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    K1600's any frame differences

    My current ride is a 2015 F800R, I'm contemplating going to one of the K1600's but was curious if the frame was the same on all the models (B, GT, GTL). I like the look of the "B", however, I don't want to trade off handling performance of a GT. Essentially, are the bikes the same (B, GT, GL) and just the the cosmetic's change on each model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by h2onutz View Post
    My current ride is a 2015 F800R, I'm contemplating going to one of the K1600's but was curious if the frame was the same on all the models (B, GT, GTL). I like the look of the "B", however, I don't want to trade off handling performance of a GT. Essentially, are the bikes the same (B, GT, GL) and just the the cosmetic's change on each model?
    Pretty much the same so far as the running gear goes. B and GTL wheelbase exactly the same. Different rear sub-frame (for passenger seat) on the B.

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    Welcome to the fourm.

    Can't say about the B as I have not seen one yet.
    As for the GT and the GTL the riding positions are a little different.
    I'm not sure if the frames are different to achieve the different riding positions.
    The GT is a little more sport bike style seating then the GTL.
    Just gonna have to throw your leg over them.
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    The seats and handle bars are different between the GT and the GTL.
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    Also the foot pegs. Small differences in ride modes and suspension settings. Some say you ride on a GT and in a GTL.
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    Thanks

    Thanks everyone for your input, as Story (respondent) said "I guess I'll just have to throw a leg over them to see the difference" (the only negative with that, is that I might go home with a new ride).

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    Quote Originally Posted by h2onutz View Post
    Thanks everyone for your input, as Story (respondent) said "I guess I'll just have to throw a leg over them to see the difference" (the only negative with that, is that I might go home with a new ride).
    That's the whole point isn't it.
    As Sandra B said in Blind Side. If you don't love it in the store, you won't like it when you get it home.
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    They use the same:
    Frame - 46518388730
    Wheel carrier - 31448548027 (since 01/2010)
    Swing arm - 33358561749
    K48 (K 1600 GT, K 1600 GTL)   (09/2015 06/2017)
    K61 (K 1600 Bagger)   (01/2017 06/2017)

    Front-end uses all the same major components including the strut but has a bit less travel and different castor so there are some differences.

    The rear strut is unique but the linkage etc., is the same.

    So different rear strut/shock and rear sub-frame and slightly different castor and front end travel, which is all to be expected.
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