Facts and figures: BMW S1000RR vs Fireblade vs GSX-R1000 vs R1 vs ZX-10R

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MCN will be riding the new BMW S1000RR at the world launch next Tuesday.

Chief road tester Trevor Franklin will be riding the Honda Fireblade, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Yamaha R1 and Kawasaki ZX-10R during the days before he flies out to Portimao in Portugal, so he can give the best idea of how the new BMW is going to fit into the 1000cc sportsbike hierarchy.

In the meantime, here’s how the S1000RR matches up on paper. Obviously we can’t verify BMW’s claims for power and weight, but if they’re right and the bike isn’t oddly geared then the S1000R should accelerate discernibly faster than the lardy underpowered competition.

Which would mean we have a BMW which blows a GSX-R1000 into the weeds… and who ever thought that would happen?  

BMW S1000RR  Honda Fireblade Suzuki GSX-R1000 Yamaha R1 Kawasaki ZX-10R


999cc 999cc 998cc  999cc 998cc


193bhp 178bhp 182bhp 185bhp 188bhp


83lbft  83lbft 84lbft 86lbft  83lbft

Seat height

820mm 820mm 835mm 810mm 830mm

Weight (wet)

204kg 199kg 206kg 205kg 208kg

Power to weight ratio

0.95 bhp/kg 0.89 bhp/kg 0.89 bhp/kg  0.90 bhp/kg 0.90 bhp/kg

Further reading:
BMW | S1000RR | Honda | Fireblade | Suzuki | GSX-R1000 | Yamaha | R1 | Kawasaki | ZX-10R  | Motorcycle insurance

John Westlake

By John Westlake