BMW K1 - Reviews
It comes with small glove-box type storage, but does have soft bags available to fit it. This bike wasn’t designed for an extra passenger or luggage, so if you have a spouse who likes to ride, he or she would do better getting his or her own bike.
The water-cooled 16-valve engine cranks out an outstanding 100hp at the crank. Combined with the bike’s weight of 613 pounds, it is capable of doing over 100 mph for hours – without even breathing heavy. The engine configuration is, like most of BMW’s products, quite reliable.
The anti-lock brakes come from the K100RS Special and are standard on all K1s sold in the United States. The bike is shaft driven, but doesn’t have the handling disadvantages of a shaft driven bike, thanks to BMW’s Paralever rear suspension.
The BMW K1’s unique body style and engine configuration “wow” people when they realize the bike is not a newer bike – but instead around 15 or more years old. There were not many of the bikes sold when they originally came on the market, but some people bought the bike and “saved” it, because they thought it might become a classic.
Comparison bikes are the Ducati 750 SS, Ducati 907, Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 883 Hugger and the Harley-Davidson FXRS 1340 Low Rider.
Advantages: great comfort, good road holding, smooth grunty motor, large underseat storage, high mile per gallon.
Disadvantages: Quite heavy, some known reliability problems, poor dealer network compared to other manufacturers.