In releasing the HP4 version of its S1000RR sportbike, BMW is double-underlining its continuing leadership in bringing the electronic aids of world-championship racing to the street. European makers were the first to put traction control and engine-mode control on production models, while Japanese makers adopted them much more slowly and often under confusing names. The [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
2013 BMW HP4 – Riding Impression Semi-active suspension helps bump the ride-by-wire S1000RR to the next level.
You can’t have your cake and eat it, too. That’s what I was thinking as I stood in pit lane at the Jerez Circuit watching the gentle morning light illuminate this holy land of motorcycle roadracing and the beautiful new paint and bodywork on BMW’s S1000RR-based HP4. Here’s what I mean: The handling needed for [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
BMW HP4 – First Ride Ten reasons why the 193-horsepower, S1000RR-based BMW HP4 will make you a better motorcycle rider.
I flew to Spain to ride the new limited-edition HP4, the latest incarnation of BMW’s already-impressive, World-Superbike-contending S1000RR. After spending a day lapping the famous Circuit of Jerez on this monumental new motorcycle, I asked myself, “How might the upgrades that were outlined in the press kit and I experienced on the racetrack benefit buyers [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Look who represented Cycle World at the 2013 BMW HP4 press launch in Spain! Eric Bostrom will turn in a First Ride report on the new German hot rod next week. In the meantime, Eric sent us a few photos of him lapping the Jerez Circuit aboard the exotic superbike. The new HP4 is a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
BMW’s HP label stands for high performance, and the new HP4 is a continuation of the boxer series begun in 2005 with the HP2 Enduro, HP2 Megamoto and HP2 Sport. The new HP4 is the first four-cylinder motorcycle in the HP family. Based on the S1000RR, BMW claims 193 horsepower and a dry weight of just 373 pounds with Race [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)