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BMW S1000RR (2015-on) Review

Published: 02 July 2015

BMW have raised the superbike bar and produced a superbike even better than the HP4

BMW S1000RR  (2015-on)

BMW have raised the superbike bar and produced a superbike even better than the HP4

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

It’s not so much how much more powerful, faster and better handling the new S1000RR is, it’s how easy it is to manage. With its clever, multi-layered, fully adjustable electronic systems the new RR will amaze and reward, whether you’re stepping up to a 1000 for the first time or you’re a racer. It’s friendlier on the road, too, thanks to the engine’s extra flexibility, cruise control and heated grips. BMW have raised the superbike bar and produced a superbike even better than the HP4. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

A 500g-lighter cast ali frame has a shaper rake and trail (23.5°/96.5mm) and an 8mm longer wheelbase (1425mm). A new triangular-shaped section around the swingarm pivot adds strength and flex. Forks and rear shock are revised, but you can opt for the semi-active (DDC) system, first seen on the now discontinued HP4. Handling was already superb, but now it’s sharper and more confidence-inspiring. With electronic suspension ride quality is even plusher.

Engine 5 out of 5

A new cylinder head, lighter valves, shorter air intakes, a larger airbox and a full ‘E-gas’ ride-by-wire system adds 6bhp, bringing power up to 199bhp and a wider spread of torque. Although 1bhp more than the 2014 BMW WSB Evo racer and savagely fast, the new S1000RR’s sophisticated electronics gives the rider lots of control and confidence. HP4-derived traction control and anti-wheelie are smoother and there’s an optional ‘user’ riding mode, for you to mix and match your preferred electronics settings.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Build-quality is superb and general reliability is excellent. You’ll find scare stories on forums, as well as occasional hiccups on previous model S1000RRs, but dealers are quick to react and rectify problems. 

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

You get an awful lot of mechanical and electronic sophistication, not to mention all that power and racetrack handling for the money.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

In its standard form the S1000RR is well-equipped with electronic rider aids, Brembo brakes, a new dash and of course a 199bhp engine. But tick the options boxes and you can have electronic suspension, a quickshifter, downshifter, a datalog dash display, lightweight wheels, launch control, pitlane speed limiter, heated grips, cruise control…the list goes on. You can go a step further and opt for the optional 2D datalogger, lap timer, race ECU, or carbon parts, rearsets or luggage. 

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £13,700
Used price £10,300 to £35,000
Warranty term 2 years
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £220
Performance
Max power 199 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 999cc
Engine type 16v, inline four
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 204kg
Front suspension 43mm fully adjustable Sachs forks (DDC option)
Rear suspension Fully adjustable rear Sachs shock (DDC option)
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston radial calipers
Rear brake 220mm single disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 R17
Rear tyre size 190/55 R17

History & Versions

Model history

2010 - S1000RR launched

2012 - Minor upgrades including refined electronics, revised steering geometry and more midrange power.

2013 – Limited edition HP4 produced in standard and ‘Carbon’ versions. Feature lightweight wheels, Brembo monoblocs, more midrange, 15-way adjustable traction control, launch control and refined electronics.

2014 – First major upgrade since the original. More power, less weight, revised styling, clocks and geometry and more refined electronics. 

Other versions

The UK also gets an S1000RR Sport edition, which adds BMW's Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), Gearshift Assistance Pro, heated grips, LED indicators, a colour-coded pillion seat cowl, and black/pinstriped wheels. The sport costs £14,760.

Owners' Reviews

11 owners have reviewed their BMW S1000RR (2015-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 S1000RR (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.2 out of 5
Equipment 4.6 out of 5
5 out of 5

23 April 2018 by Paul R

This is my first S1000RR, and after trying out the competition it was a "no brainer" in my view. It may be older than the rest but on the road I found it easier to ride, smooth and comfortable for 200+ days in the saddle.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
DDC and ABS pro makes this bikes suspension and brakes better than the rest in the real world, in my view
Engine
5 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
6000 or annual service cost
Equipment
4 out of 5
Only missing a heated seat!
Buying experience

I found the staff at the BMW in Essex help full and patient considering I want to ride most of their range!

5 out of 5

01 November 2017 by Preynol1

Quick and practical. Makes the rest feel like clunkers.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
The quick shifter is the best go faster item I’ve ever used. Useful on both road and track.
Buying experience

The only issue is there so good the dealers don’t have to make offers to sell.

5 out of 5

My 2015 BMW S1000RR Review

13 July 2017 by GCullen

I have been after an RR for around 3 years now and finally took the plunge by buying a 2015 S1000RR Sport, The bike is beautifully built with lots of straight lines and a very aggressive look overall. It is so manageable considering the power that it has, around the streets its smooth power delivery and light steering makes it as easy to ride as a smaller more upright bike, but its when you hit the open road and the twisty's that the bike really comes into life. The power delivery is superb, it sticks to the road like glue, the TC can be as intrusive (Rain Mode) or as little as you want (User Mode). The brakes are better than anything else Ive ever ridden and the ABS again is top notch, Ive only had to engage the ABS on a few occasions and it really bring you to an abrupt hauls as soon as you grab hold of the lever. In general I would recommend this bike to anyone who is looking for a litre sports bike, you dont have to be Valentino Rossi or John McGuinness to ride it either as its so manageable and easy to ride.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The DDC that comes with the Sport edition is a ridiculously good suspension set up. The suspension changes with each mode, being softer in rain mode and stiffening up as you go into race mode. The base setting for the suspension can be adjusted to suit the rider by anyone (preferably a specialist) who knows how to set the bike up for the rider. The Brakes on this machine like I said above are the best I have ever used on board a bike. The bite the have is unbeatable, again the ABS is excellent and has got me out a few sticky situations.
Engine
5 out of 5
The grunt of the BMW is very powerful. The power delivery is smooth and manageable at low speeds whilst it can be an animal when you want to push it. It has good mid range which a lot of bikes in this class seem to forget about (ZX10-R) and at high revs its in a class of its own. The bike can also sit at more steadier speeds for commuting with ease and the cruise control is another added benefit to this.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Build quality is excellent as you would expect from a German manufacturer, The only issue I have had since owning it was a loose battery terminal, in turn this was interfering with the electronics and cutting out the ignition to the bike. However I took the bike to my Local BMW Dealer (Douglas Park BMW Motorad - East Kilbride) and they looked into the issue straight away, no questions asked they had the bike stripped and found the faulty terminal (Excellent Dealer Service)!
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
I came from a Ducati to the BMW so for me the servicing costs are minimal compared to what I have been used to. The bike does seem to be thirsty on the fuel when you are riding aggressively. The bike doesn't seem to overly use any fluids or oils.
Equipment
5 out of 5
The Sports model comes standard with, Heated grips & Cruise control, these are the type of added extra comforts you would expect on a cruiser/adventure bike. I didn't think I would use them at first but I find I am using them every ride I go out on now. The Heated grips are great for when the temperature isn't quite there yet first thing on a Scottish summer morning and are a godsend on long motorway journeys. The cruise control is very easy to use and can be adjusted on the move with the click of a button. The traction control on this bike really does install confidence in the rider, I feel I can turn in a little bit more on the throttle each time I ride. It isn't overly intrusive and is very effective in the wet when you accidentally ask for too much power.
Buying experience

I bought mine from a BMW Motorad dealer, My local dealer is Douglas Park BMW Motorad in East Kilbride, just outside Glasgow. The buying experience I had from them was second to none, I always felt right at home and never felt pressured into taking the bike. They went through all the details of the bike and explained clearly how everything worked. The tyres that where on the bike when I got it where not upto standard of the dealers, so they told me to take the bike if I wanted to and they would fit a new pair free of charge when the tyres that came with it where worn. This was an unexpected piece of news as most dealers would be happy with you leaving with whatever shoes where on the bike at the time, and it also meant I had a brand new set of sticky tyres for the TT! Ive only had to revisit with one issue which turned out to be a loose battery terminal, however there was no fuss by the dealer and they promptly seen to the issue. Overall my experience with this dealer has been excellent and I would absolutely use them again when purchasing another bike.

5 out of 5

17 April 2017 by Roggi

I've had 3 bikes so far and have ridden a few others in between. The S1000rr for me is the best bike I've had and I believe the 2015/2016 models are the best year to buy and have already gone up in price ! This bike has everything you could need even the stock exhaust sounds amazing it maybe a bit big but I can live with it. Also it set the tone it's cheaper than the new Honda fire blade ,Suzuki and the kawasaki and still has more rider aids. I shan't be selling this one always guaranteed to put a smile on your face absolutely brilliant bike and so dam Fast your brain needs to keep up!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

A Truly Remarkable Piece of Engineering

15 October 2016 by Jason

Superb handling, seamless power delivery, ferocious brakes, electronic suspension is unbelievable and a perfect clutchless transmission. My only gripe so far is the tiny base on the side stand (it plows through warm asphalt) so be carefull where you park it.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
For this type of bike, it's remarkably roomy and comfortable. The electronic suspension can be changed in seconds within the display menu. Easily run a tank of fuel without needing to stretch. Brakes are the finest I've encountered.
Engine
4 out of 5
Seamless linear power delivery. Would give it a 5 but for some vibration below 4000 rpm (typical in-line 4).
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems to report. Full 3 year warranty as well.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Long service intervals (10,000 kms).
Equipment
5 out of 5
The electronic riding aids make the bike like nothing I've experienced before. It's incredibly composed wet or dry. Heated grips and cruise control seemed over the top but now I wouldnt go without them. Tire selection is somewhat limited with the forged wheels option (200mm) but growing all the time. That being said, I don't think a bike with this much torque is suited to milage tires anyway.
Buying experience

Dealer - Very pleased so far.

2 out of 5

It could have been a good bike

24 April 2016 by Alan

Having owned this bike from new for just over a year its managed to put me off BMWs for the foreseeable future.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Terrible vibrations through the handlebars make long rides difficult
Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
Fairing spontaneously cracked following a Sunday morning ride. Chain went rusty within 3 months despite regular cleaning and lubrication. Screws that hold the filler cap to tank have gone rusty.
Value & Running Costs
1 out of 5
BMW dealership unhelpful in trying to claim through the warranty for manufacturing faults
Equipment
3 out of 5
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Buying experience

Felt like the dealer was in a rush to sell me the bike to get my money as quick as possible. Service centre is only interested in getting money out of you by trying to sell you extras

5 out of 5

05 April 2016 by David c

Awesome at everything

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Who cares about the service cost Nothing compared to the smile it puts on your face
Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

Roy Pidcock Long Eaton top dealer

5 out of 5

buy it or regret it..ebay your missus but do it!

29 February 2016 by Millo

The worst thing about the bike is getting off it, the best is...work it out, it's not hard!!! But seriously, at my age, and I would say you need to be fit to ride any sport bike on long runs, I am as comfortable on this bike, as a Blackbird, had five, ZX12R, had four, still have one, and a busa, never have again..

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Iv'e being riding it al winter on the wettest ever recorded in these here parts and never once felt any level of lack of braking or power control, bembo are brilliant, my first experience after 33 years of riding, and the best yet, they have licked Irish roads!
Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
one problem was the fuel line twisted and knocked the fuel off, good job I wasn't thrashing it on an outside lane on the Autobahn!!
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
It doesn't do 150 miles on a full tank though, but maybe they meant that if you were a constant 50mph on this laddie!!
Equipment
5 out of 5
For two and half hours of riding every weekend each way, the cruise control and heated grips are better than sex, then again, at 53, the latter is under pressure anyway!!
5 out of 5

24 February 2016 by Paul

Makes me feel like i could ride the thing in BSB. Unbeliveable...

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
The best engine ever.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Can't believe how poorly its put together tbh. Wiring loom fouling the steering lock. Very poor paint quality but all pale into insignificance with the quality of ride and engine performance.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
Every conceivable toy.
5 out of 5

01 January 2016 by Paul

This is my third s1000rr and just gets better. So easy to ride and the electronics are brilliant, I thought the 10 plate was good, then upgraded to 14 plate, which I thought was even better to ride, but 15 plate blew me away. Cruise control thought would never use, use most of time.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Easy to ride on motorways just use cruise control, decent enough brakes brembo always good anyway. Good all round.
Engine
5 out of 5
Engine spot on.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Never had a problem, touch wood?
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
BMW servicing not the cheapest around, but need the service stamp for full BMW service history. Added a few extras eg motorrad rearsets and levers pricey. Insurance is more expensive.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Quick shifter up and down just awesome every sports bike needs it. Change the exhaust I've put a yoshmuri on weighs less and looks good.
Buying experience

Brought from Williams BMW Manchester brand new. With the sports package, red and white paint scheme, rearsets levers tailtidy about £16000

5 out of 5

27 December 2015 by MaddBiker

Great bike!

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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