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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
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 October 22, 2014 posted by

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

2007 BMW R1200S R Side

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