Just two years after BMW launched the class-leading 1000cc sportsbike the firm has given the bike a long list of changes aimed at improved handling, more mid-range torque and improved throttle response.
The overall look of the bike might, at first glance appear the same but on closer inspection the long list of minor revisions becomes clear. A new tailpiece, winglets on the side fairing, a different exhaust system are just a few of the list.
You can read the initial riding impressions in a separate story on www.motorcyclenews.com as MCN Road Tester Adam Child is currently testing the bike at the Valencia track in Spain and he will be phoning in his thoughts shortly. A full test and complete technical details will be in the October 26 issue of MCN on sale next week.
The German firm has also given the electronic systems an overhaul with a more sophisticated traction control system, improved ABS, the instrument cluster has more functions and there are new colours available too.
BMW lists the full range of changes as:
- Optimised torque curve for improved ridability
- Expansion from two to three performance curves (one each for Rain and Sport modes and an additional one for Race and Slick modes); Rain mode now 120 kW (163 hp).
- Reconfigured throttle for enhanced response (particularly gentle and sensitive acceleration in Rain mode, and immediately direct and spontaneous response in Sport, Race, and Slick modes).
- Reduced twisting force and tighter twist-grip angle.
- Smaller secondary ratio for boosted thrust.
- Refined tuning between Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).
- Enlarged cross sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering head for greater air flow efficiency.
- Better handling, steering accuracy, and feedback.
- Revised spring elements for an even wider range of damping forces.
- Supension geometry modified with new values for the steering head angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork projection, and spring strut length.
- New mechanical steering damper adjustable over ten levels.
- Forged and milled fork bridge in a new design and with a smaller offset.
- Revised design with a leaner tail section, redesigned side panels, centre airbox cover with side aperture grilles, and winglets.
- Four new colour variants: plain Racing Red with Alpine white, Bluefire, Sapphire black metallic, BMW Motorrad Motorsport colours.
- Revised RR logo
- New heel plates and leaner stabilisers on the passenger footrests.
- Redesigned LCD engine speed display for better readability and with five dimming levels.
- Instrument cluster with the new functions “Best lap in progress” and “Speedwarning”; deactivation of “Lamp” fault message when headlamp or number plate carrier removed.
- Catalytic converters relocated, so no heat shield necessary.
- Expansion to the optional extras and special equipment ex works.