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Day two was much smoother, and we rode mostly along serpentine roads. Despite its land-barge proportions, the K1600 is the best-handling touring bike platform out there. Although it weighs in at a claimed 336 kg wet (14 kg lighter than the GTL), it has a remarkably rigid chassis and rolls on supersport-sized 17-inch tires (120/70 front; 190/55 rear). When the ESA suspension is set to the firmer Road mode (Cruise mode is softer) the bike rails through high-speed corners completely unperturbed. Ample cornering clearance is available, allowing for a very spirited pace, though this isn’t a point-and-shoot sport bike, something I was reminded of by the smell of hot brakes after one particularly enthusiastic run through a set of twisties.
The new i3’s styling has been given a modest makeover. It’s an evolutionary upgrade on the last car, with just a few tweaks to freshen up the face of the vehicle.
The new model has sharper design lines compared to the current BMW F800GS, and the latest set of spy shots reveal three different variants – with different levels of equipment, while sharing the same engine, chassis and cycle parts. A base model is expected, as well as a mid-range one and a top-of-the-line variant. While the base model gets a standard rear shock, the mid-range and top-end trims gets BMW’s semi-active suspension, called the Dynamic ESA. The mid-range and top-end variants are also expected to get three power modes – Road, Rain and Dynamic, with adjustability available on the go.
The seat height is 35 inches (an optional low seat from BMW can move that down over two inches), so this is an off-road machine for experienced riders, or those with very long inseams.
“There’s still this perception that being a motor mechanic, being a vehicle motorbody repairer, automotive electrician, specialist brake person are the sort of ‘dirty’ or ‘grease-monkey’ type jobs and they are very far from that these days,” Mr Dudley says.
Not only was the engine changed, but the original six-speed manual gearbox had to make way for a five-speed ZF automatic to turn the Z8 into a more comfortable hardtop cruiser. Other changes included installing bigger 20-inch wheels shod in low-profile Michelin tires and a softer suspension setup. There were also some tweaks inside, like an individually numbered plaque, blue instrument cluster dials, different upholstery stitching, and an extra dial showing the gear position.
Pour club soda directly on stainless steel countertops, ranges, and sinks. Wipe with a soft cloth, rinse with warm water, and wipe dry. To clean porcelain fixtures, simply pour club soda over them and wipe with a soft cloth. There’s no need for soap or rinsing, and the soda will not mar the finish. Give the inside of your refrigerator a good cleaning with a weak solution of club soda and a little bit of salt.
21. The boundaries of the Bagger category have been expanded by the 2018 BMW K 1600 B. In a segment largely occupied by American V-twins , the futuristic K 1600 B offers a riding experience that is far more refined and performance minded. That can easily be seen when first tipping into a tight set of canyon corners, where the K bike feels perfectly at home. The K 1600 B’s nimble nature, electronic aids, and powerful engine give it a decidedly different take on the bagger experience. Still low slung and blacked out, the 2018 BMW K 1600 B is a motorcycle well suited to just about any environment.
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