BMW HP2 Sport
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BMW HP2 Sport is the latest addition to the Bavarian Motor Company's
growing stable of performance driven motorcycles. And its quite a
stable, with the R1200s a fore runner of this beauty. The solid
but lets face it pretty safe, no risk reputation of BMW in years
past is fading into the memory.
The HP line is BMW's new high performance, cutting edge line up. It's the motorcycle equivalent of a
HP2 Sport is the third motorcycle in the HP line; the other motorcycles
already carrying the HP2 marque are the recently released HP2 Enduro
and the HP2 Megamoto.
The HP-2 Sport is based on the R1200S but
is definitely designed for sports riders who are looking for a machine
that has track standard performance as well as endurance.
HP2 Sport keeps some of the concepts that BMW motorcycles have become
known for such as the trademark telelever front suspension and
the paralever rear suspension. However there are several new
components that have been newly developed or highly modified for use in
this particular motorcycle.
The HP-2 Sport is powered by another
BMW motorcycle trademark; the twin Boxer motor with a capacity of 1170
cc. The engine's cylinder heads have been completely redesigned to
allow the engine to rev as high as 9500 rpm. The enginecylinders have a
101 mm bore and a 73 mm stroke. Result? A maximum output of 130 hp at
8,750 rpm and a creditable 85 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm.
bike has a closed ratio six speed gear box; however, both first and
second gear having higher ratios. This puts the gear increments closer
to each other which means there is less of a rev drop when progressing
up through the gears.
The bike also has an intelligent gear
shift assistant which allows the rider to shift gears without using the
clutch.An absolute godsend for a klutz like me! It works by sensing
when the gear lever has been activated. If it senses this activation
without the clutch being used, it will electronically reduce power to
the engine. This in turn puts the engine in a low load state and makes
it possible to shift without the clutch. If the rider uses the clutch,
the system becomes inactive.
The riding position of the HP-2
sport is not your super tight tuck position which is found on some of
the Japanese street bike that were born from Moto GP or Superbike
versions. BMW has taken its experience of endurance racing and come to
the conclusion that for racers to be fast over a long period, staying
power probably more beneficiual than a full racer's tuck.
dashboard was developed in partnership with 2D Systems, a name
synonymous with providing analytic recording systems to Moto GP racing.
dashboard has two modes and can be switched from one to the other by
two controls on the left handlebar. In road mode, typical information
such as speed, rpm, time, and distance are displayed. In race mode data
such as top speed, circuit times, number of gearshifts and rpm is shown.
A great addition for those riders putrchasing the BMW HP2 Sport with a view to participating in track days
HP2 Sport shows BMW is deadly serious about having a presence in
the world of performance motorcycling, and all in all looks like a
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