The BMW K1 was the German’s firm first attempt at a modern sport bike. Featuring distinctive 80s style bodywork that’s very reminiscent of Akira, the K1 featured a drag coefficient of .38 – the lowest ever seen on a production bike at the time.
Even though it weighed over 600 pounds, the bike was able to top 140 mph because of the bodywork and a 1000cc engine from the flying brick that produced 95 horsepower. Ignoring the love-it or hate-it styling, the K1 had a few flaws. The bodywork trapped a serious amount of heat, and the turning radius was atrocious. Despite that, the bike served BMW’s purpose of changing public perception that the German company was only any good at producing boxer-engined tourers.
This specific BMW K1 is in great shape, and only has 11,513 miles, and all the standard equipment like the heated grips and ABS are working great. This example is notable as it’s in the most elegant, though arguably also most boring, color scheme of black with silver accents. The definitive K1 paint job is probably the red/yellow, but it just looks too much like ketchup and mustard for our tastes at Bike-urious. Check out BikeEXIF’s beautiful photography to see just how the red and yellow scheme looks!
Find this BMW K1 for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of $5,000 and a Buy-It-Now price of $8,000 in Leawood, Kansas.