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BMW HP2 Enduro

We’ve dubbed it “L/max”, a version of maximum velocity, and posted on the bars on a small sticker that in an artful reads “V/Max 160kph”.  the sticker is for the “knobbies”, but I somehow to miss it – about 20kph I blame it on the BMW R-type so strong in the later stages of its rev

  There is a reprehensible glee in this kind of speed on a big even if it’s proving to be and relaxed.  What speed I’m traveling is in question, the speedo may been affected by the change in so indicated shouldn’t necessarily be

At a claimed 77 kW (105 bhp) and 115 Nm (85 at 5,500rpm maximum torque, the HP2 can go on the Muscle Beach of Adventure Super Motard and Enduro and come away kicking in those other weaklings’ Though at 196.5kg (433lbs) a full tank, the HP2 needs sort of stomp.

The R-type is vibby and alive in this and a lower weight than its similarly powered siblings, R1200R, leaves the HP2 feeling sprightly on the road.  There is a smooth range to the plant, in around 4-5000 RPM, but who can There is no tachometer to give such secrets, too much

Indeed, in the HP2 BMW has bared all. the bike of the usual array of gadgetry, such as anti-lock, semi-integral braking systems and suspension, revealing a spirit and more appropriate to drunken through Oktoberfest than streets.

If top speed is the outcome of an interaction the factors of horsepower (engine times torque), gear and tire size, weight and efficiency, then I know the biggest limiting factor to be the At the sort of speeds that a “get out of … free you’re hanging on desperately, being pulled upwards and muscles straining, it’s then to slow off and do what the HP2 best…  corners.

No matter the of whatever hairpin or carousel you the street shod HP2 at, it’s up for the Misjudged the entry speed on one of most dangerous concrete descending Anarchist Mountain Osoyoos?  No problem just the bike further down you, there’s plenty of before cylinder-heads touch and the real trouble begins.

  even get a foot down style, an act that enlivens the most deadly of concrete 20kph decreasing radius Take confidence in the Conti Attacks’ claws-in-the-70′s-shag grip and out the other side in a rage of opposed cylinder slapping Push on the wide bars, and upright and ready to tip lightly in for And by more I mean you’ll say, “Yes, more of please!”

In fact you’ll demand it – bike leads to cornering and should come with labels.  It would all be hair-raising, it wring your adrenal like a sponge, if it weren’t leaning the HP2 is so much fun – be it sitting or standing up. Of last night’s through the notoriously serpentine Mountain Road, photographer put it best, “That’s the most fun I’ve ever stood

Not that he needed to stand, the shod HP2 features deceptive What looks to be an offensive -ray-plastic-wedgy of a seat reveals to be forgiving, if not actually plush.  The are wide, and comfortable to grip.  guards shield your from bush, bugs and impacts.

  Your legs are stretched out in a way that makes riders weep with – though if you’re shorter 6’2″, flat-footing the HP2 at a stop be an issue.  Once seated, your feet are firmly by the chewy teeth on the pegs.  And upper body is protected by… nothing – it all sort of falls there.

At minimum a flyscreen is in the street configuration, because the serves no purpose deflecting the Actually, the lone headlight serves no purpose.   During riding it is disappointingly dim, just enough illumination for eyes to eke out the roadway.

The headlight may be in with the HP2′s minimalism but the works everywhere else.  Did I BMW’s whining, wooden servo-assisted braking so prevalent to the of the line, over the HP2′s conventional system?  Not for a moment.

The feel of the single-disc 305 mm brake up and actuated though steel lines, you know they are braided because the front one intrusively across the instrument reminding you, is progressive and I’d take this over the complicated semi-integral system any Out back the 265 mm rear disc and setup is carried over the R1200GS, but is only fed by regular lines – providing a softer for the dirt.

  That feel can be up, by flipping down a chock, raising the height of the rear for road use – very bright, the one on our tester had seized with

Concerned by the numbers those are carrying, or just bored by Here’s what you really to know, the setup is ample for riding – even emergency Without ABS the front brake can be and the HP2 brought to screeching to a halt in Oh the things I do in the name of “testing”.

  here, though, the HP2 proves an manageable package because the of the front brake tells you what is going on, right up to the

One thing you should be prepared for is the of front-end dive with disc under full any deeper and you’d need a This is a trail bike at and that means a lot of travel – amounts.  Until I’m used to it I myself going into hot.  Then coming out the side, thinking that the was ridiculously easy.

  For something the HP2 is remarkable friendly and easy to – most superstars aren’t easy to get along with.  it’s downright accommodating, when the road gets the long traveling suspension lapping up the chaos below.

BMW HP2 Enduro

Kevin has found a must photo-stop for the Moto Guzzi he’s accompanying me on, I’ve something better – an empty construction housing development.  winding suburban roads and turns, all devoid of cars, and police – the HP2 has the run of the place.

The front up in second gear on a straight…  A goes down in a corner, the HP2 around as if on a string…  We hit the gravel – breaks the rear end loose, it slide about and we power The 1170cc horizontally opposed thrums and growls, more here than in any other Cul-de-sacs become spiraling radius turns.  Stop – smirk, right!

  Signaling my with BMW’s unique – merrily ignored.  Clumsy work with the heavy is ditched for a delirious comedy of and hooliganism… and suddenly with all the I don’t care that 7:30 in the morning – sleep has never been so much

That sense of fun is key to the HP2 in street because if you don’t understand its the bike will completely to make sense.  After the bike to the BMW demo trailer in this was exercised in spades to one dealership owner.  “Almost all of our HP2 have bought the street Why buy an HP2?” implying it’s a bike.  You could say something “versatility”.

  With the kit you suddenly a bike that’s as good on the as it is off, even better You could argue that you’ve paid $23,000 CDN for an enduro, that 2500.00 for a set of tires, rims, and disks bolt and go) isn’t that Those are just rationalizations for completely absurd, in the guise of a Tard the HP2 is kinesthetic equivalent of to ride and that’s all the reason you

  To figure out the “logic” only a couple of corners.

By 9:00AM I’m almost 450kms of B.C.’s convoluted roads, and more a few straights, have fallen the HP2′s rear tire we picked it up last night.  Not enough for my tastes.  Out on the highways the HP2 along like a big golden happy to see you; twist the in the upper RPMs and it will away from traffic that big golden retriever stuck its tongue into a socket.

  In lobbing through the corners, the HP2 how a bike can turn a sane, man into a juvenile delinquent so up on torque you’d think he was back from a rave.  it make any sense slapping tires onto one of the world’s Enduros?  Nope, not a lick!

  But sleep deprivation and the HP2 have in common, they both judgment… but one will leave you less grouchy and with a smile.

— Words Johnston with Photos by Miklossy

BMW HP2 Enduro
BMW HP2 Enduro

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