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BMW HP2 Sport MotorcycleThe 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

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The dashboard was developed in partnership with 2D Systems, a name synonymous with providing analytic recording systems to Moto GP racing.

The 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

The HP2 Sport shows BMW is deadly serious about having a presence in  the world of performance motorcycling, and all in all looks like a great miotorcycle

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