BMW HP2 - Off-Road and Street Megamoto

A dream of many Boxer fans has true: BMW Motorrad is proudly presenting a truly uncompromising, sporting and exceptionally light enduro - the new BMW HP2, a Boxer built for the offroad 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 enduro motorsport. More than any other motorcycle, the HP2 capitalizes in full on rough terrain on the benefits of the Boxer concept with its low center 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 offroad Boxer of all times.

This brand-new model from BMW Motorrad 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 offroad 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 offroad 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 toughest terrain. And combined with the low center 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 offroad terrain, in turn, are obviously beyond the slightest doubt.

To highlight the sporting enduro qualities of the new HP2, BMW Motorrad supports and manages a private racing team which will be entering the HP2 in various offroad events such as the German Cross Country Championship (GCC). And the rider starring in BMW Motorrad's 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 Motorrad 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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BMW HP2 Megamoto
Oct 14th, 2006 - BMW unveiled at this month's INTERMOT motorcycle show in Koln, Germany, a street supermoto version of their hot HP2 off road bike. This one gets a more powerful motor with Akrapovic exhast system, street shoes, dual superbike front brakes, shorter travel Marzocchi front forks and and an Ohlins coil-over rear shock to replace the off-road models air shock. This should be one for the sports bike owner that wants something different without sacrificing big bike torque whilst still having more than 100bhp available to play with. Competes with the new KTM 950 SM R and Ducati Hypermotard, but if priced near the Off-Road version at $19,000 it will be a full 1/3rd higher than its competitors. We dig it!

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There's also a smaller X650 single cylinder version shown below.

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10/12/2006 -Introducing the Megamoto, BMW is Upgrading the Exclusive HP2 Family with a Dynamic Supermoto Machine.
Munich. Introducing new motorcycle concepts with an even higher level of emotion, BMW Motorrad is proudly presenting the new Megamoto: Based on the BMW HP2 Enduro, this unique motorcycle will rank right at the top among all street-legal two-cylinder Supermotos thanks to its supreme performance and the use of top-class materials. Consistently following the HP2 model line, the Megamoto impressively demonstrates the outstanding dynamism and broad range of the Boxer concept.

Weighing less than 200 kilos or 440 lb in road trim, the Megamoto offers significantly more power and torque than even the powerful HP2 Enduro. And to meet the specific demands of sports surfing on country roads as well as the toughest conditions on the race track, the extra-firm, lowered suspension comes with truly outstanding components: At the front a fully adjustable, fine-response upside-down fork from Marzocchi with sliding tubes measuring an impressive 45 millimetres or 1.77" in diameter and with 160 millimetres /6.30" spring travel ensures superior wheel guidance at all times. At the rear an Öhlins spring strut with 180 millimetres/7.09" spring travel also adjustable in its basic spring setting, damper inbound and rebound stroke, likewise ensures a firm and muscular stance on the road.

The wheels and tires are also tailored ideally to specific road-going requirements: The front tire measures 120/70-ZR 17 and runs on a 3.5-inch rim, the rear tire is 180/55 ZR 17 in size and runs on a 5.5-inch rim in the usual supersports dimension.

To make even better use of the stable suspension with its great potential, the new BMW HP2 Megamoto comes with a second front brake disc ensuring stopping power and deceleration absolutely comparable to a modern road-going sports machine. Good news for the rational enthusiast is that both a tachometer and a new headlight, as well as the significantly lower seat, give the Megamoto an even higher standard of everyday riding qualities.

The very looks of the new machine and the choice of the most exclusive materials again help to make the BMW HP2 Megamoto absolutely fascinating and emotional in every respect. The tank cover and headlight fairing, for example, are both made in part of carbon fiber.

The double-chamber Akrapovic exhaust system gives the new Megamoto a powerful and throaty sound very appropriate for a machine of this kind. And at the same time the exhaust system not only helps to boost engine power, but also refines the overall image and style of BMW Motorrad's new Supermoto. In re-configuring the Boxer power unit so full of character, the engineers responsible for the new machine have focused in particular on even more spontaneous response and supreme torque at low and medium engine speeds.

With its very active, front wheel-oriented seating position, its smooth balance and impressive ergonomic qualities, the Megamoto will certainly appeal to all connoisseurs, individualists and pleasure-conscious riders within the segment of dynamic motorcyclists. Simply because this new machine offers a brand-new interpretation of Sheer Riding Pleasure and light handling, making it a truly uncompromising riding machine in all its features: light, powerful, agile and, in particular, very exclusive.

This exclusivity is ensured by the limited production figures of the BMW HP2 Megamoto, since the machine is built by hand to a large extent and uses very exclusive materials. So the individualist opting for the Megamoto, this explosive combination of high-tech and powerful character, of emotion and function, should also be willing and able to take a bold but wise decision…


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