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Kawasaki January 10, 2018 posted by

Mean and Very Green: 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7R K1 for Sale

Forgoing the elegance and class of the European sportbikes, Kawasaki's unabashedly garish ZX-7R, or ZXR-750 as it was known in other markets, is splashed with jagged graphics in vivid green, white, and blue. Not a modern, metallic, beetle-green, of course. Kawasaki's impossibly green green, with the un-self-consciously adolescent "Ninja" in fluorescent lettering splashed across the tank, along with a pair of HVAC air tubes that don't actually feed a pressurized airbox, just direct cooling air at the cylinder head... I hated these bikes when I was younger. But I'd buy one in a heartbeat now, since I could ride a Ninja with a sense of humor about the name, and not be worried that people might think I had a pair of tabi boots in my closet and some shuriken in my sock drawer next to a pair of nunchaku...

The ZX-7R was Kawasaki's entry into the hotly-contested 750cc superbike class in racing and on the street, their answer to the Suzuki GSX-R750, Yamaha's YZF-750R, and Honda's RC30. At the time, the 750cc inline four was the go-to configuration in World Superbike competition, unless you were Ducati. Of course, each manufacturer built limited-production homologation specials to help create the very best foundation for their World Superbike entries, except for Honda, whose RC30 was basically an homologation special to begin with.

The ZX-7R sold in 1991 is generally known as the "J1," so what's going on here with what the seller claims is a "K1"? Although they provided a wide range of tuning parts for their ZX-7/ZXR-750 that allowed them to compete successfully, Kawasaki didn't really create an homologation special until the 1991 model year's ZX-7R K1. The K1's solo seat and aluminum tank meant it was was lighter, while flat-slide carbs and higher compression meant the engine made a bit more power and could rev a bit higher. Different ratios with a taller first gear were better for the track, but made stoplight getaways a clutch-slipping pain. Price was nearly double the stock bike, but worth it if you wanted to be competitive.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7R K1 for Sale

Some of the most exotic motorcycles ever sold to the public were built during the 1990s, the golden era for homologation Superbikes.  For sale is a rare and wonderful example of such a motorcycle - a limited edition 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7R K1 production-based race bike.  

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R K1 was a special limited edition of Kawi’s ZX-7R used in AMA Superbike. Kawasaki enjoyed tremendous success in competitive racing with this bike, and plenty of that tech made it to the ‘civilian’ version. Required to produce 500 examples for homologation purposes, Kawi packed this bike full of features like 39mm Keihin flat-slide carbs, an aluminum gas tank, and a close ratio six speed transmission with an exceedingly tall first gear. All these goodies nearly doubled the MSRP compared to a base ZX-7R, but for the lucky 142 riders in the US who got to buy one, it was well worth it.  Weighing 10 pounds less than a base ZX-7R, the K1 had a tweaked engine with higher compression and a redline that was 500 rpm higher. This powerplant produced 120 horsepower at the crank, leading to a top speed of just under 160 miles per hour. (from the website bike-urious).
This particular model has only 3,100 miles and starts, runs and rides beautifully...and sounds great with Muzzy exhaust.  The upper fairing near the right side mirror has a couple small cracks (don't ask), but the bike is in remarkably nice shape overall and shows no sign of having been down.  A new lithium battery is included, as well.

Please Note:  I’m listing this bike for a friend who has an exceptionally nice collection of motorcycles for sale, including other homologation bikes (Honda VFR750R RC30, Yamaha FZR750R OW01, numerous rare Ducati’s), a Vincent Black Shadow, an Ariel Square Four, two BSA Gold Stars, a 1937 UL Flathead Harley Davidson, etc. (additional photos included above).

These are very rare and were extremely expensive when new, and there's been plenty of interest in sportbikes of the late 1980s and early 1990s recently. The starting bid for this ZX-7R K1 is $18,000 with no takers yet and several days left on the auction. The last one we featured sold for $14,500 back in 2015, so $18,000 seems like a fair price for this very clean, low-mileage example but maybe a bit high for a starting bid?

-tad

Mean and Very Green: 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7R K1 for Sale
BMW September 11, 2017 posted by

Blade Runner Meets Kraftwerk: 1991 BMW K1

Looking back, it's hard to see any way the BMW K1 would have ever been anything but controversial, with such a heinous striking profile and the infamous Ishihara test livery, but BMW came at its design as only the Germans can: With an eye for both problem solving and pushing the envelope.

1991 BMW K1 for sale on eBay

The K1 was aimed at pushing BMW into the youth market, catering to buyers who wanted the sporty fairings and race bike queues of Japanese and Italian machines, while satisfying its core group of high-speed touring-oriented buyers.

So, the Bavarians threw a 1,000-cc longitudinal four cylinder at the equation, and then added shaft drive and a single-sided paralever swingarm. The engine was limited by BMW to 100 horsepower, which meant achieving 150-mph autobahn blasts would require aerodynamic trickery.

Enter the now-dated bodywork, which caused either reverence or revulsion, and achieved an 0.38 drag coefficient.

The 1991 BMW K1 for sale here wears the most controversial red and yellow color scheme, and is in very nice condition with a couple caveats. The seller says the ABS was removed when they purchased the bike, though it was supplied with all the ABS parts. They do not say whether it was reinstalled. The digital clock is also broken.

On the upside, it comes with a full titanium Remus exhaust.

From the eBay listing:

Selling My 1991 BMW K1. I purchased this ICONIC motor bike with a great sounding REMUS exhaust system installed. The first for me hearing this type of sound from a BMW motorcycle, Sweet. The ABS System was also removed when purchased. I didn't ask why, but the parts came with the bike. It has a very strong engine and power train that launches the bike effortlessly and the Remus exhaust isn't overpowering with noise while cruising. New battery and tender purchased last year, tender also sold with bike. This BMW K1 is a daily rider and will be sold as such. Starts every time. Display cluster LCD clock not working properly.

Clear title in My Possession. Sold in As Is condition.

The starting bid on this rare and wild beast is $5,500, and with more than six days left in the auction, it has yet to attract any bids.

Blade Runner Meets Kraftwerk: 1991 BMW K1
BMW January 12, 2016 posted by

Time-Capsule Space Ship: 1993 BMW K1 for Sale

1993 BMW K1 L Side Front

A flawed motorcycle that nevertheless succeeded in its intended mission, BMW's radical K1 was tasked with changing public perception of the slightly stodgy brand and, although it didn't actually sell particularly well, it certainly managed to send the brand off in a new direction. A bit too futuristically-styled, and possibly a bit too ambitious in terms of technology, it certainly shook things up for BMW, and it also helped them prepare for stricter emissions requirements that were in the pipeline, something their airhead flat twin wouldn't be capable of meeting. The K100's liquid-cooled inline four and offshoot triple found in the K75 would make that much easier, and a sportier version for the four found its way into the K1.

1993 BMW K1 R Side

While a liquid-cooled inline four sounds pretty conventional, BMW of course had to do it their own way, and the long-stroke, Bosch-injected, longitudinally-mounted engine was laid-over on its side to keep the center of gravity low. This generally has the disadvantage of a pretty long wheelbase and the de rigueur telelever shaft drive is pretty heavy, but this was intended as a sport-touring machine, not a pure sportbike: with 516lbs to pull around, that torquey motor made for a bike that was reasonably fast, but certainly no road-burner.

1993 BMW K1 Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1993 BMW K1 for Sale

This bike came from the factory as pictured - special order Silk Blue with no K1 decals. This machine was professionally stored in a collectors climate controlled warehouse for over 20 years. I purchased the bike with 976 miles on it in January 2015. I have only put about 250 miles on the bike.

This machine is nearly perfect. One small V shape crack is shown on the pictures below. The ABS sensor also needs to be reset.

This is really a one of a kind motorcycle that is just about new in every sense.

1993 BMW K1 Rear Suspension

Unable to compete in the changing landscape of Japanese supersports in the early 90s, the bike was discontinued in '93. It's a bit of an odd duck today: it doesn't offer much that appeals to traditional BMW enthusiasts with its inline four and very limited cargo capacity. The fairing panels are subject to cracking and the limited airflow means those bits of plastic can get very, very hot. And it's not really very sporty compared to Japanese or Italian bikes of the period.

1993 BMW K1 Front Brakes

These certainly aren't display pieces and, with prices relatively low, a nice K1 could make a pretty neat alternative for riders obsessed with quirky. However, with under 1,200 miles on the clock and a starting bid of over $10,000 this example is for collectors only. Most of the bikes were painted up in some pretty lurid red/yellow paint schemes, but this particular example is a very restrained, traditional blue that will probably help it appeal to BMW enthusiasts looking to complete their collections.

-tad

1993 BMW K1 L Side

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 January 16, 2015 posted by

Does the K stand for Kiwi? 1990 BMW K1

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The BMW K1 is a controversial machine. Looking like Buck Rogers crossed with a "Pimp my ride" paint job, the K1 was produced in limited numbers and bought by even fewer buyers. Despite the fact that they were not sought after by the BMW faithful (or anybody else), those that have owned or ridden the K1 praise it for all the qualities you would expect from BMW: good fit and finish, high grade components, overall usability and lack of performance. For all of its spaceship good looks, the K1 was meant to maximize its use of 100 HP for cruising purposes. The bike is heavy (500+ lbs) and suffers some heat build-up as the result of the inline four buried under the multi-piece fiberglass bodywork. The K1 does sport the first instance of the BMW Paralever swingarm, which incorporates both the swingarm and the drive shaft in unison and removes much of the typical drive shaft jack that plagues earlier examples of the marque. In cruise mode the K1 is relatively efficient and within its design envelope, meant to eat miles all day long. If you don't like attention when you ride, perhaps this is not the ride for you. For all others, these are relatively rare (fewer than 7,000 produced), and most have high miles and/or bodywork damage (after all, there is a LOT of bodywork). You'll have to travel to NZ for this one; but if you are already close, it could be a great find.

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1990 BMW K1 for sale in New Zealand

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From the seller:
This is a 1990 BMW K1 in immaculate condition.

It has had two owners since new, both New Zealand Police Officers.

New in NZ it has travelled 22,300 kms (about 14,000 miles) and is in excellent condition. It has always been garaged and rarely taken out in the rain. Both owners are motorcycle enthusiasts and have used the bike sparingly to keep the miles down.

This bike is good enough to be a show piece in a BMW motorcycle dealers shop

I have original tools and owners manual, even have the original paint touch up kit.

I doubt you will find a better example anywhere.

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Does the K stand for Kiwi?  1990 BMW K1
BMW June 27, 2014 posted by

The Right Ingredients, Wrong Colors: 1990 BMW K1

The BMW K1 was one of the Bavarian company's earlier attempts to move into the sport bike/tourer segment. While the paint scheme may at first look like it was done by some primary school students after a trip to McDonalds, it was still a BMW product which meant under the bodywork was some serious engineering.

1990 BMW K1 for sale on eBay

1990 BMW K1 for sale

The 1990 K1 came equipped with a 1000cc four cylinder that sported fuel injection, an early ABS system and aerodynamic bodywork designed to reduce rider fatigue while maximizing top speed cruising. The bodywork even included built-in lockable storage areas. Basically, the big K1 proved to the world that the designers at BMW could be creative.

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As posted last year on RSBFS by Mike, "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...This was a technically superior machine that simply fell down flat on the showroom floor."

The last listing on RSBFS for a 1990 K1 in this color scheme was back in May of last year and the bike brought in a cool 13k so there is definitely a market for these bikes.

Opening bid is $7500 and the Buy-It-Now price is a smidge under 12k.

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from the seller:

First time I saw one of these bikes I knew I just had to have one! It has been extremely hard to find one in this great condition! I purchased this bike from the second owner. Bike was reported to have been sold new out of BAVARIAN MOTOR WERKS in Cincinatti to Robert Pitcairen Jr - best known as the attorny for Pete Rose and the Cincinatti Bengals. It has been garage kept and professionally serviced since new. Never abused or damaged, with just over 16,038 actual miles looks like a new bike (or better). Draws crowds whenever it is ridden. Runs, sounds and rides amazing, smooth 5 speed transmission, BMW's proven shaft drive system, triple disc ABS brakes, lots of power from the 1000cc liquid cooled 4 cylinder, handles nice and has exceptional wind protection. All body work very clean and scuff free, windshield clear as are gauge lenses. Heated grips are standard too. Bike comes with special edition FMW touring bags and full cover too. Don't miss out! You will not be dissapointed!

The Right Ingredients, Wrong Colors:  1990 BMW K1