BMW HP2 (2005 - 2008) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
It’s hard, objectively, to see the point of the BMW HP2. It’s a 105bhp, 175kg off-roader that costs almost £11,000. Yes, it does have some clever technology like air suspension, but on the flip side its use as a road bike is limited, which is why the factory now offers free 17-inch rims and tyres with each new HP2. It’s still hard to see the point, even so. HP stands for ‘High Performance’ by the way.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
On the trail tyres the BMW HP2's on-road handling is severely compromised, slithering about on the Metzeler Karoo rubber. Off-road – its weight and power militate against unbridled fun on Britain’s often muddy, gooey terrain. The HP2 is fabulous on dry trails or gravel when you can find it. Against the odds the single disc works OK, but get overwhelmed if used hard and often.
EngineNext up: Reliability
Although the BMW HP2's engine based on the top-selling R1200GS unit, the HP2’s motor ekes even more horses from the 1170cc Boxer motor – up 5bhp and an incredible 14ft lb of torque on the GS. The price for this extra power is a healthy dose of vibes (the HP2 does without the GS’s balance shaft), which can be intrusive.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
BMW enjoy a reputation for excellent build quality and your HP2 should be good for many tens of thousands of miles. It pays to spray the cylinder heads with a corrosion-resisting spray such as Scottoiler’s FS365 to keep them in good nick
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
It’s hard to recommend the BMW HP2 unless you really want one or you have the use of a lot of open land or desert. BMW’s own R1200GS is better on the road, as is KTM’s 950/990 Adventure – and they’re much cheaper, more practical and, in most cases, as good as the HP2 off-road. An HP2 will hold its value well, though. Find a BMW HP2 for sale.
The BMW HP2 has no ABS, no heated grips and no pillion provision, but you do get superior suspension and a spirit level to get it spot-on. The headlight’s useless and the small tank’s a real pain for road use. Compare and buy parts for the BMW HP2 in the MCN Shop.
|Engine type||8v, Boxer twin, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||13 litres|
|Front suspension||Compression, rebound|
|Rear suspension||Air shock|
|Front brake||Single 305mm discs|
|Rear brake||265mm disc|
|Front tyre size||90/90 x 21|
|Rear tyre size||140/80 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||40 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£300|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||105 bhp|
|Max torque||85 ft-lb|
|Top speed||130 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11.8 secs|
|Tank range||120 miles|
Model history & versions
2004: BMW introduce the R1200GS.
2005: BMW HP2 introduced, BMW hope to introduce more ‘HP’ (High Performance) models in the future.
2007: BMW HP2 Megamoto version unveiled, see seperate review.
BMW HP2 Megamoto: A pure street version with smaller, 17-inch cast wheels, uprated brakes and revised suspension.See seperate review.
Owners' reviews for the BMW HP2 (2005 - 2008)
2 owners have reviewed their BMW HP2 (2005 - 2008) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Annual servicing cost: £300
Very specialised, and much lighter than other big adventure bikes. Not a mud bike, but after a 11,200km trip in Alaska (4,000km on dirt).
For long rides you need an AirHawk cushion. The long travel of the suspension does miracles! Brakes are effective (no need for dual front disks).
Great! People that say that it vibrates too much should buy a limo. I do long trips, and have no issue.
94,000KM without major issue.
I do my maintenance myself (really easy).
The seat could be better, as well as the front forks, but both can be improved by specialised shop. But why "remove" the fuel level gauge function from the display? It did not save any weight, and was a stupid decision, especially considering the small tank.
A friend got one of these a few months ago and let me have a go on it. I had fancied trying one ever since they came out. they are loony fun. OK expensive, and heavy, but even so, if I had the spare cash, one would definitely be in my garage. :-)