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BMW K Series Motorcycles — Birthday K Series

The bike started it all a quarter of a century ago the K100.

Twenty-five years the world was waking up to the idea of new Microsoft Word was first the Nintendo Entertainment System on sale and music fans treated to the new possibilities of pop videos Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ was for the first time. One of the year’s hits was ‘Return of the Jedi’, US President Ronald Reagan proposals to develop technology to enemy missiles.

Called the defense initiative’, it soon known as ‘Star Wars’.

On 19, 1983, at La Napoule in southern a monumental event took — the international press of the BMW first four-cylinder motorcycle: the K 100 A few days later — to the of Irene Cara’s ‘What a from the hit movie Flashdance — the K 100 was presented to the international BMW network at Monte Carlo’s Club. More than 120 were transported straight the production lines in Berlin for the to test ride so they be enthused about this new generation of four-cylinder motorcycles.

Shahram Shiva has ridden 100,000 kilometres on his K 1200 RS.

time BMW K Series enthusiast Shiva is the founder of K12RS.COM. and fan websites and

As an avid fan of the famous German he gives his impressions of a quarter of unstoppable K power.

It was almost 25 years ago to the day in 1983 BMW introduced the groundbreaking new line of four-cylinder motorcycles simply the ‘K’. There is much surrounding the K bikes, as they known as the new flagship BMW motorcycle with powerful engines to modern styling.

The K bikes became the new host machines for of BMW’s most cutting-edge BMW’s Antilock Braking (ABS) was first introduced on a K 100 RS in BMW introduced its first 100 hp power with the wind-tunnel refined K1 continuing with this the company used the K line to its very first 130 hp engine on the unique K 1200 RS in 1997.

added to this list of was the first electronic cruise for motorcycles, which appeared on the K LT, along with the option of a seat. Electronic Suspension (ESA) was introduced on the K 1200 S in which also featured most powerful (167 hp) engine to date.

The K series of motorcycles began in as a single model, a … K This bike had no other attached to it, such as ‘RS’ or (these came later). new radical BMW looked ultra for its time and it was powered by a new engine — a 987cc, flat-4, laid out on its left side the cylinder heads on the left and the on the right.

It was nicknamed the ‘Flying because of the look of the engine. engine — in its most 1170cc form — is in use as it powers the current K 1200 LT

I remember the first time I saw a K when I was in my early twenties. As a and a young design student I almost immediately toward new line of bikes from The highly modern, clean and lines of this new K machine a complete departure from every other motorcycle on the at that time.

The clean of the K 1100 RS

In the past nine I have put about 80,000 on K bikes alone. These miles have been put on a of K models, starting with a clean and pampered K 1100 RS I picked up used from a in New York. After 9,000 in nine months, I promptly that K 11 with a new K 1200 RS in 1999.

Little did I know that particular RS would in essence not alter my professional life, but teach me about what it to love a particular machine. Of BMW riders are no strangers to love with bikes. Ever the very first Beemer the R32 — was launched in 1923 have been coveted for those in the know.

In the past 25 there have been types of K motorcycles offering distinct power plants. The K 100 the eight-valve, four-cylinder version telescopic front forks. after, the popular K 100 RS emerged a very elegant and functional fairing.

Continuing with the expansion of the touring models were offered in the form of K 100 RT and K 100 LT.

However, the that proved especially was the smaller 740cc, three-cylinder, K 75 was introduced in 1985. The still K 75 is especially noteworthy because of its popularity, even though the of the K 75s left the BMW factory 13 years in 1995.

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