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Refreshed 2016 BMW Models Include Special-Editions and Safety Updates

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2016 BMW R nineT Special Edition (with visible welding seams)

Are you one of those people who pays extra to purchase jeans that are already ripped, or do you like to wear your jeans and rip them yourself? For 2016, BMW is offering an R nineT Special Edition with a hand-brushed aluminum tank that includes visible welding seams (smooth welds are an option). Just think about it, you can get that “garage built” look, without ever reaching for the welding torch!

Another Special Edition (also pictured) is the R 1200 GS Triple Black TE, which, quite surprisingly, comes “in a virtually all-black finish.”  We threw in a photo of the new color scheme for the S 1000 RR, just for the hell of it.  If you want to look at the other new color schemes, click over to BMW’s U.S.A. web site.

BMW has also expanded the number of models receiving certain electronic aids and safety features, as detailed in the following press release:

Munich. Model year 2016 sees a number of model facelift measures as well as the special model R 1200 GS TripleBlack included in the BMW Motorrad program. The models in the new configuration can be ordered from all BMW Motorrad dealers from August 2015.

BMW F 800 GT.

As of model year 2016, the BMW F 800 GT will be available in the following new colour combination:

  •     Monolith metallic matt / Sapphire black metallic.
  •     The paint finish Dark graphite metallic will no longer be available.

BMW R 1200 GS.

As of model year 2016, the R 1200 GS will not just be available in new paint finishes. With a view to enhanced motorcycling safety, the range of special equipment features is extended to include the banking-optimised ABS Pro and the dynamic brake light (in conjunction with the Riding Modes Pro option).

An overview of the new features in the R 1200 GS:

  •   ABS Pro and dynamic brake light as a special equipment feature

(dynamic brake light currently for EU markets only).

  • Light white non-metallic replaces the existing Alpine white 3 non-metallic.

The paint finish Black storm metallic will no longer be available.

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2016 BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black TE Special Edition

BMW R 1200 GS TripleBlack (special model).

TripleBlack – the name says it all with this BMW R 1200 GS special model. BMW Motorrad is responding to a wish expressed by many customers by bringing out the world’s top-selling motorcycle in a virtually all-black finish.

The central fuel tank cover, fuel tank side panels and front mudguard in Black storm metallic together with black anodised fork slider tubes give the legendary travel enduro a strikingly masculine touch. Powerful technical accentuations are provided by the front and rear frame in Agate Grey in combination with the engine, gearbox and swinging arm.

The special model is fitted with the cross-spoke wheels with black gloss rim base familiar from the R 1200 GS Adventure, previously available as a special equipment feature.

A new black-grey seat with striking “GS” application on passenger seat rounds off the strong appearance of the new R 1200 GS TripleBlack.

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure.

As of model year 2016, the R 1200 GS Adventure will not just be available in new paint finishes. With a view to enhanced motorcycling safety, its range of special equipment features is extended to include the banking-optimised ABS Pro and the dynamic brake light (in conjunction with the Riding Modes Pro option).

An overview of the new features of the R 1200 GS Adventure:

  •   ABS Pro and dynamic brake light as a special equipment feature

(dynamic brake light currently for EU markets only).

  • New paint Racing red non-metallic matt and Ocean blue metallic matt.
  • Light white non-metallic replaces the existing paint finish Alpine white 3 non-metallic.

The paint finishes Olive non-metallic matt and Racing blue metallic matt are no longer available.

BMW R 1200 RT.

As of model year 2016, the BMW R 1200 RT will be available in the following new paint finish:

  •   Platin bronze metallic.

The existing paint finish Callisto grey metallic matt is no longer available.

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With the R nineT Special Edition, you can opt for rough or smooth welds.

BMW R nineT.

As of model year 2016, the BMW R nineT will be available with the following new special equipment features:

  • Hand-brushed naked/exposed aluminium fuel tank with smoothed welding seams.
  • Hand-brushed naked/exposed aluminium fuel tank with visible welding seams.
  • Heated grips.

BMW S 1000 RR.

As of model year 2016, the BMW S 1000 RR will be available in the following new colour combination:

  • Black storm metallic / Racing red non-metallic.

BMW S 1000 R.

As of model year 2016, the BMW S 1000 R will be available with the following new feature:

  •  Grained fuel tank trim, instead of the previous fuel tank with paint finish (only with Light white non-metallic).

BMW S 1000 XR.

As of model year 2016, the BMW S 1000 XR will be available with the following new feature:

  • Dynamic brake light as a special equipment feature in conjunction with the options ABS Pro and Riding Modes Pro (dynamic brake light currently for EU markets only).
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2016 BMW S 1000 RR

BMW K 1600 GT / GTL / GTL Exclusive.

As of model year 2016, the K 1600 GT / GTL and GTL Exclusive will not just be available in new paint finishes. With a view to enhanced motorcycling safety, their range of standard features is extended to include the banking-optimised ABS Pro and the dynamic brake light.

An overview of the new features in the K 1600 GT / GTL and GTL Exclusive:

  • ABS Pro and dynamic brake light as standard features

(dynamic brake light currently for EU markets only).

  • New paint finish Cosmic blue metallic / Black storm metallic (GT).
  • New paint finish Ocean blue metallic matt (GTL)
  • New paint finish Sparkling storm metallic (GTL Exclusive)

The paint finish Sakhir orange metallic / Black storm metallic is no longer available (GT).

The paint finish Magnesium beige metallic is no longer available (GTL).

The paint finish Mineral white metallic is no longer available (GTL).

41 Comments

  1. Stuki Moi says:

    It looks nice enough, I guess. Still can’t see the appeal in BMW’s current obsession with equipping every bike with handlebars so wide, you end up riding around like you’re crucified.

  2. mickey says:

    alright the S1000s and K1600s get BNG and “maybe” a dynamic brake light upgrade. And you thought only the Japanese upgraded with BNGs … lol

  3. Bill says:

    And BMW confirms its acronym name – Bring More Wallet.
    Good grief bikes are expensive now, i’ll be riding my dr650 for ever it looks like.

  4. Auphliam says:

    Oooooh, the beak is Stupendous. LONG LIVE THE BEAK!

    • Stuki Moi says:

      I’m still waiting fr the Christmas edition, in green and white, with a big, red beak. Rudolph the read beaked GS……

      Should gain conquest sales from the ever growing legions of Santa shaped greybeards looking to move on from that other expensive V-Twin brand…

  5. Tommy See says:

    Someone said to me years a go do you really see it at 100 miles per hour . They are building the best. Ride and hide I guess.

  6. Thrus says:

    Given that it is an early July 2015 announcement of the 2016 line I assume we will be able to buy them in time to ride before the snow falls. I know they have to plan ahead but I am just so sick of seeing companies release vehicles marked as 20XX during the year of 20XX-1. I am expecting that by 2020 I will be able to buy a 2022 model vehicle.

  7. Provologna says:

    One is at first surprised a new R1100/1150/1200 GS-series could possibly be even uglier than any that came prior, but then BMW does not let us down, and beats every prior GS “ugly” benchmark. Congrats!

  8. Provologna says:

    You guys had a field day with this bike’s extra-cost optional open seam gas tank welds.

    Let me take a stab at it…”Extra Cost Optional Upgrade Vintage Air In The Tires Taken From ____________________ .” (Please fill in the blank.)

    • xLaYN says:

      (start joke)
      as with everything there are three trims
      entry level trim) another really built in garage tire, which is inflated and then the air from that tire transfered to the one you buy
      high level trim) air from the tires of a Vincent motorcycle, limited to as many Vincents they can de-inflate, air is not re-used
      ultra exclusive trim) air from the tires of a Vincent motorcycle, pumped using the cylinders of a Britten V1000 as compressor, everything done by an original hipster in the more chick place of London, wood iPhone case included.
      (end joke)

  9. ROXX says:

    That R nineT is gorgeous. Throw a fly screen on it, some soft bags and let’s hit the road!

    • Xootrx says:

      Agreed. The first thing I think of when a bike appeals to me is how good it might look loaded for the open road.

  10. stinkywheels says:

    BMW is really trying to get away from the overfinished, gentlemanly, sophisticated, high tech persona. Kinda silly, but I love the RnineT. but then again, I’ve still got my 84 R100 that hasn’t been tagged for a couple years.

  11. North of Missoula says:

    I am a fan of the garage built theme, provided it was built in a garage, preferably mine.

  12. Michael H says:

    Tank seams? Add an extra-pointy beak and I’m all in. Plus, upgrade the shaft drive to chain drive.

  13. Norm G. says:

    re: “Hand-brushed naked/exposed aluminium fuel tank with visible welding seams.”

    Max Seamage.

  14. ABQ says:

    Paint jobs, gas tank seems, and fireworks on the 4th of July.

  15. halfbaked says:

    They cost too much they weight too much they cost way too much. They’re too heavy too light too much hp not enough hp, they’re not really suitable for off-road/track days. I’d buy one if it had (fill in the blank with some option that’s not available on any serial production motorcycle). I don’t have I don’t like I’m banned for life from my local Beemer store.

  16. Brian says:

    Lovingly hand-crafted from artisinal aluminum by old-master Bavarian welding robots…

    They should include a video of the owner (digitally inserted) standing behind the bike in a dingy, dimly-lit shop, using an angle grinder to make sparks.

  17. azi says:

    “BMW is offering an R nineT Special Edition with a hand-brushed aluminum tank that includes visible welding seams (smooth welds are an option)”

    My cynicism radar has just gone off the scale and released a puff of smoke.

    “Capitalism… had taken the anger and yearning of the poor and sold them to the restless youth of the middle class.” – Barbara Ehrenreich

  18. bagadonitz says:

    How long until there is a no seam after market alternative?

  19. Philip says:

    Finally! I’ve waited all my life to pay extra for gas tank seams!

    • lynchenstein says:

      Yup – next year they won’t wrap the wires just leave them hanging around. And the NEXT year, we’ll see them rip the seat for you! And finally, in the final year before the redesign, they’ll install mismatched grips, rusty spokes and bald tires. That’s the one I’m waiting for.

    • TimC says:

      I want my seam half-smoothed. The “AwFukitol” edition.

    • MGNorge says:

      I think tank seams should be a bolt-on accessory.

    • Tom R says:

      Welded tank seam-retro to third power!

      I spelled it out since I could not figure how do a superscript 3.

    • will says:

      I’d like to see an option for cat urine stains on the tires.

      I actually like welds. They can be a beautiful thing whether by man or machine.