Well, now it’s known that the wind tunnel design and the introduced colors of the k1 as well as the 4-cylinder engine, to be very honest, 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 clients.
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.
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.
From 1988-1990 the k1 was just available in marrakech-red / broom-yellow or laguna-blue / broom-yellow.
Approx. 77% of the k1 were sold in one of that two initial colors.
Classic-black, royal-blue + silk-blue with silver drive, wheels+decals were available from end of 1990 on.
A last 100 k1 Ultima's were offered in dakar-yellow/ black seat+decals and silver wheels in 1993.
Rumors has it that they were made of parts to reduce the huge stock, because not required due to
not achieved sales forecast.