BMW S1000RR SPORT (2012-2014) Review

Published: 28 March 2012

"The 2012 S1000RR is a giant leap forward, thanks to a host of small, but important mods"

BMW S1000RR SPORT (2012-2014)

"The 2012 S1000RR is a giant leap forward, thanks to a host of small, but important mods"

  • At a glance
  • 999cc  -  193 bhp
  • 33 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

You might have to squint to tell the difference between the old and new one (the new tail unit and higher swingarm pivot is the clue), but the 2012 S1000RR is a giant leap forward. The first S1000RR was already leagues ahead of the competition, thanks to its huge power and cutting-edge electronics, but BMW has improved their fire-breathing superbike in every area. Thanks to a host of small, but important mods, it has more grunt, a smoother power delivery, quicker steering, better suspension and more refined electronics. Never has 195bhp been so easy to control.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

To speed-up the steering, improve stability in the corners and increase rear grip, the S1000RR’s steering geometry has been altered. The wheelbase is 9.3mm shorter, the swimgarm pivot is higher and there’s 0.1° more rake and 2.6mm extra trail. Fork offset is 2.5mm shorter and the forks protrude 5mm less through the yokes. Ride quality, suspension control and range of adjustment has been improved thanks to new fork and shock springs and internals. There’s a new 10-way steering damper, too, which is so good you could use it for racing. Now the S1000RR is a lot more agile and even feels lighter just pushing it around, thanks to the revised weight distribution, although all-up weight is the same. It’s as comfortable as any superbike on the road, but the screen is quite low and the pegs high for taller riders. 

Engine 5 out of 5

Although power and torque remain the same, the 2012 S1000RR has a lighter-action throttle, smoother power delivery, a 20% larger air intake and a one-tooth larger rear sprocket, which gives the BMW extra oomph off the corners. There’s also a revised traction control system, which is based on the £2500 optional HP Power Kit from the previous model. In the electronic riding modes (Rain, Sport, Race and Slick), the Rain mode now has 163bhp – 11bhp more than before. There’s less engine braking in Slick mode now. The throttle butterflies open to take some compression out of the engine when you’ve got the throttle shut entering a corner. There’s also now an optional GPS datalogger, for just £530, which is brilliant. The 2D system gives you 32 channels of information – everything from lap times, to speed, lean angle, brake pressure, traction control information and everything in between. You can further enhance the system with a timing beacon, which gives you live lap times on the dash, as well as a green light that lights up when you improve you sector time. It’s the ultimate track-riding gizmo.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

The S1000RR is built to a very high standard and the reliability is excellent. There were stories flying around the internet about gearbox problems, but these were wildly exaggerated. True, a handful racing superstock bikes had gearbox problems early on, but then a lot of other different makes of machine occasionally have similar problems – it’s what can happen when you ask a road gearbox to perform in racing conditions. The BMW’s problems were focussed on, where those from rival manufacturers weren’t reported.

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

No other machine gets close when it comes to technological, big bhp bang for your buck. Its closest rival, the ZX-10R ABS is just over £500 cheaper, but isn’t as fast or as clever and the Ducati Panigale S, with all its electronic rider aids is over six-grand more.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

For the price, you get a mouth-watering level of equipment as standard. On the Sport model there’s traction control, a quickshifter, racing ABS, four riding modes, electronic engine braking control, a slipper clutch, Brembo brakes, easy to adjust suspension, Metzeler Racetec Interact K3 tyres and all the other bells and whistles you’d expect from a modern-day superbike. For 2012 the S1000RR gets a new tail section, a new dash and colours.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their BMW S1000RR SPORT (2012-2014) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.7 out of 5
Engine 3.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3.7 out of 5
2 out of 5

buy a KTM

31 December 2013 by peterfot

I ride superbikes since the dawn of time. Tried/tested/owned pretty much anything available out there (including ... er ... a Harley, he he). Got the RR (2012 model) in order to test first hand the brave new word (i.e. the TC). That said a RR... Read more without the gizmos is merely better than a blade. After various unhappy moments (awful reliability) I've managed to sold the thing to someone willing to live with pieces that keep falling - too many to list here. Other than that this bike is the triumph of marketing (more is more) over common sense (less is more). Moral: buy a KTM RC8R (fix first the selector drum).

Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Wish i didn't spend so much money on one..

06 July 2013 by Matthew1971

Far to many build quality issues, sound engine but chain, sump, switches, electrics and petrol cap just to name a few fail far to often, even my BWM salesman admitted most parts besides the engine are cheap and nasty.... Read more

Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 1 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

bmw s1000rr

16 May 2012 by kennygorrie

i bought my second 2011 s1000rr in feburary and was once again reunited with my hero, then...i ended up popping into bmw motorrad edinburgh in march and decided to take out the 2012 model for a quick test ride and ended up walking out with a new one.... Read more There is such a leap forward again its is unbelievable, anyone considering a superbike would be silly not to seriously consider s1000rr, yes they are not the cheapest but really the level this bike is at makes it easily the best value for money

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued 2014
Original price £13,735
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 193 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 33 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Specification
Engine size 999cc
Engine type 16v, inline four-cylinder
Frame type Aluminium twin spar frame. Double-sided aluminium swingarm
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 204kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable 43mm upside down forks
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable single rear shock
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston Brembo radial calipers. Racing ABS
Rear brake 220mm single disc with twin-piston caliper. Racing ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2009 – S1000RR launched
2012 – Updated model introduced

Other versions

Standard model £12,295

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