Then & Now: BMW HP2 Sport vs. R90S

Teutonic twins

By John L. Stein, Photography by Kevin Wing

Dyno
The HP2's 118 horsepower make it the second-strongest bike here, but you'd never guess that riding it. Most of that power is focused near the top end and it takes a lot of buzzy revs to access it. Excessive driveshaft jacking and the inertial force of the longitudinal crankshaft are distracting.

Ergos
As usual, BMW hits a home run in terms of ergonomics. Everything is adjustable, but there was no need to fiddle; the HP2 felt plenty comfortable as delivered. The only drawback is the rearview. Those mirrors shake and wiggle so badly that looking over your shoulder is the only viable option.

BMW HP2 Sport | Price $26,500
Tech Spec
Engine type: a/o-c opposed-twin Frame: Steel trellis with single-sidedaluminum swingarm Rake/trail: 24.0º/3.4 in
Valve train: DOHC, 8v Front suspension: Telelever featuring Öhlins shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping Seat height: 32.7 in.
Displacement: 1170cc Rear suspension: Paralever featuring Öhlins shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping Wheelbase: 58.5 in.
Bore x stroke: 101.0 x 73.0mm Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with ABS Fuel capacity: 4.2 gal.
Compression: 12.5:1 Rear brake: Brembo single-piston caliper, 245mm disc with ABS Weight (tank full/empty): 458/433 lbs.
Fuel system: EFI Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Metzeler Sportec M3 Colors: Alpine White
Clutch: Dry, single plate Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Metzeler Sportec M3 Availability: Now
Transmission: 6-speed Warranty: 36 mo., 36,000 mi.
Measured horsepower:118.0 bhp @ 8750 rpm Contact:www.bmwmotorcycles.com
Measured torque: 77.9 lb.-ft. @ 7250 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile: 10.50 sec. @ 132.5 mph
Top-gear roll-on:3.24 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 51/33/42 mpg
By John L. Stein
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