Thanks for the info Andrew, much appreciated.
It's going to be very interesting to see how all this pans out for BMW? I wonder if the new 1600 will be viewed more as a replacement for the LT rather than the GT?
From my perspective, our '07 K1200GT fell preciously into the brief that I desired. That is, on the sporty side of touring. To give you an idea of where I'm coming from, in 1991 I bought a GSX-R750 and absolutely loved it but then, at the end of '92 and with a trip to Tassie planned, decided that the Suzuki's design brief was way to narrow. I jumped ship to one of the last BMW K100RS 16 valves. The RS served me well for the next 6 years but the yearning for a more sports oriented bike was always present. In '98, along came Yamaha's lastest weapon, the R1 and the BMW was gone in a flash (so to speak). The R1 was one of the craziest SOB's ever concieved, an absolute blast. However, by 2006, the wife was again starting to spend more and more time (kids less of an issue) on the pillion board (that's all you really should call the pillion's seat on an R1, a board) and, frankly, even though I hated to do it, the R1 had to go. So, in 2007 the GT came into play. Here was a bike, very capable of doing long days (seat hardness was never an issue after an R1) and with a sporty edge to make me happy!!!! It is the best "all-rounder" I've owned. Additionally, the only issue we've had was the notorious airbox. Other than that, absolutely trouble free.
So, with the above in mind and with the imminent demise of the 1300, will the 1600 be on our list in 2 years time? It will be interesting.
Thanks again Andrew. Obviously from above, I must also agree with your comments about needing 2 different styles of bike. Okay, I'm just ducking out to buy that Lotto ticket.