BMW S1000R (2014 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Annual servicing cost: £320
Power: 160 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.0 in / 814 mm)
Weight: Medium (456 lbs / 207 kg)

Prices

New £10,200
Used £6,300 - £10,200

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Welcome to the BMW S1000R review. The German firm gave us what we all wanted in 2014: a naked S1000RR superbike. Bear in mind that, at the time, they had just ripped up the superbike rule book with the RR and was still reigning supreme. So the thought of stripping the fairing off it and fitting straight bars was the ultimate temptation for speed-crazed road riders.

And it didn’t disappoint. Although BMW moved a chunk of the RR’s explosive power into the midrange the S1000R still went like a superbike and handled like one, too. Not only that, in true BMW style, it was easy to live with, was comfortable and if you ticked all the options boxes, you could have everything from electronic rider aids, semi-active suspension, heated grips and cruise control.

Over the years its faced stiff competition from the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, Yamaha MT-10, Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 and now Ducati’s Streetfighter V4. It’s slowly slipped down the order, even after its 2017 update and by comparison its inline four motor lacks a bit of character with slightly wooden suspension and brakes.

You can still buy an S1000R new today (2020) with a three-year warranty and even fully loaded now costs significantly less than the latest, greatest super nakeds, which puts a different slant on things. It’s now a bargain and ridden in isolation still a machine that delivers so much, whether you want to tear up a trackday, tour around Europe or just have fun on a silly, sunny Sunday morning.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Handling and braking power are up there with the early S1000RR superbike it’s based on and you’ll be hard pushed to find its limits on the road. Both before and after its 2017 upgrade where it got the 2015 RR frame and lost a couple of kilos (barely noticeable), it steers crisply, has loads of ground clearance and stability, other than at very high speed, where the lack of downforce on the front will give a vague, sometimes flighty feeling, but that’s the hallmark of any naked.

Sat on its semi-active Sachs forks and shock (we’ve only ridden it with electronic suspension - BMW press bikes are always fully loaded), it’s smooth over bumps, comfortable at low speed and controlled when you up the ante.

Cornering on the BMW S1000R

Pegs are rear set and the seat gets uncomfortable after prolonged riding, but generally the upright riding position is spacious will let you enjoy superbike performance and handle big miles with few aches or pains. Wind protection is limited, but that’s easy rectified by an accessory or aftermarket screen.

In its day the S1000R was a super naked class leader, but now the chassis lacks a little refinement compared with the best of its rivals, especially the bikes we’ve ridden with less than impressive Original Equipment tyres. Fitting the latest sports tyres will make a huge difference to ride quality, grip and confidence.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Starting life as the inline four-cylinder 999cc 2010 S1000RR engine, the R is tuned for more midrange oomph with a different cylinder head, redesigned ports, cam profiles, mapping, ignition coils and camshaft sensors.

Power was trimmed from 193bhp@13,000rpm to 160bhp@11,000rpm initially, but it gained another 3bhp when it was Euro 4’d in 2017 – useful, but barely detectable. Its peak torque of 83ftlb was the same as the RR’s but made, but 500rpm lower and remained the same after its 2017 update.

MCN actually made its own S1000R in 2013, a year before the R’s launch, by taking the fairing off an S1000RR to see what it would be like. It was raw, angry, aggressive and wheelied so much it was pretty much un-rideable, so while the R doesn’t have the superbike’s headline power figures, it’s so much more usable.

It still has the muscle to wheelie off the throttle in third gear and will go faster than your neck muscles will stand for any length of time. But for normal riding the motor is nice and grunty, the throttle is smooth and its electronics, both before and after its update work well, aren’t overly intrusive and can be easily adjusted on the move via the switchgear buttons.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

There are no major issues to worry about. We ran an S1000R on our long-term test fleet over the summer of 2014, grinding out over 10,000 miles of commuting, European touring and trackdays with no problems along the way, apart from a new clutch switch fitted to cure a stalling problem and the side stand mountings, which stripped their threads.

The standard exhaust gets grubby very quickly, even with regular cleaning and some look like they’re built to a price, which they no doubt are.

Our reader reviews and Facebook #ride5000miles member feedback is generally positive and many have racked up big touring and commuting mileage. But there are some things to look out for: the clutch lever doesn’t have a span adjuster – a problem for small hands, there can be excessive engine noise and some owners have had problems with cam chain adjusters and even broken valves.

BMW S1000R static view

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

There are plenty of bargains to be had on early models and even brand new, a fully-loaded S1000R is much cheaper than its similarly-spec’d European competition, which make it a lot of fiery super naked for the money, but BMW servicing isn’t the cheapest and insurance will be on par with a superbike.

Its main competition comes in the form of the KTM 1290 Super Duke RYamaha MT-10Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 and now Ducati’s Streetfighter V4.

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

Although its multi-function LCD dash looks decidedly old-school nowadays, especially compared with BMW’s latest colour displays, which are the best in the business, the S1000R is pretty well equipped, even in standard trim, not that you’ll find many that aren’t the higher-spec Sport models with all the bells and whistles.

The base bike has two rider modes, stability control, ABS, fully adjustable suspension and Brembos. Find a Sport model and there’s two more riding modes, full traction control, cruise control, heated grips, bellypan, LED indicators and DDC suspension. A large range of aftermarket and official BMW accessories are also available - tank bags, tail packs, performance goodies…the list goes on.

In 2017 BMW updated the S1000R Sport.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 34 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £320
New price £10,200
Used price £6,300 - £10,200
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 113 ft-lb
Top speed 161 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 10.37 secs
Tank range 130 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2014 - S1000R launched. Essentially a naked S1000RR retuned for 160bhp. Sport version came with more electronics than any of its rivals of the day, including traction control, ABS, rider modes, HP4-like semi-active suspension, cruise control and heated grips. 

2017 - Updated for Euro 4. Motor stays largely the same, but with an extra 5bhp. Uses the lighter frame from the 2015 S1000RR, which accounted for the lion’s share of its 2kg weight loss and electronics upgraded with a new Bosch IMU to give cornering ABS and traction control. Autoblipper/quickshifter and a titanium Akrapovic silencer now standard

Other versions

Various Sport and option ‘Packs’ available over the years, depending on local market.

Owners' reviews for the BMW S1000R (2014 - on)

19 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: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Engine: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Equipment: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £320
5 out of 5 Best Road Bike
24 October 2020 by wilfred Birch

Year: 2018

Have had 30 road bikes in 30 years of riding this is the best of all the bikes I have owned it’s does everything from track days to commute to touring Europe which I did last year on it. Excellent bike

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brembo brakes are fantastic in wet and dry

Engine 5 out of 5

Sports bike performance in a naked. Engine is strong in any power.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

It’s my first non Japanese bike never thought I would own a BMW. As I have always had Suzuki. Honda.Yamaha Kawasaki. BMW build quality is on par with the Japanese.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

It is expensive at main dealerships. But going to a non main dealer it’s fine

Equipment 5 out of 5

Heated grips and cruise control on a performance bike. Amazing Suspensión is fantastic also

Buying experience: I brought from a main dealership. First rate experience. I paid just under full asking price but also managed to get rear hugger rad guard and crash protection included in purchase

4 out of 5 Bmw S1000r
03 July 2020 by Neil Marsden

Version: Sport

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £500

The power and electronics mean it is a bit of a weapon but the lack of any wind protection limits the speeds or distance you can travel and also any rain means a proper soaking. I’ve swapped to Avon sports touring tyres after Michelin’s and it’s now lovely in all conditions. The build quality is ok but pain on the tank is thin and the service costs at dealers eye watering Mine has Hp forged wheels which never look clean no matter what you do to polish them It’s got cruise, heated grips so all mod cons Downside is once you use the performance it likes a drink But overall a great bike which attracts attention at bike meets as surprisingly not that many about

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Adaptive suspension and strong brakes means it’s not lacking in that department

Engine 5 out of 5

Strong and pulls in any gear Makes an overtake safe and easy Nice burble and pops and bangs from akrapovic too

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Quality is ok with a few cheap fixings and paint thin on tank Reliability no issues at all and it gets used in mixed conditions with the only rust on usual places like cat and disc bolts

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Bmw dealer did service however they have it as a s1000rr on their system and then it needed a chain and sprocket but didn’t order correct one as carrier different on forged wheels Had a loan bike for a week so no drama and reduced costs But for an interim 5k service expensive

Equipment 4 out of 5

Only downside is lack of screen and taller screen looks awful Also s1000rr had new lights but the naked has the squinty eye look

Buying experience: Rode to Perth to collect and bike wasn’t cleaned properly Chain looked like it had come out of the Clyde Other few bits and marks so wasn’t too happy Had time to stew on way back to Lincolnshire

4 out of 5 Great machine with confusing suspension on DDC models.
03 May 2020 by Mr Jason Howard

Version: Type: K47 Model: 0D52 - S1000R Sport

Year: 2018

Overall good. Confusing suspension set up.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Brakes are amazing. Ride quality is OK but seat will hurt after about 150 miles. I toured Spain and did 6500 miles in a month when I first bought it including a track experience at Almeria. The only thing that bothered me was my backside. However, in recent times, I have had a chance to play with the suspension (which I should've paid more attention to when I first got the bike) and it turns out that there is not much you can really do to fine tune the Sport models that come with DDC. I don't think the bike was designed for owners weighing more than 85Kg (as that's what the manual refers to in the suspension set up section). I'm not much more than that and the front forks can bottom out quite easily. Even on the road with swift riding. Balancing out back and front is not achieved when abiding by the manual and additional adjustments have to be made as you ride and gain a feel for the bike. I used to take tools with me to make those adjustments and it took quite a few rides to get the bike feeling the way I thought it should. But the front forks will still bottom out quite regular. Having the electronic DDC means that changing out springs or shocks is not really easily accomplished. Not without great expense and knowledge, anyway. I sometimes wish I had gone for the standard non DDC model so that more adjustments can be done without having to consider the electronic complications involved with the DDC aspect of the bike.

Engine 5 out of 5

The power still surprises me after two years and on track, when you get the chance to twist the throttle more than you could on the road, it continues to pull with each tiny twist of the grip.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

No idea on costs as I do some maintenance myself and get the dealer to do the specialist stuff.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Buying experience: My local dealer were superb throuhghout.

5 out of 5 Love it
11 April 2020 by mr RFDE

Version: sport

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £170

flexable performance, low seat hight, low weight.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

1st class service

Equipment 4 out of 5

Hard to find suitable carrier

Buying experience: bought new

4 out of 5 Love this thing like no other vehicle, car or bike, that I’ve owned.
05 March 2020 by Ray

Year: 2019

I would rate it 5/5 except the speed shifter misfires often enough to be annoying.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I came off a 1st gen FZ1 and the difference is astounding. Brakes are superb. Handling is phenomenal. Ride quality in dynamic is very firm. In “road” mode it’s very comfortable.

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Only owned it for a month, but already over 3,000 miles with no problems so far. First dealer service at break-in was $400.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Due to the electronics and computerized systems I will not be doing any of my own maintenance other than oil/filter and chain/sprocket. I know when technology has outpaced my mechanical skills. And that time has come.

Equipment 5 out of 5

I’m an I-4 guy, and it’s 165 hp, massive torque everywhere, so yeah, I love it! I just hate hearing the initial rattle of the cams for the first 1/2 second after starting it until oil is pumped to the top of the engine. Thinking of tapping into the ignition to make the engine spin with the starter for a few seconds without starting so it can pump oil to the top of the engine before firing up.

Buying experience: Bought a ‘19 in Feb, 2020 so got $1750 off list.

4 out of 5 Love this thing like no other vehicle, car or bike, that I’ve owned.
05 March 2020 by Ray

Year: 2019

I would rate it 5/5 except the speed shifter misfires often enough to be annoying.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I came off a 1st gen FZ1 and the difference is astounding. Brakes are superb. Handling is phenomenal. Ride quality in dynamic is very firm. In “road” mode it’s very comfortable.

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Only owned it for a month, but already over 3,000 miles with no problems so far. First dealer service at break-in was $400.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Due to the electronics and computerized systems I will not be doing any of my own maintenance other than oil/filter and chain/sprocket. I know when technology has outpaced my mechanical skills. And that time has come.

Equipment 5 out of 5

I’m an I-4 guy, and it’s 165 hp, massive torque everywhere, so yeah, I love it! I just hate hearing the initial rattle of the cams for the first 1/2 second after starting it until oil is pumped to the top of the engine. Thinking of tapping into the ignition to make the engine spin with the starter for a few seconds without starting so it can pump oil to the top of the engine before firing up.

Buying experience: Bought a ‘19 in Feb, 2020 so got $1750 off list.

5 out of 5 All you really need !
02 June 2019 by Toby

Version: Sport

Year: 2014

Annual servicing cost: £500

Brilliant all rounder..commuting through London..track days..Sunday blasts and European touring...screen as an extra highly recommended.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

My previous bike was a 2011 R1. This is as good with awesome brakes, ABS where required and a very comfy ride with excellent electtonic suspension. Deceptively fast.

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Only issue is paint wearing off the frame and fairing from my legs after 35000 miles.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Depends whether services by BMW or not......based on 8000 miles annually

Equipment 5 out of 5

4 rider modes, eated grips, gear assist. Electronic suspension and rider aids.

4 out of 5
05 February 2017 by SRAD Pitt

Version: 2016 Sport

Year: 2016

This would be a five star bike if it weren't for the slightly suspect reliability and the poor dealership experience

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The DDC can get a little sloppy on track, but that's not a big issue. On the road it's great. Brakes are savage and I've changed to a set of SBS pads up front to reduce the initial bite and increase the power and feel

Engine 4 out of 5

Great power, super smooth and very rattly

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

This is where the BMW falls short. I had a couple of breakdowns within the first 8 months of ownership - one broken clutch cable and some sort of fuel feed issue, the dealer wasn't very clear on the cause of this. The bike rattles VERY loudly for about half a second on startup, this is a problem that has slowly been getting worse, but there's little interest in it from the dealer (BMW Southbank in Melbourne, Aus) "it's under warranty, you'll be ok". The bike would stall on cold starts until I switched to running 95 octane fuel instead of 98. When this was reported (and a video supplied) the dealer explained that it was normal for the bike to do this. I asked why the bike would be designed to stall and they agreed to check it over - no faults were found.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Great bike apart from the reliability concerns. Lots of options and the adjustable traction control is a lot of fun. Not cheap, but the features are worth the outlay

Equipment 5 out of 5

The package is excellent, but the SBS pads offered an improvement as did a set of M7RRs to replace the iffy Diablo Rosso IIs

Buying experience: Salesperson and accessories staff are great, but the service dept could do with being a bit less condescending

1 out of 5
11 October 2016 by S1000r

Version: Sport

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £268

Subframe cracked after 10,000 Poor dealer support, even though it was under warranty bmw would not Fix it.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Brakes are good, ride quality are poor

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5
Value vs rivals 1 out of 5

268 for a oil change

Equipment 4 out of 5
2 out of 5 Very Disappointed
07 September 2016 by 121Rage

Version: Sport (DDC)

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £150

The S1000R is fast ... but not in a scary way like a 1000cc superbike is. It leaves me a little underwhelmed ... however the handling is great due to the DDC set-up on the Sport version I purchased. The handling can be a bit dim-witted with a pillion on board as the electronic suspension can't seem to adapt to the extra weight ... not so good for a £12k supernaked which is designed with road in mind.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Excellent handling (when the bike is working) but is quite hard to control in slow moving traffic due to the steep rake forks. Suspension can't cope with a pillion on board ... confuses the electronic suspension. Not good seeing as this is a bike predomninantly designed road use in mind.

Engine 1 out of 5

About a year into ownership (June 2016) whilst cruising on a motorway at 70 mph I heard a metallic rattle (I had ear defenders inserted into my ears so it must have been quite loud for me to hear the noise over motorway noise, wind noise, plus helmet on) and the bike lost almost all power. It was clear there was an engine fault as the bike also went from sounding like an inline-4 to a faulty V-Twin. Luckily the bike still ran rather than throw me off onto the road on a motorway with fast moving traffic, and I was able to pull over safely. One of the valves had snapped/broken. Not Good!!!!!! Was returned to me with very poor silicone sealing on the engine cover which they opened in the repair process, damage to the engine block, a scratch on the chassis, rattling engine, and down on power.

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

The below account is a condensed version ... I could easily write war and peace ... Expected so much from this bike, and BMW. Bought this bike new in 2015 from BMW Park Lane at a cost of nearly £12k. I have done the whole superbike thing having had Yamaha R1's, Kawasaki ZX-10R's etc. etc. and wanted to try a Supernaked for the road. About a year into ownership (June 2016) whilst cruising on a motorway at 70 mph I heard a metallic rattle (I had ear defenders inserted into my ears so it must have been quite loud for me to hear the noise over motorway noise, wind noise, plus helmet on) and the bike lost almost all power. It was clear there was an engine fault as the bike also went from sounding like an inline-4 to a faulty V-Twin. Luckily the bike still ran rather than throw me off onto the road on a motorway with fast moving traffic, and I was able to pull over safely. I called BMW recovery and waited for recovery. Recovery took over 3 hours to arrive. What made the matter worse is that this was a Sunday approaching 3 p.m. I knew that the bike would need to be recovered to a BMW Motorrad dealer so planned ahead and called BMW Park Lane (from where the bike was purchased) to make them aware the bike had gone faulty and would be recovered to them for repair under the 24 month factory warranty. Spoke to someone on the phone from BMW Park Lane who told me I was not allowed to recover the bike to Park Lane ... as the workshop (which is not located at the showroom) would be closed as it was a Sunday. I politely explained this was not my problem, and that I would have the bike recovered to the showroom so they could transfer the bike to the workshop Monday morning. This fell into the "too difficult" box for BMW Park Lane and was told recovery to the showroom was not an option. Not good!!! Realising I was getting nowhere with BMW Park Lane, and as it was now approaching 4 pm, I decided to call BMW North Oxford to advise them of what had happened. They said that by the time the bike was recovered to them they would be shut, but advised to leave the bike outside their shutter so they could deal with the fault on Monday morning. To cut a very long story short ... once BMW North Oxford had investigated the fault, it transpired that one of the valves had snapped/broken. Not Good!!!!!! Realising as well as I did that this most likely caused untold damage to the cylinder, piston head, cams, etc. the first thing they suggested was a new engine. They submitted photos to BMW corporate who subsequently only authorised the broken valve replacement. Not Happy. After many weeks of complaining, emails, phone calls, explaining the story to someone new every time I called I got nowhere. Very Disappointed. Bike was repaired (in a loose term) , and was returned to me with very poor silicone sealing on the engine cover which they opened in the repair process, damage to the engine block, a scratch on the chassis, rattling engine, and down on power. Much more complaining, emails, explaining the story a hundred times, and phone calls, and was basically told to go away. Few weeks later, when the routine service was due, the engine service light came on. Having just had a valve change the oil, oil filter etc. had been changed so effectively had said service. North Oxford did not reset the service timer in the process. Doh!!! After all the drama I had already suffered I was annoyed to say the least, especially as it meant a 70+ mile round trip just to have a service light reset. Appreciating mistakes do happen, and phoning ahead, I made said 70+ mile round trip. When I got to BMW North Oxford I explained everything again. I was the told that they could not reset the service light as I needed an oil change, even though I was told over the phone it wouldn't be an issue. I politely explained that the oil service had just been carried out due to a valve replacement but they basically told me to go away and would not reset the service light unless I paid for another oil change. Thinking on my feet I told them that the valve work was carried out under warranty, so any follow up to this repair would also be under warranty!?! I politely asked to book my bike in for an oil change under warranty. The assistant then walked away, came back, and said "It's OK ... we'll reset the service light for you!" I couldn't believe what had just happened. When it came to me paying for an oil change they were adamant the oil needed changing, but when it came to them changing the oil at their expense, it was OK to reset the light. Unbelievable!!! To make matters even worse, all the work that should have been carried out under the service, namely a brake fluid change, was also not done. The bike had to be sent in AGAIN to have this work done. The latest drama is that since the work has been carried out, the bike still sounds rattly, feels down on power, and is now loosing coolant after every ride even though there are no coolant leaks. My Advice ...steer well clear of BMW. I will be. Disappointed doesn't even begin to cover how I feel.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Expensive bike, but comes loaded with most of the current goodies.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Comes loaded with goodies. Heated grips don't heat up as much as I would like or other systems previously used. Electronic suspension can't cope with pillion.

Buying experience: The below account is a condensed version ... I could easily write war and peace ... Expected so much from this bike, and BMW. Bought this bike new in 2015 from BMW Park Lane at a cost of nearly £12k. I have done the whole superbike thing having had Yamaha R1's, Kawasaki ZX-10R's etc. etc. and wanted to try a Supernaked for the road. After lots of research into what would keep me satisfied after having historically owned 200 bhp rockets nothing really sparked my interest until the BMW S1000R was launched due to the reputation of the S1000-RR which I had also test ridden. For the record ... the S1000R is fast ... but not in a scary way like a 1000cc superbike is. It leaves me a little underwhelmed ... however the handling is great due to the DDC set-up on the Sport version I purchased. The handling can be a bit dim-witted with a pillion on board as the electronic suspension can't seem to adapt to the extra weight ... not so good for a £12k supernaked which is designed with road in mind. But then it started to go really wrong. About a year into ownership (June 2016) whilst cruising on a motorway at 70 mph I heard a metallic rattle (I had ear defenders inserted into my ears so it must have been quite loud for me to hear the noise over motorway noise, wind noise, plus helmet on) and the bike lost almost all power. It was clear there was an engine fault as the bike also went from sounding like an inline-4 to a faulty V-Twin. Luckily the bike still ran rather than throw me off onto the road on a motorway with fast moving traffic, and I was able to pull over safely. I called BMW recovery and waited for recovery. Recovery took over 3 hours to arrive. What made the matter worse is that this was a Sunday approaching 3 p.m. I knew that the bike would need to be recovered to a BMW Motorrad dealer so planned ahead and called BMW Park Lane (from where the bike was purchased) to make them aware the bike had gone faulty and would be recovered to them for repair under the 24 month factory warranty. Spoke to someone on the phone from BMW Park Lane who told me I was not allowed to recover the bike to Park Lane ... as the workshop (which is not located at the showroom) would be closed as it was a Sunday. I politely explained this was not my problem, and that I would have the bike recovered to the showroom so they could transfer the bike to the workshop Monday morning. This fell into the "too difficult" box for BMW Park Lane and was told recovery to the showroom was not an option. Not good!!! Realising I was getting nowhere with BMW Park Lane, and as it was now approaching 4 pm, I decided to call BMW North Oxford to advise them of what had happened. They said that by the time the bike was recovered to them they would be shut, but advised to leave the bike outside their shutter so they could deal with the fault on Monday morning. To cut a very long story short ... once BMW North Oxford had investigated the fault, it transpired that a valve had snapped. Realising as well as I did that this most likely caused untold damage to the cylinder, piston head, cams, etc. the first thing they suggested was a new engine. They submitted photos to BMW corporate who subsequently only authorised the broken valve replacement. Not Happy. After many weeks of complaining, emails, phone calls, explaining the story to someone new every time I called I got nowhere. Very Disappointed. Bike was repaired (in a loose term) , and was returned to me with very poor silicone sealing on the engine cover which they opened in the repair process, damage to the engine block, a scratch on the chassis, rattling engine, and down on power. Much more complaining, emails, explaining the story a hundred times, and phone calls, and was basically told to go away. Few weeks later, when the routine service was due, the engine service light came on. Having just had a valve change the oil, oil filter etc. had been changed so effectively had said service. North Oxford did not reset the service timer in the process. Doh!!! After all the drama I had already suffered I was annoyed to say the least, especially as it meant a 70+ mile round trip just to have a service light reset. Appreciating mistakes do happen, and phoning ahead, I made said 70+ mile round trip. When I got to BMW North Oxford I explained everything again. I was the told that they could not reset the service light as I needed an oil change, even though I was told over the phone it wouldn't be an issue. I politely explained that the oil service had just been carried out due to a valve replacement but they basically told me to go away and would not reset the service light unless I paid for another oil change. Thinking on my feet I told them that the valve work was carried out under warranty, so any follow up to this repair would also be under warranty!?! I politely asked to book my bike in for an oil change under warranty. The assistant then walked away, came back, and said "It's OK ... we'll reset the service light for you!" I couldn't believe what had just happened. When it came to me paying for an oil change they were adamant the oil needed changing, but when it came to them changing the oil at their expense, it was OK to reset the light. Unbelievable!!! To make matters even worse, all the work that should have been carried out under the service, namely a brake fluid change, was also not done. The bike had to be sent in AGAIN to have this work done. The latest drama is that since the work has been carried out, the bike still sounds rattly, feels down on power, and is now loosing coolant after every ride even though there are no coolant leaks. My Advice ...steer well clear of BMW. I will be. Disappointed doesn't even begin to cover how I feel.

5 out of 5 Traded in RR for R
29 April 2016 by David R

Version: 2016 Sport

Year: 2016

Traded in RR for new R. Wished I'd done it sooner. Feels quicker than RR while still in double digit speeds.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Love the cruise control.

5 out of 5 Simply fantastic!
12 November 2015 by scubaguyjoe

Version: Sport

Year: 2015

Cruise is a wonderful option and saves the wrists on those long jouneys

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brakes are sharp and reassuringly good. They give confidence.

Engine 5 out of 5

Smooth as you like

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No problems as yet.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Surprisingly good on fuel when you ride sensible, average if you don't. But then who does?

Equipment 5 out of 5

All the toys you could wish for.

5 out of 5 RicViperMoto a youtube channel
22 October 2015 by RicViperMoto

Year: 2015

Worst Feature - hmmm.. none!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Electronics package Superb! Never know its there.. Heated Grips and Cruise Control

Buying experience: Purchased from local BMW Dealer, Paid Retail, Hot Bike, Got em to throw in $300 Accessories

4 out of 5
23 May 2015 by Sijtwin1000

Version: Sport

Year: 2014

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 A Great Naked
20 May 2015 by Supadave

Version: sport

Year: 2014

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 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!

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

No real problems as yet but the quality of some of the components doesn't inspire me much.

Value vs rivals 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

Version: Sport

Year: 2014

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! 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.

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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....?

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Couldn't want more.
08 May 2014 by

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

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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 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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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