It has been done many times before, but I’m going to continue pouring the accolades for BMW’s HP4. This beastly, high performance version of BMW’s already impressive S1000RR takes that platform to another level with its sophisticated traction control, ABS, ride modes, forged wheels, striking graphics and, most notably, Dynamic Damping Control (DDC). It’s a system I can’t harp about enough because it truly represents a turning point when motorcycle suspension systems transition from analog to digital.
DDC truly works best on public roads, where surface conditions can vary greatly compared to the smooth surfaces of the racetrack. In this bonus footage from our street portion of 2013 Exotic Superbike Shootout, climb onboard with me as I take the HP4 for a spin through the twisties. Hear me attempt to tame the 172 horses while simultaneously highlighting the many great features that helped contribute to the BMW’s overall victory against two of the most exotic literbikes in the world.
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