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What If ? – 2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto

BMW developed three variants of their HP model – enduro, sport, and motard, in that order.  Each has the 4-valve 1170 cc engine, blue trellis frame, and two-bike price tag – but strangely without BMW’s Telelever front suspension.  The Megamoto is more similar to the enduro, with the step-stool-required seat height but smaller front wheel and chassis tuned for turn-in.  A solution in search of a problem sure, but in a big fun way.

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2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto for sale on eBay

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The HP2 engine is the culmination of BMW’s near century of air/oil-cooled boxer-twin development, the blueprinting with exotic materials helping dual overhead cams deliver 105 hp and 85 ft.-lbs. torque.  45mm upside-down forks complement the more usual BMW Paralever shaft drive rear, this time with Öhlins damper.  BMW’s own brakes are dual 305mm fronts with 265 mm rear.  ABS was available but not seeing it on this bike.  Bodywork is reveals more than it covers, but the bikini fairing and tank cover are nicely detailed.  Smashing forged wheels are finished in blue.

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Without even break-in miles, this is an as-new HP2.  Maybe dump the fuel, put some fuel system treatment in the fresh tank, change the oil and brake fluid, and off you go.  The owner added Touratech travel cases but you can leave them in the garage and the racks don’t hurt the looks badly.  From the eBay auction:

Only one owner; always stored in a dry and warm garage. Used once. Incredibly low mileage. Good as new. No other bike like it on the market right now (with that mileage).

Comes with a few spare parts and accessories(pictures will be added once we sort the parts and accessories out.

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For those who think a water cooling system is needless complexity or just un-BMW, the HP2 in any variant is the final word.  A little too much for an actual urban gymkana, the oversized motards from BMW, Ducati, and KTM have faded from the spotlight.  But if you were a huge BMW fan, and a very skilled rider, this almost unused and quite rare Megamoto might be just the thing for local riding.

Happy Independence Day !  -donn

20160704 2008 bmw hp2 megamoto cockpit

3 Comments

  • I owned one of these a few years ago and must say it was one of the most unusual motorcycles I’ve ever had and real work of art. Although the engine was a bit pedestrian in terms performance, I was surprised how nimble and planted it was through a variety of corners and conditions which actually made it fun to ride. The fun however really began when it was parked anywhere. People from all walks of life would come up and ask non-stop questions about it and they would only stop when you rode away. The price on this one seems in the ballpark and a great low mileage (almost no mileage) example and the Megamoto’s are rare as hell. However, import fees, tax’s, inspection fees shipping costs etc…might put a dampener on it after it’s all said and done. That being said, I wouldn’t mind having another one. Hmmmmm……

  • How about if it didn’t weigh 3 times as much as my plated CR 250?

  • Don’t compare it to a hard enduro based motard. On european alpine roads you’ll hardly find a quicker motorcycle than a Megamoto. The grunt from down low and the low center of gravity help in tight turns and the straits are just too short for Superbikes to take advantage of their higher outputs.

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