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Evolution of K1200 since 1998

I am about to purchase a '98 Dakar K1200RS. Can anyone tell me some details about the evolution of this "flying brick" motor as far as the lineage of the bike and what it transformed into over the years? I love the color scheme of the grey and yellow Dakar and the overall concept of the bike, but mostly attracted to the "Euro" styling cues and BMW classic switchgear, etc.... It seems like the "real deal" and I just can't stop thinking about it and looking at it! And I have a Ducati, a Goldwing and a beautiful Ninja, but still this German piece is getting under my skin!!

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750 3 cylinder 6 valve - engine stressed member in a steel frame.
1000cc 4 cylinder 8 valve - engine stressed member in a steel frame.
1000cc 4 cylinder 16 valve - engine stressed member in a steel frame.
1100cc 4 cylinder 16 valve - engine stressed member in a steel frame.
1200cc 4 cylinder 16 valve - rubber mounted in a alloy frame. Rubber mounting the engine removed often intrusive vibration the 4 cylinder bikes often suffered from at certain RPM.

Others can expand, there were various other models like LT or RS SE, etc.
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I am about to purchase a '98 Dakar K1200RS. Can anyone tell me some details about the evolution of this "flying brick" motor as far as the lineage of the bike and what it transformed into over the years? I love the color scheme of the grey and yellow Dakar and the overall concept of the bike, but mostly attracted to the "Euro" styling cues and BMW classic switchgear, etc.... It seems like the "real deal" and I just can't stop thinking about it and looking at it! And I have a Ducati, a Goldwing and a beautiful Ninja, but still this German piece is getting under my skin!!
Can't speak intelligently toward the lineage of the bike but if I were you and I had it to do all over again I would get an 02 -04. It's got more of the comfort add ons that you'll want if you ride the S&*t out of it as I do my 2000. Cruze control being the most important.
I didn't think I would need it but, I also have a Sportbike for flogging , and the BMW is used for US travel and long rides. Many mile s on the interstate system getting where you want to go and ride. My opinion .
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I am about to purchase a '98 Dakar K1200RS. Can anyone tell me some details about the evolution of this "flying brick" motor as far as the lineage of the bike and what it transformed into over the years?
See bikez.com for a comprehensive list of BMW motorcycle models. K bikes start on page 3:

https://www.bikez.com/brand/bmw_motorcycles.php?page=3

The "Flying Brick" K100 was first produced in 1983 (model year 1984 in the U.S., IIRC) and ended in 2010 or 2011 with the last K1200LT.

K100 = 4-cylinder/8-valve (987cc). Available with ABS (K100RS-SE) beginning in 1988. 16-valve engine started in 1989 with the K1 and in 1990 on the RS models.

K75 = 3-cyclinder/6-valve (740cc). Available from 1986 through 1996.

K1100 = 4-cylinder/16-valve (1,092cc). Available from 1993 through 1997.

K1200 = 4-cyclinder/16-valve (1,171cc). The 1200 models were a major re-design, bearing little resemblance to previous K bikes other than the the "brick" engine. Completly new frame, telelever front end, paralever drive shaft, 6-speed transmission, etc. Huge improvement in power and handling. Available from 1997 - 2005 (RS/GT) and as late as 2011 for the LT models.

I've owned 5 flying brick K bikes: 1985 K100RS, 1989 K100RS/SE (ABS special), 1990 K1, 1991 K1, and a 2004 K1200GT. Bought the GT in '08 with ~10,000 miles on the odometer and it's been a great bike. Nearing 100,000 miles and still going strong. Definitely the best of the Ks I've owned. Loved the K1s (beautiful in blue!), but the high foot pegs and cramped riding position killed my old knees. Wish I would have kept the last one just to ride once in a while and look at longingly while wishing for the greater flexibility of my younger self. 😉

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