Sunday, December 27, 2009

BMW K1 is a motorcycle designed by BMW as a high-speed sport-tourists

BMW K1 is a motorcycle designed by BMW as a high-speed sport-tourists, which is designed to change the media and the buying public's mind motorcycle manufacturer BMW in just flat-twin tourers.

Based on the previously introduced BMW K100, the K1 is designed for comfortable high-speed Autobahn cruising speeds up to 150 mph (240 km / h). Radical aerodynamic design is the seven-piece fiber glass structures, creating a world-class leading barriers coefficient 0.38. Was mated with a rigid chassis, which includes one side Paralever swingarm, designed to stop the drive shaft induced field and dive under acceleration and heavy braking, this first use of the K-series bike.

Although expensive and well loved or hated, and with some of the early technology that works well is used or not - the cage created excess heat, while telelever create a 22 ft (6.7 m) to change the circle - creating short-term production results in a press Motorcycles and the public never had the same view another BMW motorcycle
Local youth Pope John Paul II wanted to have roadtested BMW K1, German motorcycle manufacturer's first "super sport bike" and the new flagship model.

But he was not able to attend the international press launch of K1 in Italy "for reasons of time", according to BMW officials, and I had a fun new ride in Frascati countryside around Rome. Pope has a summer home in Frascati but hilly areas may be more famous for its soft-sparkling white wine, also called Frascati, featuring more prominently on the agenda than it rose in the K1.

Launch of new products in the automotive industry known for long on entertainment and short on actual test. But after saying that the 80-mile circuit designed by BMW to take on all kinds of road conditions, revealing the weakness new bike and also strength.

Walking on to collect my test bike from the small regiment in Germany KIS parking is usually a line discipline I was amazed that might K1 was to share the experience of the Ford Sierra. Once introduced to the car that was not unusual hated by everyone. At that time loved by everyone. At the time of oddly K1l hated by almost everyone (except the official BMW).

Bike overall impression to be plump like many today the most modern bikes. But the individual is actually quite the corner as in more ancient mount; witness box in the tail section that double as storage bags and indicators mounts. Far more striking (official BMW) and terrible (the journalist) is surprising yellow suspension clashed with "Marrakesh" red or "Lagoon" blue bodywork and 18-inches tall decals spelling "K1".

This dramatic design will be less surprising if it had been introduced by Japanese manufacturers because of the reputation of the BMW paint job trivial. Bee-Em But close observers will notice that the BMW road leading to the yellow paint of a busy bee RI00GS ENDURO mother of pearl KI00RS Special Edition introduced last year. That they have succeeded even if they "un-BMW-like" color scheme.

Choosing travel carefully along the steep rock of the hilltop hotel, where the launch took place, I went wide in all corners tight zig-zag and too close to the edge on several occasions. The K1's wide handlebars manoevreabilrty for low speed but are hindered by a poor full lock. This is a bike that requires two-point turn when he turned in a normal-wide road. Perhaps aware of this BMW has placed a man at the bottom of the hill to wave rocked the traffic and let the bike pass. Once out of the hotel drive, however, it is possible to open the throttle and see if K1 truly is a "super sport bike".

Motorcycle manufacturers have voluntarily agreed to limit the bikes to be sold in Germany with 100 horsepower. Being meticulous German manufacturer BMW has gone one stage further and also restrict bicycles for export to the same limit. This is also a bit uncomfortable as a motorcycle does not mean to be taken out of the assembly line and changed. Until today, this policy has been purely academic because there are no bike BMW can produce more than l00hp.

The K1, the first BMW with four valves per cylinder, changes all that. More valves means that the cylinder head can be made smaller four small circle takes less space than the big two that helps to improve the compression ratio. The K1 is the compression ratio is much higher than the K-series 11.0: 1 compared to 10.2:1. The fuel also burns more evenly by valve four-cylinder increase still further. So BMW's first 16-valve engine capable of producing more than l00hp, BMW officials say. But they made the decision to limit the overseas and at home because a motorbike industry "was being watched by the politicians"

However, K100 is still a cruiser / tourer designs on the bias, and BMW wanted a marketing-oriented sports attract tourists to a more youth-oriented market perceptions, and compete with Japanese manufacturers. BMW is committed to producing charged 100 bhp (75 kW) limit for motorcycles sold in Germany, so decided that in order to overcome the problem needed to turn to aerodynamics to solve the problem.

In 1984 at the Cologne Motorcycle Show, BMW creating aerodynamic design "Racer" mockup, based on the standard K100 chassis.

Cologne in 1988 showed that K1 was used as the production of large and all that encompasses two pieces of the front mud guard is closely mated with a seven-piece main prize, which includes two small panniers. The resulting drag coefficient is 0.34 with a prone rider, the lowest of all motorcycle production in 1988.

Adding to the "different from traditional BMW" nature of the bike, the color scheme of red or blue with yellow graphics and highlights the courage, and because it was seen as very different from the normal BMW, weird.

 The K1 is different from the K100 in terms of technique, which is designed for high speed and therefore with a lot of good components replaced or upgraded.

Maintaining a K100 engine dimensions 67 mm × 70 mm (2.6 in × 2.8 in), the BMW K1 first 16-valve engine, with four valves per head, the camshafts acting directly on bucket tappets. Other improvements included K100 for a higher compression pistons, lighter conrods and 1.3 kg (2.9 lb) lighter crankshaft. This combined with the digital Motronic engine management system produces 10 hp (7.5 kW) gain on the K100, producing 100 hp (75 kW) on the crankshaft at 8000 rpm and torque increases from · 74 lb ft (100 N · m) versus K100's £ 64 · ft (87 N · m).

Steel pipe casing stronger mounted on a wide 17-inch (430 mm) wheels FPS, with a low profile radial tires. The rear suspension is a Bilstein shock absorbers are working on one side Paralever swingarm, which encourages wheelbase out to 1565 mm (61.6 in). In the front there are twin 41.7 mm (1.64 in) Marzocchi fork. Brakes Brembo four-pot more than two-pot on the K100, with a pair of 305 mm (12.0 in) drilled discs. Anti-lock braking system optional in all markets except North America, where it was standard.

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