The Five Best BMW Motorcycles of the 90s

Bavarian Motor Works is the German luxury automaker that has produced some of the most amazing automobiles and motorcycles in the world. The name BMW, also nicknamed Beemer by adoring fans conjures images of quality with a tinge of prestige thrown in. The 1990s was an era that saw some exciting new innovations in automotive technology and motorcycle design. Many of the classic BMW from this period in time have become collector’s items and here are the top 5 from the 1990s.

1995 BMW K75S

The BMW K75 is a significant bike from the 1990s because it offered riders the opportunity to own a prestigious BMW for a low price. It was the least expensive model that was offered at the time and this made it possible for people who couldn’t afford the pricier bikes to have one in the garage. This is a standard motorcycle that was manufactured from 1985 through 1995. This edition was the very last year of the model. This four-cylinder bike that was designed concurrently with the K100 with the same bore and stroke. It offers a smooth ride and K75S models marketed to the United States were tweaked to meet EPA regulations. The K75 produced 75 horsepower with 68 Nm torque along with speed and responsiveness that were very good in its day. It’s a touring bike with a 740 cc 4 stroke engine that offers decent acceleration with a 5-speed transmission, a fuel capacity of 5.5 gallons and a weight of approximately 505 pounds.

1995 BMW R1100GS

The BMW R1100GS made its debut in 1993 and was available for sale to riders from 1994 through 1999. It was manufactured in Motorrad, Berlin, Germany and the dual sportbike featured a 1,085cc flat-twin engine. The cooling system was designed with both air and oil cooling which made it the first of the BMW GS bikes to use this type. The R1100GS has a little sister in the R850GS that arrived on the scene in 1996 and was manufactured until 1999. The R1100GS was preceded by the R100GS and the R80GS. It cranked out 80 horsepower with 97 Nm torque (72 lb-ft). This sporty model was a welcome addition to the fans who were looking for a sportier ride that still maintained the smooth ride and comfort of a touring bike.

1993 BMW K1100RS

The K1100 RS is a beautiful tourer that has a little something extra. The sporty appearance gives you a hint of the raw speed that is generated by the 4 stroke 1092 cc engine. This model features a liquid cooling system, an inline parallel triple, and an electronic injection Bosch Motronic MA 2.2 ignition system. It cranks out 100 horsepower with 107 Nm of torque with a 5-speed transmission. The K1100RS is a special bike that collectors are fond of because it’s not only a speed demon, but the classic elegance is comparable to art in motion when this attractive and sporty tourer hits the road.

1990 BMW K100LT

The 1990 BMW K100LT is an extra special touring bike that features a design that has a serious focus on comfort. The 4 stroke 987 cc engine is liquid cooled with an inline four and a Boschc LE-Jetronic electronic ignition system. It generates 90 horsepower with 86 Nm of torque with a 5-speed transmission. The weight is a hefty 623 pounds so you won’t want to lay it down because this is a conservative dry weight prior to the addition of fluids. It’s a solid bike when you’re cruising down the road. Collectors who are looking for the 1990 K100LT to remember the good old days will be pleased to know that when you find one for sale, the average selling price is just under $2,700.

1999 BMW K1200LT

The 1999 BMW K1200LT is a special bike that is a little harder to find in excellent condition. This motorcycle is in the touring class but it has plenty of power with an inline four 1171 cc 4 stroke engine. It’s liquid cooled, offering 98 horsepower and 115 Nm of torque. The K1200LT is a solid bike that offers a smooth and comfortable ride. It’s one of the big boys weighing 833 pounds prior to the addition of fluids and other accouterments.



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