BMW S1000R (2014-on) Review

Published: 03 January 2014

"Very few performance bikes give you so much of everything, as the S1000R does"

BMW S1000R  (2014-on)

"Very few performance bikes give you so much of everything, as the S1000R does"

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Very few performance bikes give you so much of everything, as the S1000R does. It’s two hugely capable bikes in one: it’s smooth, comfortable and safe, thanks to its flawless electronic rider aids, perfect throttle and usable power, but it’s wild when you want it to be, too. It’s exactly how you’d imagine a superbike with straight bars and no fairing to be. BMW has trimmed the power from the S1000RR’s 193bhp to 160bhp to make it more manageable for the road and the more upright riding position, but you’d never know – it’s nothing short of ballistic, anyway. There are two versions: the S1000R, which is basically a naked RR with two electronic riding modes, basic traction control and ABS. The Sport version is £1400 more expensive, but it’s the one to go for. It’s like a naked HP4, with semi-active electronic suspension, an additional two riding modes, full traction control and lots more goodies.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The R handles and stops as well as the RR superbike, which put simply, means it’s far better than you are on the road. It has fully-adjustable suspension, sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres, a stiff chassis and Brembo calipers. Go for the Sport version and you get BMW’s Dynamic Damping Control, which is outstanding. The rebound and compression damping adjust as you ride, depending on acceleration, deceleration, road speed, wheel speeds, throttle position, rear shock movement and TC/ABS intervention. It sounds complicated but the net result is the suspension is always set perfectly for the conditions, so you get more feeling for grip and lots more stability. The riding position is roomy and comfortable, but the footpegs are set relatively high.

Engine 5 out of 5

Starting life as the inline four-cylinder 999cc S1000RR superbike engine, the R’s motor has a new cylinder head, redesigned ports, cam profiles, mapping, ignition coils and camshaft sensors. Power is down from 193bhp @ 13,000rpm to 160bhp @ 11,000rpm. Peak torque is the same (83ftlb) but made 500rpm lower. You’d never know the S1000R was lacking compared to its superbike sister. There’s enough oomph to wheelie off the throttle in third gear and more top speed than your neck muscles have strength for. But, there’s lots of grunt for normal riding, a smooth throttle and a superb traction control system that can be easily adjusted on the move via the riding mode buttons on the bars.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Build quality is at least as good as its main super naked rivals, but it doesn’t have the exquisite build of the best of the best, top-shelf superbike exotica. S1000RRs and HP4s have proved to be very reliable, so the S1000R shouldn’t be any different.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

Even the Sport model is cheaper than its main rivals: the Tuono V4R ABS, Brutale 1090RR and 1290 Super Duke R. Only the Speed Triple R is cheaper.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Even the basic S1000R comes well-equipped, boasting two electronic rider aids, stability control, racing ABS, fully-adjustable suspension, sporty tyres, Brembos, and a multi-function LCD dash. The Sport has a further two riding modes, full traction control, cruise control, heated grips, bellypan, LED indicators and DDC suspension. A large range of BM accessories are also available, including a tank bag, tail pack and performance goodies.

Owners' Reviews

6 owners have reviewed their BMW S1000R (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BMW S1000R (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 4.7 out of 5
4 out of 5

23 May 2015 by Sijtwin1000

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Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

A Great Naked

20 May 2015 by Supadave

Good engine, great brakes and handles really well - what more do you need a bike to do? Some of the components are not of the best quality and the lack of adjustment, on the clutch lever, is a pain. The £320 BMW wanted for replacement levers is a bit... Read more steep. The larger screen is a real help but I wouldn't bother with the replacement exhaust - the original sounds and looks Okay to me. I was looking for a sports bike with more comfort, to replace my old Fireblade and this bike fits the bill perfectly.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
I have tried all the suspension setting on both the road and the track and find the semi active suspension pretty good. The brakes and handling are also very good and are complimented by the excellent tyres. It is not built for a pillion but I can ride it all morning without problems and would suggest for a solo rider, it is a bike that will do just about everything.
Engine
4 out of 5
Engine revs quickly and accelerates ok. 160 bhp should be enough for most people and I have found it plenty fast enough for road and track riding. Picking up off a closed throttle is a bit slow and in some modes the throttle response is not very crisp.The engine spins up quickly and gives the impression that you are going faster than you actually are - but it is still good fun!
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
No real problems as yet but the quality of some of the components doesn't inspire me much.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
I didn't do the first service so cannot comment, however I expect servicing a BMW will not come cheap. Also in Leicester we do not have a local BMW dealer, so time for travelling and petrol will also be factors.
Equipment
5 out of 5
I have the sport so it comes with all the electronics - whether you need them is another matter. The larger screen is worth the extra but I like the original exhaust so didn't buy the aftermarket replacement. It definitely needs an adjustable clutch lever, the original is a pain in the a**e.
Buying experience

Bought from Williams in Manchester and I have to say they were very good.

5 out of 5

I love this bike!

14 May 2015 by Esceptico

This bike isn't perfect. The wing mirrors are pretty much useless above 5000 because of vibrations and it is a pain to get into neutral - it won't go in easily when you have stopped but likes to go in when you try selecting for second on the move! ... Read more The seat is not that comfy. The asymetric headlights are also an acquired taste. Other than that it is brilliant and all those minor niggles are forgotten when you open up the throttle. The handling is lovely: agile, lots of grip, great feedback and the ability to place it anywhere on the road. Around town it is really easy to ride, can sit happily on the motorway but best place for it is A and B roads. Once you open the throttle it flies. Lots of low down torque so overtaking is easy and hair-raising acceleration if you drop down or gear or two. Personally I love inline 4s. Smooth as butter at the bottom of the rev range but full of buzz and anger at the top.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Ride is very good with the active suspension and no complaints with the brakes. On the road I only need the one finger on the lever. Would like to do a track day at some point to really test the bike (as much as I am able with my limted ability).
Engine
5 out of 5
Smooth and great throttle adjustability from tickover up to the limit.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Not had it long enough to give a proper rating. Exhaust looks a bit shabby after only just a few months of ownership. Everything else okay. One complaint is that the standard clutch is non-adjustable. Pretty poor on a £12k bike.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Not had it serviced yet. Costing me lots in fuel as I keep riding it! I'm not expecting that much distance out of the tyres either. Hopefully those will be the only consumables.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Mirrors vibrate above 5000 rpm so view behind is not great. Annoying that they are blurry at motorway speeds as that it when you really need them. Apart from the HP levers it is standard at the moment, although thinking of swapping to a more comfortable seat. Just about to put on Metzeler M7 RR tyres. Original DRCs were very good but the Metzelers have been recommended so will give them a try.
Buying experience

Bought from a main dealer. Was a demo bike. Seemed a fair deal.

5 out of 5

If looks could kill..It wouldn't .

11 August 2014 by dmandhelen

Fantastic bike,without a doubt,but just looks totally anonymous.....hope it looks better in the flesh....? Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Couldn't want more.

08 May 2014 by Anonymous

With out a doubt, the best sports bike I have ever owned. Yes I know it's a super naked but when I ride it my brain goes straight into sport mode, without any of the usual aches or pains associated. The engine pulls so well that running in wasn't a... Read more pain, rather more a period to become acquainted with each other. Once run in every day it just gets better. Total control and poise, yet always begging you, like a devil on your shoulder to do things that risk your license. To ride this bike Is amazing, and visually the only criticism I that exhaust box underneath. Whoever that exhaust does sound brilliant. It's a long time since Japanese bikes sounded anywhere near this good. There are little niggles if your look for them as with all bikes, but the build quality is good, the rider modes are useful in bad conditions ( still spun up rear in rain mode but not enough to scare), the suspension feels spot on and quick to adjust, and the riding position is perfect . Other than going off road, I will be doing everything on this bike. Well recommended

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Most Bad A$$ Bike

08 April 2014 by daedalas1981

The bike is Excellent and Handles well! I wish... the Brake fluid reservoir was integrated with the lever; the clutch lever was hydrolic; the alarm system was somewhere other than the storage compartment since it already has limited space; the... Read more catalytic converter was covered; the low beam would stay on with the high beam; the horn was more responsive and not delayed; the menu system was better layed out for settings; might have been nice to have belt drive; and kept the same power/motor setup as the RR for 190bhp. Don't let any of that discourage you, because it didn't discourage me, and I'm greatful for such an awesome piece of art!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 6 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £10,200
Used price £9,800 to £12,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 113 ft-lb
Top speed 170 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 34 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Specification
Engine size 999cc
Engine type 16v, inline-four
Frame type Twin-spar aluminium frame and double-sided swingarm
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Seat height 814mm
Bike weight 207kg
Front suspension 48mm fully adjustable Sachs forks. DDC on Sport model
Rear suspension Single rear fully adjustable Sachs shock. DDC on Sport model
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial calipers. Racing ABS
Rear brake 220mm single disc with single-piston caliper. Racing ABS.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2014 – BMW S1000R arrives in dealers (press launch Dec ’13)

Other versions

BMW S1000R Sport – features semi-active DDC suspension, and more advanced electronics, including an extra two riding modes, cruise control, heated grips, bellypan, LED indicators and full traction control.

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