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BMW April 5, 2017 posted by

The Ultimate Boxer: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport ABS for Sale

In the early days of motorcycle design, there were a variety of alternatives to the telescopic forks that have become the standard in an industry evolving towards efficiency but, unfortunately also towards homogeny. Even the S1000RR that followed today’s HP2 Sport as BMW’s flagship sportbike is evidence of this: that striking asymmetrical bodywork is wrapped around an inline four and conventional, if highly sophisticated suspension. Sure, it blew everything into the weeds upon its introduction and has more performance than any mortal can actually use on the road, but it’s kind of… same-y. You certainly can’t accuse the HP2 of that.

It may look like a pair of telescopic forks up front, but that’s actually BMW’s Telelever front end, and the HP2 features a pair of Öhlins shocks: one in the rear, and one controlling the movement of the front wheel. These days, the only real players in the alternative front end game are BMW and Bimota, although there are always a few weirdo independent builders lurking in the wings. Forkless front ends have distinct theoretical advantages, but generally seem to have two problems. One, they’re more complicated to design and manufacture, and multiple linkages in set ups like the one used by Bimota can lead to play and vagueness in the handling, something that should actually be a strong point of the design. But the bigger issue seems to be the fact that the rest of the industry revolves around telescopic forks. They aren’t ideal, but people know how to set them up and make them work, you can buy highly-developed components off the rack from specialists, and riders are familiar with how they feel: Bimotas and BMWs are actually engineered with a bit of dive tuned in, so they don’t feel completely alien to riders used to telescopic forks.

Like the front suspension, the engine of the HP2 is a bit more than it seems as well. Sure, it uses BMW’s iconic flat-twin engine with its longitudinal crank, shaft-drive, and cylinder heads sticking out where you might find the highway pegs on a Harley Fat Boy. But inside, you’re looking at titanium connecting rods, and the bike debuted new four-valve cylinder heads with radial valves that helped the bike produce a claimed 128hp. Those heads feature skid plates in case you deck them out on track: roadgoing cornering clearance is generous, but track riders are advised to add a bit of rear ride height, and might need to adjust their racing lines slightly if they’re used to dragging elbows in the corners. For the rest of us, this is a very capable mount for road or track.

Elsewhere, the bike was kitted out with the best of everything: monstrous radial Brembos, adjustable ergonomics, and even a quickshifter that was the very first fitted from the factory to a production motorcycle. Carbon fiber is everywhere and includes a self-supporting rear seat unit, and helped the bike weigh in at a relatively svelte 392lbs dry. Keep in mind that those exotic titanium rods will need replacement at the 30,000 mile mark, but that’s a long way off for a collectible like this, and at least you just need two of them…

From the original eBay listing: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport ABS for Sale

This is the ABS version.  One owner bike.  Own the coolest boxer ever. This is number #103.  Only 1987 miles.  Bike is nearly perfect.  There is a small blemish on tail section.  Tires are like new, bike has been maintained at local BMW dealer with full records. Currently has extended warranty until June of 2017.

So the original listing makes the lazy eBay poster move of copy/pasting the bike's manufacturer's specs in place of any detailed information about the bike being offered. Sellers take note: no one cares about the fact that the bike has a three-phase alternator. And just what in the hell is "inner leg curve, unladen weight"? If you've got some sort of wild racing cams in your bike, the people looking to buy it might want to know. Otherwise, it just smacks of "well, I know I should post something here in this section..." It's basically non-information: no one is reading it, and most of it is pretty meaningless even if they did. I'm assuming with just a shade under 2,000 miles it probably hasn't needed anything. And even if this isn't the original owner, I'm sure the "full records" mean that the seller can confidently say "there are no issues" leave it at that.

HP2s are quirky, fast, rare, and actually usable, although they don't seem to be particularly desirable yet. Maybe they're confusing to collectors? Neither fish nor fowl, with decent, but not eyeball-flattening performance and sporty, but not particularly beautiful looks. High-quality, light-weight, race-bred parts attached to a platform ultimately limited by design in terms of absolute performance. But with a whole raft of perfectly fast, competent, and slightly vanilla inline fours out there that can be had by the bucket load, it's hard to put a price on character and individuality. Or maybe you can: the Buy It Now price for this one is $16,999 which is pretty much right on the money for a nice HP2

-tad

The Ultimate Boxer: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport ABS for Sale
BMW March 28, 2017 posted by

For a Beemer – 2004 BMW R1100S

After a 20-year break since the R100/S, BMW's re-entrance to the more sporting side was thoughtfully  considered, with lots of new engineering, and as they approach classic status, a great success.  This nicely-updated R1100S looks excellent and fans of the brand would say, just broken in with 22,000 miles.

2004 BMW R1100S for sale on eBay

The R1100S arrived with concepts new to sportbikes - the four-valve 1085cc boxer, Telelever  front and Paralever rear suspension with shaft drive, single-plate clutch, ABS, and some things newer to BMW - clip-on handlebars and underseat exhaust.  BMW kept their vaunted build quality and usual Bosch fuel injection, but tried to leave the weight behind.  The engine is a stressed member of the aluminum chassis, and the supersport fairing flows from the beak, over the tank to the pillion cover.   Great power at 98 hp with 72 ft.-lbs. torque, and with a dry weight of 505 lbs. it's light for a BMW.

Offered by an Illinois dealer, this R1100S looks well taken care of and has the optional grey / orange checkerboard.  A more sporting build since the ABS, centerstand, and heated grips were left off.  The owner has upgraded to Ohlins dampers on both ends, and added conspicuity lights on the fork legs.  The bags look like they just came out of the closet where, handy as they are, they should be returned.  From the eBay auction:

This 2004 BMW R1100S has only 22,370 miles and has had all of its maintenance performed by Cycle Werks in Barrington, we are an authorized BMW dealer.  This bike comes with BMW Saddle Bags, Ohlins suspension, Aux. Driving Lights, and much more!

For a BMW it's sporty, light, and this one with low miles, and though succeeded by the R1200S, the R1100S is regarded as the better track machine.  The bike was the source of many years of the Boxer Cup, a single marque support series, resulting in the special edition Boxer Cup Replica.  But you can find an R1100S at almost any track day or racing school, just look for the guy with no trailer, he'll be riding it home...

-donn

 

For a Beemer – 2004 BMW R1100S
BMW February 24, 2017 posted by

Brains and Brawn: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

Before the introduction of their conventional, but devastatingly effective S1000RR, BMW was known for their durable, quirky motorcycles and "old man in a Roadcrafter suit" image. But in the lead-up to the introduction of the RR, BMW attempted to revive their forgotten, but very legitimate sporting image with the limited-production HP2 Sport. BMW already had an inline-four engine that would, on the surface, have seemed like a more likely candidate for sportbike-ification, but BMW instead chose to base their sportbike on their iconic 180° flat-twin configuration. Did they choose the twin to clearly separate the planned inline-four superbike from their previous offerings? Or was the existing, longitudinally-mounted "brick" simply too heavy for sportbike duty? I'm not sure, but the resulting HP2 ended up being much more "nerd Ducati" and less "Teutonic Gixxer."

In terms of specification, the HP2 is surprisingly close to Ducati's L-twin-powered superbikes of the period: two cylinders, 128hp near the 9,500 rpm redline, and a claimed 392lbs dry weight is probably closer to the older 999 than the 1198, but the HP2 is still in the ballpark. That low weight looks especially impressive when you realize power reaches the rear wheel via a heavy driveshaft, and the BMW comes with a raft of high-performance parts to turn what might otherwise have been a bit of a sow's ear into the proverbial silk purse: dual overhead cam heads, radial valves, titanium connecting rods, adjustable ergonomics, and even a self-supporting carbon-fiber subframe. The lack of a slipper clutch is unfortunate, considering the rotational mass of the powertrain, but one is available if you have the time or money to drop the engine and install one.

The sometimes vague feeling often criticized by reviewers of BMW's "alternatively suspended" bikes is happily missing in the HP2, and handling is considered a high point, while Brembo monoblock calipers offer impressive stopping power well in excess of what might be required to rein in those 128 horses. The heads sticking out in the breeze do ultimately limit cornering clearance, but you'll need to be on a race track before it becomes anything more than an academic issue. Luckily, it comes fitted with plastic sliders... A bit of rear ride height helps, but dragging an elbow in corners might ultimately be impossible if you lack simian proportions.

From the original eBay listing: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

Original adult owner purchased from Lone Star BMW in Austin Texas.  Carbon fiber body panels, forged aluminum rims, brembo antilock brakes, clutchless upshift, and ohlines suspension.  All warranty work done and service completed.  Replaced the fuel pump with a ethanol compatible unit. Never dropped, raced or crashed.  There is a blemish on the right lower fairing from a stone.  This is the ultimate boxer. With only approximately 115 ever imported to the US, you don't have to wait for this to become a rare classic - it already is!  Clear Texas title.  2016 miles.

Keep in mind that there's a price to be paid for all that exclusivity and high-performance technology: these weren't meant for casual owners and, when new, were priced north of $20,000. Maintenance costs are appropriate for a low-production exotic as well, and BMW recommends the titanium connecting rods get replaced at 30,000 miles, so start saving now. Hey, at least valve-adjustments should be a snap!

-tad

Brains and Brawn: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale
BMW January 8, 2017 posted by

Feeling Feint – 2007 BMW R1200S

Not feathering the throttle in the twilight of the flat twin engine's development, BMW made a great re-design for their 4-valve boxer sport. The R1200S was more sport and less touring, and this mint example has done very little of either.

2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

For 2007 BMW went more mainstream, shelving the cast aluminum backbone for a much lighter trellis frame, with the power unit providing support for the Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension.  The oil-cooled heads have four valves running off a single overhead cam with 122 hp being the result.  The usual outstanding brakes are available with a sport-oriented two channel ABS that also has a defeat switch.  Frame-mounted supersport fairing flows into the sculpted tank and seat fairing, above a couple of the nicest alloy wheels ever.

There's a sad part to the story of every 10 year-old sportbike that hasn't even made oil-change miles, but it's good news for a fan of the model.  This R1200S was also well-spec'ed with ABS, heated grips, and jazzy option paint.  Original tires would need a serious reality check before any kind of spirited riding.  The Georgia-based second owner says this in the eBay auction:

Complete leather box and key fob, pressure gauge etc. the manuals and brochures are as new. I have the original invoice. Bike has been in heated garage. Candy Cane Paint ($800 option) with BMW suspension and 5.5" rear wheel. ABS, heated grips, factory power plug, battery pigtail for charger. Leo Vince Carbon cylinder covers, Pitbull rear stand. Oil changed with factory oil. Brake purge and bleed. NO codes on my GS911. Original tires, appears as new, but stored out of the ultraviolet. This bike shows as new.

The R1200S with options went into the upper teens, and the auction has quite a few bids with the reserve still unknown.  Even though it reviewed as the sport tourer that didn't forget about the sport, expectations still have to be tailored to the realities of the big twin, which will dance a half-step to the right when you open the throttle exiting a corner.  But if you missed out on the 1200S ten years ago, this would be a good way to rewind and try a so-new-the-headers-aren't-blue, very luxurious, and rather rare super sport...

-donn

 

 

Feeling Feint – 2007 BMW R1200S
BMW December 7, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 BMW HP2 for Sale

There's a proud tradition of independent motorcycle builders "sportifying" some very unlikely machines: CBXs converted into monoshock cafe-racers, heavily modified Swallower Moto Guzzis with chain drive and Hossack front ends, even venerable RZ500 engines stuffed into R6 frames. In the case of the HP2, BMW built their very own factory eclectic performance motorcycle by taking the quirky, flat-twin R1100S powerplant and adding high-spec parts to create a bit of an odd-duck sportbike, but one with real-world ability.

Certainly, if you were designing a sportbike from scratch, you likely wouldn't build it around an air-cooled 180° twin with shaft-drive. But throw in a set of DOHC heads with radial valves, titanium connecting rods, fully-adjustable ergonomics, and a self-supporting carbon-fiber seat/subframe, and the performance intentions of the bike start to look more convincing. A 9,500rpm redline and 128hp were Ducati superbike territory just a few years ago and that power, while not class-leading, comes with a big lump of torque for brisk, if not eyeball-flattening performance from the claimed 392lbs dry machine.

In theory, BMW's Telelever front end should offer up improved performance under heavy braking, but reviewers of bikes so equipped generally felt they were a bit vague in terms of steering feedback. However, the HP2 reviews were very positive with regards to the handling and feel of the bike, and those Brembo monoblock brakes provide plenty of stopping power. Keep in mind, the HP2 might seem weird to ride at first if you're used to inline fours: that shaft-drive means increased inertia and the bike lacks a slipper clutch as delivered, although one is available for the bike. And while cornering-clearance is generous for road-use, the standard suspension settings can have the heads touching down at extreme lean angles, so track-day junkies should plan accordingly and see about raising the rear ride-height.

Really, you get the feeling the whole thing was helping to set the stage for their S1000RR by establishing that BMW could create a sportbike that didn't rely on generous helpings of nostalgia and a reliance on "character." Obviously, this falls somewhere short of the bar set by the RR in terms of outright performance, but it's surprisingly capable, given the limitations of the platform. Of course, high performance parts can mean expensive replacement costs, and BMW does recommend those titanium rods be replaced at the 30,000 mile mark... Luckily, that service is a long way off for today's Featured Listing.

From the seller: 2008 BMW HP2 for Sale

Only 1125 miles. Added it to my collection in 2008. Looks and runs well. Bike always stored indoors, and run every couple of months to keep healthy. Have very large bike collection being thinned down to make more space. Overall, a pretty well preserved bike.

64 year old owner, former bike wrench and former shop owner. Every effort has been made to show condition of bike with pictures . Can e-mail better, larger pictures directly, on request. Bike in good cond, though no warranty expressed or implied. Sold AS - IS .

Payment by cashier check, must clear for bike to be released. Chase or Wells Fargo the quickest. Cash, in person, works, too. :o)

Today's HP2 has obviously spent more time being admired than being ridden, with just 1,125 miles on the odometer, but that might make it ideal for someone who wants to admire it: it's certainly a striking bike, with tons of cool details and the low miles means you'll get plenty of time riding it before you start to eat into the value. Aside from some discoloration on the exhaust pipes, it looks to be in excellent condition, as it should be with such low miles. The seller also includes a video of his collection and a short clip of the bike going around a corner, so we know it will both start and turn. The asking price for this bike of kit is $15,000 which is steep, but the HP2 is most definitely a rare and collectible bike that can also get a wiggle on and a surprise a few people at a track day.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2008 BMW HP2 for Sale
BMW October 23, 2016 posted by

Don’t Arrest Me Red – 2007 BMW R1200S

Every supercar manufacturer has their adult red, a deep metallic indicating adulthood and serious investment.  This 1200cc BMW sportbike is one of the company's best, a repaint in McLaren's Volcano Red, nicely upgraded with low miles.

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2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

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Updating their epic R1100S, BMW saw the writing on the GVWR sticker, and took steps to raise the power to weight ratio on the new machine, using bigger valves and throttle bodies, and forged pistons while reducing the weight with a new frame.  122 ponies find their way through the 6-speed and Paralever shaft drive.  Below the Telelever front end, dual 320mm unlinked EVO brakes are followed by 265mm rear, and ABS has track disable switch.  The sculpted supersport fairing cuts through the wind for the rider, and most -S's had a pillion seat, though this one has gone monoposto.

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Offered in Connecticut, this example has received many upgrades, as the owner states in the eBay auction -

Original options include heated grips and ABS
Painted January 2016 in McLaren Volcano Red -  a show quality $3,500 paint job completed by authorized McLaren body shop this spring, the paint alone cost me $1,200.

Tank and tail section protected by premium 3M clear bra.

New carbon front and rear fenders and engine timing cover all by Ilimberger in Germany - not the cheap knockoffs
New Carbon fiber license plate bracket
New Ohlins Suspension front and rear 
New headers by Sandbar composites in England with Akropovic titanium muffler - cost $1,800.
New AF-XIED adjustable oxygen sensor calibration which allows for mixture adjustment throughout RPM range in both open and closed loop. ($325)
Corbin seat
New Tinted windshield 
Heli-bars with approx 3/4" rise
New CNC clutch and brake levers ($200)
New PIAA dual horns hidden behind the fairing. Loud as hell!
New Clear turn signal lenses
New Parabolic mirrors
Completely serviced this spring -1,500 miles ago. Brake and clutch fluid flush, engine, transmission and final drive oils changed, drive splines lubed, new tires front and rear, valves adjusted, throttles synchronized, new K&N air filter. New spark plugs
Rear wheel flange and fuel pump both replaced ( recall )

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Not often an owner would re-paint the factory option livery, but it's inkeeping with the rest of the bike - low miles, premium upgrades, impeccable condition.  Not sportiest of bikes, but big torque straightens a lot of roads and the cockpit is somewhat more comfortable than the average superbike.  Would look good in the garage with an Arena Red Porsche 993 and the Montalcino Red Rover in the driveway...

-donn

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Don’t Arrest Me Red – 2007 BMW R1200S