You won’t believe how ridiculously easy it is to cajole the BMW HP2 Sport though hairpins and fast sweepers. While the handling can be described as fast and light (agile), it remains as stable as the R1200S it is based on. Seriously, you can brake late and hard and the Telelever front end combined with an Ohlins shock absorber keeps everything shipe shape. An Ohlins shock at the rear does exactly the same perfect job of keeping the rear end in place at any speed or angle. Not only does it make a brilliant road-going bike, the BMW HP2 will cut up rough at track days.
Based on the R1200S engine, the BMW HP2 Sport gives up a claimed 128bhp at the crankshaft to make this the most powerful Boxer engine ever. The power figure comes from a higher rev ceiling thanks to a new four-valve, double-over-head-cam design and lightweight pistons and superb electronics. Put this all together and you get a punch-laden lump that will hit high 120mph all day every day – and sound good from the underslung exhaust system. Gear ratios are revised enough to ensure the front wheel will loft in first gear and keep the engine on the boil at the top end of the revs.
Five out of five rating for this section might seem strange but you have to remember BMW ran the same model in the later stages of the World Endurance Championship without a problem – 24 hours of Bol d’ Or hell at the Magny Cours circuit is a tough test for a bike. The race bike ran with the same engine, ECU and airfilter as you get with the HP2 Sport.
When you consider the BMW HP2 Sport comes with every desirable component we’d all like to have on our own motorcycles eg Brembo brakes, Ohlins suspension, then the £14,500 price is not so hard to swallow. To BMW purists this is the best, sportiest BMW ever and may be considered priceless. MCN is not alone on this line of thought because most of the 95 bikes UK bound for 2008 are pre-sold. Find a BMW HP2 Sport for sale.
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Although the HP2 Sport is a BMW there are no panniers to talk of – there is, however, an accessory tank bag. Instead what you get with the BMW HP2 Sport is the best of everything: Ohlins suspension, perfectly formed carbon fibre rear subframe, front fairing stay, upper fairing, front fender and more. Brembo race-spec Monobloc front calipers and lightweight forged aluminium wheels laced with Metzeler race compound tyres are just some of the other choice parts. The HP2 Sport is also the first production motorcycle to carry a quick shifter as standard – fitted in-line of the gear lever to cut the spark and fuel injection for clutch-less shifts. Compare and buy parts fot eh BME HP2 in the MCN Shop.