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Best Sportbike 2013: BMW HP4

Friday, December 27, 2013
BMW’s S1000RR has had a stranglehold on Best Sportbike honors for three consecutive years now. This year BMW extends the streak with its up-spec version of its S1000, the HP4. With a price starting at $19,990, this limited-edition machine gets a number of race-derived updates born from its factory presence in both World and IDM (German national) Superbike series.

The S1000RR HP4 is a true game changing motorcycle that allows rider to ride at a pace they might not be as comfortable riding at on another brand of machine.
The DTC settings are much improved on the HP4. The electronics react more accurately to excessive wheel spin offering the rider greater control.
Raising the bar... BMW's HP4 refines the S1000RR platform to new heights of performance for a production sportbike.
The RR has a reputation for savage top-end power that is clearly ahead of the competition. But the already freakish horsepower output of the Beemer’s Inline Four is boosted by the fitment of Akrapovic’s precision-built titanium exhaust system paired with new fuel and ignition maps.

Even better is the HP4’s re-calibrated electronics that includes launch control as well as refined traction, wheelie, and ABS control settings that allow a broader spectrum of riders to experience the true might of the BMW. Another plus is the fitment of monobloc calipers from Brembo which replace the lower-spec two-piece units, adding more rigidity during extreme braking.

The electronics also integrate a semi-active Dynamic Damping Control which automatically modifies the damping settings of the Sachs fork and shock in real-time based on road conditions and rider input. Compression and rebound settings can also be adjusted manually via a push of a button through its straight-forward dash display.

Although designed with the track in mind the HP4 is in fact street-legal and can come outfitted with heated hand grips (Standard and Premium Package). It also stands out with its lighter seven-spoke forged aluminum rims color-matched to BMW’s traditional High-Performance blue/black/white paint scheme. Other HP hard parts can be purchased separately or as part of the Premium Package for a $5005 upcharge.

Sportbike riders chasing the greatest adrenaline fix will adore the up-spec HP4 S1000RR. The world’s best sportbike got that much better – making it MotoUSA’s 2013 Sportbike of the Year.

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