Bmw K1 is a bike model, created by the German company. When K1 has appeared in 1988, it firstly made a visual shock mostly by the aesthetic appearance inherent to other products of the brand. The lines are very aerodynamic, critics even compare these motorcycles with TGV. The huge rectangular headlight bar in the front, breaking the pointed shape goes to the fender. There are vents everywhere on the cowl; on the fender ... Nevertheless, this huge fairing increases the windage of the side. Available colors show the image of austerity. It was available in only in discreet enough blue or bright red colors. In both cases, the motobike is noted for the stickers on the sides of K1, fairing, saddle, wheels and engine painted in yellow. After these two variants, at the request of the French branch, BMW chose to offer a more discreet (graphite black) to attract more customers.
The first hundred models were supplied with a copper plate numbered and personalized with the name of the owner.
The last hundred models, called \"Ultima\" were numbered, without personalization, featured with monograms \"Dakar K1 black\".
Speaking about the power unit, the four-cylinder BMW motorcycle had sixteen valves and the compression ratio from 10.2 to 11.1. The power is peaking at 100 hp at 8000 rpm / min. This one with the weight of 234 kg can reach the maxim speed of 240 km / h.
The chassis is not a surprise.
The front one is fork and rear suspension is Paralever.
The K1 is mainly the first motorcycle to be equipped with ABS.
Nowadays, it is clear, that this creation of the Bavarian firm has been indeed a commercial flop. This resounding failure is now offset by the enthusiasm of collectors of this model, which is still causing turning of the heads on its way.
Its output price was about 90,000 francs equal to the price of VW Golf Turbo Diesel, which at that time was the ultimate in its class.
The French importer made ABS the mandatory option. In the Benelux and Germany the buyers had the choice of buying the K1 without ABS.