BMW tastefully updates its six-cylinder-powered K 1600 platform. We test rode its bagger variation in the K 1600 B.

BMW tastefully updates its six-cylinder-powered K 1600 platform. We test rode its bagger variation in the K 1600 B. (Jeff Allen/)

We appreciate the K 1600 B’s long and low stance. It’s certainly more attractive without the GTL’s top case.

We appreciate the K 1600 B’s long and low stance. It’s certainly more attractive without the GTL’s top case. (Jeff Allen/)

BMW’s inline-six is easily one of the finest engines in motorcycling. It happily purrs at lower rpm yet provides a wild rush of acceleration at high rpm.

BMW’s inline-six is easily one of the finest engines in motorcycling. It happily purrs at lower rpm yet provides a wild rush of acceleration at high rpm. (Jeff Allen/)

Motorcycle riders who cover serious distances will value the K 1600 B’s posh cockpit. Its generous 7-gallon fuel tank is another nice plus.

Motorcycle riders who cover serious distances will value the K 1600 B’s posh cockpit. Its generous 7-gallon fuel tank is another nice plus. (Jeff Allen/)

The K 1600 B’s broad front fairing and electronically adjustable windscreen do a marvelous job of shielding the rider from dirty air. Clever deflectors on either side of the fairing channel air into the cabin during warm-weather rides.

The K 1600 B’s broad front fairing and electronically adjustable windscreen do a marvelous job of shielding the rider from dirty air. Clever deflectors on either side of the fairing channel air into the cabin during warm-weather rides. (Jeff Allen/)

If you’re into logging miles, the K 1600 B’s cockpit is the place to be. It’s quiet, cozy, and loaded with creature comforts.

If you’re into logging miles, the K 1600 B’s cockpit is the place to be. It’s quiet, cozy, and loaded with creature comforts. (Jeff Allen/)

The K 1600 B is especially attractive when viewed from the rear three-quarter angle. We love its giant swept pipes that emit a pleasing exhaust note from the 1,649cc inline-six.

The K 1600 B is especially attractive when viewed from the rear three-quarter angle. We love its giant swept pipes that emit a pleasing exhaust note from the 1,649cc inline-six. (Jeff Allen/)

The K 1600 platform employs a giant 10.25-inch color TFT screen. The display is sharp and easy to read day or night. We appreciate the consistent BMW font and menu navigation.

The K 1600 platform employs a giant 10.25-inch color TFT screen. The display is sharp and easy to read day or night. We appreciate the consistent BMW font and menu navigation. (Jeff Allen/)

BMW’s signature multi-wheel control returns and makes menu navigation easy. The K 1600 B also features an electronic reverse which is handy for getting out of tight parking spots.

BMW’s signature multi-wheel control returns and makes menu navigation easy. The K 1600 B also features an electronic reverse which is handy for getting out of tight parking spots. (Jeff Allen/)

Each lockable hard case is capable of swallowing nearly 9 gallons of cargo. The optional electronic central locking feature is another handy touch.

Each lockable hard case is capable of swallowing nearly 9 gallons of cargo. The optional electronic central locking feature is another handy touch. (Jeff Allen/)

More sport-inclined riders will appreciate the sharper, more traditional chassis response of BMW’s K 1600 B versus bikes like Honda’s Gold Wing.

More sport-inclined riders will appreciate the sharper, more traditional chassis response of BMW’s K 1600 B versus bikes like Honda’s Gold Wing. (Jeff Allen/)
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