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By Ketan Patel


BMW HP4 2013 Review

If high speed on two wheels is what you're looking for then the BMW HP4 2013 is probably what you're looking for. This speed monster from BMW is directly inspired by the S 1000 RR racing model and comes with some of the greatest technologies available on two wheels.

First of all, the HP4 is the very first consumer motorcycle that features Dynamic Damping Control also known as Automatic Variable Dampening. What this system does is to stiffen up the suspension system in turns and will make things smoother over bumps. Furthermore, an optimized Dynamic Traction Control system will give the rider 15 levels of adjustment, from -7 to +7 and most importantly, these adjustments can be done on the go. In case you're wondering how efficient the DTC is, then as a comparison, level 0 is similar to the slick mode on the S100RR.

The bike also comes with seven-spoke alloy wheels, a lighter rear sprocket carrier that reduces rotating mass, a controlled acoustic valve and a titanium exhaust featuring an interference pipe. The exhaust system in the HP4 is also able to optimize the torque curve between 6000 and 9750 RPM.

Although the HP4 shares many similarities with the track-going S1000RR there are also some differences between the two. For starters, the HP4 features a new instrument cluster and with the addition of the Dynamic Traction Control system, launch control is also available on the street-legal bike. In terms of aesthetics the HP4 comes with a new livery, a new windscreen and a dual-section engine spoiler.

Other features included in the road-going 1000cc speed monster are the LED turn indicators, shift assistant as standard, adapted wheelie detection, race ABS with IDM setting and radial monoblock brake calipers by Brembo just to name a few.

The HP4 also comes with a Competition Package as an optional extra that includes a larger number of sporty features including the sponsor sticker kit, Racing blue metalling finish on the wheels, a long and closed engine spoiler made from carbon, HP Carbon badge carrier, HP brake lever, HP clutch lever, HP rider adjustable footrest system and HPCarbon tank cover.

As far as pricing and availability goes, nothing has been made yet official but this is one of the most high-end bikes money will buy once it hits the market, so don't expect it to come cheap.

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