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Comparing the technical specifications of BMW K1600GT and Ducati 899 Panigale is a proper way to figure out which one of these motorcycles matches better your individual preferences and expectations. When you know what specifications and features of a motorcycle will make you personally comfortable with it then your choice should be all about this criteria. After comparing one motorcycle versus another and so on, the circle of favourite models will be then eventually narrowed to several ones. The best way to explore them is to actually sit on these bikes and check how much comfort you get with each of them.

BMW-K1600GT   vs   Ducati-899 Panigale
Picture of BMW - K1600GTPicture of BMW - K1600GT
BMW manufacturer Ducati
K1600GT bike name 899 Panigale
Tourer mootorcycle type Sport bike
2011 year 2013 - 2015
233 / 100 / 144 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)207.5 / 82 / 110 cm
1649 cc engine displacement (cc)898 cc
electronic intake pipe injection fuel supply method Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system
12.2:1 compression ratio 12.5:1
72x67.5 mm bore and stroke 100x57.2 mm
165mm (6.5 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
4.5litres (4.8 quarts) engine oil capacity3.4litres (3.6 quarts)
26.5 litres (7 gallons) fuel tank capacity 17.0 litres (4.5 gallons)
250 km/h (155 mph) top speed287 km/h (178 mph)
160 hppeak horsepower 148 hp
175 nm (129.1 ft lbs)max torque 99 nm (73 ft lbs)
306 kg (675 lbs) dry weight169 kg (373 lbs)
332 kg (732 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 192 kg (423 lbs)
BMW motorrad Duolever, central spring strut and 125 mm wheel travel front suspension 43mm inverted Showa fork with 120mm front wheel travel
BMW Motorrad Paralever with 135mm wheel travel rear suspension Aluminum double sided swingarm. Fully adjustable Sachs unit. The rear wheel travel is measured 130mm.
120/70-ZR17 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
190/55-ZR17 rear tyre size 180/60-ZR17
6-speed multi clutch in oil bath transmission type 6-speed wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
Electric starter ignition / starting digital CDI, slectric starting
dual hydraulic disc with 320mm diameter and four piston fixed caliper front brakes two 320mm discs. Radially mounted Brembo calipers, ABS.
single hydraulic disc with 320mm diameter and double piston caliperrear brakes Single disc with 245mm diameter and double-piston caliper, ABS
Shaft drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
5.70 l/100km (41.3 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.20 l/100km (37.9 mpg)
technical specifications of BMW K1600GTsee data separatelytechnical specifications of Ducati 899 Panigale

Although BMW K1600GT has a bigger engine displacement than Ducati 899 Panigale it doesn't necessarily mean it is more powerful or better performing bike. The second bike has the advantage of greater compression ratio of 12.5:1 than the other one. It represents the relation between the biggest and the smallest volume in the combustion chamber while the piston is performing its stroke movement. The bigger compression ratio means better fuel economy comparing engines with the same displacement because the mixture of fuel and air in the combustion chamber burns more effectively.
The better fuel economy of 5.70 l/100km belongs to BMW K1600GT compared to the Ducati 899 Panigale's fuel consumption of 6.20 l/100km. Measuring the fuel economy in mpg shows how many miles of ride are covered by a gallon of fuel and measuring in l/100km shows the average fuel consumption in litters for every 100 kilometers riding.
bike tiresIf the time to replace your motorcycle tyres has come then you need to find the proper new ones. Another considerable factor here is your own riding style. The code designators located on the side of each tires is something that you should be aware of if you want to find proper tires for your bike. The width of the tire is represented by the first number. Both motorcycles have the same with of their front tires - 120 mm. The second number show the aspect ratio. The third of the code numbers reffers to the size of the rim and it is measured in inches. Buying motorcycle tires online can save you precious time and cash.
The ground clearance of BMW K1600GT (165mm) is bigger than the one of Ducati 899 Panigale (bbb2mm). Usually given in millimeters in the technical data sheets, the ground clearance refers to the space between ground level and underside of a motorcycle’s chassis and sometimes is called ride height. That, in other words, is the smallest distance between any mechanical body part of the motorcycle and the surface of the road.
The top speed of 287km/h makes Ducati 899 Panigale the faster of the two motorcycles. The other one (BMW K1600GT) can achieve a maximum speed of 250km/h according to its technical specifications. Sometimes of course motorcycle speed statistics may be contradictory from various sources.Liquid cooled motorcycle engine
Those two motorcycle use the same cooling system - liquid. The tiny variations of the operating temperatures are one of the significant advantages of the liquid cooled motorcycles. Once the operating temperature is reached (the engine is warmed up), it runs at a pretty constant temperature. The coolant is circulating into the radiator and back to the engine driven by the water pump. If the motorcycle slows down to a point where the air flowing through the radiator is not enough to lower the temperature of the coolant to the needed level, a thermostat will typically switch an electric fan on to increase the air flow through the radiator. Water jackets in a liquid cooled engine act as sound insulators and make it quieter.
As shown in these motorcycles technical specifications they both use different type of final drive.
chain driven motorcycle One of the bikes (Ducati 899 Panigale) has the most frequently used final drive which is chain. One of the most economical way to drive horsepower from the engine to the rear wheel of the motorcycle is achieved with the chain drive and therefore it is still the most used among the three options by bike manufacturers. However chains have their down points - more frequent need of maintenance (lubrication and cleaning) which means that a biker should always keep an eye on the chain especially in rainy days or dusty roads.The BMW K1600GT is driven by shaft.
compression ratio is a value that represents the ratio of the volume of gas in the cylinder when the piston is at the lowest point it is ever gonna go down and the volume of gas when the piston is at its highest point. Its value for BMW K1600GT is 12.2:1 and for Ducati 899 Panigale is 12.5:1 based on the technical data of the motorcycles. In other words it represents how tightly the mixture of fuel and air in the combustion chamber is pressed before the ignition. It plays a big role in engine efficiency because bigger compression ratio means better thermal efficiency and more mileage with the same amount of gas.
One of the most important aspects of the basic level of maintenance of a motorcycle is the engine oil. There are different types at different prices on the market - mineral, highperformance, all-purpose part-synthetic and synthetic oil. As a general rule it should be changed on every 6000 kilometers or 3700 miles. The quality of the synthetic oil allows up to 5000 miles (8000 km) between oil changes. Replacing the oil filter is also to be considered on each engine oil change. According to the technical specs the engine oil capacity is 4.5 litres for BMW K1600GT and 3.4 litres for Ducati 899 Panigale. When changing the oil it is advisable to put less than the specified oil capacity and to check the level. The proper amount of oil needed is best judged while observing the reading on the level sight window (or the dipstick).

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