Even though I have not test rode one YET, my dream bike is the K1600GTL. I do have a few questions before I consider buying or even test riding one.
I hear it has a traction control option. What is the price of that option and does anybody here have any comments on how well it works?
I recently fell from my 1971 BMW R75/5 when it lost traction in a place in Pacifica, CA where I was slowly accelerating from a stop sign.
In fact that place was right here:
I am not sure, but I think I was riding on the new black pavement, coming from where the stop sign is seen in the photo. I don't think I rode on the metal strip that outlines the manhole cover, but that was very close to where the bike shot out from under my legs, leaving me on the ground. I only suffered very minor injuries, which isn't bad for a 62 year old. I was able to ride the bike back home, but I now have a leaky valve cover on the right side. The bike does have crash bars, so that helped and the leaky valve cover was the only damage to the bike.
Another question I have is about the brake. Did I hear that the front brake lever is linked to the rear brake, but the rear brake pedal is only the rear brake? I like that idea as that should really hold the bike when up hll, stopped with both feet on the ground. That will be handy for San Francisco style hills (some are a 31.5 % grade).
And what's the approximate price out the door when the K1600GTL includes traction control and every option possible?
-Don- Reno, NV