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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

BMW’s S1000RR is the German company’s first venture into modern superbike territory and what a serious effort it is.

Although it shares similar technology to the competition (GSX-R1000, Fireblade, ZX-10R etc) of dohc, 16-valves, stacked gearbox and so on, the engine delivers a mighty class leading claimed 190bhp at the back wheel.

Add a good gearbox, impressive fuel injection and electronics, it all adds up to make the BMW shine brightest.

As for handling; the S1000R was launched at Portugal’s Portimao circuit and couldn’t be faulted around one of the most tortuous tracks going.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Top marks are not just for the high bhp output alone, but also for the clever electronics.

One part of which is the performance mode selection switch where four choices are manually selectable.

‘Rain’ mode caps power to 150bhp and reduces the torque output, it also smoothes the throttle response.

‘Sport’ is for dry road use; ‘Race’ mode is used in conjunction with treaded race tyres at a track day; and ‘Slick’ mode is for use with slick racing tyres.

These final three modes all deliver the full 190bhp and torque output, but throttle response becomes more and more direct.

As you’d expect with a claimed 190bhp at the crankshaft, the S1000RR is a serious powerhouse.

But with rider aids like power mode selection and the optional ABS and DTC traction control, it is also a very safe bike to ride fast.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Sachs suspension doesn’t yet have the kudos of Ohlins, WP and Showa, but the massive 46mm front units and single rear shock are excellent.

BMW have also made suspension adjustment very easy by numbering the suspension adjustment range and colour coding it, and all it takes is the owner’s handbook to cross reference a suspension set up to suit the rider and conditions.

You can also use the key as a screwdriver to make adjustments to the damping adjusters.

On track the bike turns, stops and gives the rider so much confidence they will push harder and harder – and the BMW will take it in its stride.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Easy to adjust suspension, Brembo radial front brake calipers, Bosch electronics all come together in a sorted package.

The dash system doubles up as a lap timer. Optional extras make the S1000RR complete, like the Racing ABS and DTC traction control and BMW’s own quick shifter system.

You can buy the ABS system for £785 and the quick shift unit separately, but DTC has to used in conjunction with Race ABS for it to work (£1199 for the two).

BMW S1000RR (2009-2011)

Detail Value
New price £13,735
Dealer used prices
£8,760 (2010) - £12,870 (2014)
Private used prices
£7,810 (2010) - £11,580 (2014)
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Engine size 999 cc
Power 190 bhp
Top speed mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

BMW has recently admitted quality control on its bikes hasn’t exactly been top notch over the past five years.

With this in mind BMW, have gone overboard with mileage testing – 300 pre-production S1000RR have been used for testing, which includes track testing on circuits worldwide.

Every new component has been tested for every possible scenario, from wet weather to vibration destruction.

The one problem to come from the S1000RR’s launch was some front brake discs warped. The problem was traced to the discs not being the correct thickness.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The standard S1000RR has a 2009 list price of £10,950, which neatly places the BMW midway of the Japanese competition eg Yamaha’s R1 has an official price of £11,120, and the GSX-R1000 £9921. The S1000RR Sport version comes with quickshifter, DTC traction control and race ABS as standard for £12,235. Find a BMW S1000RR for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2009: world launch of BMW’s 2010 model S1000RR
2010: "Sport" model available (ABS, DTC, Gear shift assist) for £13,310

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Specifications

Top speed mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 190 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Weight 204 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 999 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 16v dohc in-line four-cylinder four-stroke. Six gears. Fuel injection.
Frame Dual beam aluminium
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable inc’ high and low speed compression damping
Front brakes 2 x 320mm disc with Brembo 4-piston calipers
Rear brake 220mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(16 reviews)

  • not as good as they say

    galer

    Average rating rating is 2

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    took this out a few weeks ago and i can not see the appeal it seemed to top enddy for me. I rode me R1 up to take this out and the difference from mine to this was massive. Can not beleave last test where R1 was last what a joke. ride them back to back and you'll see what i mean. that's if you can ride hard. keep it pinned

    27 March 2010

  • Average rating rating is 4

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    ok, its a great bike. its got everytin ull ever want for, the gadgets r great the modes r alot better than that on the gixer. the power is amazin though the bike itself doesnt give u the confedence to max it out. i got near as dam it 160mph. tho its confortible u dont get cramp after an hr like u do wit the ducati. but at a pricey £12,600 its worth waiting a year for a second hand one.

    13 March 2010

  • BMW S1000RR

    WHATATWAT

    Average rating rating is 5

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    LL THIS INFO NO TOP SPEED!!! AND NO STANDING 1/4 should have watched the cop on the proto type round the NW200 circut last year. Was well disguised and was catching the fastest race bikes. This might be faster,than the Hayabusa ? WE AWAIT THE RESTRICTED FIGURES on performence (might be the 1st 200mph production bike) at full power?We wait and seeeeeeeee!!

    10 March 2010

  • Release halted.

    Paul Quigley-Carroll

    Average rating rating is 4

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    My dealer has just called to say that BMW have just informed all Dealers that they are halting the release of all further S1000's. This is for a software patch in the programme to restrict the RPM's to under 9k during the running in period. There have, apparently been several cases of engine 'faults' due to out of the crate abuse. This should be a week or so to sort. Great.

    23 February 2010

  • Ultimate Plate

    grumpy ol git

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I own the plate for the ultimate Posure. And its for sale to the highest bidder. You just cant get a better one. I have recently bought a K1300GT so i cant swop Models yet. The Reg No available is S100RRS So if your buying the top of the range model,you just must have this plate.. S100 RRS i ALREADY HAVE THE RIGHT PLATE FOR MINE K13KGT Never thought Id end up one of those Number Plate Idiots But hey why not??? So tel..07809538212

    25 January 2010

  • Great balls of fire

    johncrosby

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    What a bike guvnor. Cor blimey, sure does go, nudge nudge, wink wink. I'd buy one is a sec (if I ad the readies). G luck to zose wiz ze necessary.

    30 November 2009

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RoadRashSpirit

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Good Engine any other models?

Im very impressed with the stats and build options that the S1000RR is boasting, im not realy a sports bike rider as I ask a bike to perform alot of duties but my question is does any1 know if BM is gonna release a naked? If they do I'll be front of the que now Honda's managed to mess up the VFR1200 bless em

23 March 2010 00:49

bm1441

bm1441says

how fast

Just wondering if this is a ZXR1400 or a Hayabusa beater ? 190bhp !

the new Landspeed Racing Association will be running some top speed events in 2010, do you think MCN could bring one of these along to see what the true top speed is ?

 

26 December 2009 19:48

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