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2023 Author: Nicholas Abramson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 02:44
In an industry in which all manufacturers seem to chase each other prey to fashions, from time to time a model arrives that breaks with the established and becomes a kind of cult object based on a bet different from everything. seen to date, both in its brand and in the market in general.
This is the case of the BMW K 1600 B, a motorcycle that we have already been able to test, conceived taking as a starting point very specific basic concepts: satisfying the American public and doing it with its own interpretation wrapped in a quality brand of the German house.
BMW K 1600 B, the American style interpreted from Europe
For the development of the BMW K 1600 B in Munich, they have focused on the design as a fundamental part, and they have succeeded
Before we get down to business, the first thing to do is define what a bagger style motorcycle. These are road-style models with four key hallmarks: a low front that rises above the front wheel, a downward line to an even lower and sharper rear, a comfortable stance and rear panniers integrated into the model's own bodywork.
We must also credit BMW Motorrad for the move knowing that in our market it will be a really difficult model to see. In Spain, only 8,437 motorcycles with a displacement of more than 993 cubic centimeters were sold in 2016, of which 993 correspond to the large cruiser segment. Within these, the bagger style sold amount to a few concise 102 units (10% of cruisers), mostly Harley-Davidson and some Indian (Springfield or Chieftain).
On the other hand, in the United States the taste for large baggers has more and more followers, which together with a warm reception of the BMW K 1600 GT and GTL on the other side of the pond and an increase in sales in this segment in the markets. from the old continent has led the Bavarian brand to dare to interpret this niche based on its large six-cylinder road bikes.
Thus, when we introduce ourselves to the new K 1600 B we get a a great surprise. The new model from the Munich factory impresses with its proportions. Until now we knew first-hand that his close relatives sport an imposing appearance, very large, but the B variant exaggerates his figure and thanks to a noticeably cropped height he appears much longer.
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