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BMW January 18, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: Honest-to-God 2012 Suter BMW MotoGP bike

You read the headline correctly. What you are looking at is an honest-to-God MotoGP racebike that won the CRT class at the 2012 Qatar Grand Prix under American roadracing hero and two-time World Superbike champion Colin Edwards. The overall win went to Jorge Lorenzo, who was on his way to his second MotoGP championship. Edwards crossed the line 12th overall, a testament to the difference between CRT and the factory machines.  

Based on a bespoke Suter chassis, the bike was powered by a warmed up WSBK-spec BMW S1000RR engine. Even with the better part of 240 horses, the BMW mill was handicapped compared to the factory rides by electronics and development time. Having almost 240 horses is one thing, putting it down is quite another. For a painfully detailed look at the season, click here.

The seller's description of the bike is pretty basic, but there is a detailed fact sheet with more photos here.

Being a MotoGP machine, this bike does not have the battlescars and booboos that former racebikes generally wear. It’s got just enough dirt to look as if it just cooled down from taking the checkered flag at Valencia, but otherwise is in beautiful shape.

The bike wears all of its as-raced MotoGP parts, including the Bosch data acquisition electronics, and 16.5-inch magnesium wheels, with a fresh set of GP-spec Bridgestone slicks included.

CRT, short for claiming rule team, was a short-lived section of the MotoGP rules that allowed teams without factory money to compete at the big dance. Head over to the always wonderful Moto Matters to learn how the CRT bikes differed from the full-on factory mounts.

Though the bikes were always destined to be slower than their better-funded factory-backed competitors, they made for some truly innovative and interesting machines. This 2012 Suter BMW CRT machine was a work-in-progress for the season Edwards was aboard, and even on the night he won in the desert, the famously blunt Texan was only medium happy with its performance.

For anyone below The Texas Tornado’s talent level (which is everyone), the bike will be an absolute monster. At $99,000 not including transport, it represents something of a bargain, considering Forward Racing would have spent more than that on just the engine back in 2012. If you have the means and the skill, Speedbox can be contacted through their website.

Featured Listing: Honest-to-God 2012 Suter BMW MotoGP bike
BMW December 19, 2018 posted by

HP What ? – 2012 BMW K1300S HP

With mid-size car power and somewhat lighter weight, BMW's K1300S jumped onto the bus headed for the dragstrip with the Hayabusa, ZX-14, VFR1200F, and Triumph Sprint GT.  The rare HP limited edition upped the ante with titanium Akrapovich exhaust, and everything that wasn't electronically adjustable was carbon fiber.

2012 BMW K1300S HP for sale on eBay

For 2008, BMW increased the bore of their almost-1200cc inline four to arrive at 1293cc.  Double overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, and digital electronic fuel injection conspire to make 173 hp, with 103 ft.-lbs. torque peaking at 8,250 rpm.  It's a long reach out to the adjustable handlebars, but the factory rear-set pegs are a help.  The Duolever front end and shaft drive are chapter and verse from the BMW hymnal, but you can select the mode for the HP's ESA electronically adjustable suspension on the fly.  ABS and traction/stability control are on-off only, and tire pressure monitoring completes the car-like spec sheet.  Carbon is there for the mudguards, airbox ( i.e. tank ) cover, clutch cover, and seat console.

 

Coming out of Brooklyn, this K1300S has relatively low miles, seemingly undamaged and stock except for a gel seat.  Starting bid seems competitive for a bike with an original MSRP of $20K-plus.  Tank bag and choice of windscreen round out the accessories, and though there's no BIN, maybe the rear stand and battery will come with.  From the eBay auction:

2012 K1300S HP limited edition number 215 out of 750 in excellent condition with only 9830 miles.  New Continental Sport Attack tires with 300 miles on them.  Comes with ESA, ASC and ABS.  Gear shift assistant-heated grips, BMW tank bag and clear and smoked wind screens.  Leather gel seat for those longer rides.  Akrapovic exhaust, radar detector (adaptive technology and the white powder coated wheels round out this great motorcycle.  Never been down.  I have the clean title in hand.  Buy it now and I will throw in a rear BMW wheel stand and a BMW battery charger.

 

The HP reviewed well, most of its mass vanishing once under way.  Hard to imagine how the platform could be developed further, and it didn't find a home in BMW's line-up after 2016.  Like its heavyweight counterparts, it only needs access to a nice open road and a major hole in the schedule.  Maybe that rider is out there watching this auction, with just one day to run...

-donn

 

HP What ? – 2012 BMW K1300S HP
BMW December 2, 2018 posted by

Fan Fave – 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

While BMW's wide-ranging catalogue didn't justify a MotoGP campaign, their sport division had a proper bike and its own support race series.  With the brand ambassador Randy Mamola's signature in paint on the fairing, this R1100S BCR has 20K miles and a spotless presentation.

2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for sale on eBay

 

BMW put its then most powerful engine in the R1100S as early as 1998, with a single cam for each cylinder actuating four valves, resulting in 98 hp at just 7,500 rpm.  The engine was a stressed chassis member, with front and rear subframes attached top and bottom.  The Telelever front uses a compact monoshock, as does the Paralever shaft-drive rear.  The staggered 17 and 18-inch wheels help the heavyweight turn in sharply.  Special parts for the later BCR include dual-spark heads, longer fork tubes for greater lean angles, Laser exhaust, and carbon head covers and mudguards.

 

Despite some miles, this Replika is in outstanding shape, and offered by a Bay Area dealer.  Pictures are mostly overall views but indicate none of the usual brushes with reality.  From the eBay auction:

This is a track version of the R1100S, (albeit this track machine is shaft drive and comes with heated grips) and is the mostly unadulterated BCR version of the R1100S and retains everything that makes it a fantastic sport tourer including an upright riding position that allows for the ample leverage needed to wrestle the heavy machine from side to side.

Aside from the blatant difference in livery, rear-solo cowl, and carbon fiber valve covers – complete with sliders – there aren’t many differences between the regular R1100S and BCR-spec models.  The Boxer Cup Replika (BCR) bikes were equipped with Ohlins suspension, a Laser exhaust, and a special paint livery with Randy Mamola’s signature. The BCR’s 1085cc twin makes 98hp at 7,500RPM and 71.5 ft-lbs of torque at 5,750RPM. A top speed of 140 mph is nothing too special, granted it does weigh in at just over 500lbs. A 31.5-inch seat height allows for surprisingly sporty riding (when you’re not scraping that ridiculously wide engine) and it’s 4.75 gallon fuel capacity is said to be good for a cool 150 miles.

 

Randy Mamola might be the winningest Moto-GP rider without a championship, having placed 2nd four times in the series and 3rd twice, all in the 500cc two-stroke formula.  He went on to test-riding and race broadcast commentary, and hosted BMW fans in the Grand Prix paddock for Boxer Cup races.  This Replika is a highlight, at least among fans of the marque, and is a nice example for the miles...

-donn

Fan Fave – 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
BMW November 15, 2018 posted by

The Venerable – 1976 BMW R90S

BMW attempted to put some pizazz in their stodgy 70's reputation with their first S-bike in a while.  The R90S had an improved powertrain, the usual excellent BMW build quality, and design by the up-and-coming Hans Muth.  This example looks original but has had the works restored.

1976 BMW R90S for sale on eBay

Wanting to thrill and retain their existing customers, BMW stuck with the flat twin and bored the engine to 898cc's and built cylinders for 9.5:1 compression resulting in 67 reliable hp.  38mm Dell'Orto carbs helped breathing through the two-valve heads.  A second hydraulic front disk was added with the master cylinder still under the tank, and a steering damper is mounted on the triple clamp.  A comfortable ride was afforded by the long chassis with typical shaft drive.  After many years of black with white pinstripes, the factory "smoke" paint highlights were a revelation.

This S looks to be complete and pretty original, with 43K-plus miles there's some patina, but more desirable than a new almost correct re-paint.  The crash bars are a bit much but the engine and chassis re-build is what makes this a standout.  A neat two-into-one exhaust, oil temperature and pressure gauges are a nice addition.  Not mentioned in the notes, I think the cast wheels are a period update.  From the eBay auction:

The bike is offered in excellent mechanical condition, fresh from service to ready the bike for sale. At 41,000 miles the bike was thoroughly mechanically restored. A full engine rebuild was undertaken with lightened flywheel, oversized pistons, new valves and guides, and dual plug heads were fitted. A deep oil sump was also installed. For added reliability a Dyna3 electronic ignition system was added with new upgraded coils.

The front suspension was rebuilt and progressive shocks were installed at the rear. The steering head bearings were replaced and a new steering damper fitted. The brakes were overhauled as well, rebuilding the master cylinder in the process. The electrical system was gone through and new switchgear installed on the right, powered by a fresh battery. Even the clock works! Heated grips were installed for some added comfort.

The original paint shows some blemishes here and there, most noticeably on the tank where the wearer’s jacket zipper has made contact and rubbed through a small patch. The paint is good, though, and showing nice patina rather than needing restoration. The side panels aren’t correct. The whole bike has an air of a super well-maintained and cherished machine, with no signs of neglect or abuse.

Revered for the boxer's smoothness, the R90S had sporting aspirations and the importer's race team took it all the way to the AMA Championship in 1976.  Most were ridden more gently and burnished the reputation for reliability.  Because of updates to the crankshaft and block, and drilled brake disks, the '76 model was worth the wait.  The combination of condition, originality, and maintenance might make this the R90S to go for...

-donn

The Venerable – 1976 BMW R90S
BMW September 28, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport

Update 1.2.2019: The bike has SOLD! -dc

There is no other way to put this: If you must have the ultimate expression of BMW's iconic two-cylinder boxer engine, the 2009 BMW HP2 Sport is your only option. The engine has been in rafts of special, technologically perfect, desirable machines, but it was never so focused, powerful and manic as here. It took the line's venerated torque curve, refinement and unique Germanness and turned it into a race bike engine. Around that mill, which was the first of its breed to have dual overhead camshafts, BMW draped carbon fiber by the sheet and a World Superbike-spec datalogger (no, seriously) dashboard. They kept the whole thing moving in the right direction with Ohlins suspension on both ends.

The bodywork was all carbon fiber, as were the valve covers, and the bike rocked forged wheels, fully adjustable footpegs and a quickshifter. it has taken the rest of the superbike world until now to come close to catching up with the blingy, technical prowess of this nine-year-old Bavarian.  The list goes on to include forged triple clamps and a bunch of other special parts, but the list of superlatives is getting exhausting.

Perhaps the best part of the HP2 is that it was never really meant to be much of a racebike. The telelever front end is heavy, the heads limit cornering clearance, and, what's more, it debuted as the S1000RR came on the scene. It was pure engineering obscenity, the expression of the wildest fantasies of some seriously nerdy German gearheads.

This one is an immaculate, 7,000-mile example with a bunch of tasteful aftermarket bits, including an uninstalled Power Commander 5. All the stock pieces (except the original battery) come with it.

From the seller:

Rare opportunity to own a 2009 BMW HP2 SPORT. Only about 250 HP2 Sports were ever brought to the US.
One of the most beautiful examples of a supersport motorcycle ever produced.
This motorcycle came with some of the best equipment from the factory:
MotoGP inspired 2D data logging dash
Quick shift
Full carbon fiber bodywork
Carbon fiber heads
Full Ohlins suspension
Forged wheels
Added:
Bar end mirrors with custom mirror block offs (have the stock mirrors)
Mini front turn signals (have the stock turn signals)
Shorai Lithium battery
Including the PitBull stand
Have all the paperwork, pink slip in hand, registered till Nov 2018, owners manual, PC5 never installed, will come with the BMW
This bike has been stored in my dining room and painlessly cared for.
Text if interested

The bike is located in Garden Grove, California, and is listed at $16,500 on Craigslist and CycleTrader.

Featured Listing: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport
BMW September 14, 2018 posted by

Replika Racer: 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for Sale

Before the BMW S1000RR rocked the sportbike world, fans of Germanic sportbikes had to make do with stuff like the BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika. Not that this is a particularly bad thing: the Boxer Cup Replika is a pretty great roadbike, although it wouldn't really hassle a GSX-R or R1 or even a Ducati 1000SS on track. But does a ZX-10 have heated grips and ABS? I think not.

Handling was very good: the Boxer Cup had an increased ride height for improved cornering clearance, the Telelever front's usual lack of dive helped the bike under braking, and the upgraded Öhlins shocks at both ends helped to dispel the forkless system's sometimes vague feeling at the limit. The biggest issue with the R1100S is the sheer mass of the bike: the sportier S saved a lot of weight over the older RS, but the Boxer Cup was still pretty heavy compared to more aggressive rivals at 505lbs wet.

The other problem is the engine. The updated flat-twin incorporated plenty of modern technology but, at the end of the day, you're still dealing with just two cylinders lugging all that weight around, a sport-touring engine tuned for a bit more sport. Engine width is kept to a minimum by eschewing overhead cams: the pair of cams actually live in the heads, and operate the engine's eight valves via a set of short pushrods. A clean burn of the fuel-air mixture is helped by the twin-plug heads, and the cylinders themselves are cooled by air passing over them, while oil-cooled heads allow the bike to make pretty decent power and, presumably, help the bike meet ever-rising emission standards. The twin's displacement of 1085cc means great bottom-end torque and a strong midrange with a 98hp peak, but it does run out of breath pretty early.

Although the R1100S was the sportiest BMW at the time, it didn't really look all that competitive when pitched head-to-head against rivals. So to promote it, BMW sponsored a one-make race series, the Boxer Cup, as a support race for MotoGP at the time. The series managed to attract such luminaries as Kevin Schwantz and Randy Mamola, whose signature adorns the Cup Replika, and was supposedly plenty of fun to watch, with the close racing you'd expect with everyone riding the same machine.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for Sale

After long deliberations, I am putting my 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika #245 on the market.  In 2004, just 300 Boxer Cup Replikas were offered for sale in the US, making this a very rare and collectible motorcycle. With less than 3900 miles on the clock (not a typo) this is one of the lowest mileage and cleanest BCRs that can be ridden daily or shown at events.  Currently registered in California until July 2019 with a clean California title in hand. 

The oil head Boxer twin engine powering this bike is legendary for its reliability (will easily cover 100k miles with just regular maintenance). The Cup is one of the rare collectibles that can be ridden as much as desired without worrying about breakdowns or high cost of maintenance.

Boxer Cup #245 is a non-ABS, non-heated grip model which equates to lower maintenance costs (ABS service at the dealer will cost over $400 by itself) and increased reliability (ABS are prone to malfunction over time). Deleted equipment also contributes to overall weight saving.

It is equipped with a very desirable and hard to source full Remus exhaust system. The sound is amazing compared to stock exhaust. Ilmberger carbon fiber rear tire hugger is another desirable upgrade.

Up until 2016 this bike was part of a collection and was not ridden. It was recommissioned in June 2016 with 3076 miles on the clock by San Diego BMW and included the following:

  • Gel battery
  • Replacement of entire fuel system including fuel pump, lines, etc.
  • Spark plugs
  • Tank professionally cleaned
  • Front Metzeler tire 120/70R17
  • Rear Metzeler tire 180/55R17
  • Oil service
  • Safety inspection
  • TOTAL $2631

Detailed service receipt from San Diego BMW will come with the sale.  Bike is garaged in upright position (not on side stand) and is never ridden in rain or adverse weather conditions. There are few tiny rock chips on the belly pan, the largest is in the photo gallery. Otherwise this Boxer Cup looks a like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Bike comes with keys and books. I will include a BMW Front Pit Bull stand at full asking price.

This is a rare opportunity to buy perhaps one of the lowest mileage Boxer Cups in the US.

The $8,200 Buy It Now price is on the high side for a Boxer Cup, but this is a very clean, low-mileage example that has obviously been fastidiously maintained. 2005 and later bikes came with Laser cans to match the logo on the fairings, but the full Remus exhaust seen here is a desirable option and should give the flat twin a nice, throaty drone that will sound sporty but very different from a Ducati. As the seller mentions, this is a collectible you can actually ride.

-tad

Replika Racer: 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for Sale