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.
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.
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.
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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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.