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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2005, 11:57 pm Thread Starter
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Cool First Thread in this area! K100 K1

There you go, first post in the new area!!!
I always wanted a K1 (dark bue or black) as they are such a classic.
Would feel fairly basic compared to my KGT though.
You can pick up a nice example here in Oz for $12000 AU (approx $9K US)
Best wishes everyone.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 2005, 1:31 pm
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There you go, first post in the new area!!!
I always wanted a K1 (dark bue or black) as they are such a classic.
Would feel fairly basic compared to my KGT though.
You can pick up a nice example here in Oz for $12000 AU (approx $9K US)
Best wishes everyone.

Ken.
(Geat day outside, why am I sitting here typing???)

http://www.fototime.com/inv/A2F69513CB11885 . $4,500 here in the USA although I do feel like I got one of the better bargains around. They are great, fun bikes. Not super practical -- I joke that there's just enough luggage space to run 45 miles to the Georgia border to pick up lottery tickets -- but a beautiful, entertaining bike just the same.
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Thumbs up You lucky XXXX

What a great looking K1! Good on you John. Does it ride as good as it looks?
For the money you paid, you can just hold on to that machine for ever, and eventually make some cash on sale.
It won't depreciate.

Best wishes mate.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 2005, 7:21 pm
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gorgeous bike!

A true classic! Especially at that price.....!

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http://www.fototime.com/inv/A2F69513CB11885 . $4,500 here in the USA although I do feel like I got one of the better bargains around. They are great, fun bikes. Not super practical -- I joke that there's just enough luggage space to run 45 miles to the Georgia border to pick up lottery tickets -- but a beautiful, entertaining bike just the same.
There are some K100/K1 mongrel conversions around with the K100 back end and full hard bags. Incredibly ugly, but practical if thats what you want. We found a low mileage factory black 91 K1 a few weeks ago in MN and have been having great fun with it so far. It doesn't give up much to the KRS really. Cool bike and stealthy in black with no graphics.

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Thanks Ken and Mike!

She runs just great and I have a blast with the old girl. I'm not 100% confident with the brakes because I did manage to get a quick lock of the rear a few weeks ago while taking a turn, but that may be the difference between early ABS and later ABS that I'm used to. So no 10/10ths cornering. Otherwise she's a blast to take out on the open Interstate highways around here. She'll run with and catch a lot of the kids on more modern go fast bikes just because she's very stable at speed.

I rashly put her on eBay yesterday but at the moment I suspect that I'll reconsider and in a day or two will discontinue the ad.
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Yes, I own a black and yellow 1991 BMW K1 and a 2003 white and blue K1200RS (Zebra). The K12 is my bike for daily use, the K1 for sports. IMHO the K1 is easier to ride and on a track with a lot of curves faster than the K12. The K1 has been my day-to-day bike for a long time and it gives me more confidence than the K12. Diving while braking is no disadvantage to me - I like it when the frontwheel is planted firmly on the tarmac. Also the K12 is top-heavy to me. My K1 has a Bilstein rear shock, runs on Bridgestone BT020's and has ABS (1). I fell with it in the beginning of this year and had a lot of trouble finding all the spare parts I needed. Still, it is running again and I like it!

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Coolest looking, hottest in reality

I had the one pictured below for several years, with the touring bags and the tank bag. It was fine for a 3 or 4 day ride as far as carrying capacity was concerned. However, those days had better be in the cooler half of the year, because that bike retained more heat on the rider than anything else I've ever ridden. One time riding I-85 from Road Atlanta to NC in June (250 miles) I got several blisters on the back of my left thigh from all the heat radiated up from the headers. Yow!
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I had the one pictured below for several years, with the touring bags and the tank bag. It was fine for a 3 or 4 day ride as far as carrying capacity was concerned. However, those days had better be in the cooler half of the year, because that bike retained more heat on the rider than anything else I've ever ridden. One time riding I-85 from Road Atlanta to NC in June (250 miles) I got several blisters on the back of my left thigh from all the heat radiated up from the headers. Yow!

I put 40K on my 90 K1 touring around and would agree that it could be a warm ride. I went to the MOA rally in Durango when it was over 100 degrees. Found my self on some other rides where it would have been too hot on any bike. But blisters from the header heat? I'd never believe it. Maybe it was from your gear.

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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 2006, 5:05 am
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I remember first seeing a picture of a K1 on a magazine cover and thinking how gawd-awful ugly it was. I had a K100RS (1985) for a few years and yes, the heat/rider relationship is a bit testy in the Summer. I found myself wondering what the boiling point of gasoline was, as the tank would roast my thighs at times.

Over the years, the looks of the K1 have grown on me, and I find it one sexy machine. I plan to have one in my garage one of these days. Just haven't decided red with graphics or blue with graphics.....I don't know if black with graphics was a factory option, but that would indeed be cool.
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