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MCN overall verdict rating is 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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

BMW S1000R (2014-current)

Detail Value
New price £9,990
Dealer used prices
£10,950 (2014) - £11,440 (2014)
Private used prices
£9,860 (2014) - £10,290 (2014)
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Engine size 999 cc
Power 160 bhp
Top speed 170 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 170 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 113 ft-lb
Weight 207 kg
Seat height 814 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 16v, inline-four
Frame Twin-spar aluminium frame and double-sided swingarm
Front suspension adjustment 48mm fully adjustable Sachs forks. DDC on Sport model
Rear suspension adjustment Single rear fully adjustable Sachs shock. DDC on Sport model
Front brakes 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

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(2 reviews)

  • Couldn't want more.

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 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

    08 May 2014

  • Most Bad A$$ Bike

    daedalas1981

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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!

    08 April 2014

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