Seven months of spy shots and – what has been – one of the most rubbishly closely-guarded secrets in the motorcycle world came to an end this morning when BMW unleashed it’s lighter, faster and probably sweeter-smelling S1000RR superbike to the world.
The 2018 model makes for some sweet reading as far as the stats go; engine output increased by 6 kW (8hp) to 152kW (207 hp) (in the USA: 151 kW (205 hp) and a weight reduction from 208kg to 197kg (193.5 kg with the M Package).
In typical flowery, track-waffle language the German firm claims that the new bike is a full second faster around a track than the bike it replaces and: “Creates a more user-friendly design and ensure it offers maximum controllability and ridability. Whether in everyday use, on winding
country roads or for high-performance race track riding – the new RR leaves nothing to be desired. In particular because BMW Motorrad has moved the assistance systems such as traction and wheelie control, ABS and Hill Start Control to a whole new level; the same applies to the LED lighting system and large TFT screen.”
So there it is, the BMW ultimate weapon is now upon us for 2019 and the old lop-sided headlights are gone in favour of balanced out, mean-looking symmetrical eyes. Here’s the details from the factory about the key areas of the track-pro hustler:
Newly developed engine with BMW ShiftCam Technology means more power in the low and mid-range revs plus given what the factory says is ‘increased top-end power’ too.
The bike’s newly developed 4-cylinder in-line engine is now 4kg lighter than before with the geometry of the intake and exhaust ports worked over with ShiftCam to give the best throttle response at any revs and any power.
The ShiftCam tech varies the valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side. A revised intake passage and a new exhaust system that is 1.3 kg lighter also contribute to increased overall performance.
To save weight the engine in the new RR now has more of a load-bearing function than was
previously the case.
The new RR has new riding geometry, optimised wheel load distribution and a substantial
weight saving all round. BMW says that the new Full Floater Pro kinematics in the rear wheel suspension also contribute significantly to how the rider feels the suspension working and the increased amount of feedback they get on the move.
The next generation of the electronic suspension DDC is available for the new RR as an optional
equipment item. Specially developed for the RR, Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) gets new valve
and control tech with a shim package available for selective adaptation which means that you can dial in the bike for track riding.
RIDING MODES AND BRAIN
Four riding modes as standard and three more as part of the “Pro Modes” option for more on-the-move customisation.
The new RR is fitted with the four modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard. The “Pro Modes” option offers an additional three riding modes (Race Pro 1-3) that are freely programmable. These programmes let you dial in exact control functions such as Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS and wheelie detection as well as the throttle curve (torque adjustment) and Engine Brake to suit your riding style. Other features that come with the “Pro Modes” option are Launch Control for perfect race starts and the configurable Pit Lane Limiter for exact adherence to speeds in the pit lane.
Ultra-fast shifting up and down without the clutch is enabled by HP Shift Assistant Pro, which comes as a standard feature.
New 6-axis sensor cluster is the brain behind the bike’s Dynamic Traction Control DTC and DTC Wheelie Function. The RR also has ABS Pro (corner ABS, to you and us).
The new RR is fitted with ABS Pro and Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard. In addition to traction control, DTC also includes the DTC Wheelie Function as standard – available as an ex works option and now individually adjustable for the first time. All control systems have been readjusted for regulation quality and characteristics.
The 6.5-inch TFT screen of the new RR has also been completely newly developed and is now even more race oriented. In addition to featuring loads of information, BMW says that its engineers made sure you can read the screen comfortably even in ‘difficult light conditions’.
The Pure Ride screen shows all the information required for regular road use while
the three Core screens are designed for use on the race track, with the rev counter displayed in analog form (Core 1 and 2) or else as a bar chart (Core 3), for example.
The new layout of the main frame – as a Flex Frame – means that the new S1000RR has a much leaner fuel tank and seat for easier movement on the bike and better knee grip. The bike comes in either: Racing Red or Motorsport paint finish.
The highlights of the new BMW S 1000 RR:
• 4 kg lighter, newly developed 4-cylinder in-line engine with
BMW ShiftCam Technology for variation of valve timings and valve strokes on
the intake side.
• Increased output and torque: 152kW (207 hp) (in the USA:
151 kW (205hp)) at 13,500rpm and 113Nm at 11,000rpm.
• At least 100Nm of torque from 5,500 to 14,500rpm.
• Effort-saving, linear torque curve: further improved ridability and
controllability due to increased torque in the lower and medium engine speed
• Newly developed suspension featuring Flex Frame, with the engine taking
on more of a load-bearing function.
• Significantly improved ergonomics due to Flex Frame.
• Refined suspension geometry for further improved handling, increased
traction and crystal-clear feedback in the threshold range.
• Further developed electronic damping adaptation
Dynamic Damping Control DDC with new valve generation as an optional
• New rear wheel suspension weighing 300g less than before with
Full Floater Pro kinematics.
• Weight reduction of 11 – 14.5kg to 197kg when fully fuelled (DIN unladen)
and 193.5kg with M Package.
• New exhaust system weighing some 1.3kg less, with front silencer.
• New 6-axis sensor cluster.
• Further developed Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard
• DTC Wheelie Function as standard.
• Adjustable (+/- shift) DTC Wheelie Function as an optional equipment item.
• Engine brake function, adjustable.
• ABS Pro for increased safety when braking, also in banking position, as
• New riding modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard and
“Pro Modes” option with three additional configurable modes “Race Pro 1-3”
for optimum individual adaptation to conditions.
• Launch Control for perfect starts comes with “Pro Modes” option.
• Pit Lane Limiter for precise pit lane speeds also included with the “Pro
• Shift Assistant Pro for fast up and down shifting without clutch, standard.
• Shift pattern can easily be reversed. Electronic cruise control as an ex works option.
• New instrument panel with 6.5-inch screen offering excellent readability and
featuring a Pure Ride screen as well as three Core screens.
• LED light units all round.
• Turn indicators with new “Comfort Indicator” function.
• Completely newly designed body elements for even more dynamic styling
and optimum aerodynamics.
• Two colour schemes for the market launch: Racing Red and Motorsport
• Extended range of special accessories and ex-work options.