BMW K 1600 GTL Complaints

BMW K 1600 GTL Complaints
  • 19 Complaints
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  • Consumers have filed a total of 19 complaints for K 1600 GTL models.

Recent Complaints

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: STEERING
  • Date of Incident: Jun-20, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 21:48 Apr-28, 2021

While riding this motorcycle at highway speeds (60+mph) near semi truck traffic. The air flow coming off of the truck would impact the motorcycle, the bike would wobble significantly making it very hard to control and on the cusp of losing control. The same would happen when there were cross winds of 30+mph. In both of these conditions the bike became dangerous to ride. This wobble happened each time i was near a truck on a highway and in significant cross winds.

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Sep-01, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Sep-22, 2020

Tl* the contact owns a 2018 bmw k-1600. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the engine fault warning light illuminated and the motorcycle immediately stalled. The contact pulled the motorcycle off to the side of the roadway, restarted the motorcycle without further incidence. The motorcycle was taken to big sky motorsports (2315 south ave w, missoula, mt 59801) where the contact was informed that the motorcycle needed a software update. The software update was performed and returned to the contact. Recently, while driving 72 mph with the cruise control engaged, the engine fault light illuminated and the motorcycle stalled again. The contact was also able to restart the motorcycle soon after failure. The contact called the same dealer and made an appointment for the motorcycle to be inspected. The manufacturer was also notified of the failure and the contact was informed that there were no recalls on the motorcycle. The contact was also informed that he would receive a callback for more information on the failure. The motorcycle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 8,500.

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROLENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Oct-01, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Aug-26, 2020

Tl* the contact owns a 2018 bmw k 1600 gtl. The contact stated while driving at 65 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact stated engine problem warning message displayed. The contact was able to park on the side of road and after a couple of minutes the vehicle was restarted and the contact was able to drive home. The contact stated he had experience the failure multiple times. The contact stated the failure was indeterminately and felt unsafe to drive to the dealer. The motorcycle was towed to local (dealer motorcycles of charlotte located at 731 westinghouse blvd, charlotte, nc 28273, (704) 882-6106) but were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired as of yet. The manufacturer had been informed of failure. The failure mileage was 2,755. *bf *as

2016 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: SUSPENSIONSTEERING
  • Date of Incident: Aug-23, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 09:24 Aug-24, 2020

Iwhile operating at highway speed, it will pull to the left if you don't input effort to keep it going straight

2016 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Jun-01, 2017
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Aug-18, 2020

2018 bmw k1600gtl. Consumer writes in regards to ignition coil failure. *ld the consumer stated the vehicle required 4 coil springs to be replaced under warranty during a 14,000 mile span. *js

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Oct-09, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Feb-26, 2020

Tl* the contact owns a 2018 bmw k1600 gtl. The contact received notification of nhtsa campaign number: 19v692000 (power train) however, the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. Bmw motorcycles fort lauderdale (4201 peters road, plantation, fl 33317) was contacted and it was informed that the remedy part was not yet available. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and informed the contact that the motorcycle was safe to operate. The contact had not experienced a failure. Vin tool confirms parts not available.

2019 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Oct-01, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Feb-04, 2020

Tl* the contact owns a 2019 bmw k 1600 motocycle. The contact received notification of nhtsa campaign number: 19v692000 (power train) however, the part to do the recall repair was not yet available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. (bmw motorcycles of louisville dealer, located at 1700 arthur st, louisville, ky 40208) was contacted by phone and it was confirmed that parts were not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Vin tool confirms parts not available.

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Jan-23, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Jan-23, 2020

Tl* the contact owns a bmw k1600. The contact received notification of nhtsa campaign number: 19v-692000 (power train) however, the parts to do the recall repair was not yet available. The contact stated that manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. An unknown dealer was contacted and it was confirmed that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The vin tool confirmed the parts are not available.

2019 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Nov-04, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Nov-20, 2019

Tl* the contact owns a 2019 bmw k 1600 gtl. The contact received a recall notification in the mail for nhtsa campaign number: 19v692000 (power train). The contact took the vehicle to euro cycles of daytona (118 e fairview ave, daytona beach, fl 32114, (386) 257-2269) and was informed to not drive the vehicle due to a ticking sound coming from the gear box. The dealer associated the noise with the recall and also informed the contact that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was notified of the recall and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown. Vin tool confirms parts not available. *dl

2019 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Oct-26, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 16:11 Nov-01, 2019

My motorcycle had a ticking sound coming from the gearbox. The dealer decided it was not safe to ride the bike, that i should leave it until bmw comes with a solution. I currently have a 2019 k1600 gtl sitting in service without any resolution. The bike is with eurocycles of daytona. The vehicle was being serviced at the time when the service manager notices th sound coing from the gearbox. This is oart of the current transmission recall. I've spoken to bmw but they have no solution.

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: SUSPENSIONSTEERING
  • Date of Incident: Jul-01, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Sep-05, 2019

Tl* the contact owns a 2018 bmw k 1600 gtl. While riding at approximately 50-60 mph, the contact stated that the motorcycle started to vibrate abnormally. The contact stated that the wobbling in the steering and suspension was more noticeable while riding behind a high profile vehicle. The motorcycle was taken to grand junction bmw (located at 2747 crossroads blvd, grand junction, co 81506, (970) 245-0812) where it was diagnosed that it was unsafe to operate. Additionally, the contact previously owned a 2018 bmw grand america that experienced the same failure. The manufacturer authorized the grand america be replaced with the current vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 2.

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: STEERING
  • Date of Incident: Apr-06, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 14:56 Apr-17, 2019

This is a new, 2018 motorcycle purchased from the dealer on 4/6/2019 with 6 miles on the odometer. After a short test ride through several short back-roads around the dealership i decided to purchase the vehicle. Upon leaving the dealership and heading home on the interstate at highway speeds the issue revealed itself. The motorcycle has a dangerously aggressive left pull. Constant pulling of the left bar and/or pushing of the right bar is required for the vehicle to track properly. Easing off of the pressure will result in the motorcycle initially leaning and turning left. If not corrected by reapplying the pulling/pushing of the handlebars the bike will aggressively pull left across lanes or into oncoming lanes. I notified the sales person of the issue and was advised to bring the vehicle in the following friday (4/12/19) to be checked. Upon arrival the service manager stated he didn't have time to look at the vehicle and scheduled another date (4/17/19) to bring the bike in. Upon inspection and a test ride the service manager stated that he couldn't find anything wrong with the vehicle but he said the wind was blowing strongly at the time of his ride. His solution was to adjust the front tire air pressure and send me on my way. This pulling is dangerous not to mention extremely fatiguing by constantly having to correct the tracking of the bike. Because of the constant effort involved to correct the tracking of the bike i do not feel safe driving this vehicle more than a few miles at a time. I have tried riding in different lanes and in different positions in those lanes all with the same results so the crown/grade of the road is not causing the issue.

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
  • Date of Incident: Jul-18, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Jul-25, 2018

Vehicle unstable at highway speed. Reported to manufacturer,. Dealer made attempts to fix by balancing wheels that did not help. Then replaced tires and that also did not help. This is a safety concern and not getting proper response from bmw to rectify the problem. Attached invoice for work done.

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
  • Date of Incident: May-09, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 May-27, 2018

This vehicle is a motorcycle. When starting engine from a stationary position, while in neutral, the throttle gets stuck revving at approximately 3000 rpm. Can? T shift out of neutral or decelerate/acelerate throttle. This has happened on multiple occasions.

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHER
  • Date of Incident: May-23, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 May-24, 2018

When turning the engine on throttle dose not respond, it happened a few times notify dealer they have no solution, vehicle was stationary

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: UNKNOWN OR OTHERSTEERING
  • Date of Incident: Mar-30, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 15:34 Apr-01, 2018

I owned a 2012 model of this bike few years back and i had the same symptoms only apparent in this model of bmw brand bikes. This problem well known in the bmw riders community as "pulling tothe left" issue only on k1600gtl model bikes since years. Some pulls extremely aggressive in nature and some milder. Bmw ignores it yet all service centers around the country are aware of the issue. At least half of the bikes of this models on the roads are effected. Bike requires constant pressure applied to the right in order to track a straight line on a straight away road. If pressure even slightly release bike moves on to the left and on a single lane roads it means towards to the oncoming traffic. I hope bmw is not waiting to look at this issue seriously until someone gets killed. If all current and past bmw k1600gtl owners were surveyed i am sure you'll find at least 50% of them will say yes they have this issue. But not many are aware that they can notify authorities like you guys and only complain it to their service centers and when bmw says "tough luck" they keep continue to ride their $30,000 bikes they are stuck with. No other similarly designed bmw touring bikes have this issue. So it is a model specific problem. Same was on a 2012 model and 6 years later still same problem exist on a 2018 model. This symptom causing fatigue on long rides which resulting less pressure being applied to the right side of the handle bar and as a chain reaction bike begins to pull left more and more aggressively.

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: STEERING
  • Date of Incident: Feb-07, 2018
  • Date complaint filed: 07:12 Apr-01, 2018

Bmw introduced the k1600 motorcycle in 2011. At that time close to 50% of the units surveyed (210 out of 424) want to steer left (into oncoming traffic), unless you counter steer to the right. Here is a link to the online poll and subsequent discussion by the owners: http://www. K1600forum. Com/forum/bmw-k1600-general-discussions/1425-bike-pulls-one-side-poll. Html i just purchased a new 2018 k1600b bmw motorcycle and it too wants to drift into oncoming traffic, unless the bike is steered to the right. This requires constant pressure adjustment, so any distraction can cause the bike to veer to the left into oncoming traffic. Additionally, it will cause uneven tire wear, increasing costs to the consumer for new tires on a more frequent basis. Bmw has known about this issue since 2011 and has done nothing to correct it in over 7 years. Before i purchased the bike, i specifically asked the dealer to check to ensure the bike did not pull to the left and was assured it would be done. As it was only 20 degrees when i picked up the bike i had to trailer it home. But, upon doing the first ride, sure enough it drifts to the left. I would like bmw to issue a recall to fix the bikes that pull to one side.

2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Dec-17, 2017
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Jan-30, 2018

Motorcycle has a delay in wireless throttle which will not engage engine causing delays in taking off & causing vehicle in-op & laying motorcycle down from lack of power or running, 1 st time in parking lot with passenger no throttle response ,hurt left knee & leg trying to keep motorcycle up right without going down since no engine response, 2 nd time delay caused me almost to go down in inner section & to cause oncoming traffic to bail out & do unsafe lane change so not to hit me & my wife,then tried to use reverse witch stuck in 3rd gear, & broke ,has been in dealers service dept since january for no parts avail for reverse repair

2016 BMW K 1600 GTL
Parts: POWER TRAIN
  • Date of Incident: Jun-01, 2017
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Jun-27, 2017

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 bmw k 1600 gtl motorcycle. While driving 35 mph, the contact heard a loud knocking sound. The vehicle was taken to eurotek-okc bmw, ducati, & triumph motorcycles (417 hudiburg cir c, oklahoma city, ok 73108) where the dealer stated that the noise was normal and originated from either the gear box or the transmission. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no failure with the motorcycle. The motorcycle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 77.

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