Posts by Category: BMW

BMW March 19, 2010 posted by

1990 BMW K1 With 4,496 Original Miles

This bike was BMW's original attempt to fight Japan for a share of the large displacement sportbike market.  Located in Willoughby, Ohio is a 1990 BMW K1 with 4,496 original miles.  Believe it or not but, when this bike was released BMW fans found it outrageous and not inline with the traditionalist look of prior BMWs.  Whatever your feelings about the color and bodywork, this bike was a piece of aerodynamic work with the coefficient of drag coming out at 0.38.  BMW chose to make the K1 super-slippery because of the German requirement for all motorcycles to have a cap of 100bph.  BMW got their high speed with the fairing but still lagged behind in acceleration tests due to the lack of horsepower.  Don't be fooled, this is still a BMW at heart; It features an articulated Paralever single sided swingarm with shaft drive, Marzocchi conventional front forks, four piston Brembo calipers in the front, 16-valve inline four, and optional ABS--fitted as standard to U.S. bound models.  This bike weighs in at 569lbs wet and the U.S. spec. bikes are actually reported to only have 95bhp due to emissions equipment.  While the '80's were full-fairing street bikes got their mass introduction, this bike seems to be the super sports bike epitome of '80's excess and flash.  BMW wanted a bike with all the bells and whistles and unfortunately, that came with a weight penalty; combine that with low hp numbers and you have something that is less than spectacular in motion.  However, this bike will appeal to you if you think of it more as a modern VFR: Not the most mundane tourer or best handler but, a civilized sports bike.  The seller only states that this bike is from BMW collection, has been meticulously maintained, and only has 4,496mi.  The asking price is $11,000 with the original MSRP being $13,000.  The only other example I can remember seeing recently was one with ~20k miles and an asking price of $8k; reinforcing that this bike isn't outrageously priced.  If you'd like to have a BMW super sports bike that isn't a S1000RR, see this bike on Craigslist here.

AG

BMW December 1, 2009 posted by

Uber rare Demonstener D1200R Limited Edition for sale on ebay!

Haven't heard of Demonstener?  Don't worry - neither have I, but being 1 of only 5 in the world, this bike definitely qualifies as rare!  I remember reading about this unique boxer engined-hub center steering creation before on Kneeslider, but I thought it was just a one-off design exercise and wasn't meant for production.  In any case, you can now
 

Here's a short list of the (very) tasty specs:

Equipment:
Centre Hub Steering system that allows joining the centre of the front wheel to the chassis achieving the same inflexibility in any wheel position.

• The first Centre Hub Steering with straight steering (rod less) that allows the pilot a trust worthy feeling of anything happening on the tarmac.

• Ultra light steering column that avoids resonance phenomena as the shimmy (wobble).

• Anti diving geometry that keeps the suspension operative even in high performance stops.

• Light and innovative chassis with high degree of inflexibility to eliminate the weaving that allows a rapid assembly and disassembly.

• No welding used. Built on 70/75 alloy.

• Perimeter disc brake system with ABS

• Akrapovic exhaust

 

 Due to the handcrafted assembly process we are able to offer several extras and options.

• Custom built alloys. (Colour and Trim)

• Owner plate on chassis.

• Carbon fibre body kit

• Custom made body kit design.

• Exhaust system.

The last part makes it that much more interesting with a high level of customization available.

Being a fan of alternative front ends, this bike naturally appeals to me.  Combined with a boxer engine, this is will make one very interesting ride.  Actually, this bike reminds me very much of Swedish custom builder Stellan Egeland's Harrier - which concidentally is also up for sale! was sold.  Nevertheless, surf on over the Stellan Egeland's website SE Service to check out some amazing footage of Stellan dragging his toes around the track on the Harrier!

phil

BMW June 18, 2009 posted by

2 1982 BMW R65 LS Motorcycles For Sale Right Now

I had never heard of these before, but I saw this first one on Seattle Craigslist last week. It's an 82 BMW R65LS with 45k miles that looks like it could use a very thorough detailing. He's asking $3k:

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quote from seller's Craigslist post:

This is a great rare cafe BMW 1982 R65 LS model . 45k miles and runs great. Light weight with a low center of gravity make this bike very fun to ride. this bike is complete and unmodified.

So I wondered just how hard to find these bikes are. A quick search turned up this beauty in Salt Lake City on Craigslist. It has only 18k miles, the factory luggage, and looks fantastic in the pictures. He's asking $4k!

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quote from his Craigslist post:

THIS A SUPER CLEAN AND RARE BIKE . ALWAYS STORED AND GARAGED . OLDER GENTLEMAN SERVICED AND DRIVEN. SERVICED AT BMW DEALER IN S.L.C. ONLY 18,591 ORIGINAL MILES.

To learn more about what makes the R65LS special, check out the R65LS FAQ.

dc

BMW October 27, 2008 posted by

1978 BMW R100RS Motorsport For Sale

So while only 200 of these were made available for sale in the U.S., it's not exactly of the same genre of motorcycle I've been posting. Which is exactly why I'm posting it!

1978 BMW R100RS Motorsport Model For Sale on Portland Craigslist for $4500:

quote from seller's Craigslist post:

One of 200. Rare, collectible bike. Original with period upgrades - San Jose fork brace and rear swing arm and dual plug heads. 40mm bing carbs. New brakes, calipers, ss brake lines and rear master cylinder. Tires have less than 1000 miles on them (Metzlers). Some scratches, no dents. Original; paint in very good, but not perfect condition. Needs restoration to show quality - or use as is for an amazing and rare driver. Come see it - these are the best pictures I have. Asking $4500 or best offer

I'm not sure why, but I'm intrigued by this bike. It's bodywork is quite ugly yet it has many nice features and I'll bet that fairing actually is useful. Plus it has the option of fitting handsome and real luggage. What's your take?

Here's an interesting first hand account of R100RS Motorsport ownership.

dc