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BMW September 6, 2019 posted by

Silk Purse: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

Before the introduction of the class-breaking BMW S1000RR, the company wasn’t really associated with cutting-edge sportbikes, unless you go back a few decades to the R90S. After all, an air-cooled, 180° ” flat” twin with shaft drive is a pretty inauspicious foundation for a true performance machine. A flat-twin is obviously very wide, which presents aerodynamic issues and limits cornering clearance unless the suspension is jacked way up. Air-cooling is simple and reliable, but the high compression needed for competitive horsepower generates heat that usually requires a radiator to control, and shaft drive is inherently heavier than a chain, making the BMW HP2 Sport a very unlikely sportbike, looking at the spec sheet anyway.

But German companies seem to have a knack for working around this kind of thing, as if they view it as an entertaining challenge. “Oh ja? Heir, halte mein Bier…” It’s been said that the Porsche 911 is “a triumph of development over engineering,” as it has a similar problem: sticking the entire powertrain out behind the rear axle is only marginally better than putting it all up front. But we know Porsche managed to make their ass-heavy car work brilliantly and, even though the HP2 Sport didn’t achieve quite that level of success, it did the job for which it seems to have been intended: it showed the world that BMW was serious about updating their image and competing head-to-head with rivals in Italy and Japan.

The engine may not have been blessed with a radiator, but temperatures were kept under control using a hybrid arrangement, with the heads cooled by oil, and the barrels cooled by air. It has radial valves, and four of them per cylinder, operated by dual overhead cams, while lightweight titanium connecting rods let the 1170cc engine spin up to 9,500rpm and produce a claimed 128hp. Liberal use of carbon fiber reduced the weight to a claimed 392lbs dry, so weight was on par with class competitors, even if power wasn’t. Adjustable ergonomics and the self-supporting tail section are very trick, quality touches in keeping with the bike’s very exclusive nature: just 500 were built.

It’s interesting that the biggest complaints about BMW’s alternative Telelever front suspension is a lack of feel, but that seems to have been eliminated here with higher-spec Öhlins shock and a matching unit out back. Forkless front ends are naturally very stable under braking, an asset for a bike with a pair of stout Brembo Monoblock brakes on the front wheel.

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

I am the original owner of this rare 2009 BMW HP 2 Sport. I bought it brand new in spring 2010. The bike has always been stored in climate control garage, never ridden in rain, and meticulously maintained. All maintenance records from new. Last fluid service approx. 1000 mi ago. Tires replaced in 2015, due to age at 4700 mi. All factory recalls performed. Runs perfect. Showroom perfect condition. Part of multi-bike collection, selling collection because I can’t ride them anymore.

listed for sale locally, I reserve right to end auction early if sold.

reserve price set below market value of recent sales

one of approximately 118 in US, 500 worldwide

sure to be a collectors item

clear/clean MD title

The BMW HP2 Sport is quirky and at the original list price of over $25,000 couldn’t really compete directly against natural rivals like the Ducati 1098, but it handled well and was quick enough in isolation. These days, prices are much lower and it’s a very rare and exclusive machine, with plenty of exotic materials inside and out and the high quality you’d expect from BMW. Bidding is very active, but up to just $10,000 with several days left on the listing.

-tad

Silk Purse: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale
BMW August 31, 2019 posted by

About Time: 1982 Krauser-BMW MKM1000

I must admit, I’ve been sitting on the sidelines on this one. After the 3rd or 4th time around on eBay, I figured it was about time I wrote it up here (it was already on our Facebook site). After all, it is a freaking Krauser frame with seemingly pristine bodywork. That makes this a rare bird. A pretty bird. A pretty rare bird. The pinnacle of the early 1980s frame game (spearheaded by Bimota, but with Harris, Spondon, Elgi and others close behind), Krauser was one of the few tuners that offered performance products for BMW; the other was Luftmeister. And while the latter focused primarily on turbocharging for relatively cheap grunt, Krauser was an all around performance shop. They offered bolt-on bits, bodywork, engine upgrades (including custom 4-valve heads), and the crown jewel of them all, the MKM1000 kit. Meant to transform the staid “Gentleman’s Express” into a true sports bike, the Krauser kit accepted BMW running gear into a bespoke (and very trick) frame. Custom bodywork completed the transformation from sheep to wolf.

1982 Krauser-BMW MKM1000 for sale on eBay

Under the skin is where the Krauser MKM1000 really shines. Following the Bimota route of utilizing straight tubes to properly channel loads, the MKM (Michael Krause Motorcycles) frame is often referred to as a “birdcage” type. Painstakingly time-consuming and expensive to create, this complex arrangement of straight tubes results in a stiffer frame that is also lighter than conventional frame arrangements. The 1000cc BMW boxer motor appears to hang in mid-air in an unusually high manner. This is because Krauser lifted the engine to provide more cornering clearance for the vulnerable cylinder heads. Shaft drive, along with the rest of the tranny and running gear of the donor R100 was maintained.

From the seller:
Here we have a Krauser MKM1000 in stunning condition.

Ultra rare super low production numbers. An opportunity to own one of perhaps 200 built. This is number 42. The quintessential collectible Airhead, it doesn’t get any better than this. Mileage is 29,573 kms (18483 miles).

The bird cage frame, which there are 52 straight tubes and four curved chromium molybdenum tubes welded together at 150 points, weighed in just 11.6 kilograms. A series of other changes were made when integrating the R100RS parts. Engine sat slightly higher, front forks were 38mm lower, rake and trail were increased, wheelbase made longer by 43mm, custom rear sets, 21 litre aluminium fuel tank hidden under the elegant one piece tank cover, seat and rear cowling. A matching aerodynamic fairing was developed for the autobahn and a wider swingarm allowed for a wider rear wheel and rubber. 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.

Recently complied for road use in New Zealand and has a current warrant of fitness. This can be exported to any port in the world. Please ask for shipping details.

On paper – and in person – the MKM1000 really looks like a competitive threat to similar sporting hardware of the era. Light in weight, aerodynamic in form and purposeful in stance, the Krauser offering could have been a contender. But while the airhead BMW unit is revered for longevity and it’s bulletproof ability to eat up mile after mile, it is far from a powerhouse. With heavy crank and rods it doesn’t rev particularly quickly, and even BWM gave up on it when they entered WSBK racing with a more conventional inline four. The jacking effect of the shaft drive can get in the way of spirited cornering, and while its effects can be minimized with some suspension tuning it is always present. So while the paper tells a tale, the proof was not exactly the same. All in all, the Krauser MKM1000 was well reviewed and an iconic and rare unicorn for the Beemer faithful.

As mentioned above, this particular bike has been around the auction block for a few tries. It is located in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand, which is currently in the winter season. The seller appears willing to ship to all ports of call, which makes this a particularly good find. Better yet, hop over to the northern of the NZ islands and enjoy the fabulous Kiwi hospitality, take in the sights and sounds, check out the bike in person, and then bring it back home. Now that sounds like a great vacation souvenir. We have seen one or two of these amazing machines on these pages in years past, but they remain rare and pretty elusive. Check this one out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

About Time: 1982 Krauser-BMW  MKM1000
BMW August 15, 2019 posted by

Mamma Mia Mamola: 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

If you are a motorcycle manufacturer with a relatively “boring” reputation – known more for your gentleman’s autobahn express and less for outright performance – how do you change your image to go after the more sport-oriented buying public? One glance at Detroit and the Golden Era of NASCAR tells of the secret: Win on Sunday, sell on Monday. That is all well and good, but how to ensure you actually win on Sunday? Sponsor and participate in a one-make race series, of course! Drum up publicity with star power, and hold races in conjunction with bigger motorsport events where the fans will be in attendance. And just like that the BMW Boxer Cup was born.

2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for sale on eBay

Initially pitched as a race of champions with real motorcycle racing stars, the Boxer Cup became a legitimate race series with close competition and abundant exposure for BMW. Randy Mamola, a legend in two-wheeled circles, served as BMW ambassador and spokesperson for the series. To convert the race exposure into sales, BMW created a special version of the R1100RS Sport model. Featuring a graphics package that mimicked the one-series race bike, the Boxer Cup Replika offered a unique livery, a sprinkling of carbon fiber (including unique cylinder head cover protectors), and lower engine cover with oil catcher. The under seat exhaust was a special item from Laser, and suspension was Ohlins modified from stock units. Additionally, the Replika model had slightly different geometry; the rear suspension was raised to quicken steering and provide more ground clearance for the cylinder heads. Randy Momola’s signature graces the fairing – as if you needed a reminder this was a Replika. Back in 2003 these numbered and authenticated models sold for an MSRP of $13,490.

From the seller:
This is a 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika. This was a race replica for the BMW Boxer Cup series in the early aughts. This particular bike is #194 of only 200 made in 2003. This is a rare, pedigreed motorcycle that comes with a certificate of authenticity and a badge with the replica number.

This bike is in excellent condition! It received it’s 12,000 mi service two years ago, and is perfectly tuned. I changed the oil every 2500 miles during my ownership. The bodywork looks perfect, the only flaw I can find is a mar on the cowl. Of course, the carbon fiber belly pan has the inevitable rock chips of 12,000mi on the road. The rear wheel was powdercoated white, and the valve covers black. The windshield was cut down because it was already cracked and was directing the wind right under my helmet. The original left side mirror was damaged and replaced with a salvaged one. This bike has never been dropped.

Aside from the all stainless steel Staintune exhaust, this bike is stock. No engine, drivetrain, or suspension modifications have been made.

More from the seller:
Stuff not included:
The carbon fiber valve cover protectors and steering damper are long gone.
No ABS. ABS was never included on the BCR, but I know someone’s going to ask about it, so…no.

Stuff included:
This BMW comes equipped with slightly taller touring handlebars, but the original low racing handlebars are included.
The original factory exhaust and emissions stuff is included.
Rear footpegs and hardware are included.
Service manuals and related paperwork are included.
The original valve covers are included.
And yes, the Wunderlich R1100S bike stand is included too!

With 12k+ miles under the keel, this BMW has been used; perhaps more than a collectible bike would normally be utilized, but far, far less than the average BMW of this age. Keeping in mind that the R series BMW is legendary in terms of longevity – and that the Boxer Cup Replika claimed NO additional horsepower – this high-end R-bike should have many more miles in the bank. The bike appears to have been maintained well, although there are some notable changes from stock. At 16 years of age this bike has clearly had a previous life, with changes made by former owner(s). Some items are replaceable (cylinder head cover guards – if you can find them, windscreen), and the powder coated rear wheel doesn’t look all bad in white. There are some questions as to why was the mirror replaced, why are the cylinder head covers powder coated, and why was the windscreen cracked?. These are popular items to suffer in a tip over, although the ad states no crash damage. Overall (and given the age) from the pictures at least, this bike looks to be quite presentable.

Offered for the not-so-princely sum of $5,700 USD, this New Jersey-based Replika offers a serious discount from the MSRP of many, many years ago. But it is still a BMW, it is still perched on Ohlins springy/damping bits sport suspension, and it still retains all of the qualities BMWs are famous for: usable power and torque, predictable handling, low maintenance shaft drive, and good highway speed touring manners. Price is on the lower side for the model, but representative of the miles and condition. Check it out here and Good Luck!!

MI

Mamma Mia Mamola: 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
BMW June 9, 2019 posted by

Unretouched – 2005 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika

The BMW BoxerCup had just a couple of appearances at Daytona but sparked a lot of interest in the Replika, an R1100S with a nice factory option package.  This is number 504 of a around 550 made, and looks excellent with under 13,000 miles.

2005 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika for sale on eBay

BMW developed the R1100S for the 1998 model year and equipped it with their 1085cc four valve boxer, good for 98 hp.  The 2004-5 iteration has a second spark plug which makes for a smoother running engine at Euro 3 leanness, though torque and power numbers haven’t changed.  The BCR sports longer fork tubes allowing greater lean angles, and Öhlins dampers on the Telelever front and Paralever rear.  House brand 320mm front brakes have 4-piston calipers.  A Laser underseat exhaust is part of the Replika package, as are the carbon head covers and engine fairing.  A special factory ECU chip was generally installed by the servicing dealer.

The one owner was evidently unimpressed by BMW’s list of optional goodies, looking very stock with excellent cosmetics.  The limited pictures are at least a conversation starter.  From the eBay auction:

2005 Ultra Rare BMW r1100s Boxer Cup Race Replica. There were only 550 of these motorcycles produced in the world, and only 300 of them were shipped to the United States. This motorcycle is number #504. The motorcycle is a single swing arm, drive shaft driven motorcycle. The odometer reads 12,849 original miles. I am the original owner, since I bought the motorcycle new. This listing will also include the owners manual, a leather riding jacket, two sets of gloves both cold weather and summer, and two helmets. One needs a new visor cause a clip that holds it in broke from the visor. It has relatively new tires, the original seat has been recovered by Sargent Seats, and it has a fresh oil change. This bike is crazy fast and so much fun to ride. It handles like a dream.

A pretty nice run for the R1100S, though the BCR came toward the end and the R1200S was introduced in 2006.  Replikas are most often well maintained and lightly ridden, and demand a premium.  Here again the ask draws attention to the “Make Offer” button.  If a detailed inspection and maintenance records pan out, it could be a nice value.

-donn

Unretouched – 2005 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika
BMW May 28, 2019 posted by

Portion Control – 2004 BMW R1100S

Showing less than 1,000 miles per year, this rather stock R1100S looks excellent in the option paint, and appears to have ABS and new tires.  Might be a sensible entreé to the sporting side.

2004 BMW R1100S for sale on eBay

BMW’s R1100S was their re-introduction of the -S model, not seen since the R100S.  Ever the flat twin, the R1100S used oil-cooled heads and four valves to percolate 98 hp and 71 ft.-lbs. torque.  Suspension is of course BMW-centric, with the anti-dive Telelever front and Paralever shaft drive rear.  320mm front disks do their best with the 505 lb. dry weight.  The painted cover hides a generous pillion, and bag racks are not installed but of course available.

BMW’s are born for farkling with great aftermarket support, but this owner has hardly been tempted.  The overall factory look shows off the carbon mudguards and pebble-grain seat, and a stray bracket and smudge on the handlebar betrays a gadget or two.  From the eBay auction:

Pristine bike. Less than 12k miles. Brand new Michelin (2ct Two Compound Tech) Aftermarket Seat, Ceramic coated exhaust, performance chip.

 

Try as BMW might, the R1100S didn’t fall very far from the sport-touring tree.  Often seen with a jillion miles, this one looks fresh and the condition reflects the Beemer demographic of multiple bike ownership and shall we say, an experienced rider.  The option paint and late year makes this one interesting, and unless your looking for something very sporty, the robust mechanicals and top craftsmanship should make it a nice value.

-donn

Portion Control – 2004 BMW R1100S
BMW April 7, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2007 BMW R1200S

Somehow, weird isn’t exactly the adjective that leaps to my mind when someone says, “BMW.” I mostly picture skinny European men in their late 40s designing ergonomics with a supercomputer, getting every detail down to its most efficient and sensible form. But, then I look at the 2007 BMW R1200S and I have to wonder whether those buttoned-down engineers weren’t enjoying one hell of an acid flashback when they designed this thing.

It’s an incredible machine, and a shame that there are so few of them knocking around. The 1,200cc twin-cylinder boxer engine is both antiquated and a technological marvel, generating 122 horsepower and 83 torques out of architecture nobody but BMW would dare still use. Then there’s the fact that this sportbike, which tipped the scales at 482 pounds ready-to-ride, wears a single-sided swingarm that contains a shaft final drive. Up front, there is BMW’s excellent but odd telelever suspension set up. All this on a bike that ze Germans drew up as a track and canyon carver.

The R1200S bowed in 2006 to replace the long-serving R1100S, and came in substantially lighter and more powerful than the older bike. Power was up thanks to a compression bump and some fueling and timing tweaks, and weight was down thanks to an entirely new steel trellis frame. Despite all that, the R1200S was a tough sell, since it rode somewhere less comfortably than a true sport tourer, but lacked the all-out aggression of an R1 or similar. In ’08, Bimmer replaced it with the even more ludicrous HP2.

This R1200S has been ridden enough to show enthusiasm, but is in absolutely impeccable shape, as you would expect from something this rare and special. It is equipped with a quick-turn throttle, smoked windscreen and tank pads, but is otherwise as it left the dealership.

From the seller:

Grey 2007 BMW R1200S, 14900 mi, Clean Canadian title. Heated grips & ABS. All original except for Techspec tank pads, RRRapido Quickaction throttle pulley & light smoke windscreen. The bike is in extremely good shape. The Pirelli Angels have approx. 25% wear on them.

The bike will come with some specialized tooling; valve adjusment shims, spark plug removal tool, Carbtune Pro synchronizer.

If you are looking here I don’t have to explain how rare and how good this bike is.

Located in Montreal, Canada.

Asking price, 6900 USD.
Contact Steve: stevemongrain74@gmail.com

For $6,900, you’re paying Suzuki DRZ money for a very rare, very fast and very cool and entirely out there machine. If you’re looking for a long-term do-it-all bike, here’s your mount.

Featured Listing: 2007 BMW R1200S
Bimota February 13, 2019 posted by

Mid-Winter Roundup of Featured Listings

Even though there are prodigious cold fronts trained on both coasts, planning ahead is always in season. Here’s a little review of RSBFS’ recent features:

Let’s start with a couple of smokin’ race machines –

Featured Listing: 2018 Honda NSF250R Moto 3 Race Bike For Sale

Featured Listing: 2017 Suter MMX500 for Sale

From the 1980’s we have two classic supersports, plus a unique Harley-Davidson –

Sponsored Listing: Zero-mile, 1-of-25 road-going 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000!

Sponsored Listing: 1983 Honda CB1100F

Featured Listing – 1982 Honda CB750F Super Sport

These three are more along GT lines but very sporty –

Sponsored Listing: 1994 Suzuki GSXR-1100

Featured Listing – 1995 Yamaha GTS 1000 Euro Edition

Featured Listing: 1984 Honda CX650 Turbo!

If you are a skilled track rider there are four big-displacement racers, from classic to modern –

Featured Listing: 1991 Yamaha OW01 FZR750R Race Bike

Featured Listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa

Featured Listing: 2000 Ducati 748RS track bike

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

The 1990’s were a sweet sportbike spot, and we have four currently –

Sponsored Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29 for Sale

Sponsored Listing: 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for Sale

Featured Listing: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Featured Listing: 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01

The rest are a little of this and a little of that, or more accurately a lot of this and a lot of that –

Like a naked 2003 Yamaha R1 –

Featured Listing – 2003 Yamaha FZ1 with just 661 Miles !

Here’s Honda’s own winning V-twin, the 2005 RC51 SP2 –

Featured Listing: 2005 Honda RC51 SP2

Or this stealthily accessorized Monster –

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 build!

This ’06 SportClassic is a custom using the factory Paul Smart fairing –

Featured Listing – 2006 SportClassic 1000 with Paul Smart Fairing

From just last year, here’s a Kawasaki H2R with road registration –

Featured Listing: Street-Titled 2018 Kawasaki H2R for Sale

Also looking very ready for the track, this 2004 999R is an homologation special –

Featured Listing: 2004 Ducati 999R FILA

We had two MH900E’s but one has sold.  This one has never been registered –

Featured Listing: 2001 Parking Space Odyssey – NEW 2001 Ducati MH900e

And our most recent feature is this ’08 1098S, fully decked out in carbon and billet aluminum –

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati 1098S for Sale

When you’re not chipping the ice off something or throwing things at the weather broadcast, check the right column on RSBFS for our sponsors and friends’ latest features !  Spring is just around the corner…

Donn

Mid-Winter Roundup of Featured Listings
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