Sneaky peek at the GS1200 HP

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by MikeO, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. MikeO

    MikeO Long timer Supporter

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    ...scanned from Motorcycle News (UK) today.

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    More details and images in todays MCN of the HP (now call HP2 - 2 for 2 cylinders MCN tells us - doh!) .
    Styling looks 'interesting' - the engine has lost the balance shaft to help gain more power. Small petrol tank, no screen, off road biased tyres, USD forks.


    Rumoured price? - £10,000. For scale, the standard (no luggage) 1200GS retails at about £8500 (without ABS).

    All the above shamelessly plagiarised from Nippy Norman and Jonshread on UKGSer...

    Mike:evil
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  2. configurationspace

    configurationspace delooper

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    Now that's looking better. A bit more of a classic look. Sorta.
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  3. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    They

    - take out the balance shaft

    - take off the screen

    - put in a smaller tank

    - take off the front paralever and replace it with std shocks

    - use off road bias tires

    AND charge more for the bike? Jeeeeeeez.
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  4. slide

    slide A nation with a future

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    It's called exclusivity and IMO, it'll sell out instantly.
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  5. JelloLee

    JelloLee Been here awhile

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    Oh hey...a functional high fender, that's nice! And *heck* yeah, I'd take out the balancing weights, if it saved me weight! Besides...I *like* the way them ol' boxers go side-to-side. And thank god it's still a boxer.
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  6. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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    ok, now I know I don't like it
    that's relaxing - now that the Varadero is (still) not what I want (the only brand its quality I trust), 950 is not getting updated soon, I know I still want a nice black 1200GS with few extras

    it's an interesting bike though this HP2-whatever; I'd like to see how it goes against a 950 in the habitat they both belong (and "plain" 1200GS only partialy belongs - not less than a 1150GSAdv mind you)

    btw, doesn't look tall enough, but I am probably wrong

    btw (again), I think touratech/wunderlich and the gang is down on the drawing boards for full "touring" kits for this baby, to rectify the limitations the new design poses
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  7. slide

    slide A nation with a future

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    If the spy stuff is accurate, this is a look at me bike not intended to be taken off road except in stories. The tank is smaller, the power up (unneeded as even the 1100 has more than enough off road power) and the forks are more dirt oriented, but probably for looks only.

    I think this is what I speculated earlier about. BMW bikes is now starting the equivalent of the M series in cars.

    I'm still curious about the brakes.
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  8. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    You forgot to mention that they also took off a brake rotor, and caliper hardware and took off the ABS and still charge more for it.

    They did throw in the 1960's style head light though. :rofl :rofl
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  9. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    They did through in the 1960's style head light though. :rofl :rofl[/QUOTE]

    That is an update from the 1950's headlight(output) of the R1150 gs. :wink:
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  10. JelloLee

    JelloLee Been here awhile

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    That is an update from the 1950's headlight(output) of the R1150 gs. :wink:[/QUOTE]
    something tells me we weren't looking at the production style headlight/blinker assemblies...
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  11. BigDave

    BigDave Adventure Drummer

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    Good snag Mike.
    Looks better than the photoshoped versions. Definetly has the look of the Jimmy Lewis bike.
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  12. SQD8R

    SQD8R Eat squids and be merry

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    cool bike...
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  13. J Lewis

    J Lewis Numb Nuts

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    Start searching for the real info. It is now out there.......

    The bike was raced in a German Cross Country last weekend, will be raced again this weekend and the official announcement to the press was last night.

    Other than that I know nothing. But I will race one in the Baja 500...

    JIMMY
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  14. JollyQuick

    JollyQuick Been here awhile

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    Uh oh...

    Now that looks sweet. Ouch, me aching wallet :lol3

    JQ
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  15. GSXplorer

    GSXplorer ***************

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  16. BiG DoM

    BiG DoM African Adventurer

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    I like this ... direct from the (maybe I should say one of) horses mouth!

    Not to rattle the cage or anything...but...

    I would like though to hear your comment on the UK Motonews photo tagline "its designed to take on the toughest off-road races" ... designed to take on, not necessarily win? :evil Lets be honest the days of the boxer being a really viable COMPETATIVE enduro machine are long gone ... nostalgia move aside (and I love my GS and use it for its intended dual sport purpose). One can continue trying to reinvent ways of making it look sexier, more macho,more powerful, handle a bit better etc but at the end of the day it does not matter how much you modify it it will not compete with purpose built CONTEMPORARY
    COMPETATIVE (read orange and yellow type) machines and will be largely race impotent. I am not saying they will not sell to the bike equivalent 'boy racers' but the serious guys will definately think more than twice. Lets also have another think as to what (and why) is being dreamed up with the BMW/Aprilia agreement ... my money is that a more competative orange eating V-twin based machine will soon be on the drawing board. This essentially cosmetic excercise is largely a stop-gap move. No amount of plastic surgery and viagra is going to make it 'keep it up' with the real race competition (no offence to your skills Mr Lewis - just a bit of straight shooting from my perspective).
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  17. BigDave

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    :lurk
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  18. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Hi Jimmy! :wave

    Dirt rider is really looking and reading good these days. Nice job :thumb

    I think you know a lot more than nothing :D
    Maybe if we asked some specific questions you could answer?

    How different is this bike from the one you raced in the Baja 1000 and Nevada race?
    In your mind is the HP2 better than the KTM950?
    Do you still own a KTM950?
    Is that the production head light?
    How do you like your chances in the 500?

    Good luck in the 500! Make us proud. :D
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  19. JelloLee

    JelloLee Been here awhile

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    Why do you say that?
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  20. rdcyclist

    rdcyclist Long timer

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    Photo from the press release today:[​IMG]
    Looks like fun! Slide should be happy! No servos or ABS!
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