July 14, 2007 One of the more interesting new motorcycles of recent times is BMW’s HP2 Megamoto which will be arriving in Motorrad showrooms in July. As motard motorcycles have grown in importance and market share, some manufacturers such as Ducati, have developed 1000cc plus uber motards, and now here comes the the most uncompromising and single-minded street bike BMW Motorrad has ever produced. The iconic Boxer-twin powerplant pumps out an impressive 113 bhp with a whopping 115Nm of torque. Built with some remarkably exotic composite and metallurgical materials for a street bike, the Megamoto weighs in at just 179kg, thus giving the bike a mightily impressive, arm-wrenching power to weight ratio.
Throughout the Megamoto’s concept and design phases, a key goal for BMW engineers has been to deliver pure characterful performance.
No expense has been spared with chassis components to ensure captivating handling and uncompromising road holding. A fully adjustable, top of the range Öhlins shock absorber ensures consistently stable rear-end feedback, whilst accurate steering is achieved with sturdy, upside-down 45mm Marzocchi front forks. Along with the hand-built trellis frame chassis, the Megamoto achieves both sensitive and responsive steering, whilst maintaining maximum high speed stability.
Tony Jakeman, BMW Motorrad’s Marketing Manager said, “The Megamoto has been designed and built for those riders who strive to be different and want a top-end, high-quality motorcycle that has class leading performance, that is fast, fun and innovative. The bike typifies BMW Motorrad’s brand shift to producing an ever more diverse range of premium performance motorcycles that appeal to connoisseur riders.”
The HP2 Megamoto will be launched at dealers in July and is priced at UKP12,595.