K1600GTL in my garage for demo this weekend.
I have spent about 2-3 hours on the K1600GTL demo. I have it until Tuesday (it pays to be the friend of a dealer).
I have to tell you guys honestly. I have a K1600GT on pre-order, and although I am impressed with the K1600GTL, I don't know if I want to part with my K13GT.
I like the ergonomics a bit more on the K16GTL. I sit in it, not on it like my K13. The I6 is very nice...yes it is impecably smooth, makes nice sounds and has bags of power. However, my K13 does much the same with the exception of feeling a little "grainy" at times when I roll into the throttle, which is never a bother.
The GTL felt heavy to me. Heavier than what I am used to anyway, and heavier than I would want. In spite of that the steering was so light, and the bike handled extremely well. Not better than my K13, but very impressive.
Wind protection with my Aeroflow set up is better on my K13GT than the stock K16GTL. I'm sure the aftermarket will have answers to that, and to be fair protection on the GTL is still very good. I just felt a bit more wind on my hands/arms.
I also noticed some engine heat on my left foot/leg, and that's something I never feel on my 13GT.
So honestly guys, unless a K16GT test ride is significantly different to my K16GTL test ride, I'm probably going to pass on my pre-order.
The K13GT remains the champion of sport-touring bikes in my opinion. I think I am more pumped up for the water cooled 130hp boxer in a nice light and updated RT, which is bound to have the cool features of the new K16's.