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BMW S1000RR

When BMW first released their gawky-faced RR in 2010 I couldn't resist its charms, and spent a fantastic year living with one. This new version takes all the original's skill and aggression, and wraps it in a dramatically more accomplished package. The big question is: can I fall in love with such a clinical and precise machine? A year of road and track riding will hold the answers.

  • Long term update: Searching for the BMW's soul

    23 December 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term update: Searching for the BMW's soul

    In this time of scientific analysis and empirical knowledge of almost everything in our universe, there are very few intangibles left to define. Avoiding the minefields of politics and religion...

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  • Long term update: Mud-slinging exercise

    13 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term update: Mud-slinging exercise

    “Nobody enjoys riding in the wet or cold.” It’s a statement you’ll hear often, but not from me. The negative for me isn’t the effect winter can have on flesh and bone, but the effect it has on metal...

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  • Long term report: Wheely clean

    27 October 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: Wheely clean

    If there’s one thing I’ve always found a little odd on motorcycles, it’s the use of matt-finish paints. Add that finish to a fiddly area to clean – like wheels – and it really can be quite...

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  • Long term report: Tyred and emotional

    14 October 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: Tyred and emotional

    Last year saw me declare that the Pirelli Supercorsa SP was my favourite tyre of all time, so when the RR arrived on a set this year I was delighted. A reasonably aggressive 4500 miles later and the...

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  • Long term report: Chasing glory

    07 October 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: Chasing glory

    Despite my unswerving love of sportsbikes, it’s actually shockingly uncommon to find me donning some one-piece leathers, and heading out on track. But after doing the ‘leathers on’ dance for ten...

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  • Long term report: Tyred out

    03 September 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: Tyred out

    After almost 4500 miles, the RR’s Pirelli Supercorsa SPs are finally looking and feeling distinctly tired, if you’ll pardon the pun. They’ve held up incredibly well, but are now borderline bald in the...

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  • Long term report: Going Pro on the RR

    11 August 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: Going Pro on the  RR

    I’ve been bullied into doing something I never thought I would: I’ve bought a GoPro (Hero, £94.99 from Amazon) to use on the S1000RR. The positive motivation is that I feel like my riding is always...

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  • Long term report: A year in a quarter

    30 July 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: A year in a quarter

    The average UK motorcyclist will see around 3,500 miles added to their odometer each year. That’s the equivalent of riding the shortest way from John O’Groats to Baku, in Azerbaijan. Not a bad little...

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  • Long term report: I’ve got the power

    10 July 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: I’ve got the power

    Few things are more frustrating than being miles from a charging point only to find that the item of electronic gadgetry you’re hoping to use is flatter than a ironed hanky. This simple and...

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  • Long term update: Searching for the perfect ride

    17 June 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term update: Searching for the perfect ride

    It’s been a while since I’ve spent every day with an inline four, and I’ve been surprised by some of the revelations now a few thousand miles have passed between us. The strangest feeling it evokes –...

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  • Long term update: 53 degrees of satisfaction

    14 May 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term update: 53 degrees of satisfaction

    When I was a kid BMW stood for ‘Boring Man’s Wheels’, they were the butt of so many jokes that even Kim Kardashian would have struggled to out-arse them. How things change. A generation on, and those...

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