Despite only being launched in Motorrad dealerships last month, BMW's HP2 Enduro has already won its first design accolade. The newest addition to the 2005 model line-up was voted Best of Show by a selection of the world's top motorcycle designers at the Mondial du Deux Roues show in Paris, France.
The HP2 Enduro fought off tough competition to take the award, which took into account innovation, clarity of concept and the integration of bodywork with mechanical components, as well as overall aesthetic appeal.
Among the contenders were eight other short-listed bikes including Kawasaki's EN-6, Triumph's Daytona 675 and the Yamaha R6, but it was the HP2 that captured the imagination of the Motorcycle Design Association (MDA) and claimed top spot. MDA co-founder and President Glynn Kerr praised the HP2 Enduro, saying it was "a strong statement that is almost Ducati-like in its minimalism and yet still every bit a BMW. It's the perfect example of how less can mean more."
The 105 hp HP2 was launched to critical press acclaim last June and is currently the most powerful road legal, twin-cylinder enduro bike available. However, it is the machine's revolutionary and unique combination of design and engineering characteristics that helped it take the top prize in Paris.
These design features include BMW's new Air Damping System - a totally new development for production motorcycles. The HP2's rear shock absorber has no spring and no oil, and instead uses an air pressure system to control the rear suspension. This gives the HP2 rider fantastic feedback and stability with almost no maintenance. Other innovations include a detachable number plate mount and a spirit level built into the frame to allow the suspension to be adjusted perfectly every time.
Jean-Michel Cavret, Director of BMW France's motorcycle division, accepted the "Best of Show" trophy on the BMW stand on the first public day of the show.
The HP2 Enduro will be exhibited at all forthcoming major European motorcycle shows including the International Motorcycle and Scooter show in Birmingham (28 October 28 - 6 November); International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan (15 - 20 November) and the 84th European Motorshow in Brussels (10 - 22 January).