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2008 BMW HP2 Sport: First Ride

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Just like my current BMW, it will take me 17yrs to afford it. I figure a $20k bike will be an affordable $4500 by then. Cool bike, though. Can't wait to see them in the FX race @ Daytona in the spring.
 

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If this bike comes in at 22G or a lofty 25G, that would make it essentially twice as expensive as any other liter bike out there. I'm sure it is a fine bike, but if I could have one BMW or one ZX-10 AND on Hayabusa for the same coin, I would say the Beemer comes up a bit short. These are not cruisers here. These bikes win or lose on their performance per buck, and when it's two to one in favor of everything else, I can't see why anyone would buy this bike.
 

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Heh.

If this bike comes in at 22G or a lofty 25G, that would make it essentially twice as expensive as any other liter bike out there. I'm sure it is a fine bike, but if I could have one BMW or one ZX-10 AND on Hayabusa for the same coin, I would say the Beemer comes up a bit short. These are not cruisers here. These bikes win or lose on their performance per buck, and when it's two to one in favor of everything else, I can't see why anyone would buy this bike.
You're just asking for it aren't you?
 

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I'm with Kirk: it will be interesting to see how this bike does at Daytona.

It's interesting; as I read the first couple of paragraphs of the article, it seemed like you could swap HD for BMW and it would be just as accurate.

What a crappy looking LCD display on the bike! Did they steal it from an old Gameboy or something? There is no excuse for that with today's LCD technology.

Nice article and photos, Pete and Fonzie! The sheer beauty of the area, combined with shearing off the pucks on the heads of that BMW at the track, must have made for quite a trip!
 

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"It's interesting; as I read the first couple of paragraphs of the article, it seemed like you could swap HD for BMW and it would be just as accurate."

I think the major difference, is that BMW is trying to sell a bike based on performance, and Harley does not. IMO cruiser hae nothing to do with any performace criteria, but with sportbikes, that's all they have.
 

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"It's interesting; as I read the first couple of paragraphs of the article, it seemed like you could swap HD for BMW and it would be just as accurate."

I think the major difference, is that BMW is trying to sell a bike based on performance, and Harley does not. IMO cruiser hae nothing to do with any performace criteria, but with sportbikes, that's all they have.
I see your point and agree, but the reference was more regarding the "cache" of owning a BMW, the "exclusivity," and the willingness of the buyers to "pay a premium."
 

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I think the major difference, is that BMW is trying to sell a bike based on performance, and Harley does not.
Oh absolutely not. It is quite obviously designed to appeal to people who love boxer engines (very different in feel and "soul" from an inline four or V-twin). And given the comments about riding comfort it is also, it seems to me, apparent that BMW knows that the riders it markets to will not want to suffer while riding it.

The market may not be huge but BMW will definitely use that technology in its "vanilla" (ha) offerings.
 

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"it seems to me, apparent that BMW knows that the riders it markets to will not want to suffer while riding it."

I guess then the only suffering will be paying for it?? :)
 

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I checked 'em out at the IMS in Seattle, way cool bike, way to spendy for my blood. I'm sure there's plenty of people willing to pay to play though, it's a pretty neat looking bike
 

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I agree with the "Nice Bike", but I'm going to admire it from afar. It is one of the better looking BMW's I've seen lately.

Nice article, guys! I'm waiting for some posts from the guys that are always complaining about the lack of bike reviews.
 

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Great article and superb photography. It's good to see BMW squeeze some decent horsepower from the Boxer motor. How much for the top triple clamp. Itsza very nice.
 

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I'm curious what the rear wheel horsepower is, BMW is notorious for inflating their claimed horsepower (see R1200GS). No doubt shaft drive deducts 15-20%, even if we say 15% that's essentially a 115 HP bike with sporting/racing intentions for $22K+, and they're sending less than 500 to the US? I'd love to see the economic model that makes that work, even if racing sells some "lesser" BMWs.
 

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Nice article and photos, Pete and Fonzie! The sheer beauty of the area, combined with shearing off the pucks on the heads of that BMW at the track, must have made for quite a trip!
Ha! Fonzie wishes he were there. Unfortunately you can blame me for about half the pics...our beloved Fonz edited my lens work. Much credit is due him though, as by the pics you will see that I've attend the Fonzie School of Phiner Photography.

My video skillz though are on par with Colin's Sleazy Friends. :cool:
 

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"It's interesting; as I read the first couple of paragraphs of the article, it seemed like you could swap HD for BMW and it would be just as accurate."

I think the major difference, is that BMW is trying to sell a bike based on performance, and Harley does not. IMO cruiser hae nothing to do with any performace criteria, but with sportbikes, that's all they have.
Let go of the black and white thinking. It's OK for sportbikes to be unique and interesting to look at and for croozers to perform like motorcycles.
 
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