BMW HP2 (2005 - 2008) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £300
Power: 105 bhp
Seat height: Tall (36.2 in / 920 mm)
Weight: Low (386 lbs / 175 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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 & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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 rivals

Next up: Equipment
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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.


3 out of 5 (3/5)

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 size 1170cc
Engine type 8v, Boxer twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 920mm
Bike weight 175kg
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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Insurance group 14 of 17
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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

Model history

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.

Other versions

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.

Review your BMW HP2 (2005 - 2008)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.5 out of 5 (3.5/5)
Equipment: 2.5 out of 5 (2.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £300
4 out of 5 Great bike, very reliable
30 May 2018 by Guy

Year: 2006

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).

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

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).

Engine 5 out of 5

Great! People that say that it vibrates too much should buy a limo. I do long trips, and have no issue.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

94,000KM without major issue.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I do my maintenance myself (really easy).

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

4 out of 5 Great fun
18 September 2008 by Mjollnir

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. :-)

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 2 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
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