The Holy Grail of BMWs: Krauser MKM1000

Motorcycle luggage maker Michael Krauser designed the Krauser MKM1000, using the BMW R100RS as his base.

| March/April 2014

  • A 1982 Krauser MKM1000.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • A 1982 Krauser MKM1000.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • A 1982 Krauser MKM1000.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • A 1982 Krauser MKM1000.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • A 1982 Krauser MKM1000.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • A 1982 Krauser MKM1000.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • A 1982 Krauser MKM1000
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • A 1982 Krauser MKM1000.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • A 1982 Krauser MKM1000.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • A 1982 Krauser MKM1000.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • Two (mostly) of a kind: MKM1000 bi-posto (left) carries no. 061; build plate on 4-valve mono-posto (right) carries no. 065.
    Photo by Ken Richardson

1982 Krauser MKM1000
Claimed power: 70hp @ 7,500 rpm
Top speed: 140 mph
Engine: 980cc air-cooled OHV flat twin, 94mm x 70.6mm bore and stroke
Weight (wet): 496lb (225kg)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 5.5gal (21ltr)
Price then/now: $11,985/$15,000-$25,000

Here’s a riddle: When is a BMW not really a BMW? When it’s a Krauser MKM1000, of course.

We’ll get to the motorcycle in a moment, but first, some history about Mike Krauser Motorcycle, or MKM as it is better known. German-born Michael Krauser is famous for his motorcycling achievements. In the 1950s, Krauser competed aboard works BMW machines, winning the German sidecar racing championship from 1955 to 1958. In the 1960s he ran a team of Rennsport outfits. In the 1970s Krauser not only introduced a successful line of motorcycle luggage, he also managed BMW factory sidecar racing teams. And then, in the latter part of the decade, he decided to build complete motorcycles.



Krauser’s is a deep and rich history — and the company is still in business today. According to their website, Krauser began in 1924 repairing engines and manufacturing pistons. In 1963, Krauser took over a BMW dealership, selling cars, and providing parts and service. With his background in motorcycles, in 1970 Krauser added two-wheelers to the range.



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