2014 HP4 ?'s
The HP4 is a Limited Edition BMW put out over 2 years. The standard HP4/S doesn't have all the carbon fiber, nor forged wheels nor the super expensive HP Gilles Rearsets and levers, whereas the HP4/C does. It was the lightest and fastest bike ever made by BMW and at the time the fastest production motorcycle in the world. They both have the Akrapovic Full Titanium Exhaust.
However with that said yes Kawasaki came out with the H2 which will not outrun the BMW, now the race version the H2R which only 500 were produced has the supercharger. Either model is a dog to ride and harder to steer, most certainly can't keep up with anything on the track because of its sheer weight. Now in a straight line the H2R is a beast but still needs open road to surpass the Beemer. Unless you start from a 60 mph rolling start. Yes I've ridden it and can attest to these statements.
The 2015 S1000RR is basically a production model of everything BMW learned from the HP4 and made ever so slight improvements just without $15,000 worth of add ons. Which we all can attest that once you get started you can't stop, because when you personally feel the bike reflects your style and taste you start with more gear and the track.
I own a 2014 HP4/C with about 800 miles on her and I wouldn't sell mine, even for $23K. I enjoy her that much.
The R1 is no match for the Beemer but the R1M is a fantastic track machine. Not a great or even good everyday driver but a weapon at the track. They hate being in town with traffic, horrible below 4K RPM's, almost stall from a light and have the worst seat ever. It sounds outstanding and has the best electronics but the motor is still not on par with BMW.
Overall I'm fortunate enough to have ridden these bikes and I still chose the BMW. But the only decision that matters is what you like and prefer. So ride them all if you can and make an informed decision on what suites you best.
Hope this helps. Ride safe and good luck.
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Last edited by Bullet; 08-11-2015 at 08:45 PM.