BMW officially revealed the S1000RR streetbike yesterday, before the World Superbikes race at Monza, in Italy. The bike isn’t really as good looking as the RSV4 or 1198S but the spec is pretty impressive – 183kg dry weight (204kg wet), 193 horsepower at 13,000rpm, 112Nm of torque at 9,750rpm, four-stage ABS and race-derived traction control means that this is one BMW that won’t be scared of any Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Ducati, KTM or Aprilia.
The S1000RR’s other features include a slipper clutch, six-speed gearbox, fully adjustable 46mm USD fork, fully adjustable monoshock, ride height adjustment at the rear, Brembo brakes (with radial-mount callipers at the front) and an aluminium chassis that uses the engine as a load-bearing member.
'I think they’ve done a great job. Me and Ruben had a test ride on the production bike this week and to be honest, it’s very nice. It’s very comfortable to ride, there’s a lot of power and it’s very easy to wheelie the bike,' said Troy Corser, speaking to MCN. 'Road riders will really like it. The seating position and the reach to the handlebars and the footpeg position is all very neutral and very comfortable. It’s the kind of bike that you can ride for a long distance and yet it’s a sports bike. So I think that this is what they’ll be impressed with most,' he added.
The BMW S1000RR will actually go on sale in Europe and in the US only by early-2010. Pricing and more details coming soon…
The BMW S1000RR in action. It's intense... :-))
Here's a riding impression of the S1000RR...