Back in the early 80s, Krauser was the world’s largest manufacturer of detachable luggage for motorcycles, known especially for their bags used on BMWs and Goldwings. Mike Krauser, president of his namesake company, wanted to design a road machine that would be top of the line. The result was an entirely new concept in frame design, and the BMW Krauser MKM 1000. Weighing just 496 pounds wet, the MKM was lighter than all of its competition, like the Ducati Super Sport and the Moto Guzzi Le Mans. Krauser was a big fan of BMW – he considered them to be the total package at the time in terms of quality, simplicity, and durability. Thus, he used a R100S as the base for his $14,000 supersport.
Despite a production run of only 100 over only two years, the bike was an instant classic due to it’s distinctive style and 70 horsepower – the most powerful stock airhead that was produced. This extra power was due to optional proprietary Krauser 4 valve heads, that unfortunately weren’t very reliable. Want to learn more? Motorcyclist has a great period review of the BMW Krauser MKM 1000 back in 1980.
This specific BMW Krauser MKM 1000 has the proprietary heads, and is number 12 of 100. The numbers match, and the cosmetics seems to be in excellent shape. It’s covered 15,000 miles, and will have plenty left to go – but we would keep a set of stock heads close by, just in case.
Find this BMW Krauser MKM 1000 for sale here on Australia’s bikesales.com for a negotiable offer of $25,000 in Jimboomba, Australia.