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Old 08-20-2010, 01:02 AM   #16
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I've always loved the way these things look. So outlandish it's gotta be cool!

Never ridden one though.
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:36 AM   #17
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Very MARMITE Unfortunately, just too ugly & not a particularly great bike so will never be a classic in the true sense (desirable) of the word.

My uncle had one in the late 90's and he was a Beema fan, but he said he "suffered" it for 6 months then traded it in for a nice little Enfield
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:50 AM   #18
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All I can say is this...

There weren't that many total bikes in this years BMW MOA Concours but at least three of them were very, very pretty K-1s and compared to the other bikes, they really looked great.

I rode one when they were new and I really didn't think that they were that special. Now, if you stuffed in one of the New K-bike engines it would be special in spades but the bike was a victim of it's time. Kind of underpowered, heat was a problem and you couldn't turn the damn thing for shit but the question today is about collectability and I think that that bike is one of the stars of the future.

As I've said about some other Beemers: If you want one, buy it now!
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:37 PM   #19
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I always thought they were kinda cool lookin.

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Old 10-07-2010, 03:30 AM   #20
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Wink Re: BMW's Buy One Now if you want one....

K1,Red and Yellow
Flying to Tasmainia for pickup on 13/10/2010
Might not be some people's favourite but I'm going to ride it across Oz.
See how it goes...
Sounds like a late model engine is the go, which model is best for donor Donk?
I'm going for a towbar/trailer, no luggage on this sleek machine....
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:51 PM   #21
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When I first saw one I though it was to cool for words. I was reminded of the UK series UFO and a little of Thunderbirds are GO! and loved it. Never rode one and now I am kinda glad I didn't.
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:04 PM   #22
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K1,Red and Yellow
Flying to Tasmainia for pickup on 13/10/2010
Might not be some people's favourite but I'm going to ride it across Oz.
See how it goes...
Sounds like a late model engine is the go, which model is best for donor Donk?
I'm going for a towbar/trailer, no luggage on this sleek machine....
I don't know about swapping the engine but those early K-bike engines were pretty good candidates for turbo charging. IINM, Lufty and maybe San Jose were into that technology back-in-the-day and thier suppliers is still around building Beemer turbo systems.

Of course, with a turbo there'll be even more heat to roast you legs and private parts but who cares?
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:12 PM   #23
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Turbo K1 ...Feel the Power.....

Okay, give me all the info you've got on Turbo K1's, sounds like the way to go,
Luftmeister kits?
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:16 PM   #24
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Well, turbo technology has moved on since off the shelf kits were available, so unless you want a period piece, you'd be better off rolling your own.

Start with replacing the stock injection with an aftermarket system such as Megasquirt. Then find an appropriately sized turbo. Build a custom exhaust and intake to make it all fit. You'd probably need intercooling - that'll need to be hidden in amongst the fairings also. Or you could use water injection to cool your intake charge instead.

Then tuning, lots of tuning.

If this is all do-able then you'll have to consider what the extra power is gonna do. Will the driveline and suspension handle it? What's the final drive ratio?

All do-able and there's lots of info out there. All it takes is time and money. You'll probably end up with a slower, more expensive bike than what you could buy from the showroom, but it'd be a unique machine for sure.

Take lots of pics and post 'em here. In the meantime, check this guy's effort:

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Old 10-07-2010, 07:57 PM   #25
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There's a K1100RS motor in mine, with American-spec K100-16V cams and appropriate Motronic. Someday it'll be 1200cc. I love the thing and I'll keep it until they close the lid on me.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:14 PM   #26
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I like 'em.
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:39 AM   #27
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I like 'em.
Me too.
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:26 AM   #28
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Plenty to think about....
Specifically, which 1100/1200 motors to look out for at the wreckers?
Will post report on Tassie trip.
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:25 AM   #29
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There are a few nice looking K1's on Ebay right now, and not much action on them. Given how cheap decent K100's are, I think even a very good K1 is hard-pressed to push much over $4k. It's seems like the rare black ones command a noticeable premium over the red or blue.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:38 PM   #30
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K1...no chance! Race pedigree? How so? All show, no go! A friend of mind was a president for BMW motorcycles (not in the U.S.) when the K1 was being built. They had such a hard time selling them that all the corporate bikes that the reps were riding were K1's.

At best an oddity that will appeal to a limited number of BMW enthusiasts, IMO.

The HP2 Sport might have a shot as a future classic, especially if it turns out to be the last and greatest high-performance boxer sport bike. Since it's doubtful they can push the existing boxer to much more power than the HP2 Sport, this might be the ultimate.
Turbo might be an option.
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