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In September 1988, the Cologne Motorcycle and Bicycle Show, the world’s largest event of its kind, the BMW K1 was presented as the new super sports machine for the 1989 season. Although up to the start of production in May 1989, nobody except for BMW’s specialists had ridden the machine one single metre, it was almost sold out immediately.

BMW’s new top model is a further development of the K 100 model series introduced in 1983. The K1 was also available as an option with BMW’s electronic/hydraulic anti-lock brake system (ABS) introduced for the K 100 models in spring 1988, a unique feature in the world at that time. K1’s design was clearly made around efficiency making the motorcycle “cut through” the wind. This also results in an overall drag coefficient of 0,38 with the rider sitting upright and 0,34 with the rider leaning forwards, impressive numbers.

Progress in suspension and running gear technology is most striking on the rear wheel of the K1 which features BMW’s worldwide patented Paralever that debuted successfully in autumn 1987 on the endure models R 80 GS and R 100 GS.

Since its launch in 1989, the K1 was one of the most exclusive models on the market,with only 4.000 units produced at BMW motorcycle factory in Berlin by the end of 1989.

Technical specifications

Four-cylinders inline
987 cc
Bore x stroke
67 x 70 mm
Power output
74 kW/100 hp at 8.000 rpm
2.230 x 760 x 1.210 mm
Seat height
780 mm
Unladen weight
259 kg
Max. speed
230 km/h
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Ginion Classics has its roots within Ginion Group, the privately owned Belgian automotive company importing luxury and sports car brands and active in sales and after sales activities for various premium car and motorcycle brands. The company also has a department dedicated to leisure vehicles and is preparing for the future filled with autonomous vehicles and extensive car sharing.                   

Stéphane Sertang has been holding for over 20 years the steering wheel of the company and his vision is driving all departments full of passion towards a bright future