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. 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.
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