Yes, the K1600 will be interesting. We only have it for as day, together with the S1000RR, but we are planning a long trip through the National Park of the Yorkshire Dales - enough to test any bike.
Apparently, with the K16 BMW have taken a leaf out of Honda's book and done what they did with the Goldwing - pinched the tank and seat in to lower the effective seat height. The effect is dramatic on the 'Wing (I owned a GL1800 once). You realise that it's not just the actual height of the seat that determines whether you can get your feet on the floor, but how far your legs are pushed apart by the width of the seat and tank as well as the actual height...
There's a low seat option on the BMW as well...just as there is with the new Trophy. About time there was more adjustabity generally really.. A good dealer should have the low seat option in stock I'd say. It's been a big issue in designing the bike... They should also do whatever it takes to get it to fit - I'm guest of Allan Jefferies next weekend - the biggest Motorrad dealer in Europe based in England - and nothing is too much trouble for them. Perhaps you should come over here - buy it then have it shipped home! They'll get it fitting perfectly even if they have to have it lowered in their own workshop.
Yes, Triumph have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. They have been spending a fortune on R&D as well - most unusual for a British company! Hence several new models in the last couple of years including the Explorer (which is really good - see our review) and the Steve McQueen copy.
British finish and build quality seems pretty good and the service intervals at 10,000 on the Trophy suggest Triumph are confident about the engineering.
It has to be said that Triumph also do a really cool lot of accessories and clothing too. Nice designs and well priced. They do good stuff for women especially - I had to spend a fortune last time I took the wife to our Local Triumph dealer; Jacket, gloves, t-shirts, tops...Good quality though.
Let us know what you decide to do.
If you have any pictures of roads or bikes you'd like to share then we'd be happy to publish them - give you credit for copyright but no location etc.
Dave AKA Hedgehog