The 2013 BMW HP4 is the track-ready version of the manufacturer's already mighty S1000RR, which puts the bike at the very tip top of the two-wheeled BMW food chain. The R1200GS, meanwhile, is intended to be a somewhat more utilitarian machine. Capable of conveying both rider and gear over vast distances and uncertain terrain, the big-boy GS is the Swiss army knife to the HP4's rapier. Or at least that's what we've always been led to believe. BMW recently rolled out some footage during a press launch that showed the R1200GS is actually no slouch when it comes time to sling around a road course.

The company threw both bikes on Spain's Circuito de Almeria for a little sparring match, and miraculously, the HP4 didn't just up and walk away from the R1200GS. From from it. Instead, the two stay tightly matched through most of the course before something surprising happens. We won't spoil the ending for you. Is it possible the rider on the HP4 still had some in reserve? Sure, but from the sound and look of things, neither bike was giving an inch. Check out all the video action below for yourself.




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      Armon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just goes to show motorcycle performance is mostly dependent on the rider - much more so than with cars.
      rem
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would say the HP4 rider was taking it fairly easy. Most obvious example is at about 1:40 he just lets off the throttle in the middle of a straight to stay behind the GS.
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very obvious the HP4 rider was either sandbagging or not very skilled. The GS rider, however, was killing it.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      I ride an R1200GS Adventure and love it. I do a good mix of dirt and slab; the bike performs very well on both. I've also ridden the new water-cooled GS as shown in this video and I will tell you this: the new GS is a wolf in sheep's clothes. If you don't know how to ride, you'll be okay--it's a very balanced, well-behaved bike. However, if you know what you're doing, that bike will Blow. Your. Mind. I love the other DS bikes (KTM, Yammy, etc), but BMW consistently gives me everything I need in a bike.
      jameshouk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not to mention the fact that in the real world most GS's are going to be wearing Dual Sport tires rather than Super Bike tires. There is no way a dual sport tire will ever keep up on asphalt but then that is not the true mission of a GS. It will take you anywhere you want to go regardless if there is a road or not.
        vizcarmb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jameshouk
        What crack do you smoke? GS's are fat heavy pigs that most mid lifers wouldn't even dare to touch a dirt road. The only dirt it will touch would be from an unpaved flat road.
          RetrogradE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @vizcarmb
          I will ask you the same question: What crack do YOU smoke? I'm a "mid-lifer" and ride the even bigger-boy model (The GS ADVENTURE) and I ride dirt every week. I just got back from a 750 mile trip, half of which was off-road. Basically, you're a moron and without knowing it, you're calling me a liar.
          IOMTT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @vizcarmb
          They can go some amazing places, but a KTM Adventure they are not.
          RetrogradE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @vizcarmb
          True. Not a KTM. I put that under the "benefits" column.
      luckyguy1098
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is just about the worst propaganda I've ever seen. I'm a current GS owner, have owned a couple superbikes (1098, GSXR1000), spent plenty of time on an S1000RR and done countless track days. There's absolutely no way given equal riders this is possible. The GS hits a brick wall around 125mph, the S1000RR is only in 3rd gear at that point. Riding position, cylinder heads, tire width/compound all work against the GS when hustling around the curves. Not to mention feel from the front tire do to suspension type and geometry. Crap comparison.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Michael Hubbard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Any way you slice it the GS rider can RIDE! Very impressive skills to make that bike stick in the turns!
      RobG
      • 1 Year Ago
      I call total BS. While the guy on the GS is a great rider, I agree with the rest -- the HP4 isn't even trying. You can hear it. I bet the thing isn't even turning 10k. I have no doubt the GS is going balls-out, but the HP4 is basically on a lunch break.
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