CHASSIS NO: WB10389056ZL10199
• BMW’s revered modern Dual-Sport/Adventure bike
• Incredible performance and on-/off-road capability
• Unqualified technical tour de force
• Limited-production model
1,170 cc four-stroke SOHC twin, electronic fuel injection and engine management, 103.25 HP at 7,000 RPM, six-speed gearbox, shaft drive, tubular steel spaceframe, WAD upside-down front fork with adjustable damping, forged aluminum swinging arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever, front and rear dual disc brakes; wheelbase: 1,610 mm (63.4”)
Representing a major rethink at BMW, the dual-purpose HP2 introduced for 2006 was the inspired product of a small group of renegade BMW engineers who were intent on creating an all-out on-/off-road adventure bike capable of taking on the world’s best. This urge was not unknown at BMW, recalling the pattern established by the program yielding the R80G/S of 1981, a Boxer-powered Six Day Trials contender developed a small, dedicated group of BMW dirt-bike die-hards. Quickly, the G/S begat the GS-series, which defined the adventure-touring motorcycle market and quickly became a best-seller for BMW. However, despite its many virtues, the 1200GS evolved into a big, highly equipped and relatively heavy machine more suited to the road than for punishing off-road use.
Essentially the two-wheeled equivalent of BMW’s M-Series high-performance road cars, the HP2 was a premium level high-performance, limited-production niche product for the most demanding of buyers. Derived from the 1200GS and BMW’s “works” R900R Paris-Dakar Rally bikes, the HP2 delivered better power-to-weight and performance with a factory-quoted, yet still-considerable 386-pound dry weight. Powering the HP2 is BMW’s famed SOHC “Boxer” horizontally-opposed, air-cooled twin featuring electronic fuel injection and engine management, producing nearly 105 horsepower. Perhaps most importantly, the HP2 develops 85 pounds-feet of peak torque at 5,500 rpm for exceptional flexibility – virtually regardless of the gear selected – under any riding condition. Top speed for the HP2 is a factory-claimed 125 mph.
At its core, the HP2 features a complex, high-strength tubular steel space-frame chassis and specialized suspension components. All-new adjustable air shocks, developed in conjunction with Germany’s Continental Automotive Systems, use no springs or oil, just air, to provide 9.8 inches of travel. Front suspension was updated from usual BMW practices, using a conventional WP upside-down telescopic fork with greater travel (10.6 inches) than the prior Telelever system provided, featuring 45-mm tubes and travel-dependent damping with adjustable compression and rebound damping. Tires were Metzeler Karoo dual-sport knobby-type. True to its more off-road persona, the HP2’s weight-saving features included removal of the balance shaft, a shorter-range 3.4-gallon fuel tank, and the lack of hard saddlebags. However, available HP2 options included a tank bag, small luggage-rack duffel, GPS navigation system, heated hand grips and a lower-profile saddle. This 2006 BMW HP2 is simply a well-preserved and well-presented example of these highly coveted and rare dual-purpose motorcycles. Offering incredible performance and on-/off-road capability, this immensely collectible and enjoyable BMW motorcycle stands as an unqualified technical tour de force.