K1: BMW’s FIASCO
BMW K1 was a kind of weird motorcycle and it was not easy to understand it in aesthetical terms because of its design and decoration, so it was criticized since day one. It finally failed despite its aerodynamic coefficient, full bodywork, powerful engine and combination of colors.
The invasion of Japanese motorcycles in Europe was gaining momentum in the 1970s and German BMW decided to put out a model and impress its customers. That was the birth of BMW’s K generation in the early 1980s. It was undoubtedly meant to compete against Japanese bikes. K1 was a strong bet to show its potential, from the new paralever to 16 valves in four cylinder heads, including the full bodywork. Finally, BMW made some 7,000 units of K1, which are presently sought-after models among collectors, as their originality did not go unnoticed.