2006 BMW K 1200 GT
Sun, Sedona and a New Beemer.
Considering this bike will probably be heavily loaded with gear, many people may chose the low seat which is listed as a no-charge option.
I found the seat to be comfortable, but one or two other journalists commented that they thought the seat was too soft and eventually became uncomfortable. I countered that sentiment with the logic that any motorcycle manufacturer has to design something like the saddle to accommodate a huge array of rider physiques and that there has to be a point at which someone will be unhappy.
As I mentioned above, the 2006 K 1200 GT made reviewing a motorcycle just about as easy as it gets. With few, if any trouble spots, this latest sport touring machine to hit the market will certainly have BMW loyalists as happy as ever and much of the competition scrambling in the future. With a base price of $18,800 the GT doesn't come cheap and the price may prove to be a hindrance to total market domination as long as the FJR remains under $16,000 and continues to build a following. Nevertheless, this K bike offers refinement and quality yet to be rivaled in the sport touring world. And that's something that has made BMW motorcycles a favorite the world over.
|Notes and observations|
A separate control switch for the passenger's heated seat is located between it and the rear top case/luggage rack. This should undoubtedly give passengers a greater sense of independence and help them to enjoy the ride even more. Many wives and girlfriends would appreciate that feature.
For 2007, the GT will have the TPM or Tire Pressure Control system as an option. Pressure and temperature data will be monitored "via battery-powered radio sensors on the wheel", according to press materials. A warning light will be displayed on the "Info-Flat-Screen" should the pressure be well below normal
BMW uses a single-wire system (SWS) with CAN-bus technology. As they say, "It is only natural for a modern BMW motorcycle to feature a modern data bus network connecting the machine's electrical and electronic components with digital information now being transmitted through one, single wire."
Perhaps sedate by some standards, the bodywork is simple and yet exudes quality. No vibrations or rattles were present.
Although listed as an option, a gray seat is available as well as two side-cover color options in either Granite Gray Metallic or Dark Slate Metallic. All are available at no extra charge.
|** Specifications Courtesy of BMW **|
BMW K 1200 GT - MSRP: $18,800
Includes freight and PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection).
|*Claimed* Output bhp at||152 at 9,500 rpm|
|*Claimed* Torque lb-ft at||96 at 7,750 rpm|
|No of cylinders||4|
|Compression ratio/fuel grade||13:1, Premium|
|Valves per Cylinder||4|
|Engine Management System||BMS-K|
|Battery V/AH||12/19 maintenance free|
|Headlights W||Low 1xH7 (55), High 2xH7 (55)|
|Clutch||Multi-plate oil bath clutch / Hydraulic|
|Gear ratios||I - 2.52:1|
II - 1.84:1
III - 1.46:1
IV - 1.29:1
V - 1.14:1
VI - 1.02:1
|Rear wheel Drive||Driveshaft|
|Suspension and Running Gear|
|Frame||Composite aluminum frame|
|Front wheel suspension||BMW Duolever|
|Rear wheel suspension||BMW EVO Paralever|
|Spring Travel front/rear mm||115/135|
|Wheel Base mm||1.571|
|Handlebar centre point angle||60.6°|
|Brakes Front / Rear||Double disc floating 12.6 inch dia, Single disc fixed 11.6 inch dia.|
|Wheels||Cast aluminum wheels|
|Tires Front / Rear||120/70 ZR 17, 180/55 ZR 17|
|Length, overall mm/inch||2.318/91.3|
|Width, overall mm/inch||968/38|
|Handlebar width mm/inch||795/31.3|
|Seat height mm/inch||820/840 or 800/820 (32.3/33 or 31.5/32.3)|
|*Claimed* Weight, empty, with full tank kg/lbs||282/622|
|Max permissible weight kg/lbs||520/1147|
|Fuel tank l/gal||24/6.3|
|Fuel consumption 90 km/h (56 mph) in l/(m/gal)||4.8/48|
|Fuel consumption 120 km/h (75 mph) in l/(m/gal)||5.8/40|
|*Claimed* Acc.: 0-100 km/h/0-62(mph) s||3.1|
|*Claimed* Top speed km/h (mph)||200 (125) plus|
|Dark Graphite Metallic (946), black seat|
|Crystal Gray Metallic (989), black seat|
|Deep Blue Metallic (997), black seat|