3 September 2008


Yesterday I had the privilege to test four of BMW’s sport performance models-but the true "pièce de résistance" was the HP2 Sport—and all I can say is WOW!

We met on Shannonville’s FABI
track, a special invite from BMW Motorrad Canada—their first event of its kind. There were approximately ten of us, all journalists especially invited to test BMW'S renowned sport models under the theme: “The Evolution of BMW boxer-twin racing motorcycles from the R1100 S to the HP2 Sport”.

Well, the world sort of stopped for me after the 20 minutes I had on track with the HP2-its the strongest, lightest, most sportive boxer BMW has ever produced and though not extremely familiar with BMW's, these characteristics were more than evident. Considering the chance of being able to test such an elite machine not yet on public roads was already in itself a mighty fine opportunity--yet to add "icing on the blue and white cake"—the HP2’s we tested were the Canadian Thunder team's race bikes—four of them to be exact!

My first impression like most first's in life, entirely recallable-- a truly great racing statement as I effortlessly led the boxer around the track and this without any personal set up. I had a great ride--except for my difficulties in not quite comprehending the quick-shifter, standard on the HP2. I’ve never had the luxury of using one before so I managed to get a bit off rhythm during shifts. The bike expressed its disapproval--particularly on acceleration, but I managed to sort it.
The HP2’s ease of performance could make a racer out of anyone. It certainly caused me to consider getting back into the sport!

The HP2 has not yet arrived in Canada—ETA, October. Just over thirty-five units are allotted and all are pre-sold. I’m excited to share the complete “how’s” and “why’s” of the HP2 Sport shortly in my full test ride report, including the R1200S, a race prepped F800S and the history behind Canada’s BMW racing team.

The HP2 Sport without dispute is a champ and I do believe it will go down in history as a real collectible —something I wouldn’t mind keeping my hands on!

*photos by: KEVIN VIRAG for MOTORESS


jmb said...

Nice write-up on a great machine. Yes, I'm a boxer fan with 3 decades on these machines going back to the fabled R69S. You look great on the bike!

Trish Stratus said...

You look pretty with your suite and bike.