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    Best years with less issues on the K1600GT/GTL?

    Put this in the motorrad section with no responses, so lets try here where it belongs

    Thinking of grabbing a K1600 as a second bike for touring.

    Many years have had various issues, which years had less or no issues over others? Looking for members knowledge of this model

    On the K1600FB page, I'm getting 2011, 2012's seem to be more reliable, and other consensus is 2016/2017 have improvements over earlier versions but after 2017, it's mostly cosmetic changes.


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    Booger Man boogerman's Avatar
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    Get the newest one that’s in your budget range. 2014 up most of the bugs were worked out of big K. I had a 2013 and the only problem I had was the switch cluster which BMW took care of. Starting in 2017 BMW started to make some improvements.I how have a 2018 . It has some body work changes ,hill hold, reverse & shift assist which is really slick. The 18+ BMW remapped the throttle response which some hate. You can spend $700 to retune it if you want. I can live the standard throttle. The 2011/2012 had some teething problems and a few had broken rings.I would go with 14 and up. There are some good deals on pre-owned K’s. Look on the K1600 forum as there is a lot more info on that site. Great bike to ride and tour on. Good luck!

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    Hands down, the '16 is the best year followed closely by the '15. The '17 and newer have a detuned throttle. Low mileage '16 are going for $13-$14k.

    Duane
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