BMW K1600GTL vs. Honda GL1800 Gold Wing MC Comparo — Motorcyclist Magazine

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It’s Day — or so the billboards around Tenneessee keep reminding us and here we are just beginning our of the all-new BMW K1600GTL and Honda’s updated GL1800. We’ve waiting years for the Germans to the old K1200LT, and now that we finally the new challenger and the Gold Wing on the together, the last thing we is an apocalypse!

But so far, the only event in Tellico Plains to be the appearance of our freshly minted My test mate is Brent a former Motorcyclist staffer who ago traded Southern California for the pace of the Southeast. And who can blame

This smattering of mountains, together by famous roads the Tail of the Dragon, Moonshiner 28, and Cherohala Skyway, is the Eden of in the USA.

The group of riders outside Tellico Motorcycle is like a pack of wild descending on a couple of rabbits as we up. Both of these long-haul are powered by silky-smooth, strong-like-bull A sexier motorcycle engine does not exist, which is why it matter that they’re fat suits.

Their torquey will quicken your the moment you goose the throttle.

From its sleek, electrically windshield to its meaty upswept the K1600GTL’s styling conveys The L stands for luxury, but this is not about sit-back-and-relax comfort.

its sleek, electrically controlled to its meaty upswept exhaust, the

The Gold Wing’s horizontally six has been in production for just a decade, and remains virtually Age, however, has hardly the Honda engine feeling in the tooth, though it could be that the new BMW mill has sharper, more compact teeth-24 of to be exact, compared to the Gold 12. And the number of valves per cylinder is the beginning of the K1600’s high-tech

It’s the lightest, most inline-six ever mass-produced for a than an inch wider the four-cylinder K1300GT it replaces. for the inherently self-balancing 1649cc six is rpm, but everything from rpm to cut-off is fair game in any This means you can hit freeway in. rst, loft the front in third or throttle smoothly a rolling stop in sixth.

delivery is brilliant, and the sound of the is pure … appeal- unfortunately not from the saddle, it’s barely audible.

New lines for the Gold Wing’s and saddle-bags lighten the bike’s heft, especially the fairing which are capped with circular badges that strikingly Bavarian.

New lines for the Wing’s fairing and saddle-bags the bike’s visual heft,

The Gold Wing’s 1832cc is no slouch either, delivering consistent torque throughout the rev which tops out at 8000 The combination of intake and exhaust not sound as wicked as the BMW’s, but the GL sound delicious, and it’s not for off in of power. One thing both of luxury-touring flagships have in is they’re stinkin’ fast!

is something people often about the Gold Wing, if they’ve never ridden It’s an anomaly: a wolf in clothing. Another shared is smooth yet Ginsu-sharp throttle

The only hiccup here is the E-gas throttle-by-wire EFI creates minor hesitation at low rpm and small openings, and also causes the rpm to hang for a split-second when you the throttle abruptly. The Wing’s old-school, cable-actuated system a slight advantage here.

BMW’s E-gas may help economy, however, as the GTL delivered an 43 mpg compared to the GL’s 37 mpg. But on the the BMW requires premium unleaded the Honda is just fine on regular.

After knocking lunch at the Tellico Grains and some ice cream at the Downtown (what is it about touring Brent and I roll up the Cherohala Crazily, it took some 34 and a reported $100 million to this 43-mile National Byway, which was officially in 1996. Compared with the wormhole of the nearby Tail of the at Deal’s Gap, Cherohala is the of serene, super-scenic sweeperfest like to ride all day-which is we do.

No matter how hard you push both of these bikes-with low-slung CGs, linked and dial-to-suit suspension- are extremely for their size, though the BMW is the king of the fast stuff. The is easy enough to flick side to side, and it’ll planted in sweepers if you remembered to up the preload. It also helps to set entry speed early.

The likes to go into corners and be carried through hot; you’ll be asked to make adjustments.

The BMW’s extremely light and steering makes it an absolute joy to in the twisties. Dial-in the optional, Electronic Suspension Adjustment II) to adjust not only rebound front and rear, but also preload and spring rate. the right combination from the available is child’s play the computerized system.

First, your load state: solo with luggage or with luggage. Next, on your desired chassis comfort, normal or sport. The changes are easily perceptible, and the system greatly enhances composure regardless of how heavy load or immoral your

Add the advantage of the K-bike’s optional Traction Control (DTC) adapted from the S1000RR and your suspension setup with environmental factors, bank angle and wheelspin to for road surface conditions as as human error. The only here is a tendency for the DTC to intervene wide-open-throttle, clutch-slipping launches, … our quarter-mile times performance testing. But then don’t spend much at the dragstrip!

Push the GTL to its limits-you’ll be howling along when you the bike remains composed. on the tiptoes of traction-say under mid-corner braking when well into the rear bike remains righteously to both line and lean Just ask that guy in the red Jeep.

The Gold Wing’s brake is likewise world-class, but requires effort while offering feedback. Though they’re shaft-driven, where the Honda the BMW is in its seeming absence of driveline The Beemer dishes out a discernable of slop under lead-fisted applications, but also during stop-and-go traffic

When we wrap our photo shoot on the Skyway, it’s well dark. Contrary to predictions the hasn’t ended, which we’ll have to search for and a motel. Our quest for shelter into a 150mile flog on roads through darkened and it’s after midnight we finally crawl into bed at a BB called the Hemlock Inn in Bryson North Carolina.


Both of bikes are loaded with features, but one of the coolest has to be BMW’s Adaptive Headlight. In stock the main headlamp beam is via a mirror to compensate for ride-height say under braking. The Adaptive option adds a servo-motor adjusts the mirror in relation to in the bike’s bank angle as effectively directing the beam corners.

The system is a game-changer, and once experienced it on a twisty road at you won’t want to go without it.

so many features, the biggest is to organize them and make easily accessible. And here, BMW and have chosen entirely approaches. On the GTL, everything is Each convenience-from the seat-heater to the ESA II electronic tire-pressure readouts to the and audio commands-are accessed and via the Multi-Controller ring just of the left handgrip.

This is cool and intuitive, especially for who enjoy living with electronics.

Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing

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