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BMW May 6, 2013 posted by

Tron called and he wants his bike back: 1990 BMW K1

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This is one of those bikes that really deserves a place among the rare and collectable here on RSBFS. It has all of the elements of a future classic: Styling, performance, low production numbers and initially high price tag. The fact that it looks like it escaped from a sci-fi movie and was subsequently painted by Ronald McDonald does not help make my case, nor does the lack of BMW experience in the "limited edition" motorcycle set. I don't care. And given the activity on this auction, I am clearly not alone.

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Think of this K1 as BMW's version of the Ducati Paso. Actually, given the public's acceptance of the Paso, it's better that you don't think of it that way. The Germans have never really had the passionate expression of form like the Italians, but when it comes to technical functionality they are unsurpassed. This K1 exudes technical features and innovation you would expect from BWM: 1000cc four cylinder with fuel injection, ABS, aerodynamics to reduce rider fatigue and maximize top speed cruising, and integrated and lockable storage. This was a technically superior machine that simply fell down flat on the showroom floor.

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From the seller:
The motorcycle that you see in this ad may be one of the most perfect K1s in existence. It is extremely low mileage of 4,261 as you can see from the picture of the odometer that is believed to be correct. The bike looks like it is almost brand new out of the box just after being put together by a dealer. The pictures will show you the high detail and the excellent condition of just about every part on the bike. The bike runs just as it should, stops as it should and sounds phenomenal, especially when accelerating rapidly. This bike has never been abused and has always been somewhat of a trailer queen. It has spent much of its life in the equivalent of somebody’s living room.

This particular bike appears to be one of the cleanest and best preserved examples of the breed, and sports very low miles. Most of the K1 bikes we see have some tip over damage or minor rash (there is a LOT of bodywork on a K1), or have been ridden as they were intended and have very high mileage. Neither condition is good for a collectable - if, in fact, that is what this bike is. Some bidders think so, as the current bid is over $6,000 USD with moderate bidding. There is still a reserve in place, so the seller obviously thinks it is worth more. What does a pristine K1 go for in 2013 dollars? Click the link to jump over to the auction and let's find out!

MI

BMW July 6, 2012 posted by

Best looking bike ever! 1990 BMW K1

For Sale: 1990 BMW K1

What do the Italians know about style? I mean, really. The Ducati 916, the MV Agusta F4, Bimota DB1, Laverda RGS, Moto Guzzi Le Mans - none of these have the sheer presence of a BMW K1.

I'm kidding, of course. Only the Germans could come up with a techno-wonder-rocket bike and then allow Ronald McDonald to dress and paint it. Yup, I'm lovin' it.

From the seller:
FOR SALE BEAUTIFUL AND RARE BMW K1 1990 WITH 35,000 MILES

IF YOU LOOK AT THIS AUCTION, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT, THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW K1 MADE FOR THE USA AND THE HISTORY OF THIS BIKE IS AMAZING.

THE BIKE DRIVES PERFECTLY, SMOOTH AND BEAUTIFUL.

THE TIRES ARE 90% , GEL BATTERY IN PERFECT CONDITION, BIKE STARTS PERFECTLY, ABS IS WORKING

LOOK AT THE PICTURES CLOSELY, THE BIKES NEEDS TLC AND LOVE

In truth, the K1 was a tour de force for BMW, and allowed them to flex their technological muscles. Utilizing brains over brawn, BMW created a high speed touring machine based around a 100 HP limit. The aero work allowed the K1 to reach higher top speeds than other bikes that adhered to the voluntary 100 HP figure, and with ABS (a big deal at the time), integrated trunks and snazzy (depending upon your definition of snazzy) graphics, the limited numbered K1 was a media hit.

Fast forward 20+ years and the K1 looks dated. It is no RC30 in the investment department, but still holds value relatively well. This particular bike is in need of some refreshing - which can be very expensive due to the rare nature of the panels. I sure hope Ronald didn't get any road rash when this one went down.

For your chance to own the best looking bike ever built (or maybe not), click the link and jump over to the auction. It's not often you have the chance to ride something so different that there is no risk seeing yourself coming or going. Now all you need is a tank bag for that run through the Mickey Dees drive through!

MI

BMW June 16, 2011 posted by

German Express: 1992 BMW K1

For Sale: 1992 BMW K1

When it was first released back in 1988, the BMW K1 was something of a sensation. Based on BMW's recently introduced longitudinal four cylinder "K" configuration engine, the K1 featured new motorcycle technology such as ABS brakes along with stunning bodywork developed from hours and hours in the wind tunnel. Intended to be a teutonic tour de force, BMW relied on aerodynamics to produce an autobahn missle dispite the European cap of 100 horsepower (Erik Buell did essentially the same thing with his Battletwin bike, as seen here). Since BMW Marketing was also in a funk - replacing the boxer engine with a four cylinder left BMW without a clear plan, strategy or image - the K1's aesthetics were magnified by garish paint schemes, graphics and wild colors.

As the 1980s turned into the 1990s, BMW realized that the George Jetson look of the K1 was not selling. Thus, in the final years of production, the paint schemes were subdued slightly. And while the bikes did receive some updates throughout the model run, there continued to be many concerns with vibration (the engine was solidly mounted), heat radiating from within the confined space, and panels cracking. The last issue plagues most K1s; to save weight on an already large and heavy bike, the panels were engineered to be as thin and lightweight as possible. As such, they are prone to cracking at stress points. Even with the lighter bodywork, a K1 still tips the scales at over 500 pounds - before you add fuel or rider. High speed distance is the strenght; acceleration, low speed handling and turning radius work against it.

From the seller:
This particular bike was owned by a casual collector who always wanted a K1 and finally bought one several years ago. Showing 20,367 miles, he has replaced the fuel pump and had it regularly serviced by the local BMW dealer in Medford. He gave us the service records he has paid for and the records from the previous owner. The bike comes with the factory soft luggage and stock colored front wind screen. The bike has been ridden and is not a trailer queen, but it is stunning to view today as it was twenty years ago. There is a crack on the upper right fairing where the mounting screw attaches the two panels, the tank has three scratches that have been brush touched and the front of the lower fairing has rock chips from the front tire as can be seen in the images. The bike is not new, but it is original as you can see by the decals and finish. It runs excellent and rides great. These bikes are rare and collectable today yet can be ridden and serviced.

BMW moved a reported total of 6,921 of these wild machines between 1988 and 1993. As far as rare and collectable bikes go, that is a huge number. To BMW (or any other mass-market player), that was not even enough to cover design and product costs. The K1 faded from sight and only occasionally crop up on the open market. When they do, they are generally well loved and have some pretty respectible mileage on them. That should tell you the important bit: these are great machines to ride - in the right circumstances and if you can accept their limitations.

This auction is on right now, and the current bid is only $2,650. The reserve has not yet been met, and the volume of bidding has been above average. Some research on the 'net indicates that low mileage, excellent examples should trade for $7,000 - $10,500. This one, with high mileage (for a collector) and paintwork issues will struggle to meet that. Depending on where the reserve is set, this could be a collection-filling bargain in the making!

To find out more information, read more of the details, and review more photos, . Good Luck!

MI

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