d'oiseau comparé à la BM.
    Merci.

  21. You boys all need to learn yourselves to speak Merican. None of that fancy ass your- a- peon babble, no sir. I can't understand a damn thing you're tryin' to say! Mercy.

  22. All French people should realize: Harley Davidson are garbage motorcycles. Weak brakes. Weak engine. Weak suspension. Weak culture. Weak sauce everywhere. In this video very little performance comparison between the BMW and HD. The reviewers know; there is no comparison; the BMW runs circles around the HD slug.

  23. il faut que l on arrete de faire des machines puissantes 80kms sur route 130 sur autoroute avec ce genre de machine on s endort comme les sportives dont je possede on arrive a la maison et on regarde le courrier pour voir si il y a une amende celui qui n a pas depassé la vitesse autorisé me jette la premiere pierre surtout en moto cela me rappelle les kits pour les mobylettes on a les droit de les vendre mais pas de s en servir a part sur circuit ou pratiquement personne ne vas

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