The BMW S 1000 RR gets naked

A brand new naked road bike was revealed by BMW Motorrad today.


The new S 1000 R  is directly derived from the S 1000 RR superbike and uses the same technology. When modifying the S 1000 RR’s 999 cc four-cylinder in-line engine for use in the S 1000 R, the Motorrad engineers were looking in particular to provide punchy response all the way through the r/min range. To provide the ideal set-up, both for everyday use and for sporty riding on the open road, they increased the low and mid-range power and torque.

At the same time, maximum r/min has been reduced by approximately 2000 r/min. Maximum power of 118 kW is reached at 11000 r/min and peak torque of 112 Nm at 9250 r/min. Up to 7500 r/min, this engine version develops 10 Newton metres more torque than the S 1000 RR. This provides better low-end response that is ideal on twisty roads.

Among other things, this was achieved by using redesigned cylinder head ducts, modified cam profiles and appropriately modified engine management. The new BMS-X engine management system also supports an E-Gas “throttle-by-wire” system.

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The S 1000 R comes with two riding modes and ASC (Automatic Stability Control) as standard. The “Rain” and “Road” modes cater to different road surface conditions using different power and torque curves, and applying different levels of Race ABS and ASC intervention.

Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), incorporating a further two riding modes – “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” – is available as an ex-works option. Dynamic Traction Control, which includes a banking angle sensor, offers safe and dynamic acceleration.

Based on that of the S 1000 RR, the S 1000 R uses the aluminium alloy perimeter frame, in which the engine forms part of the load-bearing structure. As on the RR, an adjustable upside-down fork and a dual swingarm with adjustable central spring strut guide the wheels front and rear.

As on the RR, braking is provided by a braking system that comprises a twin-disc brake with two radial 4-piston fixed callipers at the front and a single-disc brake at the rear, with partially integral Race ABS. Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), available as an ex-works optional extra, offers the benefits of electronic damping control. For further enhanced performance, in combination with enhanced active safety, this system dynamically adapts the damping to the current riding situation with split-second speed.

With an LC display with analogue rev counter, the instrumentation offers a lot of information, from the gear display and riding mode display to a lap timer. For optimal gear changes, an individually programmable quick-shifter is fitted.


The bike weighs 207 kg with its tank filled with fuel.

The new BMW S 1000 R is scheduled to go on sale in South Africa in the second quarter of 2014.

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