• Oct 3rd 2007 at 5:01PM
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click above image to view gallery of the BMW HP2 Sport

Longtime BMW riders would hardly recognize the motorcycles coming from the Bavarian bike maker these days. Starting with the redesign of the R-Series models and their bump in displacement to 1200cc's a few years ago, BMW has been making a statement that it's going to be moving the brand up in the performance ranks. The four cylinder K1200 series has given BMW an image-bike that further cements it into the high performance race, and now the R1200S HP2 Sport will take the BMW brand back to the race track in style.

Starting with the R1200S as its base, already BMW's sportiest model, the HP2 adds new 4-valve heads sporting dual overhead cams. Redlining at around 9,500 RPM, the power output of the engine has been increased to 128 horsepower, and the 85 ft-lb. of torque makes this engine very powerful for an air-cooled boxer-twin. Routing that muscle to the rear wheel is a six-speed gearbox featuring a quick-shifter that allows the bike to survive full-throttle up-shifts and performs quicker than what can be done using your hands and feet.

[Source: BMW, Bikes in the Fast Lane]

Not content to leave well-enough alone, BMW has added Ohlins shocks to its Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension systems. The brakes are Brembo monoblocks with radial-mounting and feature rider-defeatable ABS. Bodywork has been revised with various carbon fiber bits and pieces and the wheels are forged units. Racers and track-day specialists will welcome the fact that all of the lights on the bike are quickly removable for competition, as well.

Want one? Join the club! But be prepared to pay dearly, 'cause this one is not likely to come cheap. The new HP2 Sport appears fully competitive with the best from Italy and Japan. To prove it can compete, BMW developed this bike through racing in the form of the World Endurance Championship, and it performed quite well, especially for the company's first effort with a new bike. It's officially time to start taking BMW sportbikes seriously, scraping valve-covers (!) and all.



Concept, Requirements and Features.

The dream of many Boxer fans has come true: With the new BMW HP2 Sport, BMW Motorrad is putting the sportiest, most powerful and lightest Boxer series of all times on the road. The third model of the HP model range was designed for the ambitious sports rider and enthrals with numerous exclusive details that were previously restricted to racing, some making their first appearance in series vehicle production.

Examples of these include the self-supporting and aerodynamically optimised fairings made completely of CFK, the gear shift assistant, a dashboard like that used in the MotoGP, the forged aluminium wheels and the racing brakes with radially bolted calipers. Wherever the eye of the spectator wanders, it sees pure racing technology that delights every enthusiast. It is unmistakably athletic, a vehicle that inspires on country roads as well as on the racing circuit.

Regardless of the limits for the engine output as a result of the principle and the aerodynamic disadvantages from the cylinder configuration of a Boxer, BMW Motorrad deliberately decided to further develop this historic engine concept for a road racer with racing circuit talent. The key engine data are very respectable: the engine achieves more than 96 kW/128 hp at 8750 min–1 compared with the significantly modified engine of the BMW R 1200 S. The maximum torque lies at 115 Nm at 6000 min–1, the highest revs of the
engine reaches a peak value at 9500 min–1.

Technically, the BMW HP2 Sport is based on the BMW R 1200 S. Customised to meet the requirements of the ambitious sports rider down to the last detail, the BMW HP2 Sport is however a completely independent and absolutely exceptional motorcycle. Many detailed solutions are based on the experiences gained in long-distance races.

The most striking difference of the BMW HP2 Sport from the endurance racing Boxer is the brand new cylinder heads: Each of the double overhead camshafts (DOHC) uses a drag lever to actuate the valves that are larger than in the BMW R 1200 S. Further modifications such as the flow-optimised intake and outlet, new forged pistons and adapted connecting rod help the engine to achieve the necessary higher output compared to the basic engine.

The new stainless steel exhaust system is placed below the engine for the first time. This keeps the construction of the lower area of the motorcycle extremely slim, enabling great freedom of movement for the familiar 'hanging off' riding position, and the fitting of a CFK engine spoiler is advantageous to the aero-dynamics. An inimitable boxer sound with new acoustic quality is generated by the exhaust system and the striking design of the rear silencer is impressive. Another exclusive racing feature is the gearshift assistant together with the narrow ratios of the 6-speed gearbox to enable fast gear changes without having to ease off the gas and operate the clutch. This technology is offered for the first time in a series vehicle. In order to adapt the gearshift pattern for the racing circuit, a suitable replacement pressure sensor is available as special equipment if necessary. The fully adjustable Öhlins sports chassis also has a Brembo monoblock brake system with radially mounted, four-piston fixed calipers at the front. Optimum ergonomics are ensured by the adjustable forged aluminium footrests, the adjustable stock handlebar and the Magura brake levers with radial mounted brake actuators. The series dashboard that comes directly from MotoGP sport provides the rider with important information and can also deliver lap times plus other racing relevant data as well as the usual displays.

Attention was paid consistently to the lightweight construction of all com-ponents. This includes not only the self-supporting front fairing and the likewise self-supporting carbon rear or the weight-optimised forged wheels, but also hidden details such as the lightweight generator from the racing world. That's how it was possible to reduce the unladen weight of the HP2 Sport to DIN standard with full tank (90%) to 199 kilos. The dry weight is a mere 178 kilos. The interplay of variable ergonomic design, increased engine output and the favourable centre of gravity of the Boxer guarantees superb handling and racing potential. Even if racing fascination is clearly at the forefront of the BMW HP2 Sport, it does not have to forego the safety design feature of ABS. The sophisticated anti-blocking system specially adapted to the HP2 Sport is available as an option and is configured so it can be switched off for the racetrack.

The market introduction of the BMW HP2 Sport is scheduled for 2008.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      i'm waiting for them to release the 450 enduro bike they have been tooling with.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've actually been following this for a few days. As a motorcycle fan, as well as a car guy, this is a really interesting bike.

      I have recently developed a taste for the R1200S, although few seem to have also done so, as BMW is considering thinning out the R-bike lineup due to slow sales.

      I like the trick stuff on this bike, the DOHC chain-driven heads, the cool instrumentation, and adaptability. I really like the idea of a sporty bike with a good shaft drive suspension, not just a sporty version of a shaft-drive cruiser. The paralever front is nice.

      But I wish this bike, or the normal R12S had the Duolever/Hossack front end that the K12-series now has, after reading extensively, and knowing how nice SLA-independent suspension is on a car, and Hossack's similarity on the motorcycle.

      Some of the racy stuff I wouldn't need on this HP2 version, but it is nice to see.

      A bike that looks mostly like the half-faired, almost britten-looking R1200S, with the newer HP2 engine, ohlins bits, and digital dash, with a pillion seat, and a bit nicer underseat exhaust, more like the R1100S's seat and tail section, and the K-bike's hossack front end, with the paralever III rear drive, would be just about perfect for me.

      I wish BMW would split the difference between the R1100S's passenger and bag capability, the R1200S's style, and a few of of the HP2's improvements, without necessarily being a carbon-fiber-racer special production model, although it is cool that it exists.

      It would be nice that it would be lighter and shorter than the K1200R, S and GT, which are long, and heavier; That, and I like boxer engines. Subaru, BMW, Ferrari, or Porsche/VW. Boxers are just cool.

      At least it would be in a few years when I am ready, financially, to replace my current bike. Mostly just in my head at the moment. The wallet needs to catch up for a while.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can I just say that I am SO DARN HAPPY that you guys are doing moto coverage? SO DARN HAPPY.

      BMW is definitely doing some funky bikes these days. OK, they've always done funky bikes, but not necessarily good funky. The new motocrossstyle bikes are really sharp. Now if only they could make a bike that wasn't six foot tall and 800 lbs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a beauty. There's just nothing like a trellis frame to show off an engine.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Enough with the motorcycle stories ... there is plenty of car related stuff you're missing.

      Start motoblog if you find bikes that interesting ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Motorcycle Blog now! Who's with me?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a beauty. LOVE the moto articles. Anything to make up for the hourly re-photo of that bugly Subaru is fine by me!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Chocolate, I don't think its that hard for these 'die-hard fans' to skip a story or two per week about bikes. Many of us share enthusiasm for two AND four wheels, and the occasional crossover story is welcome. Its more relevant to many of us than these "green" articles or stuff about hybrids (which already has its own dedicated blog).

      If you don't like the story, just skip it. There are plenty others to read that might appeal to you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually, the R1200S is only about 470-480lbs wet, (probably not for the short of inseam, though, admitted)

      The HP2 is supposedly significanly less weight than that.

      AND, the new HP2 cylinder heads are supposedly shorter, meaning more lean angle, than the other pushrod hex-heads, and come with replaceable plastic sliders, if they do touch down.

      Also, with the absence of a cam above the crankcase, the case can be shorter, and I believe is a few mm higher in the chassis, without drastically raising the center of gravity. Higher off the ground also increases lean angle clearance.

      It is probably harder to grind the valve-covers on this bike than any other oilhead, and some plastic sliders offer protection, built right on the carbon fiber valve-covers, just in case this bike does lean further than the rest of the R-bikes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love the moto articles! Keep 'em coming!

      This bike looks awesome, and a great step for BMW. Everything about it say "too expensive for me to even think about" though. Still, I hope it sells well and the technology trickles down to the bikes in my price range.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love the bike info, thank you!

      Show them the Yamaha Tenere, I dare you!