BMW HP2 Motorcycle
BMW Announces the BMW HP2
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BMW North America
A dream of many Boxer fans is coming true: BMW Motorcycles
has presented a truly uncompromising, sporting and exceptionally
light enduro - the new BMW HP2, a Boxer built for the off-road
enthusiast and the most demanding tracks in the world.
Purist, but nevertheless stylish and perfectly equipped with
the finest, carefully considered features, the BMW HP2 has everything
it takes for unrestricted riding pleasure off the beaten track
and is perfect as the "basic" machine for amateur
More than any other motorcycle, the HP2 capitalizes in full
on rough terrain on the benefits of the Boxer concept with its
low centre of gravity. But at the same time the HP2, with its
almost playful handling, low weight, and high-performance power
unit, offers supreme riding pleasure also on the road. So considering
the many options it offers the rider, the HP2 is the most powerful
and by far the best off-road Boxer of all times.
This brand-new model from BMW Motorcycles was developed by
a small but highly dedicated team of specialists, engineers
and mechanics fully committed to the Boxer and also dedicated
in their private lives to off-road motorsport, working beyond
the usual processes of series development under the simple and
straightforward motto that "only an enthusiastic professional
can offer another enthusiastic professional what he really wants".
In technical terms the BMW HP2 is based on the R 1200 GS.
But tailored in every respect to the needs and preferences of
the ambitious enduro rider, the HP2 is a completely independent,
truly exceptional motorcycle.
The all-new lightweight suspension is based on ample experience
gained by BMW in marathon rallies, with an air/spring/damper
system on the rear wheel proudly entering the world of motorcycling
as a world-first achievement. The engine itself has been optimized
for minimum weight and the entire drivetrain laid out specifically
for off-road use.
Consistent lightweight engineering was indeed the name of
the game with all the components of the new HP2. As a result,
overall weight of the motorcycle in road trim remains below
the 200-kilo "sound barrier", with curb weight according
to the DIN standard of 195 kg or 430 lb. Dry weight, in turn,
is a mere 175 kilos or 386 lb.
In conjunction with the new machine's perfect ergonomics,
this guarantees supreme agility and easy control even on the
And combined with the low centre of gravity of the Boxer
engine, unparalleled smoothness and powerful acceleration from
the lowest engine speeds, as well as the motorcycle's excellent
balance, the HP2 is in many cases superior to even the toughest
single-cylinder competitors on difficult, slow trial tracks.
The superior performance and riding stability of an enduro Boxer
on fast sections of off-road terrain, in turn, are obviously
beyond the slightest doubt.
To highlight the sporting enduro qualities of the new HP2,
BMW Motorcycles supports and manages a private racing team which
will be entering the HP2 in various off-road events such as
the German Cross Country Championship (GCC).
And the rider starring in the BMW Motorcycles team for the
GCC will be last year's winner of precisely this series, Finnish
motorcycle crack Simo Kirssi. Outside of Germany, the HP2 will
be entering both the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000 in California,
and there are plans to participate in the prologue of the Erzberg
Race in Austria. BMW Motorcycles is supporting private teams
in these cases with the right kind of service, and naturally
provides the motorcycles themselves.
The market launch of the HP2 will be in autumn 2005 worldwide.
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