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BMW November 13, 2014 posted by

Silk Purse: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

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The BMW HP2 Sport sounds slightly insane in concept: take an air-cooled 180° twin with shaft-drive and an innovative suspension designed more for touring than sport, then throw as many high-spec parts at it as you can in a serious effort to make it as fast as possible. It’s sort of the Porsche 911 story, a triumph of development over design: it shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does. But, like the venerable ass-engined car from Stuttgart, the HP2 does work.

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Reviews lauded the handling, stability, and the useable power. BMW’s Telelever suspension has been accused of providing reduced steering feedback and can be a bit heavy, but allows for amazing stability on the brakes which, in this case, were very fierce monoblock Brembos.

The bike featured fully adjustable ergonomics, an exotic, self-supporting carbon-fiber seat/subframe unit, a quickshifter and high-spec suspension. New DOHC heads with radial valves first featured here and would later be expanded to other bikes in the range helped the bike rev to 9500rpm, making 128hp along the way, all in a package that weighed a claimed 392lbs dry.

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In spite of appearances [see: “180° twin”], the HP2 has all the cornering clearance you'll ever need on the road. On track, things can get scrape-y at race-pace as the heads touch down at extreme lean angles and the front wheel lifts... If you plan on racing yours, you may need to jack up the suspension slightly, or adjust your lines. Luckily, the bike’s extremely forgiving handling and grip should allow you to ride around this minor limitation.

Inertia in the shaft-drive means a slipper clutch is sorely missed as well. One is available through the aftermarket, but is a real pain to fit, since the transmission needs to be dropped.

2008 BMW HP2 Cockpit

In typical BMW style, the HP2 was expensive, but provided dead-reliable performance, although the bike’s racing legacy shines through in the titanium con-rod replacement suggested for the 30,000 mile service…

From the original eBay listing: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for sale

Very clean 2008 HP2 Sport for sale. Non-ABS model with Ohlins suspension, lots of carbon fibre, and BMW OEM LED turn signals! Quickly becoming a collector bike. Not many of these were made. Very fun, sporty, responsive bike that sounds meaner than your average boxer. Don't miss this opportunity!

Options/Accessories include:
Titanium exhaust
Forged HP race wheels
Ohlins suspension
Carbon fiber bodywork
BMW LED Turn Signals

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This is available from a dealer, so you aren't likely to get a screaming deal here. But it is rare, and these will likely be very collectible in years to come: only 2,260 were built and the list price new was over $25,000. With only 5,500 miles on the clock and only some minor cosmetic blemishes, this bike looks barely broken in. If you’re looking for an alternative to an “S” model Ducati superbike that you can actually ride without destroying your wrists and back, this would make an excellent choice.

-tad

2008 BMW HP2 L Side

Silk Purse: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale
BMW October 22, 2014 posted by

Quirky, Low-Profile Fun: 2007 BMW R1200S for Sale

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The term “sportbike” isn’t really one that has an absolute definition. It’s more of a loose set of parameters intended to capture an idea, and while most of us generally understand what we all mean when we use the word, there’s still plenty of room for interpretation. Ducati thinks a sportbike should be something ruthlessly dedicated to speed, a track and race machine with only the barest concessions to road use: if your Sunday morning canyon road is more than thirty miles from home, better invest in a gel seat and a good masseuse. Bikes like BMW’s R1200S take the idea of a sporting motorcycle in an entirely different direction.

2007 BMW R1200S R Side Rear

Until the S1000RR came along, BMW had a bit of a different philosophy for their sportbikes. Like Ducati, they wanted to keep their trademark powerplant, in this case a big, horizontally-opposed, air-cooled twin. Unlike Ducati, they felt that comfort should be a part of the equation. What they came up with was what seems at first like an oxymoron: a “practical sportbike”. While you can argue that a GSX-R750 is also extremely practical and reasonably comfortable, it wasn’t available with ABS, doesn’t quite have the character of a twin or the more mature, low-profile image. Let’s face it: “crotch-rockets” definitely attract more heat than less squidly rides. And when you’re out on the road, trying to avoid being hassled by The Man, keeping a bit of a low-profile can be a good thing.

And you really can’t get a whole lot more low-profile than a silver BMW.

2007 BMW R1200S L Side Head

I actually prefer the dash on the earlier model, but this restyle gives the bike a more butch, angular look. I remember when the first-generation R1200S was introduced, some artist or other whipped up a bunch of alternative paint schemes I saw posted in a bike magazine that incorporated some great WWII warplane motifs and iconography, which would have looked even more appropriate on this second-generation bodywork.

From the original eBay listing: 2007 BMW R1200S for Sale

For Sale is a rare, Fun BMW R1200S. Only brought into the US for one year! It's comfortable, Sporty and can keep up with most sportbikes. It has the Full Remus Exhaust, an MWR Racing High Efficiency Airfilter and a Bazzaz Z-fi Fueling controller (She dyno's at a nice 115 hp!!) Also installed a C2 Slipper clutch to keep the rearend under control along with R&G Racing Axle and Swingarm sliders along with Carbon/Kevlar Engine sliders and a nice tidy tail to slim up the rearend. Also has a Hyperpro RSC Steeering damper.  Has fresh brake pads and Dunlop Q2's on it with only about a sixth of thier life used. Odometer is sitting at about 17,000 miles. last service was at 12,000 miles (Due again at 18,000). Also included are all the Specific tools you need for general up keep and a GS-911 Diagnostic tool (Bluetooth!!! Works with your iPhone or Android phone!!). I also have a set of Drop in High Compression pistons I never installed that I will include for an additional Amount. This model has the Showa Suspension. It does not have ABS. (ALL THE BETTER TO DRIVE MY DEAR!!)  There are a couple small scratches in the Paint on the body work on the tail. The windscreen has spots on it from Brake fluid. The only other thing worth mentioning is the small chips in the finish of the rear wheel (pictured in the last photo).

This particular example does not have ABS which, to my mind is probably a mark against it: most riders can benefit from that additional safety margin everywhere except the track [where it can be switched off], an environment for which this bike isn’t particularly suited anyway. It’s a bit too heavy, and BMW’s Telelever front suspension has been lauded for its stability under braking but often criticized for a lack of front-end feel. I’ve only ever ridden one BMW with this suspension, a big K1300S, and the movement of the bars was weirdly light, like a sports car with overboosted power steering.

2007 BMW R1200S Exhaust

This R1200S does have a steering-damper, an aftermarket slipper-clutch, and a single-outlet Remus exhaust that looks very cool and should give the bike some much-needed aggression. BMW’s twins have more of a flat drone than other sporty twins, but it’s distinctive and should sound very authoritative as it goes past. 115hp is nothing to sneeze at, since it should be backed up by plenty of midrange as well.

$10,000 does sound pretty steep for one of these, but I haven’t been pricing them lately. There are still a few days left on this listing, so make an offer! All-in-all, a pretty cool, unusual sportbike with all-day comfort for people who plan to do most of their riding on the road.

-tad

2007 BMW R1200S L Side

Quirky, Low-Profile Fun: 2007 BMW R1200S for Sale
BMW October 19, 2014 posted by

Ride like Larry: 2011 BMW S1000RR Larry Pegram AMA Superbike

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Today we have a very interesting offering. Typically, non-exclusive bike models that are mass produced cannot be considered rare. However celebrity ownership sometimes can make a non-rare bike considerably more notable. It helps if the celebrity in question is related to the motorcycle world. In this case, the owner was well-known AMA Superbike contender Larry Pegram. You won't see a "never raced" message here, because what we are looking at is one of Larry's race bikes from his stint with BMW. And while nothing depreciates like last year's race bike, historical ownership can play a hand in raising the value of ex-race bikes for collecting purposes. On face value, what we have here is a used S1000RR with some cool components and a bunch of funny stickers. But that is a cynical view, no? You would be hard pressed to purchase a used RR model and make the kind of mods that this one has on it. On the other hand, you would at least have a street legal bike on your hands. So that makes this a terrific track-day weapon, or a collector. Which is it to you? First and foremost, Larry's butt once graced the seat pad - isn't that cool enough?

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2011 BMW S1000RR ex-Larry Pegram AMA Superbike for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
Up for sale is Larry Pegrams AMA Superbike. I bought this bike from Larry himself on 6/18/2013 when he was unloading his BMWs in lew of switching to Yamaha. This bike has everything as his "A" bike, just missing the digi dash and oversized radiator.

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More from the seller:
Since buying it, I have kept very detailed logs of every track day I have done - how many miles I put on it, what I changed, when I changed the oil, etc. and will pass that along with the sale. I bought the bike with 1472 kilometers on the odometer, and it currently has 2391 kilometers on it; meaning I rode it only 571 miles in the course of 1.5 years.

Check out the complete details here - the seller has done a great job describing the bike and its current condition. It's worth a look. Good Luck!

MI

Ride like Larry: 2011 BMW S1000RR Larry Pegram AMA Superbike
BMW August 5, 2014 posted by

Christmas Malcom Forbes Style: 1982 Krauser MKM1000

Update 8.5.2014: First posted in December of last year, this unique bike is back on eBay and a few thousand cheaper. Thanks for the heads up Mike! Links updated, -dc

Back in the late 70's/early 80s, BMW motorcycle's were not exactly "sportbike" oriented. Enter Mike Krauser, president of Krauser Inc which was at the time the world’s largest manufacturer of detachable luggage for motorcycles. Krauser Inc was especially well known for the luggage they made for BMW motorcycles and Krauser was a big fan of BMW – he considered them to be the total package at the time in terms of quality, simplicity, and durability.

1982 Krauser BMW MKM1000 for sale on eBay

BMW Krauser For Sale

Krauser undertook an effort to design a road machine that would be top of the line and working with designers, the result was an entirely new concept in frame design wrapped around a BMW engine. The end result was sold as the BMW Krauser MKM 1000. Weighing just 496 pounds wet, the MKM was lighter than all of its competition, including the Ducati Super Sport and the Moto Guzzi Le Mans.

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Despite a production run of only 100 over only two years, the bike was an instant classic due to it’s distinctive style and 70 horsepower – the most powerful stock airhead that was produced at the time. The extra power was due to optional proprietary Krauser 4 valve heads which unfortunately weren’t very reliable but the high price at the time (14,000 USD) meant that the MKM1000 was usually "a millionaire’s ride" anyway. And according to the seller, that is exactly who the original owner of this bike was, none other than Malcolm Forbes Sr., creator and publisher of Forbes Magazine.

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This particular example is said to have only about 3,800 miles on the odometer and included with the bike are the original Krauser rear stand, the original Krauser Build Book for the bike, and also the paperwork from Forbes Magazine.

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Lastly, according to the seller this very bike will also be featured in an upcoming classic bike magazine article, to be published early in 2014.

Want to learn more about Krauser? Link to a review is here: http://www.beemergarage.com/documents/mkm11802.pdf

MG

Thanks to everyone who forwarded the unique bike to us and to Marty for the guest article! -dc

Christmas Malcom Forbes Style:  1982 Krauser MKM1000
BMW June 27, 2014 posted by

The Right Ingredients, Wrong Colors: 1990 BMW K1

The BMW K1 was one of the Bavarian company's earlier attempts to move into the sport bike/tourer segment. While the paint scheme may at first look like it was done by some primary school students after a trip to McDonalds, it was still a BMW product which meant under the bodywork was some serious engineering.

1990 BMW K1 for sale on eBay

1990 BMW K1 for sale

The 1990 K1 came equipped with a 1000cc four cylinder that sported fuel injection, an early ABS system and aerodynamic bodywork designed to reduce rider fatigue while maximizing top speed cruising. The bodywork even included built-in lockable storage areas. Basically, the big K1 proved to the world that the designers at BMW could be creative.

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As posted last year on RSBFS by Mike, "This is one of those bikes that really deserves a place among the rare and collectable here on RSBFS. It has all of the elements of a future classic: Styling, performance, low production numbers and initially high price tag...This was a technically superior machine that simply fell down flat on the showroom floor."

The last listing on RSBFS for a 1990 K1 in this color scheme was back in May of last year and the bike brought in a cool 13k so there is definitely a market for these bikes.

Opening bid is $7500 and the Buy-It-Now price is a smidge under 12k.

MG

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from the seller:

First time I saw one of these bikes I knew I just had to have one! It has been extremely hard to find one in this great condition! I purchased this bike from the second owner. Bike was reported to have been sold new out of BAVARIAN MOTOR WERKS in Cincinatti to Robert Pitcairen Jr - best known as the attorny for Pete Rose and the Cincinatti Bengals. It has been garage kept and professionally serviced since new. Never abused or damaged, with just over 16,038 actual miles looks like a new bike (or better). Draws crowds whenever it is ridden. Runs, sounds and rides amazing, smooth 5 speed transmission, BMW's proven shaft drive system, triple disc ABS brakes, lots of power from the 1000cc liquid cooled 4 cylinder, handles nice and has exceptional wind protection. All body work very clean and scuff free, windshield clear as are gauge lenses. Heated grips are standard too. Bike comes with special edition FMW touring bags and full cover too. Don't miss out! You will not be dissapointed!

The Right Ingredients, Wrong Colors:  1990 BMW K1
BMW May 23, 2014 posted by

The Frame Game: 78 BMW R100RS with Krauser frame and 4-valve heads

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What you are looking at is a 1978 BMW R100RS - but that is not what is key. The big deal here surrounds the Krauser parts. For those of you not in the know, Krauser is a Bimota-like company creating products exclusive to BMW. Think frames, think bodywork, think performance parts, and think expensive (and rare) pieces of history. Provided as kits, Krauser worked to transform sedate BMWs into fire breathing sport bikes with gorgeous perimeter frames, four-valve heads, and more. This particular bike sports not only rare Krauser pieces, but additional custom details as well.

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1978 Krauser BMW R100RS for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
Offered for sale is a custom, one of a kind, MKM (Michael Krauser Motorcycles) framed BMW. Built from a 1978 R100RS.
Oregon title in my name, last plated in California.
Bikes with this frame are currently featured in Motorcycle Classics magazine, March/April 2014, but mine is unfaired and has many more high performance parts.
It is basically a race bike with a license plate. It is not currently rideable.

I purchased the motorcycle from the builder himself in early 2000. It was featured in an article in a motorcycle magazine in August 1988.
I will include a copy with the bike. The previous owner (builder) stated in the magazine feature about the bike that he would "Forget about cost, forget all the limitations, make anything I wanted. The wheels and 13 inch brakes with four piston calipers are from Performance Machine. The engine has a lot of special pieces; it's1108 cc with Krauser 4 valve heads and a lot of head work; 12:1 Venolia pistons: a custom built handmade aluminum flywheel; a cast magnesium oil pan made in Germany, along with other magnesium parts, all the goodies. It took about a year and a half and 20 grand to complete." (in 1980s dollars)

When I bought it, the previous owner/builder told me that it has had the crankshaft turned and balanced, has a new high performance cam, rods had been balanced, and that the extra heads, transmission, rear end and shaft drive are all OK.
I have not had it running or done any work on it and therefore am unable to furnish much first hand information about it's mechanical condition. I am unable to provide mileage amount, as bike is not equipped with an odometer.

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This particular example is a work in progress, apparently. While the original builder spared no expense in the build, this bike has apparently never run for the current owner. The bike has an Oregon title and California plate, but no speedo or odometer. The bike has wonderful cast magnesium case pieces and PM components, but appears to be missing intake and exhaust pieces. So it looks as if this bike was partially parted out at some point. Additionally, the bodywork appears to be incomplete - although with kit-built specials this is hard to determine. Certainly the bodywork is far from the MKM 1000 level, so it is difficult to determine what spec this bike strives to be.

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There are a lot of parts on this particular bike - and the parts are worth much more than the "R100RS" whole. Bidders will likely be interested in the frame and heads first, followed by other components. There is a lot here with which to build a classic "kit" bike. Got the Krauser bug? You're probably not alone. Check it out here and then leave a comment and let us know what you think!

MI

The Frame Game: 78 BMW R100RS with Krauser frame and 4-valve heads