The supersport BMW S1000RR has lost 4kg, and gained 6bhp through a redesigned cylinder head and new exhaust system (which saved 3kg itself) to reach 196bhp. Torque delivery is said to be refined, with a peak of 83lb-ft. Despite these big numbers, BMW claims the bike is more rider-friendly.

The chassis has been tweaked with a lighter structure for optimised rigidity and flexibility, while modified geometry and suspension promises improved handling, traction and feedback. Dynamic Damping Control (DCC) – already available on the HP4 – is a factory-fitted option, and ‘Rain’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ riding modes are easily selected, with ‘Pro’ – an optional extra – offering launch control, pit lane speed limiter and ‘Slick’ and ‘User’ modes. The HP Gear Shift Assist Pro is also an ex-works option for fast clutchless up- and down-shifts.


Race ABS and Automatic Stability Control (ASC) is standard on the S 1000 RR, and BMW says this is the first superbike to offer the option of cruse control for – the company says – “staying within the current speed limits”. The multifunction instrument cluster houses a new analogue rev counter, and LCD with a larger array of functions, including (depending on optional extras fitted) banking angle, deceleration and speed warning.

The new design keeps the asymmetric headlights of the 2014 S1000RR, but they’ve been repositioned and restyled for a fresh look.




Tony Carter

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