2018 BMW K1600 Grand America

From Maine to Malibu, and all points in between

2018 BMW K1600 Grand America
2018 BMW K1600 Grand AmericaBMW

Borrowing heavily in style from the K1600B bagger and other features from the K1600GTL, the K1600 Grand America is, as its name suggests, a tourer designed for the American riding environment. Like the K1600B, the Grand America has black finishes splashed across its 8.4-foot-long profile, a stylish windshield, and contrasting bright slash-cut dual exhausts that stretch well beyond the 190/55ZR-17 rear tire. To this attitude-laced design approach, BMW adds hard side cases and a top case, making the Grand America into a serious touring rig.

Like every other K1600 model, the Grand America gets its steam from a potent 1,649cc inline-six that’s torquey, silky-smooth, and reasonably thrifty too; returning a claimed 41 mpg, the Grand America can dispatch nearly 290 miles under its touring radials before refueling thanks to the big 7-gallon fuel tank. Among dozens of high-end features are a xenon headlight with automatic leveling, keyless ignition and central locking, automatically adjusting suspension, ABS, traction and stability control, heated seats, and even a reverse motor to help park and maneuver this 802-pound prairie schooner. Happy sailing!

Likes: Front Duolever and rear Paralever suspension, xenon headlight, Dynamic ESA suspension

Dislikes: The Grand America's stated top speed is 101 mph; a 400cc naked bike is faster

Verdict: Bagger attitude with serious touring credibility

2018 BMW K1600 Grand America Specs and Pricing