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BMW December 13, 2015 posted by

Reverential – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

Living as we do somewhere between the bike and  the post, your editors at RSBFS always appreciate the effort to photograph a bike well.  Though they can try to hide mishaps, a good photograph is better at highlighting the lack of history, illustrating careful ownership.  So much the better if a special bike is shown well.  The pinnacle of BMW boxer development, the HP2 Sport is such a bike, here with a neat short focal-length treatment.

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2008 BMW HP2 Sport for sale on eBay

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Holding down BMW's sport corner from 2008-12 ( at least as a figurehead after the S1000RR arrived ), the HP2's air/oil cooled engine brings home 128 hp and 80 ft-lbs. torque.  The HP2 has a chrome-moly trellis frame which uses the engine as a stressed member, and self-supporting seat subframe and fairing.  BMW's Telelever front and Paralever rear each use fully adjustable Ohlins dampers.  With the optional ABS, the rider can depend on the 330mm front disks and 265mm rear.  The design studio squandered their budget on the HP2, the fairing and appointments, like the full-featured LCD dash, are top notch.

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Professionally photographed with under 4,000 miles,  it's a dreamboat.  Never tracked, a shame for the past owners ( and a benefit to the next owner ).  No damage history, from the eBay auction:

This is an amazing motorcycle!  The HP2 Sport was the first BMW R motor to used radial positioned valves on the historic engine that helped it produce more HP and Torque than any previous R-motor BMW.  Additionally, at the time it was the most expensive BMW motorcycle ever sold and I believe that to still be true.  The bodywork is all carbon fiber, half was painted white and the dark sections remain exposed carbon fiber so you and everyone else will know what it is made of.  The valve covers are even carbon fiber!

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There are higher horsepower motorcycles out there but this has as much torque as they do.  And, it comes in low in the rev range and pulls strong all the way to red line.  it is smoother and more comfortable than any other top tier superbike on the market and is a great collector piece.  I believe there were only 235 imported into he US in 2008 and 2009.  The option available we ABS and this bike has it.  Long term values on these make it a great place to put your motorcycle money.

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The wheels are made specifically for this motorcycle by OZ racing
The suspension is provided by Ohlins
The radial mounted brakes are from Brembo

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Centrally located in Austin, a pre-purchase inspection should be easy to arrange.  A lot of BMW's work went into reducing weight, and the HP2 is under 4oo lbs. fueled, quite amazing when you consider its sport-touring ancestry and robust build.  As with the Porsche 911 flat six, there will likely always be a BMW boxer twin, and this is one of the best...

-donn

Reverential – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport
BMW November 23, 2015 posted by

Cloaking Device – 2007 BMW R1200S

Made in relatively low quantities and just in 2006-07, BMW's R1200S was their lightest, most powerful sport-oriented bike to date.  Hidden in the standard silver or black ( yellow and silver/red stripes were available ) the able performer disappeared into the background of the track days and canyon runs, but held their own and were often ridden home afterward.

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2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

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Using a single overhead cam to actuate four valves per side, the R1200S used 12.5:1 compression and a lot of forged internal parts to come up with 122 hp and a whopping 83 ft-lbs. torque.  In a departure from the R1100S that preceded, the 1200 had a steel trellis frame, using the engine as a stressed member.  The stainless two-into-one exhaust winds it way underneath and eventually to an underseat muffler.  BMW's Telelever is hung out front, with great anti-dive and suppleness mid-turn.  Their shaft drive and single-sided Paralever are at the rear, both with Ohlin's dampers. Front brakes are 310mm, and 265mm rear.  Though it was available, I don't see the wheel speed sensors, indicating ABS is not on this bike.  The angular upper-only fairing blends nicely into the fuel tank, and the seat fairing is very sporty, with a little afterthought for the pillion.

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With only 2,100 miles, this bike should and does look pretty mint.  No rash on the lower valve covers, a common tipover indication, only a small scuff on the right.  The sole upgrade appears to be Heli-bars which move the heated grips up and back a couple of inches.  From the eBay auction:

Beautiful 2007 R1200S in garage kept mint condition. 122 HP, very fast,agile and light. All recalls done by dealer. Heli bars installed for a more comfortable ride, original clipons included.

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After 90-odd years of development, the 1170cc twin is thoroughly modern, but recalls the brand's beginnings.  Though it was succeeded by the DOHC HP2 Sport and now the R1200RS, the S is still a rider's machine, and is actually little lighter than the RS.  Though the heritage is more sport touring, there's plenty of sport in the R1200S.  The buy-it-now seems optimistic, but you could make an offer.  No race decals or loud paint, but nothing looks better than black, at least for the first hour after you wash it...

-donn

Cloaking Device – 2007 BMW R1200S
BMW November 11, 2015 posted by

Not-So-Heavyweight Contender – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

After the R1100S and the BoxerCup marque series faded into the German sunset ( and just before the introduction of the game-changing S1000RR ), BMW breathed some new life into the big opposed twin models with an additional 50-ish cc's, four valves per cylinder, and a lot of advanced design work.  Leading off with the ground pounding HP2 Enduro in 2007, they followed in 2008 with a streetfighter and the HP2 Sport.  Without denying its sport-touring heritage, the HP2 Sport was BMW's uncompromising track weapon.

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2008 BMW HP2 Sport for sale on eBay

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Hanging in the beautiful tubular frame as a stressed member, the 1170cc engine has dual overhead chain-driven cams responsible for 130 hp and 85 ft-lbs. torque.  The stainless exhausts make their way under the bike, away from the rider and up to a canister muffer in the tail.  Integrating the usual brackets in carbon fiber, the full fairing and seat subframe are self-supporting.  BMW's Telelever front suspension has intrinsic anti-dive properties, and the rear Paralever encloses the driveshaft, both damped by fully adjustable Ohlins shock absorbers.

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Brembo radially mounted 320mm brakes are up front, with a 265mm disk at the rear.  Wide forged aluminum wheels are painted the bold blue of the frame.  Race-derived features such as the quick-shifter and digital dash complete the package.  The designers were able to bring the half-fuel weight in under 400 lbs., an achievement for any 1200cc bike, which pays dividends every ride.

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Looking very good for its 12,000 miles, the HP2 offered here appears stock except for bar-end mirrors.  Though ABS eventually was available, this early model could be considered more sporting.  The second owner is a collector thinning the herd, and states in the eBay auction:

For selling consideration i am offering this 08 Bmw HP2 Sport, is a very early model, no Abs.

i always wanted to own a Hp2 Sport because i have heard nothing but superlatives about the bike, loved the looks but couldn't convinced myself to drop $19000 for a used one so i patiently waited until i got a fantastic deal, purchased as a package with few other bikes i ended up owning the bike i was waiting for.

i rode the bike all summer,put about 1000 miles on her,absolutely no problems,had a lot of fun,bike is just as advertised,gorgeous looking, loaded with high end components and the highest of german engineering at hearth. I am fortunate enough to own several bikes and this has to be up there with the prettiest of all.
I would consider the bike to be in Great condition, has minimal wear from riding almost 12000 miles, few small chips on the cylinder  heads covers, belly pan, has on crack in the clear coat on the front fairing, maybe the size of a dime. Is all stock, no modification or alterations, i went with a bar end mirror because the stock were useless.

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With its light weight, modern design and premium components, this is a pretty special Beemer.  The factory continued to send teams to endurance races, and though instantly eclipsed by the S1000RR, the big twin will always please fans of the marque, and surprise some with its performance.  BMW durability speaks to the value of this bike, a great rider with a lot of great rides left...

-donn

Not-So-Heavyweight Contender – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport
BMW September 4, 2015 posted by

Blowout: 3 different 2009 BMW HP2 Sports for sale

This is a quick post as it covers multiple listings of a fairly rare bike, the BMW HP2 Sport which was one of BMW's sport efforts before the S1000.   These aren't very common in the USA; from what I have been able to find over its 2008-2010 production lifespan, approximately 2141 were built but only about 216 coming into the USA during the 3 year period.

For anyone not familiar with the HP2 sport, check out the link here.  You can also review some previous posts of these on RSBFS by Tad D by clicking here


Here is the first one, with 3232 miles and some nice carbon pieces

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2009 BMW HP2 (first one)

Here is the second one, located in Illinois.  Mileage on this one is only 1851 miles!

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2009 BMW HP2 (second one)

Here is the 3rd one with even lower mileage of 1034 miles, located in Santa Monica California.  Like the first it seems to have some carbon fiber accents added.  This one seems to be being sold by a dealer.

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2009 BMW HP2 Sport (3rd one)

Previous posts of these seem to indicate a going price of around 11,000 but those were higher mileage.   I have to admit these have grown on me over the last couple of years and I would like to ride one to see what they are like.   IF one of these are something you have been looking for, this seems like a great opportunity.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Blowout:  3 different 2009 BMW HP2 Sports for sale
BMW August 22, 2015 posted by

Agent K – 1990 BMW K1

Produced in 1988-93 at a rate of just over 1000 per year, BMW's 90's flagship was sporty though quirky.  They have a cult following of BMW die-hards and engineers, enchanted by the aerodynamics and 100 hp.  Also offered in red with yellow graphics ( ketchup and mustard ) and basic black, the blue metallic with yellow is a good compromise.  The condition, originality, and accessories make this K1 something special.

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1990 BMW K1 for sale on eBay

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Responding to impending emissions rules, BMW developed the straight-four in the early 80's for the K100.  The K1 was the first K-bike with 4 valves per cylinder.  With a steel backbone frame using the engine as a stressed member, the stable K1 was made for extended 150 mph runs on the autobahn.  BMW's new Paralever shaft drive is in a single-sided monoshock rear suspension, with more conventional front forks.  Early ABS brakes use 305mm front disks and 285mm rear.

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The 7-piece fairing achieved a drag coefficient of .38 ( a record .34 with rider tucked in behind the windscreen ), though the slippery fairing traps heat from the engine.  The 1000cc K-engine also generated a secondary vibration in the midrange, causing complaints from some riders.  The seat fairing has built-in panniers, though soft bags might be required for a long trip.

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The owner has put a wealth of information and history in the eBay auction:

I purchased the bike from an avid BMW collector in Boise. I had the bike delivered directly to the dealership and had them go from front to rear of the bike and fix/replace anything that was in need of repair. I told them to not even attempt to start the bike as it sat for almost 2yrs.. told them to replace fuel pumps/filters/fluids/battery, and do a complete service on the bike, and tires are 85% new. This bike at 25yrs old runs good as new, and handles as new. The only thing this bike needs is a new home.

Included with the bike:
- Tool kit and tire repair kit. (original)
-3M Protection around rear box lids to prevent scratching (applied on date of original purchase)
- Cee Baileys Headlight protector (applied on date of original purchase)

Australian made Staintune Stainless Steel Performance Exhaust. ($1,200.00 to purchase now, and Staintune does not carry this part number any longer, refused offer of $900.00 and exchange for OEM exhaust at last bike rally)

Wonderful Bonus to this bike is the ORIGINAL Tank Bag with both original Rain Covers. Additionally, the original saddle bags and original K1 Rain covers.

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The first 20,000 miles on this K1, must've been extremely careful, as there doesn't appear to be a mark on it.  Very original, the only aftermarket parts appears to be the Staintune exhaust.  The collection of accessory soft bags and rain covers are unavailable except on the used market and a useful addition.  Forward looking in design and engineering, the K1 marks a time when BMW peeked over the slippery slope of sportier bikes, which they would address later in the 1990's with the -RS and -S 1100cc twins...

-donn

 

 

 

Agent K – 1990 BMW K1
BMW August 12, 2015 posted by

The Winner and Still Champion ( of the BoxerCup ) – 2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

After the introduction of their first sportbike since the R90S of 1973-76, BMW sponsored a spec race series for their new R1100S in 1999.  Running mostly in Europe but expanding to Daytona in 2003-04, the BoxerCup was great international series, with many different riders from different countries winning races during the season.   The Boxer Cup Replika was offered in 2003 and 2004, last year of production, with performance updates such as carbon head guards and belly fairing, braided brake lines, underseat Laser exhaust, and Ohlins suspension.

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2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for sale on eBay

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The most powerful BMW boxer to date, the R1100S has 98 hp on tap, thanks to dual spark heads with four valves per cylinder.  Owners were provided an updated engine management chip at the first service.  Though a heavyweight at 505 lbs. wet, the BMW Paralever single-sided swingarm ( with shaft drive ) and Telelever anti-dive front suspension work with the rigid frame to make it handle.  Brakes are appropriately sized 320mm fronts and 276mm rear.  Nice touches include carbon front and rear fenders and dual seat with fairing cover.

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Following BMW's legendary ability to roll the odometer, this R1100S has over 25,000 miles, but looks good and with the up-to-date maintenance, should be ready for more.  From the eBay auction:

BEAUTIFUL BOXERCUP. LOOKS LIKE NEW. ALWAYS GARAGED. ALL BOOKS AND KEYS.  Bike  has been fully tuned with valve adjustment, new alternator belt,brake and cable adjustment all done in last 2 weeks. Tank bag included. Laser exhaust, non abs model.

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From the last year of production, the BoxerCup offered has the more attractive paint and graphics, and appears undamaged save a few scratches on the head covers.  Looking very stock and racy without the optional luggage, owner improvements include tank bag, K&N filter, and fork-mounted conspicuity lights.   A great, stable and very sporty BMW, this one is just at mid-life, no crisis...

-donn

The Winner and Still Champion ( of the BoxerCup ) – 2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika