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BMW August 22, 2015 posted by

Agent K – 1990 BMW K1

Produced in 1988-93 at a rate of just over 1000 per year, BMW's 90's flagship was sporty though quirky.  They have a cult following of BMW die-hards and engineers, enchanted by the aerodynamics and 100 hp.  Also offered in red with yellow graphics ( ketchup and mustard ) and basic black, the blue metallic with yellow is a good compromise.  The condition, originality, and accessories make this K1 something special.

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1990 BMW K1 for sale on eBay

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Responding to impending emissions rules, BMW developed the straight-four in the early 80's for the K100.  The K1 was the first K-bike with 4 valves per cylinder.  With a steel backbone frame using the engine as a stressed member, the stable K1 was made for extended 150 mph runs on the autobahn.  BMW's new Paralever shaft drive is in a single-sided monoshock rear suspension, with more conventional front forks.  Early ABS brakes use 305mm front disks and 285mm rear.

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The 7-piece fairing achieved a drag coefficient of .38 ( a record .34 with rider tucked in behind the windscreen ), though the slippery fairing traps heat from the engine.  The 1000cc K-engine also generated a secondary vibration in the midrange, causing complaints from some riders.  The seat fairing has built-in panniers, though soft bags might be required for a long trip.

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The owner has put a wealth of information and history in the eBay auction:

I purchased the bike from an avid BMW collector in Boise. I had the bike delivered directly to the dealership and had them go from front to rear of the bike and fix/replace anything that was in need of repair. I told them to not even attempt to start the bike as it sat for almost 2yrs.. told them to replace fuel pumps/filters/fluids/battery, and do a complete service on the bike, and tires are 85% new. This bike at 25yrs old runs good as new, and handles as new. The only thing this bike needs is a new home.

Included with the bike:
- Tool kit and tire repair kit. (original)
-3M Protection around rear box lids to prevent scratching (applied on date of original purchase)
- Cee Baileys Headlight protector (applied on date of original purchase)

Australian made Staintune Stainless Steel Performance Exhaust. ($1,200.00 to purchase now, and Staintune does not carry this part number any longer, refused offer of $900.00 and exchange for OEM exhaust at last bike rally)

Wonderful Bonus to this bike is the ORIGINAL Tank Bag with both original Rain Covers. Additionally, the original saddle bags and original K1 Rain covers.

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The first 20,000 miles on this K1, must've been extremely careful, as there doesn't appear to be a mark on it.  Very original, the only aftermarket parts appears to be the Staintune exhaust.  The collection of accessory soft bags and rain covers are unavailable except on the used market and a useful addition.  Forward looking in design and engineering, the K1 marks a time when BMW peeked over the slippery slope of sportier bikes, which they would address later in the 1990's with the -RS and -S 1100cc twins...

-donn

 

 

 

Agent K – 1990 BMW K1
BMW August 12, 2015 posted by

The Winner and Still Champion ( of the BoxerCup ) – 2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

After the introduction of their first sportbike since the R90S of 1973-76, BMW sponsored a spec race series for their new R1100S in 1999.  Running mostly in Europe but expanding to Daytona in 2003-04, the BoxerCup was great international series, with many different riders from different countries winning races during the season.   The Boxer Cup Replika was offered in 2003 and 2004, last year of production, with performance updates such as carbon head guards and belly fairing, braided brake lines, underseat Laser exhaust, and Ohlins suspension.

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2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for sale on eBay

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The most powerful BMW boxer to date, the R1100S has 98 hp on tap, thanks to dual spark heads with four valves per cylinder.  Owners were provided an updated engine management chip at the first service.  Though a heavyweight at 505 lbs. wet, the BMW Paralever single-sided swingarm ( with shaft drive ) and Telelever anti-dive front suspension work with the rigid frame to make it handle.  Brakes are appropriately sized 320mm fronts and 276mm rear.  Nice touches include carbon front and rear fenders and dual seat with fairing cover.

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Following BMW's legendary ability to roll the odometer, this R1100S has over 25,000 miles, but looks good and with the up-to-date maintenance, should be ready for more.  From the eBay auction:

BEAUTIFUL BOXERCUP. LOOKS LIKE NEW. ALWAYS GARAGED. ALL BOOKS AND KEYS.  Bike  has been fully tuned with valve adjustment, new alternator belt,brake and cable adjustment all done in last 2 weeks. Tank bag included. Laser exhaust, non abs model.

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From the last year of production, the BoxerCup offered has the more attractive paint and graphics, and appears undamaged save a few scratches on the head covers.  Looking very stock and racy without the optional luggage, owner improvements include tank bag, K&N filter, and fork-mounted conspicuity lights.   A great, stable and very sporty BMW, this one is just at mid-life, no crisis...

-donn

The Winner and Still Champion ( of the BoxerCup ) – 2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
BMW June 3, 2015 posted by

Eurostar – 2003 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika

Introduced in 1999, the BMW R1100S re-introduced motorcyclists to the sportier side of BMW, and inspired a brand race series in Europe, which developed into a support race for MotoGP and the Daytona 200.  Signed by spokesman ( and AMA hall of fame member ) Randy Mamola, the BoxerCup Replika is the ultimate version of the oil-cooled BMW 1100cc twin.

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2003 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika

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Applying evolution to the classic BMW twin, factory designers added a lot of new things to the R1100S - a new rear subframe supports the suspension ( rather than the transmission case ), underseat exhaust, aluminum fuel tank ( under the beauty cover), and clip-ons.  Front and rear fenders are carbon fiber, as are the valve covers.  Keeping the successful 4-valve heads and shaft drive ensured reliability and a solid 98 hp.  The traditional automotive-type dry clutch resides between the engine and the close-ratio six-speed transmission.  On a sportbike weighing in at 500 lbs., the 320mm front ( and 275mm rear ) disks will be tested.  Nice touches on the BCR optional on the the R1100S are the 5-1/2 inch rear wheel, Ohlins shocks, bellypan, braided brake lines, as well as pillion cover and clear signal lenses.

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Almost ready for its first oil change, this BoxerCup Replika has just 1,600 miles over 12 years.  No dusty barn find, this one looks basically new.  Naturally, not much said about repair or maintenance history, but new fluids and rubber would be expected before a serious ride. The owner states:

As stated I am the original and only owner of the bike. I really hate to part with it. It has been part of my bike family and like any family member I will miss it. Bike has been stored and maintained in a climate controlled environment and I would consider in mint condition.

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Though it was succeeded by the R1200S, and eclipsed by the HP2 and eventually the RR1000, the R1100S was a signature all-rounder, which could be ridden to and from a track day.  This BoxerCup Replika is a barely broken-in example of one of BMW's best S-bikes...

-donn

Eurostar – 2003 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika
BMW June 1, 2015 posted by

Unlikely Track-Day Hero: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

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Prior to the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" S1000RR, BMW's sportbikes were decidedly offbeat. They were almost like the Saab of the motorcycle world, with remote-operated brake master cylinders, shaft-drive, unconventional suspensions, and that durable and charismatic, but very, very wide horizontally-opposed engine. And their last hurrah before the stunningly capable S1000RR was the stunningly improbably HP2 Sport.

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It shouldn't work, and really wasn't capable of going toe-to-toe with the best literbikes from Japan on paper. But period testers seemed to understand that the bike wasn't meant for everyone and was a statement of intent from BMW that they could make more than just stodgy, old-man bikes. The HP2 isn't featherweight and was certainly expensive when new, but top-shelf suspension gave amazing handling and stability, in spite of the Telelever suspension's reputation for blunting front-end feedback. Carbon-fiber everything and a cool self-supporting seat/subframe unit kept weight under 400lbs dry, and a slick digital dash looked like it'd be more at home on a race bike, while being far more legible than similar displays used by Ducati at the time.

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And the engine wasn't just some sort of high-compression and ECU-tweak affair. The HP2 featured new DOHC heads and radial valves that helped the bike produce 128hp and rev all the way to 9,500rpm, although there is a price to be paid: the brittle Titanium connecting rods call for replacement at 30,000 miles. Not the worst job on a twin with the heads sticking out in the breeze, but something to keep in mind.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport Dash

The original eBay listing for this 2008 BMW HP2 Sport contains very little information about the bike, but does feature plenty of photos and mentions that the bike is "in good overall condition" and that a six-mile test ride as part of the dealer's "As Is" buying policy.

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All this adds up to a bike that was genuinely fun to flog around a track or twisty back road, although all those enhancements serve to emphasize a couple of shortcomings: sportbike grip and handling mean that it is possible to deck out the heads at extreme lean angles, and the bike is just begging for a slipper clutch. One is available, but the longitudinal engine orientation and shaft drive mean that fitting it is a headache to fit.

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Bidding is pretty active and up to $7,600 with three days left on the auction. These are genuinely rare, high-spec sportbikes and, while this example has a few very minor cosmetic blemishes, we're looking at a pretty good opportunity for BMW enthusiasts to grab one of these before they get squirreled away by collectors.

-tad

2008 BMW HP2 Sport R Side

Unlikely Track-Day Hero: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport
BMW April 20, 2015 posted by

Silver slipper ( yellow stripes ) – 2000 BMW R1100S

Introduced in late 1998 as a 1999 model, BMW brought an S-model back to the brand.  Pushing 98 hp from the 1098cc boxer, the light(er) weight Beemer could break 12 seconds in the 1/4 mile and very nearly 140 mph.  Telelever front end has inherent dive control, and low-maintenance Paralever swingarm encloses shaft drive.  This second-year R1100S with optional paint has low miles and some nice upgrades.

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2000 BMW R1100S for sale on eBay

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For the R1100S introduction, BMW made many sport-related upgrades to their sport-touring package.  While their family of touring bikes hangs the rear suspension directly from the transmission housing, the R1100S has a sub-frame providing much great rigidity to the chassis.  The flowing design of the bodywork hides the underseat exhaust and an aluminum fuel tank holding almost 5 gallons.  Carbon front fender and clip-on handlebars were first on a BMW on the R1100S.  BMW pioneered development of ABS and debate continues of whether sportbikes should have it, but the triple Brembo disks on this bike appear to be ABS controlled, and who knows, it could make a save one day.  This example has only 8,500 miles and the newly recovered seat has the cowling, also the nice touches of enlarged windshield, barbacks, clear signal lenses, and factory cover.

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From the eBay auction :

New Michelin Tires, Full Remus ext, New recon seat, bmw cover, Barbacks, New batt.

Bike is in the best condition runs great needs nothing but a rider. you can see in the pics how fine the bike is.

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A sparkling presentation with new tires and battery, upgraded exhaust, and usual Bosch Motronic reliability, a successful bidder should have a summer full of trouble-free miles.

-donn

Silver slipper ( yellow stripes ) – 2000 BMW R1100S
BMW March 14, 2015 posted by

The Other Red: 1999 BMW R1100S

After 25 years without, BMW renewed interest in an -S variant, and their design team applied the innovative Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension to a sport motorcycle.

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1999 BMW R1100S for sale on eBay

The first BMW with clip-ons, passenger seat cowl, and rear-sets, the R1100S also has carbon fiber fenders and underseat exhaust.  The 4-valve 1085cc twin makes almost 100 hp with 72 ft-lbs of torque, and inspired the Boxer Cup, a single-type race series which supported Moto GP and the Daytona 200.  Later models included a Sport and Boxer Cup Prep with a belly pan, braided brake lines, and carbon valve covers.

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Tested against the Ducati ST2 and Honda VFR 800, the R1100S wasn't quite as comfortable on the track, but the Telelever front end provided good anti-dive characteristics.  Dual front / single rear Brembo disks are more than capable.  The bodywork flows beautifully and hides a 4.8 gal. fuel tank.  Speed yellow was the predominant launch color, and the red is distinctive.

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Part of the BMW ownership experience is the wide variety of aftermarket upgrades and this R1100S has been nicely "farkled" - from the eBay auction:

Beautiful R1100S always garaged and in excellent condition. Low miles and great upgrades.  Corbin leather seat, carbon fiber turn signal covers, carbon fiber front and rear fenders, Brembo brakes, billet brake and clutch covers, Rizoma rear turn signal lights, handlebars raised, Throttlemeister cruise control, fuel injected engine, Remus stainless exhaust (including original exhaust), hard cases - both wide and narrow (City), smoke windshield (includes original),Avon tires. Lightly used and looks like new.

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Doesn't seem like anyone but a BMW owner would call 33,000 "low" miles, but sport-touring can be easier on the equipment, and the higher purchase price tends to make for mature previous owners.  This first-year R1100S appears well-loved and might be a bargain entry into the brand.

-donn

The Other Red:  1999 BMW R1100S