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    Dress for fall & avoid it AlanColes's Avatar
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    I suspect Tim has hit the nail on the head.

    The K1600GTL is a completely different beast and market segment than the K1600B. The introduction of the B might put some pressure on the K1600GT, but not on the K1600GTL. BMW have been agressively expanding their product line around the edges. First with the Scooters (Urban Mobility) and the S lineup, then with the R nineT variants (Heritage) followed by the entry-level G310. The K1600B is merely an extension of that marketing initiative which has been all around the edges, not within the BMW core lineup (long-term GS, R, K models).
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    Sat on new 1600-B @ Daytona Bike Week. You can hammer throttle & shift w/o clutch, and I like the black cases. But I need the trunk for storage when touring. Wouldn't trade my GTLE for it.Prototype.jpg
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    The B is for Me!

    I am constantly amazed at uncontrolled passion surrounding people's likes/dislikes when it comes to motorcycles. Several of the posts in this thread are quite frankly embarrassing. Why does it matter sooo much if you see a bike you don't like? Perhaps it is the machismo oozing out. Anyway congrats to BMW for making the B. I bet my next paycheck ( not much to brag about) that it will be a hit. It may have a similar appearance to the F6, but it has so much more to offer. The low seating and COG. The reverse option and the that wonderful engine.
    As far as the GT is concerned, If it is the answer to all things motorcycle, then why are the warehouses full of them? I can't see any similarities between the C1200 and the B. I could be just as wrong as the next guy about future sales, but I promise not to slam everything out there that I don't like, such as the GS, the GT the R1200RS everything Harley, The Victory Vision, the Goldwing etc etc. etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MICHAELDJOHNSON View Post
    I am constantly amazed at uncontrolled passion surrounding people's likes/dislikes when it comes to motorcycles.
    Agreed, completely senseless and annoying. Not sure what people think they are achieving.

    I'm going to have a look at the B model. The front end styling is still far from my tastes but BMW has done a great job on the rear end. I'd love to own a 6 cylinder motorcycle but the Goldwing and it's derivatives leave me cold. I'm guardedly optimistic that the 6 cylinder has some "character" and is not just a more frenetic inline four. If so, I may be riding off on my first BMW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalel View Post
    Sat on new 1600-B @ Daytona Bike Week. You can hammer throttle & shift w/o clutch, and I like the black cases. But I need the trunk for storage when touring. Wouldn't trade my GTLE for it.Prototype.jpg

    Hi Dale, would you mind telling me how tall you are? I'm thinking about looking at the B, but at 5'6" Beemers have normally been too tall for me. I have osteoarthritis in both knees, not bad enough to be looking at Canams yet, but I cannot tippy toe bikes around anymore.

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    I like it. If I had a spare $20,000 laying around, it might be a possibility.

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    But, I ain't got $20,000 laying around, so I ain't gotta worry about. But in about 10 years when it it lists for maybe $6,000 I can buy in. I'll only be 74. Perfect timing.

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    Not to worry, time flies, 2027 will be here before Ya know it. 10 years is probably about the time I need to finish my Classic Bavarian Bagger project. Then I'll have 2 Classic Bavarian Baggers.

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