Supreme riding dynamics, athletic character combined with maximum safety and everyday practicality, these are the defining characteristics BMW Motorrad feels make up its 4-cylinder models. These traits have been tweaked and improved for the 2017 models and starting at the monster of the S 1000 series, first up is the supersport bike S 1000 RR.
BMW S 1000 RR
Ever since BMW Motorrad launched the S 1000 RR in 2009, the first 4-cylinder supersport bike made by BMW, the “Double R” has had a lasting impact on this market segment. Consistent and ongoing development has since ensured that the RR occupies pole position among the superbikes with road traffic certification.
However, this leads to the challenge of perfecting perfection was side stepped with a clever marketing phrase ‘the virtually perfect supersport model has been further optimized’.
In what could be considered the more mundane orders of business, the potent 999 cc in-line 4-cylinder engine has been adapted to meet the requirements of the EU4 pollutant class. The peak output is still 146 kW (199 hp) at 13,500 rpm and the maximum torque of 83 lb-ft (113 Nm) is reached at 10,500 rpm. In the interests of excellent rideability, the new RR also has a wide engine speed range along with torque from approximately 9,500 (83 lb-ft/112 Nm) to 12, 000 rpm (83 lb-ft/113 Nm).
The ever-popular riding modes are found on the S 1000 RR which features ‘Rain’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ along with Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control as standard as well as the partial integral Race ABS. New additions to the standard trim include Dynamic Traction control DTC with banking sensor and fine adjustment at +/- seven levels for the best possible performance and safety when accelerating.
Of course with the optional equipment item ‘Ride Modes Pro’, the new RR offers the two additional riding modes of ‘Slick’ and ‘User’ as before, as well a Launch Control for active support on racing starts, among other things. A configurable Pit Lane Limiter also enables adherence to the prescribed speed in the pit lane.
While the existing BMW Motorrad ABS systems already provides a very high degree of safety when braking in a straight line, ABS Pro now takes this a step further to offer increased safety when braking on bends. Available in the modes ‘Rain’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’, ABS Pro is able to prevent the wheels from locking even when the brakes are applied quickly. This reduces abrupt changes in steering force on shock-braking maneuvers and stops the motorcycle from rearing up unintentionally.
The design team at BMW Motorrad feel where a S 1000 RR rides, they ride alone apparently. From now on, the new S 1000 RR is configured as standard as a single-seater with passenger seat cover. However, the RR may be ordered with a passenger package free of charge, this includes both passenger seat and passenger footrests.
The RR continues to be available in the color schemes Racing Red non-metallic/Light White non-metallic for the dynamic look and BMW Motorsport, which is Lupine Blue metallic/Light White non-metallic/Racing Red non-metallic in reference to the bike’s motor racing genes. However, to make new look like, well new, these color are in a new configuration, supplemented as standard with red rim lines.
For new, new color schemes, Granite Grey metallic/Black Storm metallic gives the RR a refined appearance.
Riders wanting to take their S 1000 RR to the next level can opt for the Dynamic Package which includes ‘Ride Modes Pro’ which as mentioned earlier features riding modes ‘Slick’ and ‘User’ as well as Launch Control, Pit Lane Limiter and ABS Pro. Shift Assist Pro, Cruise control, heated grips and an Alarm system (DWA) are in the package. It alos changes the bike’s appearance, with HP forged wheels, battery and additional passenger items such as a passenger seat and passenger footrests.
For those feeling really flush, and remembering this motorcycle is meant to dominate the local track days, there is a list of HP (high Performance) parts to turn it into even more of a beast. These total 29 in number with eight of those only being designed for use on the track, making it even clearer who the S 1000 RR is designed for.
The New BMW S 1000 R
In the autumn of 2013, BMW Motorrad launched a dynamic roadster based on the supersport bike S 1000 RR resulting in the S 1000 R. With its well-conceived overall concept of high performance, low weight Race ABS, ASC and ride modes as standard, it set a new benchmark in the dynamic roadster segment.
Since then, the S 1000 R has attracted numerous fans with its fascinating blend of emotional roadster looks and supersport riding dynamics. Taking matter to the next level, BMW Motorrad has now enhanced the innovative naked bike in a variety of ways.
The new S 1000 R features the well-proven 999 cc in-line 4-cylinder enginewhich has been adapted to meet all EU4 requirements. It now has an output of 121 kW (165 hp) at 11,000 rpm, giving it a nice bump in performance from its previous performance of 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm. Thanks 5 hp and when taken into account the motorcycle weighs 4 lbs less, it should feel nippier.
Further development of the engine includes an optimized intake and exhaust sound. In conjunction with the standard HP titanium rear silencer, the new S 1000 R now produces an even more potent sound while still adhering to the ECE registration directive R41-04.
For optimum adaptation to the rider’s personal preferences and area of use, the new S 1000 R now provides two riding modes as well as Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard features. With the riding modes ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’, the S 1000 R offers adaptable power and torque delivery relative to Race ABS and ASC on road surface conditions. For the less technical-types, this is a significant safety bonus when riding on variable road surfaces.
For the performance–minded, Dynamic Traction Control DTC continues to be available as a factory option. Among other things, DTC features the banking sensor familiar from the RR, offering the highest series-production level of technology currently available for increased riding safety and dynamic performance.
A new feature now included in the ‘Ride Modes Pro’ option with its two additional riding modes ‘Dynamic’ and the new, configurable ‘User’ mode is ABS Pro, which operates in relation to banking angle. While the existing BMW Motorrad ABS systems already provide a very high degree of safety when braking in a straight line, ABS Pro offers increased safety when braking on bends. In this way, the wheels can be prevented from locking. It reduces abrupt changes in steering force on shock-braking maneuvers and prevents the motorcycle from rearing up unintentionally.
The enormous performance spectrum of the ‘Ride Modes Pro’ option is rounded off with a new Launch Control feature for active rider support on racing starts and a programmable Pit Lane Limiter to ensure that the set speed limits are adhered to in the pit lane.
Already available as an option for the RR and the XR, HP Shift Assist Pro is now also available for the new S 1000 R. It enables the rider to shift up through the gears without activating the clutch, offering perfect acceleration virtually without torque interruption. HP Shift Assist Pro also allows downshifting without using the clutch. As a result, very fast shifting is possible, clutch activation is reduced to a minimum, and any unwanted load change impact on the rear wheel is noticeably diminished.
The new S 1000 R already meets many riders’ preference for a so-called ‘reverse shifting pattern’ for use on the race track, with the first gear at the top and gears two to six going downwards. An additional mount for the shift linkage on the gear lever makes for a very quick changeover here.
New rear frame structure with optimized rigidity and flex as well as lighter main frame rear section for increased traction, greater precision and transparent feedback. The main suspension element of the new S 1000 R is still an aluminum bridge-type frame comprising four individual cast components welded together with the in-line 4-cylinder engine integrated as a load-bearing element. In the new S 1000 R, however, the main frame has now been redesigned and given a new, lighter rear section. As part of this revision, the entire composite structure of the main frame, main frame rear section and swinging arm has been optimized in terms of rigidity and flex to achieve improved traction while at the same time providing greater precision and even more transparent feedback. The rider footrest system, including brake and gear lever, was also redesigned.
The new S 1000 R is still instantly and unmistakably recognizable as a face that stands out in a crowd. From the front, the asymmetrical breakdown of the headlamp is the dominating feature along with the large central air inlet, the latter clearly demonstrating that fresh air and the airstream are being converted into forward propulsion and power.
Visually speaking, aspirations of the S 1000 R as a dynamic roadster have been perfectly captured up to now in the “tail up – nose down” principle with a low front section and steeply rising rear, giving the new S 1000 R an even more strikingly dynamic pose.
Further stylistic enhancements are evident in the front section and in the side trim parts. Straighter and more sharply designed, while also significantly reduced in size, these give the new S 1000 R an even more athletic and dynamic appearance. The passenger seat pad has also received a fresh look.
Vibration-free handlebars in the new S 1000 R ensure increased comfort by effectively preventing even the finest vibrations from being passed onto the handlebar ends. The upper fork bridge was also newly designed.
Like its predecessor, the new S 1000 R still draws on motor racing elements for its cockpit design. An LCD screen in conjunction with an analog engine speed display allows a wealth of information to be displayed to the rider, from gears to the relevant riding mode and lap time recording. There is also an individually programmable shift indicator on board for optimum gear shifting.
Part of this readability comes from the tilt angle of the instrument cluster which has been optimized to achieve improved readability, especially of the upper lines of the LCD screen. An additional Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) ensures the EU4 norm is met, and the display has been extended to include the outdoor temperature.
Again, riders who can afford riding off with a little something extra should consider BMW Motorrad’s HP forged wheels as an optional equipment item. These enable a weight reduction of 5 lbs. as compared to the standard wheels with the resulting reduction in inertia moment and gyroscopic movement benefiting the new S 1000 R in terms of acceleration, deceleration and maneuverability. The optional equipment item Design Option Wheels further underscores the sporty character of the new S 1000 R with a red decorative line which runs around the rim edge of the aluminum cast wheels.
Speaking of looks, the even more dynamic appearance of the new S 1000 R is reflected in a new color concept comprising three color schemes: Racing Red non-metallic/Black Storm metallic, Catalano Grey non-metallic and BMW Motorsport. This last color is a blend of Light White non-metallic, Lupine Blue metallic and Racing Red non-metallic.
In Racing Red non-metallic/Black Storm metallic the new S 1000 R shows off its sporty, aggressive character, at the same time underscoring its leading position in terms of performance in the dynamic roadster segment.
Catalano Grey non-metallic gives the new S 1000 R a particularly powerful and potent appearance, interpreting the combination of technology and dynamic performance in a strikingly masculine way.
In the traditional BMW Motorsport colors of Light White non-metallic, Lupine Blue metallic and Racing Red non-metallic, the new S 1000 R combines its athletic genes with a dash of distinctive refinement, giving it a light and agile look.
Both the S 1000 RR and S 1000 R lean away from the current trend of less-costly motorcycles with smaller engines to invoke a simpler time of riding. This popular range of motorcycles is squarely aimed at riders who want a quality-built, performance bike that will offer two-wheeled thrills for the price paid.