BMW HP2 MEGAMOTO (2007-2010) Review

Published: 24 August 2007

"Far more agile, powerful and fun than you'd ever imagine"

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"Far more agile, powerful and fun than you'd ever imagine"

  • At a glance
  • 1170cc  -  113 bhp
  • 35 mpg  -  100 miles range
  • High seat height (890mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The The BMW HP2 Megamoto’s £12,595 price tag is ridiculously high and will stop most of us from ever experiencing it, which is a great shame. The HP2 Megamoto is far more agile, powerful and fun than you’d ever imagine just by looking at it and a million miles away from being a common or garden Steady-Eddie BMW. If only BMW made their sportsbikes like this, they’d have the Japanese quaking in their boots; it really is that good.

 

Watch the BMW HP2 Megamoto take on the KTM 990 Supermoto and the Ducati Hypermotard

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Unlike most BMW’s the HP2 Megamoto isn’t blighted with Telelever front suspension or ABS-assisted brakes. The net result of this is there’s lots of confidence-inspiring feel through the front end going into corners (which the Televeler bikes have very little of) and lots of braking power (BMW’s ABS always seems to chime in too soon). Not only this, if you fancy ‘backing it in’, supermoto-style there’s no ABS to stop you. Like we say, if their sports bikes were built like this, BMW would on to a winner. Supple suspension a soft seat and a tall riding position means the HP2 Megamoto is supremely comfy too.

Engine 4 out of 5

Big BMW boxer twins are usually big on grunt but low on excitement, but the BMW HP2 Megamoto’s hand-assembled and blueprinted fuel-injected 1170cc motor couldn’t be more different. Although this motorycle still has loads of low-down torque and an immaculate throttle response for lazy, everyday riding the engine has lots of zing and a healthy appetite for revs, which gives it a very un-BMW-like wild side. The way the it pops and bangs through the Akrapovic can on the overrun is pure theatre.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

The best way to describe the BMW HP2 Megamoto is that it is reassuringly expensive. It is a lot of money but the words reliability, dependability and quality go hand in hand with BMW. It’s built like a giant Tonka Toy, but if anything was ever to go wrong with it while you’re out riding, BMW over free two-year roadside recovery anywhere in Europe; if they can’t get you going, they’ll send you a car to finish off your journey instead.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

Costing well over 12 grand the BMW HP2 Megamoto isn’t good value for money; it is just a glorified supermoto when it comes down to it. Yes, the performance is electrifying, it’s well put together and big, big fun but this is an eight grand motorcycle not a twelve grand one. Find a BMW HP2 Megamoto for sale.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

As far as supermotos go, the BMW HP2 Megamoto is very well appointed and extremely well built. It has a maintenance-free shaft drive system, which you never notice when you’re riding, as well as Ohlins rear suspension, a carbon fibre tank cover and an Akrapovic exhaust can. Compare and buy parts for the BMW HP2 Megamoto in the MCN Shop. 

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their BMW HP2 MEGAMOTO (2007-2010) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

It's not what you've got but what you do with it

22 October 2007 by gary.johns

Having ridden for 30 years I've tried mega bikes with the'rush' of acceleration and sports bikes that tempt me to an early grave but realised that its the fun that counts, not the ultimate speed. So, having run a Megamoto for a couple of months... Read more this is my experience and it isn't exactly what the press said. Firstly comfortable it ain't. I weigh 15 stone before my kit and the shock needs virtually all preload wound off (with BMW's badly fitting c-spanner) to avoid a very jarring ride and achieve the recommended sag. Fuel range bad and getting worse; 'reserve' light at 65 miles and pushing by 100 miles. Quality disappointing with tarnished fittings after one wet ride/wash and headlight pointing to the sky with no means to adjust better (since fixed by the dealer with a file). So why 4 stars you may ask? Well, its an absolute hoot to ride. So easy to steer at any speed like its hard-wired to your brain, and hugely stable apart from the little wiggle on the h'bars (which you come to trust) on full throttle / max revs. If you enjoy exploring lean angles, you have to try one of these. It simply encourages you to take each bend sharper than needed, even on unknown roads. Its that easy. Whilst the chicken strips have gone now, the tyres do not inspire as much confidence as those on the bike I tested. It comes fitted as standard with Michelin Power and I think it warants Power CTs for extra reassurance and feel. After all, I'm unlikely to wear out the CTs with that fuel range... The engine is a peach too if you appreciate twins, spinning free and fast (no balance shafts?) like no other BMW I've ridden before. Value for money is worth pondering. Sure the head says you can get more for your money, but more of 'what'? Performance yes, quality probably, but the fun, the feel good, the good old satisfaction can't be doubted. So recommended overall. Maybe just wait to they drop in price, as no doubt they will. After all, HP2 Enduros are being advertised for under 8 grand already.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2010
Original price £12,585
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 113 bhp
Max torque 84 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.8 secs
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 100 miles
Specification
Engine size 1170cc
Engine type 8-valve boxer-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel frame
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 890mm
Bike weight 178kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 265mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

2007 – Model introduced

Other versions

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