BMW HP2 Sport Concept by Oberdan Bezzi

08/29/2016 @ 8:33 am, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

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As a young sport bike enthusiast, I never really took the BMW HP2 Sport seriously during its brief tenure as part of BMW Motorrad’s two-wheeled lineup (the BMW HP2 Sport was discontinued after the 2012 model year).

Under-powered, overweight, with clearance issues from the air-cooled boxer engine – I just didn’t “get it” when it came to the HP2.

As a more veteran rider, who too now is a little underpowered, overweight, with some clearance issues, I have a better appreciation for this quirky street bike, and a sort of longing for the HP2 to return to BMW’s arsenal. So too does Oberdan Bezzi.

Here, the Italian designer imagines a machine that benefits from BMW’s liquid-cooled version of its boxer-twin engine, the same lump that powers the current line of R-bikes, like the venerable BMW R1200GS adventure-tourer.

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This would give a new HP2 Sport north of 130hp, and with a diet and a modern chassis, perhaps the machine could see a wet weight south of its original 488 lbs wet weight.

Of course, BMW’s motorcycle line is already fairly impacted, and such a machine would have to slot in somewhere between the S1000RR and R1200RS.

There could be another route though, looking at the BMW R nineT platform. It would mean that such a concept wouldn’t benefit from BMW’s liquid-cooled boxer engine, but it could mean a more affordable and modular package for the HP2 Sport.

The R nineT is meant to capture a more lifestyle-focused customer, a certain irony when talking about the prototypical BMW rider, but it could make for an interesting launching point for a sport bike – especially one that was focused towards price-point buyers, who are keen on customization.

This is all an interesting thought experiment, though I do believe we have already seen the last of the HP2 line. I do hope that BMW keeps up with its HP series of machines though…it has already been two model years since we last saw the HP4 in the offering.

For a company that is fueled by aspirational riders, it surprises me to see the German brand devoid of a proper halo bike.

Source: Oberdan Bezzi (Blog)

  • Doug

    Fingers crossed they re-release the R1200S first. I have an R1100S…..and a constant boner when I ride it. I lust after the old 2007 R1200S and I’m on the lookout for one as we speak. You have to be a more “veteran” rider as mentioned to appreciate these old fart sportbikes. The young guns won’t appreciate them.

  • Kenny

    https://media.giphy.com/media/ucoH5cenTCuM8/giphy.gif

    I may have a weakness where the HP2 is concerned

  • MrDefo

    I found your intro terribly amusing, being “a little underpowered, overweight, with some clearance issues”.

    I think this is a great opportunity for the R nineT. It’s basically some fairing, change the handlebars. If you want to go full Bezzi you could get a new tank, but I think just the fairing and handlebar change would do it well enough for a neat price.

  • Superdukedotnet

    This guy needs to stop drawing and start hammering out metal!

  • You win the GIF of the Day award!

  • coreyvwc

    The original HP2 seemed like a clean and classy “gentleman’s sportbike”. This thing is just a bit too busy and doesn’t fit that bill any more.

  • ‘Mike Smith

    Is that a shaft drive? According to Wikki, the original had a chain. If it is a shaft, I thought those were heavier than chains. If you’re trying to cut weight, why go to shaft?

    Edit: I think Wikkipedia is wrong.

  • Kenny

    All the HP2 variants used BMW’s shaft drive paralever system.

    The Sport also had a quickshifter as stock.

  • tony

    the boner is due to the twin’s inherent vibes doug…almost happened to me once!