BMW K 1600 GTL impressions
Given that I had a mostly positive impression of the GT, one would think that I'd like the GTL similarly, finding it a more comfortable/soft version of the same platform.
I didn't like the GTL. Here's why:
Wind management was outright poor on the GTL, worse than on the GT. With the GT I could find a windscreen position below my line of sight that nevertheless kicked the wind above my faceshield. The GT also had little buffeting even though it did have a bit of wind noise. The GTL, on the other hand, didn't offer me quiet air at all until I raised the screen well above my line of sight, and so I had to look through vision-distorting plastic the whole ride. Even with the screen up like this there was lots of wind sneaking around the edge of the screen, causing gusts of air to ricochet off my chest, and my hands were not really protected from the elements, possibly because the GTL doesn't have mirrors integrated into the fairings.
Oh, and I was uncomfortable while all this was going on, too. The deep cutout on the GTL's seat means there's basically only a single place upon which one can sit on it, and that single place is too close to the controls. I felt cramped and could go nowhere, in stark contrast to the roomy GT, with lots of movement possible.
The drivetrain on the GTL was a bit worse, even: It didn't feel as quick with the extra 60 lbs or so and greater frontal area, there was more driveline lash, possibly also due to the extra weight, and the exhaust note was less pleasing.
To its credit, the parking-lot-speed handling of the GTL was better than that of the GT, and it shared the same fine multifunction display setup. Also to its credit, my butt was not displeased to sit in the single position possible on the saddle for the 45 minutes of the ride. Finally, it's still a very fast bike, whirring its way up to 90+ mph without breaking a sweat.
In conclusion, I did not like the K 1600 GTL, no sir. There's no way I'd buy one. The wind management and ergonomics issues that I experienced totally killed its prospects for me.