Top 10 Modern Classics

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5. BMW K1600 GT/L

BMW K1600GTL

Sportbikes may dominate this list, but that doesn’t mean a sport-touring machine doesn’t belong. Especially the BMW K1600 GT/L. With its silky 1649cc six-cylinder engine, trick and easy to access electronics suite, and its all-day comfort, the competition has a long way to go before it tops this heavy hitter.

Beyond its performance, the attention to detail is astonishing. Adjustable winglets on the fairing help direct air towards or away from the rider for either warm or cold rides, ESA offers push-button suspension adjustment, and the adaptive headlight peeks around the next corner to tell you what’s ahead. The K1600 is the ultimate sport-touring rig from the makers of the ultimate driving machine and is worthy of any two-wheel collection.

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  • Greg Morris

    I can not believe you guys left out the Suzuki SV-650.

  • Grant Ray

    Even in terms of US-spec bikes, this list is seriously weak. Brand new sport bikes like the S1000R and the 1199 are great, but you guys should really know better than to be so narrow-minded about what makes a classic. No KTM 950/990 Adventure? No Bimota V-Due? No Ducati Sport Classic? No Aprilia SXV? No Honda XR650R? No BMW HP2 Enduro? That’s just off the top of my head.

  • Nils G

    I kept reading through, wondering when the V-Max would show up. So, where is it?

  • Dusty P

    How about any of the Buell XB lightnings? Not only were they technologically unique, but there’s the whole Buell legacy, the fact that the company no longer exists, would be cause for a lot of exclusivity down the road. There’s not a bike in this list more unique than an XB.