There’s not many pics (as in, there’s one) that’s broke surface at the moment, but this is the first picture of the 2018 BMW S 1000 RR.

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The bike has been caught out and about by the top German magazine Motorrad. And, as you might expect, is the star of the next issue of the long-running German title.

From what we can see on the picture, the new bike is getting a raft of changes including a new swingarm, bodywork (check out the swanky new fairing), a very race-oriented rear end, smaller exhaust  end, new headlight/face, mirrors in the indicators and widely-rumoured revisions to the engine for more mid-range and top-end.

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Here’s the old bike so that you can compare the two:

Overall, this next-gen version of the Germanic superbike is pretty Italian-meets-Triumph looking. It’s impossible to say whether the new trellis subframe that we can see in the picture will remain exposed – but if it does then that’s really going up the sex-appeal that bit more.

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Tony Carter

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