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Motorrad Review - From BMW Site

K 1200 GT - the potent in-line 4-cylinder from BMW Motorrad - is now available in a touring outfit. As comfortable as it is dynamic, with 152 bhp and abundant torque. The route is the destination. Riding, seeing and enjoying are all one.

"Riva del Garda brings the charm of past eras alive like no other holiday resort. This little Italian town with its picturesque houses still has an old-style sophistication. The craggy rocks tower above, snow-crested. And the waves of Lake Garda are the last touch of Southern warmth to caress the foothills of the Alps. On a carpet of azure blue, beaming white sailing boats pass. This is probably one of the most beautiful places on earth."

"In front of the crystal-clear water, a distinguished-looking motorcycle in "crystal grey metallic" finish reflects the sunlight. The best touring bike in the world - according to BMW Motorrad. It's certainly the most powerful. In its category, the K 1200 GT is top with 152 bhp. It has moved on a long way from its predecessor of the same name. Bavarian congeniality? No, but a blend of sporty flair and comfort. This places the 1200 "Gran Turismo" in the great tradition of BMW automobiles, somewhere between the divine 3.0 CSi, the powerful M5 and the elegant 6 Series Coupé."

"The power of the transversely mounted 4-cylinder engine is no coincidence: after the sporty S and the radically naked R, the GT is the third model of the new K series by BMW Motorrad. But it is one with more punch from below. New camshafts with gentler timing and adapted engine management limit maximum output in favour of a full torque curve. The promise of 130 Nm at 7,750 rpm is delicious for an engine with a capacity of "only" 1,157 cc. Particularly since BMW Motorrad claims that between 3,000 and 10,000 Nm are available at all times. Hats off!"

"Right from the fully automatically controlled start, this engine pushes and pulls like crazy. It indulges the rider with full thrust even at low engine speeds. It is unbelievable how this bundle of energy zooms towards distant destinations in 6th gear. The low-end torque on overtaking hardly takes more than a bat of the eyelid. This gives the rider a sense of supreme confidence. (...) On the well-surfaced embankment roads on each side of Lake Garda, the K is utterly in its element. Like the surfers on the water, it swings nimbly and with great banking freedom through the fast and fluid bend combinations."

"The GT easily plays out its greatest chassis trump: the electronic chassis (ESA) combines any one of three possible spring pre-tension levels with three damper settings at the press of a button. So you have a total of nine practical settings, depending on load and road surface. The damping can even be adjusted while you are riding. Digital aids change it to comfortable, normal or sporty and tight. A highly recommended extra, this one."

"The weekend comes to a close, the GT rolls homeward. Onto the autostrada and northwards towards the Brenner Pass. This is where the huge range of optional extras comes into its own. Put the cruise control at 130 with 5,000 rpm in 6th gear and turn up the heated grips and seat heating to top level. Even nine degrees are bearable now - that's minus degrees by the way. Time for the temperature display to announce an ice warning. In the miserable South German weather your hands stay cosy and amazingly dry."

"Even in the snow: the motorway to Munich seems an unreal shade of white, you feel good - safe and well protected. You can hardly make a motorcycle a bigger compliment. And just before Stuttgart there is another opportunity to test the bike's straight-ahead tracking - which is perfect even well beyond 200 km/h." The K 1200 GT really does prove to be one of the best touring bikes in the world.

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