Words: Ganesh Murthy
In its fifth year now, the India Bike Week sees the largest congregation of bike aficionados from around the country, making it a ripe ground for bike launches. This year’s IBW saw the launch of the BMW R nine T Racer and the K 1600 B yesterday, alongside a massive BMW bike parade.
BMW R nineT Racer
Based on the R nine T Pure, the Racer is priced at Rs 17.30 lakh, ex-showroom. One look at the R nine T Racer and it is evident that the motorcycle takes design inspiration from the 1970s race bikes. The clip-on handlebars allow for an easy crouch, it gets seat height adjustment from 820.42mm to 805.18mm, and the foot pegs are placed far back and are high set, giving it a sporty stance. The round headlamp and a half-fairing at the front giving it a sporty café racer type looks.
The engine is an 1170cc air-cooled flat twin with an oil cooler that produces a maximum of 108.5bhp and 116Nm of peak twist. It is mated to a six-speed transmission with final drive being via a shaft.
Forks are conventional telescopic units while at the rear is a centrally mounted spring strut with preload adjust. Braking duties are taken cared by twin 320mm discs with 4-piston callipers upfront and a single 265mm disc with double-piston floating calliper.
Rider aids include the ABS and the Automatic Stability Control (ASC) which prevents the rear wheel from spinning on slippery roads.
BMW K 1600 B
The big grand tourer motorcycle from BMW Motorrad has been launched at Rs 29 lakh, ex-showroom.
The K 1600B is based on the K 1600 GTL tourer and shares the same mechanicals and underpinnings. The motorcycle has an immense road presence with its imposing silhouette, the twin LED DRLs and chopped windscreen. The rear LEDs and indicators are integrated with the cases that give a striking unique look to the rear.
The engine is a 1649cc liquid cooled in-line 6-cyclinder unit which churns out a maximum of 160bhp and 175Nm of max torque. It is mated to a constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with hydraulically operated multi plate clutch and shaft drive.
The chassis comprises an aluminium bridge type frame with the engine as the stressed member. It gets a 5.7-inch TFT screen, seat heating, three riding modes with traction control function DTC, ABS, anti-hopping clutch and engine protection bars. It also gets features like key-less riding and floorboards for foot-forward riding position and optional equipment like audio system and GPS, HSC, tyre pressure control, shift assist pro, fog lights and central locking.