This is without doubt the greatest incarnation of the BMW boxer engine. The HP series spun off a number of interesting bikes as the company started getting serious and this HP2 is no exception. Of course we all now know how well BMW can create a sports bike but lets not forget the old boxer twin. This example has 8,100 miles which means this engine is barely run in. Ohlins front and rear, Brembo brakes, full carbon fairing, MotoGP style digital dash, four valve heads, all these elements meant it was quite a departure from BMW's of old. The bike handled very well and while the engine produced 130 HP it was a long was short of the competitive offerings from the other manufacturers which meant it was never going to be competitive. I always thought the skid plates on the cylinder heads were a lovely touch.
Condition: The bike is extremely clean. The only wear that it has is some small belt scratches and some small normal wear on the underside of the fairing. Both are just from normal use and extremely subtle/small. There are no major scratches, dings, dents or anything of that nature. The bike has never been down, dropped or wrecked.
Features: Here's a link to Total Motorcycle's write up on this year/model: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2009models/2009-BMW-HP2Sport.htm There you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about this bike in terms of features/specs. The only thing I'll mention beyond what you'll read on the specification sites is that this bike is a looker. The blue, white and carbon fiber all make for an extremely attractive bike. I still fall in love with this bike all over again every time I open my garage. I believe you will too. The fun thing about this bike is how much character it has, being a true BMW boxer, and the most powerful one they've ever made, it's just so much more interesting and has much more history attached to it than standard inline 4s.
History: I purchased this from a dealer in San Francisco. The previous owner was the original owner and owned multiple BMW and other exotic sport bikes. He was mainly a collector but decided to trade it in for something more comfortable that he could ride more often. When I purchased it from the dealer, it had extremely low mileage and had a full inspection by the dealer. Since I have owned it, it's seen extremely light use. I have only used it for commuting from the East Bay to the city, so all the miles are just light freeway miles. I've never taken it to a track, never run it hard up mountain roads or anything like that. It's been babied. Since I've had it it's had one oil change at 7000 miles. BMW's premium high performance oil they use in all their "M" class was used.Shipping & Payment: I require a $1,000 deposit within 24 hours of auction end. The balance is due within 3 business days. I accept only cashier's check from a certified bank or cash. If you turn out to be a deadbeat and don't follow my terms I reserve the right to leave negative feedback and re-list the bike or sell it to the next highest bidder.Reason for selling: I love this bike and am only selling because we're moving from California to Oregon soon so I will no longer live in a climate that allows me to ride.
I am not sure I agree with the reason for selling, perhaps an R1200GS would be better suited for the winter weather! These bikes don't come up that often but best estimate is between $16k and $17k which is a lot lower than the original $25k retail. The boxer engine is not for everyone but this is a lot of hi tech bike with all the appropriate go faster bits and pieces. In March one failed to sell on eBay even though bidding got to just over $13k so perhaps this one will be a good bargain.