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Old 03-01-2011, 08:09 PM   #11
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While doing a wheelie, I toggled through the trip computer and found it was consuming something-I-don't-remember km per liter. It was Greek to me, so I neglected to remember.

That said, BMW claims better fuel mileage than the K1300GT, a bike that averaged 38.3 mpg under our heavy hands during our 2009 Sport-Touring Shootout. So, under more humane use, I'd guess the K16 should average about 40 mpg.
I regularly get 42 mpg on my K1300GT and sometimes a little more if I'm not riding it like I stole it.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:06 AM   #12
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Tex Johnson strikes again! I'm sure that wheelie photo is going to wind up on somebody's PC at BMW.

A very comprehensive review, and not all sweetness and light, either. That video clip of the bike taking off and the sound it made was excellent!
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The band was provided to remind us we were in South Africa in case we forgot about the the 40-hour airline trip.
No wonder you looked like you just burned a bong load in the video.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:34 AM   #14
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Nice write-up, KD!

You sure make the bike look big in those pictures!
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:07 AM   #15
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Tex Johnson strikes again! I'm sure that wheelie photo is going to wind up on somebody's PC at BMW.

A very comprehensive review, and not all sweetness and light, either. That video clip of the bike taking off and the sound it made was excellent!
Thx, MtB. The K16 sound is sweeeeet, and it's even a bit louder on the GT version. I constantly rode at least one gear lower than optimum so I could hear it sing. Should be even better fitted with the Akropovic cans you can order from BMW!
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:56 AM   #16
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Thx, MtB. The K16 sound is sweeeeet, and it's even a bit louder on the GT version. I constantly rode at least one gear lower than optimum so I could hear it sing. Should be even better fitted with the Akropovic cans you can order from BMW!
One thing that is notable about the "new" BMW is they have really added sound to the equation.

My GT is much more aggressive sounding than any previous BMW I have ridden.
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:25 PM   #17
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Great review. Large backsided passengers need not apply, evidently. This is as it should be of course. Perhaps BMW truly is shooting for a different target market than the typical Gold Wing crowd. "Sorry honey, I would love to take you on that long trip, but you need to lose 40 pounds first so you fit on the back seat". Brilliant!

All kidding aside, that bike looks awesome, sounds sweet indeed and the bottoms in my household all fit. Hmm...
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:48 PM   #18
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Great review. Large backsided passengers need not apply, evidently. This is as it should be of course. Perhaps BMW truly is shooting for a different target market than the typical Gold Wing crowd. "Sorry honey, I would love to take you on that long trip, but you need to lose 40 pounds first so you fit on the back seat". Brilliant!

All kidding aside, that bike looks awesome, sounds sweet indeed and the bottoms in my household all fit. Hmm...
I've been around enough BMW riders to know that PLUS sizes are the norm.

The average BMW passenger won't even notice the seat issue.
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Great review. Large backsided passengers need not apply, evidently. This is as it should be of course. Perhaps BMW truly is shooting for a different target market than the typical Gold Wing crowd. "Sorry honey, I would love to take you on that long trip, but you need to lose 40 pounds first so you fit on the back seat". Brilliant!

All kidding aside, that bike looks awesome, sounds sweet indeed and the bottoms in my household all fit. Hmm...
If the price doesn't frighten you, I doubt you'd be disappointed.
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Give it 10 years of depreciation and I will get back to you on that price thing.

It really is a fortunate confluence going on. I figure in another 8 years or so I will want something kinder and squishier than the FZ1, and the depreciation curve on this kind of bike will intersect the bodily degeneration curve, oh, right around 2018 or so
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