How did u get to ride one?
I'm good friends with a few of the senior managers of motorad Australia. I got a call Saturday saying they were running in 3 HP4's that were going to be used for a media launch and did I want to come for a ride. I don't work for BMW in any form at all.
[QUOTE=metalhead;168538]How much do you guys end up spending on this bike down there?[/QUOTE]
The standard HP4 retails at $28k and the HP4 Comp for $32. The Comp version is about $10k more than an S1RR. To put it into perspective, a Panagale S sells for $36k in Aus.
Kismet...sorry mate but your bike is nothing like the HP4 even with the pipe and PCV. Without me dick waving telling you how many versions of S1RR's I've ridden, I'll refer to the conversation I had on the weekend with the guys from motorad. The HP4 has been independently developed by the German BMW superbike race team. They created the upgraded engine maps, TC, ABS and chassis improvement over a 3 year period for their race bikes. These were also in collaboration with the WSBK team.
As good as your bike may be, it's not an HP4. Btw, Glen Allerton (Google him) has bought one of these and every time I talk to him he's like a 10 yo a day before Christmas. Given Glen is the reigning Australian Superbike Champion, I listen to his opinion. One of the things he showed me was the engine braking settings the HP4 has. It has 7 settings which regulates the slipper clutch to allow engine braking. He tells me this is better than the bike he rode to win the ASBK.
I know you've done heaps of work to your bike but the HP4 has been developed as an independant superbike in the BMW range. I am told that they will not be building any more after the current batch have sold.