BMW S1000RR (2015 - 2019) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £220
Power: 199 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.1 in / 815 mm)
Weight: Medium (450 lbs / 204 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £9,500 - £20,000

Overall rating

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

It’s not so much how much more powerful, faster and better handling the 2015 BMW 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. 

 

Want to see a different BMW S1000RR version? Read MCN's review of the models from 20092012 or 2019

Ride quality & brakes

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

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

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

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.

Reliability & build quality

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

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. 

2015-2019 BMW S1000RR owners' reviews

We have 11 owners' reviews of the 2015 BMW S1000RR, and overall it scores an impressive 4.7 out of 5. The only issues include extra vibrations and some aloof dealer support.

Value vs rivals

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

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

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

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. 

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £220
New price -
Used price £9,500 - £20,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term 2 years

Top speed & performance

Max power 199 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 150 miles

Model 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.

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MCN Long term test reports

MCN Fleet: 21 weeks, 9096 miles and one hell of a ride

MCN Fleet: 21 weeks, 9096 miles and one hell of a ride

419 miles Friday 31 May. Moments after grabbing the keys to my 2019 BMW S1000RR I’m heading to the Nürburgring, marvelling at my Beemer’s lightness and low-down torque. Cruise control, heated grips, quiet screen and neutral riding position make it the most comfortable superbike I’ve done big mi

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Owners' reviews for the BMW S1000RR (2015 - 2019)

14 owners have reviewed their BMW S1000RR (2015 - 2019) 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 - 2019)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Equipment: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £220
4 out of 5 S1000RR M
09 May 2020 by Phil77

Version: M

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £230

This bike is the best RR I’ve owned, from its low down torque and pull right up through the Rev range, the engine is so smooth and the gearbox seems almost seamless. I have found the clutch to be slightly odd, it’s difficult to fine the point of bite, it’s odd. The screen is just amazing, with full connectivity to a headset and phone, with a nice sat Nav prompting screen when using bmw connect app, it’s a great addition to a bike. I have found the screen a bit annoying, I like to use the third screen in the sport area, but when you turn the bike off it reverts back to the standard road screen, you should just be able to select a screen as default. My only other issue is the M seat, it feels like a block of granite, after 5 miles I’m not sure if I have any jewels left and if I have, will they work, I’m going to look at some options from a sport model seat to a gel cover. I have fitted all the M carbon and that takes away the cheap looking plastic and really finished the bike, also a full Akra carbon system, however, no one makes a fuel module yet and ECU flashing is currently limited, it still runs well but lumpy down low, I will fit one as soon as they are available.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

It’s no touring machine, the seat is too hard but I will sort this.

Engine 5 out of 5

It just pulls like a train!! I think far better than the GEN 2&3 that I had before it

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

It’s BMW so reliable but the black plastics just seemed to look cheap for a £20k bike

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Usual High BMW costs, it’s more than a service on my car???? However, £20k for a bike of this capability and full carbon wheels as standard, I think good value.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Amazing standard features on the M model

Buying experience: This was dreadful, I ordered the bike and it took over 14 months to arrive, BMW were just dreadful with information and didn’t seam to care less about the customer, I tried to buy a Norton RR as I got that fed up but obviously we all know how that ended up. IMO a really poor show from BMW

5 out of 5 Game changer
05 May 2020 by Chris Bevan

Version: Sport

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £185

Brilliant bike but they need to sort out hand numbing vibration through the handlebars. Lightening quick but easy to rode fast brilliant electronics Attention to detail gets a thumbs up too.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Surprisingly comfy for a sports bike Brakes are excellent Handling is out of this world

Engine 4 out of 5

Goes like **** a real missle. Vibration as mentioned above

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

Heated grips and cruise control on a sports bike what more is there to say

Buying experience: Bought new from dealer Booked a test ride that was it sold !!!! Great dealer BMW Cheshire Oaks

5 out of 5 Taking on the rest!
25 April 2020 by Smartie

Version: 2019

Year: 2019

Proper machine with loads of extras at A good price

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Will be touring Scotland this year hopefully so will see what the outcome is

Engine 5 out of 5

It’s actually not necessary to have so much power!.....is it??

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

Loads of extras like heated grips etc

Buying experience: Bend over backwards to make sure your happy

5 out of 5
23 April 2018 by Paul R

Version: Sport

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £270

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
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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

Version: Gen3

Year: 2017

Quick and practical. Makes the rest feel like clunkers.

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

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

Version: Sport

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £100

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.

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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

Year: 2016

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
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 A Truly Remarkable Piece of Engineering
15 October 2016 by Jason

Version: Fully equipped

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £350

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).

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No problems to report. Full 3 year warranty as well.

Value vs rivals 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

Year: 2015

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
Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 1 out of 5

BMW dealership unhelpful in trying to claim through the warranty for manufacturing faults

Equipment 3 out of 5

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

Version: Sport

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £250

Awesome at everything

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

Who cares about the service cost Nothing compared to the smile it puts on your face

Equipment 5 out of 5

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

Year: 2015

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
Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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

Version: Sport

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £160

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

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

The best engine ever.

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

Every conceivable toy.

5 out of 5
01 January 2016 by Paul

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £180

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.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Never had a problem, touch wood?

Value vs rivals 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

Year: 2015

Great bike!

Ride quality & brakes 2 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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