BMW say they had three targets when they set out to design the new S1000RR: one second faster on track, 10kg lighter, and easier to control. From even a cursory glance at the spec sheet it’s obvious they’ve smashed those targets. If you thought the old bike was fast, think again.
Like all the latest mind-blowing litre bikes, the equation begins with the engine. For 2019 BMW have designed a completely new powerhouse, which now puts out 203.8bhp at 13,500rpm and 83.3ftlbs at 11,000rpm. They’ve also added the ShiftCam technology we’ve already seen in the new GS, which alters the valve timing and lift. The result of this is at least 73ftlbs of torque available between 5500rpm and 14,500rpm, which BMW say makes it much easier to ride. Even with all these additions and a fat Euro 4 friendly exhaust, the two together save 5.3kg on the outgoing model. Of course, the engine is just the beginning.
To go with the new engine is brand new frame, that BMW have dubbed the FlexFrame. It’s slimmer and transfers much more load bearing capacity to the engine, giving a more comfortable riding position while also saving 1.3kg over the old model. The suspension too has been completely redesigned including (no sniggering) Full Floater Pro kinematics at the rear as well as the option for electronic suspension with Dynamic Damping Control. This isn’t the last word in electronics either.
As standard the new model has four riding modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race) but there will also be the option of ‘Pro Modes’, which allow owners to alter the characteristics of the throttle response and the safety interventions. The S1000RR also comes with a new 6-axis sensor cluster allowing for cornering ABS and adjustable wheel control for the first time. It also catches up with the rest of the BMW range adding a 6.5” full-colour TFT dash with different screens for road and track use. BMW haven’t released any prices but with a ‘sky’s the limit’ attitude to the options list, don’t expect much change from £20,000.
Blast from the past
When BMW unveiled the S1000RR in 2009 it took the world by storm. Not only was returning to sportsbikes a huge change for a brand that had focused on luxury tourers, it also shook up the sportsbike market. Even 10 years ago the mighty RR boasted 190bhp at the back wheel and with mind blowing adjustable electronics it put the rest of the litre bikes to shame. It took years for the competition to catch up.
All the options
BMW are famous for their options list and the S1000RR is no exception. There are three different performance packages (M pack, Dynamic Pack and Race pack) plus 31 ‘M’ accessories, seven luggage options, seven comfort options and eight safety options. If you do go wild and pick all the M parts you’ll successfully lighten the bike by 3.5kg and your wallet by a whole lot more.