Well, now it’s known that the wind tunnel design and the introduced colours of the k1 as well as the 4-cylinder engine, to be very economical, was not very much appreciated by the BMW customers in the 80s.
Actually the k1 was a shock to the quite conservative clientele, still in love with and accustomed to the existing 2-Valve Boxer motorcycles well known for decades, never have been asking for anything else.
Additionally the k1 was not able to mount solid panniers for touring, as was usual for the BMW clientele.
Finally the k1 was extremely expensive in
the 80s, let’s say quite exclusive for most of the people, but especially for those customers who would prefer the cheaper Japanese motorcycles anyway.
Myself, I had to starve for two years before I could finally afford to buy a two-year-old k1 in 1992 with a 15.000km on the clock.
Nonetheless it was still more expensive than a new Japanese sports bike or even a small-range car!
Recapitulating, it can be said that the k1 was too expensive and the design too far ahead of it's time.
According to the given key points, what is unique about the k1 then?
Even after decades, there are still spare parts for the k1 available!
Thank you very much BMW for the support to keep the k1 alive.
September 1983 - First design studies
June, 22nd 1986 - Presentation of the k1 prototype to the board of directors
January 1988 - Release of the changes, the k1 design now close to the final series
September 1988 - Presentation of the k1 to the public at the IFMA in Cologne
8- 16th May 1989 - Presentation of the k1 to the press in Italy, 50km south east of Rom
and finally May 89 - Sales release
Total of 6921 k1 have been produced between 1988 and 1993
About 2050 of the k1 have been sold in Germany
About 670 of the k1 have been sold to America
The last 100 of the k1 are called "Ultima" colour dakar-yellow/ black – enumerated from 1 to 100
It is rather likely that just a third of the 6921 k1 s remain on the road since the first production date in '88.
|marrakesh-red||222||broom-yellow||broom-yellow||broom-yellow||black / yellow|
|laguna-blue metallic||233||broom-yellow||broom-yellow||broom-yellow||black / yellow|
From 1988-1990 the k1 was just available in marrakesh-red / broom-yellow or laguna-blue / broom-yellow.
Approx. 80% of the k1 were sold in one of that two initial colours.
Classic-black, royal-blue + silk-blue with silver drive, wheels+decals were available from 1991 on.
A last 100 k1 Ultima's were offered in dakar-yellow/ black seat+decals and silver wheels in 1993.
Rumour has it that the edition of k1 Ultima's were produced by the parts have left in the stocks.