BMW ready to deliver HP2 Sport

BMW says its ready to deliver its new HP2 Sport to retailers in the United States. The OEM says the bikes will carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $25,375 (excluding taxes, license, options, and handling charge) and a destination charge of $495.

Loosely based on the R 1200 S, the 130 hp HP2 Sport is the third motorcycle in the HP model range, following the HP2 Enduro and the HP2 Megamoto. It?s also the lightest, most powerful Boxer-twin yet, the first production DOHC Boxer in BMW history, and the most track-oriented production Boxer-twin ever to come from the firm.

What could be considered a street-worthy track day special, the new Sport is designed with a gearshift assistant that allows a rider to bang through the six-speed gearbox without using the clutch lever, and features Brembo four-pot calipers, fully adjustable Ohlins shocks, carbon fiber bodywork and adjustable handlebars, footrests and Magura brake levers. Oh, and the instruments come directly from MotoGP — with digital readouts, lap timer and a tachometer with graphic rev display.

BMW sold 102,467 motorcycles worldwide in 2007, up 2.4 percent from sales of 100,064 units in 2006. The OEM says it sold 12,094 units in the U.S. last year.

BMW plans to offer 20 motorcycle models in 2008, ranging from the 50 hp G 450 X to the 167 hp K 1200 S. BMW calls the lineup the most diverse the company has ever offered.

New models in addition to the HP2 Sport include the G 450X and F 800 GS.

However, dealers awaiting the arrival of the F 800 GS will need to be a bit more patient. BMW says production of the middleweight dual-purpose bike "will be delayed due to continued demand for the F 650 GS." The F 800 GS is expected to be available at U.S. BMW Motorrad retailers in fall 2008, making it a 2009 model.