MCN Chief Road tester Trevor Franklin is currently testing the all-new BMW S1000RR superbike in Portimao, Portugal. This is his latest feedback:
“For the final session of the day the bike was put into all-or-nothing ‘Slick’ mode, where the traction control, ABS and throttle response are set for full-on action on slick tyres.
“As it was, the tyres used were Metzeler Racetechs which proved more than up to the job.
“In slick mode the throttle response is so direct you find yourself barrelling into corners considerably faster than you ought to.
"Needless to say, the Sachs front suspension and Brembo calipers always save the day. Then it’s a matter of throwing the bike in and turning the tap on.
“The effect of the traction control is devastating drive. Anybody behind gets a clear view of rubber being smeared onto the circuit.
“Later in the session the rear ride height was adjusted to its max (an extra 10mm) which makes the S1000RR so much more agile into the turns.
"It literally takes your breath away with how much throttle abuse you can get away with.
“And that is the BMW S1000RR: an incredible track tool which bodes well for being one of the best 1000cc superbikes money can buy.
"We look forward to putting it head to head with its rivals – a test you’ll be able to read first in MCN.”