1993 BMW K1 Frame no. WB104890790047751

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Lot 118
1993 BMW K1
Frame no. WB104890790047751

US$ 4,500 - 6,000
£ 3,600 - 4,800
Amended
1993 BMW K1
Frame no. WB104890790047751
Launched in 1989, the K1 represented BMW's bold attempt to create a hyper-sports flagship model using its K-Series 980cc four-cylinder engine. The latter had been around since 1983 and for the futuristically styled K1 was up-rated with a 16-valve cylinder head and Bosch electronic fuel injection. For the K1, the K-Series frame was stiffened, the steering geometry altered and BMW's Paralever rear suspension incorporated, while anti-lock brakes were optional. Despite BMW's self-imposed horsepower ceiling of 100bhp, Bike magazine's test K1 recorded a maximum output of 107.9bhp on Motad's dyno, which was sufficient to propel the aerodynamically efficient 'Brick' to a top speed of around 150mph. Arguably more important than the headline speed figures was the manner in which this performance was delivered, Bike's tester Phil West being highly impressed by the way in which the wind-tunnel developed fairing made 120mph seem like 60, and at a mere 7,500 rpm as well.

Produced for only four years, the K1 is already one of the more collectible of post-war BMWs, as well as remaining a thoroughly capable sports-tourer. This K1, from the final year of production, has been treated to a recent service and fitted with new tires and a Corbin seat. Showing a mere 15,369 miles on its odometer at the time of cataloging, this K1 will be an eminently enjoyable bike to use while its collectability will only increase over time.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number listed in the catalog for this lot is incorrect. The correct frame number is WB1053505P6365662. The engine number is 0007237AAY.
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1993 BMW K1 Frame no. WB104890790047751
1993 BMW K1 Frame no. WB104890790047751
1993 BMW K1 Frame no. WB104890790047751
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