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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
BMW September 21, 2016 posted by

Brave New World Squared – 1990-91 BMW K1

Mid-1980's BMW was already planning around the end of the air-cooled era, and developed the 1-liter straight four for the K100.  Marketing naturally wanted pizazz, and the response was the 16-valve K1, with bodywork achieving an unheard-of 0.34 drag coefficient.  Controversial as all ground-breaking designs are, the K1 was fast if not quick, and gave BMW an updated and sporty image.

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1990  and 1991 BMW K1 for sale on eBay

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The rather car-like longitudinal four used in the K100 and K1 at least had the advantage of keeping the heavy parts low in the frame.  With lighter crankshaft and connecting rods, the 100 hp K1  suffered less from secondary vibrations which were a nuisance for the K100.  The bike used conventional front forks and an updated monoshock shaft drive rear.  Brakes were sized for the mission, with dual 305mm front disks and single 285mm rear.  Customary for the time, a 17-inch front tire helped turn-in with the 18-inch rear.

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But of course the elephant in the showroom was the 7-piece fairing set, for once not black with white pinstripes, but RED with yellow suspension and accents, also a nice Sapphire or Prussian blue or black with yellow graphics, and you could get gray with white graphics.  For sure a love-hate affair, the fairings did have some integral storage and allowed the K1 to achieve nearly 150 mph.

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Evidently a trade-in and given a good going over by the northeast flagship dealer, the "McDonalds" K1 looks great and should be ready to double or triple its 10,545 miles.  From the eBay auction:

Exceptionally clean and rare 1990 BMW K1 in Marrakech Red! This bike has low miles and is ready to ride. We did an extensive amount of work to this bike upon taking it in on trade. Paint is in beautiful shape. There are 2 small cracks along the lower front fender, common area to see on this particular model bike. Aside from that, the bike is in excellent shape, both mechanically and cosmetically.

Below is a list of work performed, for additional details, please contact us:

(1) PERFORM SAFETY CHECK INSPECT FLUID

(2) MIKE PUT 300 MILES ON IT

(3) RENEW INPUT SHAFT SEAL

(4) RENEW PINION SHAFT SEAL

(5) INSPECTION OF FLASHERS NOT WORKING

(6) RENEW FRONT BRAKE RESV SEAL

(7) INSPECTION OF INTAKE BOOT

(8) RETORQUE PIVOT BEARINGS

(9) RENEW FRONT AND REAR BRAKE FLUID

(10) RENEW MASTER CYLINDER

(12) RENEW ABS PUMP WITH CUST SUPPLIED PUMP

(13) REBUILD BRAKE CALIPERS

(14) RENEW FORK SEALS

(15) RENEW MAIN BEARING

(16) RENEW TIRES, FRONT AND REAR W/ MICHELIN PILOT ROAD 3

(17) RESEAL FRONT COVER; LEAKING

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This grey edition was also recently refurbished by a long-time fan.  Rather a rider with 45,000 miles, it has some classic BMW mods, such as conspicuity lights and fork gaiters.  From the eBay auction:

1991 BMW K-1. I purchased this K-1 last year and planned to keep and ride after doing a considerable maintenance. However, at my age 72, I have found the aggressive riding position is not fun for me. This K1 was not ridden much by the previous owner in the past ten years and needed some maintenance when I bought the bike. 

Some of the work completed:

Front and rear brake master cylinders were rebuilt.
All brake lines were replaced with Spieglier Stainless lines.
Both tires were replaced.
All fluids and filters replaced including the engine coolant, and fuel tank filter.
Spark Plugs replaced.
All engine and drive splines cleaned and lubed.
Rubber engine breather tube replaced.
Equipped with Throttle Meister throttle lock. Also has modification that activates the rear turn signals with the brake lights. Photo blaster front lights and Hyper rear brake lights.

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BMW was reigning in the power, fearing aggressive legislation, else the K1 could have had more than 100 ponies to play with.  The competition was unconcerned with staying under 100 hp, and produced machines that were lighter, more powerful, and way less expensive.  Still, the flagship K1 accomplished its goal, getting attention and drawing folks into the showroom, where the stealth colors, ABS, factory luggage, and tasteful graphics made more sense.  Sidling over toward sportier touring, plenty of K1's have seen lots of miles, and paved the way for racier machines with marque race series like the R1100S.  These K1's are again ready to carry the flag, at least in a classic-sport way...

-donn

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Brave New World Squared – 1990-91 BMW K1
BMW September 3, 2016 posted by

Candy Cane – 2007 BMW R1200S

Built for only two years as BMW approached the flat-twin summit, the R1200S was significantly lighter and more powerful than the R1100S.  This adult-ridden example has low miles, dealer service, and the nice factory option paint.

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2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

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Sporting a single overhead cam and four valves per cylinder, the R1200S uses electronic fuel injection to extract 122 hp from its 1170 cc's.  Almost expected from a BMW twin, torque is an outstanding 86 ft.-lbs.  The engine is an integral part of the new trellis frame, whose lighter weight helped bring the bike in under a theoretical 400 lbs.  Proprietary suspension designs front and rear, the Telelever leads the Paralever shaft drive using Öhlins adjustable dampers.  Brakes are 4-piston 310mm fronts with 265mm rear, and BMW commissioned a special version of its EVO braking system for the R1200S, unlinked and with more linear feel than usual.  ABS with a disable switch was an option, not sure it's on this bike though.  The half-fairing is nicely integrated with the tank and solo-plus-afterthought seat.

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Showing just break-in miles for a BMW, this R1200S looks good, though the limited photos invite a closer look.  It looks substantially stock with a Laser cat-back exhaust and new rubber.  The owner is a reluctant seller and says this in the eBay auction:

Previously listed but withdrawn because I thought I could not let it go but I have to move on. Beautiful and rare 2007 BMW R1200S "Candy Cane" in excellent condition. Always maintained with recent fluids change and complete inspection at MAX BMW in NH. Very recent Michelin PR4s. Beautiful bike with speed and stability. It has a titanium full Laser system ($1,200). Always gets attention. This is a fast sporty bike and not for novices. Low mileage at 13400 although I still occasionally ride it.

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Though bag racks are always available for a BMW, most -S's are seen without them, so someone's at least trying to extract the sport from the sport-touring.  The R1200S reviewed as very sporty for a BMW, which is about as high as the praise generally gets.  The bikes have to carry the remarkable suspension, reliable drivetrain, and servo-assisted ABS brakes, which for many road riders are worthy compromises for sport riding...

-donn

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Candy Cane – 2007 BMW R1200S
BMW July 21, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

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Mid-2000's BMW knew the air-oil cooled line had to come to a close, and developed a brilliant 4-valve engine to cap their 90-odd years of boxer twin development.  Though the engine was built into an enduro and supermoto model, the HP2 Sport received the most overall development and every detail of the bike is superlative in design and construction.  Featured here is an excellent low-mile example with some significant upgrades.

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One of the very few air-oil cooled four-valve engines for the road, the HP2 has a respectable 130 hp available, and the 85 ft.-lbs. torque makes the Sport a road weapon.  The blue steel trellis frame supports the Telelever front end and Paralever shaft drive rear, both with adjustable spring dampers.  Brembo monoblock brake calipers are radially mounted over 320mm front disks and 265mm rear.  Stainless two-into-one exhaust makes its way to an underseat canister muffler and stays out of the way.  Carbon-fiber fairing and seat console provide their own monocoque structure requiring no tubular sub-frame and helping keep the dry weight under 400 lbs.  Completing the sport picture are a full-featured digital dash, forged alloy wheels, and shift-assist system, the first time such a system has been factory equipment on a road bike.

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The 2008-11 production only resulted in a few hundred machines here in the states, many of those only intermittently ridden.  This one has just under 6,000 miles, and is without any road or hangar rash.  The owner has made some nice improvements as well as kept maintenance up to date.  A lightweight battery pays dividend every time you ride, and the rear monoshock protector is a nice touch for the road.

From the owner:

For sale is my meticulously cared for 2008 BMW HP2 Sport, Non-ABS model. Very few imported into the United States between 2008-2010. 5925 miles, second owner. Always garaged and covered, with regular maintenance carried out by regional BMW dealer.  Engine oil, final drive oil, as well as brake and clutch fluid changed frequently. Never dropped or tracked. All stock with some exceptions: LED turn indicators, Ultrabatt ultra-light lithium battery, and Öhlins rear shock cover installed.  Also included in the sale are a few items seen in the photos: A very nice Baxley front sport chock; a Wunderlich rear paddock stand; a very handy HP2-specific small removable tank bag (great for phone, keys, etc.); a brand new standard BMW battery, and a BMW cover for the garage. Also included are the original owners manual, one ignition key, and one bench seat key (to remove security torx bolt on seat for battery access, etc.). Will be happy to answer any other questions by email or phone.  Asking $14,500.

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Reviewed as BMW's ultimate canyon carver, the HP2 was developed in the crucible of European endurance racing and single-marque series.  Though the brand focuses more of the touring side of sport-touring, this HP2 strongly favors the sport side, and leaves no details un-planned.  A very special project by a leading manufacturer, the HP2 Sport could be the pinnacle of their boxer motorcycles, and this particular bike is a very fine and well-tended example.  Riders know it's a plus that the bike is currently ridden and well maintained.  The owner asks $14,500 and can be reached here.

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-donn

Featured Listing – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport
BMW July 4, 2016 posted by

What If ? – 2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto

BMW developed three variants of their HP model - enduro, sport, and motard, in that order.  Each has the 4-valve 1170 cc engine, blue trellis frame, and two-bike price tag - but strangely without BMW's Telelever front suspension.  The Megamoto is more similar to the enduro, with the step-stool-required seat height but smaller front wheel and chassis tuned for turn-in.  A solution in search of a problem sure, but in a big fun way.

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2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto for sale on eBay

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The HP2 engine is the culmination of BMW's near century of air/oil-cooled boxer-twin development, the blueprinting with exotic materials helping dual overhead cams deliver 105 hp and 85 ft.-lbs. torque.  45mm upside-down forks complement the more usual BMW Paralever shaft drive rear, this time with Öhlins damper.  BMW's own brakes are dual 305mm fronts with 265 mm rear.  ABS was available but not seeing it on this bike.  Bodywork is reveals more than it covers, but the bikini fairing and tank cover are nicely detailed.  Smashing forged wheels are finished in blue.

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Without even break-in miles, this is an as-new HP2.  Maybe dump the fuel, put some fuel system treatment in the fresh tank, change the oil and brake fluid, and off you go.  The owner added Touratech travel cases but you can leave them in the garage and the racks don't hurt the looks badly.  From the eBay auction:

Only one owner; always stored in a dry and warm garage. Used once. Incredibly low mileage. Good as new. No other bike like it on the market right now (with that mileage).

Comes with a few spare parts and accessories(pictures will be added once we sort the parts and accessories out.

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For those who think a water cooling system is needless complexity or just un-BMW, the HP2 in any variant is the final word.  A little too much for an actual urban gymkana, the oversized motards from BMW, Ducati, and KTM have faded from the spotlight.  But if you were a huge BMW fan, and a very skilled rider, this almost unused and quite rare Megamoto might be just the thing for local riding.

Happy Independence Day !  -donn

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What If ? – 2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto
BMW April 7, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2010 BMW HP2 Sport

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When BMW stops developing the horizontal twin, likely they'll stop putting the blue and white Rondel on the tank.  But as noise and emissions regulations compelled them to cool the heads with water in 2012, the pinnacle of the air/oil-cooled generation remains the HP2 Sport.  Dual overhead cams enable the 1170 cc engine to push 130 hp, and match that with 85 ft.-lbs. torque.  Accompanying the powerplant with chassis innovations and weight reductions resulted in the most track-oriented BMW ever.

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The HP2 Sport uses BMW's Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension with fully adjustable Öhlins dampers, hanging from the blue trellis frame.  Weight is kept under 400 lbs. using a carbon-fiber seat console, as well the fairing, fender and chin scoop.  Brakes are topline Brembo, radially mounted Monobloc ( each caliper a single-piece casting ), appearing to be ABS equipped.

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Though most advice is not to sweat the small stuff, the HP2 Sport is beautifully detailed.  Controls positions are adjustable, as is the chassis geometry.  A full-featured race dash is included.  The stainless exhaust winds its way up under the seat, and a race-developed quick shifter halves the gear shift time.  Carbon appointments from tank cover to heel guards, my favorite detail being the sculpted valve covers.

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Offered by Harrison Eurosports just south of Salt Lake City, this HP2 looks just great and appears un-modified.  Locally owned, it has around 8,000 miles and all service records are available.  Asking $18,900, contact Troy Barnes at (435) 632-8031 for details.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2010 BMW HP2 Sport