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BMW K 1600 B vs. Harley-Davidson® Street Glide®

BMW’s New Bagger is the Segment’s Most Powerful Bike

BMW Motorrad’s ambitious Concept 101 project comes to life in the BMW K 1600 B – the BMW bagger. Based on the K 1600 GT/K 1600 GTL, the K 1600 B is a first-of-its-kind American-style BMW bagger bike. This low-slung cruiser prioritizes long-haul rider comfort, storage and control in a way that makes it perfect for country cruising. Let’s see how the newcomer BMW K 1600 B bagger stacks up against tough competition in the Harley-Davidson® Street Glide® Special, the segment benchmark.


Performance Comparison with Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Street Glide Special

The heart of the BMW K 1600 B is the 1649cc inline-six engine that puts out 160 horsepower and 129 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine far outpaces the 90-horsepower V-twin you’ll find in the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and Road Glide®. That extra horsepower gives you the breathing room you’ll need on those long rides on the open highway. The BMW K 1600 B is the most powerful and fastest bike in its class by far and a full complement of control and comfort hardware including optional Gear Shift Assist Pro makes sure that power is properly put to use.


BMW K 1600 B and Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special Technology and Design Features

BMW Motorrad is a bikemaker that’s no stranger to technological innovation on two wheels and the K 1600 B is especially no exception. The BMW K 1600 B’s feature set outdoes the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special, a bike that’s about due for a technological update. The BMW K 1600 B features Dynamic Traction Control, self-leveling headlight, Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment with selectable damping modes (Road and Cruise) and selectable ride modes (Rain, Road and Dynamic) – none of which you’ll find on the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special.

Beyond that, the design of the BMW K 1600 B leaves nothing on the table. The bagger’s sleek front end starts the curve that flows gently all the way to the tip of the chrome exhaust pipes. BMW’s bagger brings a fresh new design to the segment without getting too in your face about it. With the optional Low Seat, the 29.5-inch seat height of the BMW 1600 B puts you lower to the ground than any other BMW bike (2.75 inches lower than the K 1600 GT), and almost as low as the 27-inch unladen seat height on the Street Glide Special.


Which Bike is Best?

On paper and in person, the BMW K 1600 B outclasses, outrides and outperforms the competition’s best efforts. The BMW bagger’s short, long, lean and elegant design makes other baggers look downright clunky, and the massive inline-six engine will leave other bikes in the dust.

Specs Comparison

Spec BMW K 1600 B Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
Horsepower  160 horsepower  90 horsepower
Torque  129 lb.-ft of torque  111 lb.-ft. of torque
Fully Fueled Weight  741 lbs.  830 lbs.
Fuel Capacity  7 gallons  6 gallons

Storage Capacity Volume

 2.6 cubic feet  2.3 cubic feet
Reverse Gear?  Yes  No

Electronic Suspension Adjustment?

 Yes  No
Ride Modes?
 Yes, three modes (Rain,
Road and Dynamic)

Gear Shift Assist Pro?

 Optional  No

Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment?

 Yes, two modes (Road and Cruise)  No

Traction Control?

 DTC (Dynamic Traction Control)  No
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