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BMW Bagger B: Big-six goes Bigger and Better

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SUPER SUPER-TOURER: 120kW is a lot of meat to fit between a biker’s ankles but then the 2017 BMW Bagger B is a lot of touring motorcycle.  Image: BMW Motorrad / Newspress USA

WOODCLFF LAKE, New Jersey – BMW Motorrad USA has at last announced the US price for the “much-anticipated” K1600 B, the BMW bagger developed for the American biking market.

Sales target? “American riders who love the great open American roads,” BMW US says. The price? Five bucks short of $20 000 – or the equivalent of about R252 000.

The giant bike is based on technology from the six-cylinder BMW tourers the K1600 GT and GTL, but the K1600 B, its maker says, “has a spectacular backward-sloping linear design with a specifically engineered rear section to reflect the characteristics of a grand American tourer”.

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NO LANE-SPLITTING WITH THIS GUY: ..but then why would you need to, given that the BMW Bagger is built for America’s wide-open roads. Image: BMW Motorrad / Newspress USA

“This not only makes the Bagger appear low-lying and slender,” BMW Motorrad says, “but also, thanks to the new rear frame, significantly reduces the height of the passenger seat.

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As with the K1600 GT/GTL, the Bagger’s 1649cc in-line six-cylinder engine produces 120kW and comes standard with three riding modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic), traction control, cornering-optimised ABS, heatable seats and handgrips, power adjustable windshield, cruise control, multifunction display with trip data computer, and electronic suspension adjustment with “Road” and “Cruise” damping modes.

Reverse gear, hill-start assistance, adaptive headlight and footboards are extra-cost options.

Like other Motorrad products, the K1600 B price list includes option packages:

Safety package: Adaptive headlight, tire pressure monitor (TPM), and Hill Start Control
Comfort package: Central locking, anti-theft alarm, keyless start and diode auxiliary lights
Touring Package: Reverse gear, GPS preparation and audio system with radio, Sirius XM, and Bluetooth.

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SWEEPING STYLING: Bigger is better with a BMW Bagger B.  Image: BMW Motorrad / Newspress USA

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