The BMWRA have a one of these for a long term test. It's a hoot. Basically a BMW Hooligan bike! Saw it being put through its paces in Shelbyville a few weeks ago (there was a Ulysses there too). It and the Buell (which looks to be a hoot too) are very different (as one would expect) but for the same pupose - having fun. And as far as "HAS BMW lost the plot", was the Rockster or the K1200S not just as surprising? Sounds like BMW is trying to do what they do best, make the best bikes on the planet. They are just making them fun....for all, for a change....
I threw a leg over the new HP2 @ my dealer yesterday. Interesting ideas and execution, but the price. Holy S#**!!!! If you're an elitist enduro rider, then this is your bike. Thanks, but no thanks BMW. I'll keep my 640 Adventure for now.
I like these, I thought the Rockster was cool in a teutonic techno-hip kinda way as well. The thing I like about BMW is they go their own way, it's not always what I'm after at the time but at least they're not building me-too clones or buying someone elses heritage.
I dunno cuddy, on our dirt logginr roads I've hit some pretty severe water bars on the old R100 GS at that speed (unintentionally of coarse) and lived to tell about it. The new HPN has way better suspenders than my old scoot, so it'll probably be doable. VWW