Posts by Category: BMW

BMW June 8, 2011 posted by

2009 BMW HP2 Sport

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.

AS

BMW March 21, 2011 posted by

Killer Boxer: BMW HP2 Sport

For Sale: 2008 BMW R-Series HP2 SPORT

As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And this HP2 Sport has got to be about as close to Italian as BMW can get. When you think of an air-cooled, twin cylinder, underseat exhaust, carbon fiber bodywork, Ohlins suspension sportbike, Ducati or Bimota springs to mind. But in some ways, BMW has out-Ducati-ed that famous marque with this offering. Sporting 130 HP from the traditonal boxer motor, BMW has created a farewell icon; while boxers will continue on in the BMW lineup, all serious sporting duties will fall to the newly minted S1000RR.

When new, these bikes rivaled Bimota in pricetag: it took upwards of $25k MSRP to purchase one of these special machines - provided you could find one. Lately we have seen a few come available on the used market, but pricing has held pretty firm.

From the seller:
2008 BMW HP2 SPORT NON ABS MODEL. BUILT IN RACE COMPUTER. THIS IS THE $26K CARBON FIBER LIMITED PRODUCTION SPORT BIKE. THE MOTORS IN THE HP2 BIKES ARE ALL HAND BUILT AND ARE BALANCED FOR POWER AND SPEED.

THIS BIKE IS CLEAN AND DAMAGE FREE. THIS BIKE WAS A BMW LEMON LAW BUYBACK FOR TIME OUT OF SERVICE. BIKE WAS RETURNED TO BMW WHERE THE CARBON CANISTER WAS REPLACED, TIMING WAS ADJUSTED AND TIRES WERE REPLACED. THIS BIKE HAS WARRANTY UNTIL 3/5/2013. BIKE RUNS AS NEW AND HAS BEEN SAFETY CHECKED AND ALL OUTSTANDING RECALLS AND SERVICE CAMPAIGNS. BIKE HAS JUST HAD NEW TIRES INSTALLED AFTER PICTURES WERE TAKEN.

PLEASE CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS. 603-964-2877

WE SHIP.

PLEASE NOTE MILEAGE MAY VARY ALL AS BIKES ARE FOR SALE IN THE SHOWROOM AND ARE SUBJECT TO TEST RIDES.

Read the seller fine print: Mileage may not be accurate due to bikes being available for a test ride. Hmmm. A test ride is exactly the kind of thing that would help put my nerves at ease considering that this was a Lemon Law buy back. Of course the extended warranty certainly does not hurt. Those are nice aspects when negotiating with a dealer.

Value on these bikes has been very strong, although the previous owner and bike history may help with bringing that down somewhat. The current bid is at $11,211, which would be an absolute steal for this bike if the reserve had been met. It will be interesting to watch this one - a very desireable bike with a questionable history might be the incentive bidders need to try to snag one of these BMW rockets below the going rate.

To find out for yourself, . Read the score, look at the pics, and then tell us what you think. Is this something that you woud bid on? If you win, we want to hear about it!

MI

BMW January 7, 2011 posted by

On the touring side of sporty: 1993 BMW R100RS

For Sale: 1993 BMW R100RS

When it comes to selling a bike, presentation is everything. And this, my friends, is what makes this bike RSBFS worthy. Sure, the BMW R100RS models are reasonably rare - especially the final year made, like this one. And sure, this bike leans a little further over to the "tour" side of "sport touring" than most RSBFS posts. But look at the pictures and tell me when you have seen a cleaner motorcycle of this vintage. Original owner, less than 4k miles, and plenty of pictures to peruse - THIS is the way to advertise your bike.

I will readily admit that the 1000cc boxer motor is not the most powerful in the world. They are stone reliable, however, and are well-known to outlast most riders. This one looks clean enough to eat off of - only you might make it dirty!

From the seller:
Rare 1992 BMW R100 RS. 3,949 miles. Bike is all original, except for replaced battery and front tire. Original owner with all documents, manuals, toolkit and battery charger. Everything that came with the bike in 1992 is included. This bike has always been stored indoors in climate-controlled environments. All markings and assembly decals are still on the motorcycle. There are no dents, accidents or scratches on the paint. The few stone chips (maybe three?) were touched up using BMW touchup paint from the dealer. This bike is rare and is the last year for this model style with wind tunnel designed fairing from the mid seventies. The pinstripes are hand painted and in perfect condition. It runs excellently as one would expect from a bike with less than 4,000 miles. Last registered in California in 2004. Originally purchased in Maryland and shipped to California in 1999. It was once ridden in a sudden summer rain shower for about 30 minutes, otherwise never in any foul weather. The saddlebags are rather soft plastic and have a few marks on them. The bike was never dropped or in any accident (unless you consider the unfortunate owl that flew into the bike right in front of my left boot/cylinder head one evening – there are a few small marks where the talons made contact with the bike at the bottom of the fairing – these have been touched up). Bike is guaranteed to be just as I describe here and will not disappoint. It is excellent in every way for an original bike with less than 4,000 miles. E-mail with any questions. I collect and restore vehicles and this bike I have treasured for almost 20 years.

These oilhead BMWs will eat up miles all day long, and get you to your destination relaxed and comfortable. The RS fairing is designed to envelope the rider in a still pocket of air, and the riding position is neutral, with a slight forward cant. Fill up the detachable hardbags (long known as the best in the business), and journey off to points unknown - without ever seeing another rider on the same bike. Not a bad way to go.

To get in on the bidding for this beauty, or to just drool over some of the high-res pictures included by the seller,

MI

BMW January 3, 2011 posted by

1938 BMW R51RS Available this week in Vegas

Check out the latest writeup over at our companion site, RareSportBikes.com, on this BMW R51RS available by Bonhams this week at their Vegas auction.

Many thanks to Brian for the guest post and if any of you are going to be at any cool events this year, we'd love to have your first hand accounts and pictures on Rare Sport Bikes. Shoot me an email if you're interested!

dc

BMW October 30, 2010 posted by

2009 BMW HP2 Sport

For Sale: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport

Pity the BMW clientele: Up until 2008 BMW boxers were merely seen as gentlemanly transport. Sure, the bikes made long-distance touring easy, but performance was never on par with other Japanese or Italian hardware.

Enter the DOHC, carbon fiber clad, no excuses, 130 horses, image-changing HP2 Sport:

The HP2 Sport model, made in limited numbers and offered for sale at over $25k MSRP, is the holy grail of the boxer world. Which brings us to our seller's bike:

This example is a 2009 BMW HP2 Sport with low miles on the odometer.

Note the digital dash, providing MotoGP-like functionality and style.

BMW really went all out in an attempt to make this boxer current and competitive against both the Japanese and the Italians. Check out this great single-sided swingarm:

From the seller:
Like New, Never laid down

Never Raced

Clear Title

Low Miles

Sharp looking

Rare Model

Carbon Fiber accessories make it light weight

6-Speed

130 HP

1200cc

0-60 in 3.1 Seconds

There is no indication if this particular bike is optioned with the desirable ABS system, and scouring the pictures did not result in anything obvious. This model does come standard with a factory quick shifter, forged aluminum wheels, carbon fiber bodywork and Brembo radial-mount brakes. In all, it is a BMW tour-de-force

MI

BMW May 10, 2010 posted by

BWM 1100R Boxercup W/1500 Miles #244

BWM 1100R Boxercup  W/1500 Miles

Waiting to be picked up in Oklahoma City is what appears to be a very clean/low mileage BMW 11ooR.

From the ad:

Only 300 of these units were produced worldwide. This numbered 244 bike only has 1500 miles. It’s in showroom condition. Serious inquires only

No model year is stated in the ad.  The bike is listed for $10,500.  Check it out here.