Nice bikes and lots of riders are happy with them. Big problem for me is reliability. Until BMW has demonstrated that they can build a K1600 that won't periodically leave you on the side of the road or have multiple trips to the dealer for warranty work and are money pits once out of warranty they aren't a consideration. For me.
I've been on the K1600 forum since before the bikes were even imported to the USA and there are way, WAY too many horror stories there for my comfort level.
Some riders put up with the leaking waterpumps, blown engines, broken switch gear, funky electronics, squeaking front suspension, etc, etc, and other issues because when the bike is running right it is something special.
There is a <reason> BMW only offers a 36,000 mile warranty against defects in materials or workmanship on their wonderbike .
Now that I think about it BMW motorcycles are about as reliable as their cars
I gotta go with LD on this one.
I owned a K16 GT. It was the most exhilarating bike ever. I think you all who like to hot-rod the Goldwing would have even more fun doing it with a K16. They are more nimble, faster...they are like the FJR in that they are more 'sport' than 'touring' in ergonomic and performance.
While they are running, there is no doubt they out-perform a Wing in all aspects including the tech gadgetry section.
My forks broke down on my K16 up in Washington with a malfunction quirk they have been exhibiting since their maiden in 2012. I traded it as soon as I wobbled to a Portland dealership.
You see: In order to warranty a part, a BMW dealership has to place a request; BMW mothership either accepts or rejects (you can usually count that to take two weeks). If accept, it 'll take two weeks to send the part, two weeks to replace a fork system--I would have set in a Motel for a month. If Mother Beemer rejects the warranty, then I would have sat in a motel for a month plus pay the bill.
The cylinder walls of K16 are very thin, thus the compact size of the 6 banger. At least one writer noted that as a possible reason for their various engine trouble and speculation for possible future problems.
There are many K16 owners that claim high miles and no problems in Beemer forum...but that was not my experience nor the majority of what I read about them, so I own another Wing now.
Everything is more expensive on a Beemer.
As far as for touring, comfort and durability, the ancient Wing is still the MOAM...mother of all motorcycles