Sunday, May 10, 2009

First pics and specs: BMW S1000RR streetbike


The BMW S1000RR - 193bhp, 183kg dry weight...

Pics: Motoblog

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...

15 comments:

7ru said...

"Ok, so we need sport bike. How about we start with the generic Japanese model, add some cock-eyed headlights (again) and some fins on the side?"

...at least it performs.

Anonymous said...

Why is the left headlight different size and shape than the other one?!? It completely spoils the shape of otherwise good looking bike... Yeah, the bike looks a bit generic, but if this was their idea of giving it a bit of identity, I really could do without it.

Sam said...

Asymmetrical headlights on a naked is cool, but on a sport bike with fairings?, the fairing is symmetrical so the headlights should be too.

I guess if you can't make the prettiest you make the ugliest to also catch attention..

Major design catastrophe!

theslayer said...

How on earth did the designer manage to sneak the design past everybody else in the company? More so, how did the Germans allow it across the border?

Anonymous said...

Headlights are shocking.
Colors are shocking.

Deal breaker...

JimN99 said...

come on now, it isn't all THAT bad. personally, i think the 2009 R1, with its strange bulging-eye headlamps, looks worse than the s1000rr. the bimmer is not as beautiful as the 1198s but it's still brutishly handsome in its own way. way to go, BMW! ;-)

Anonymous said...

most people can't get over the s1000rr's asymmetric headlights but those are ok with me. what I don't get is the 1980s ferrari/lambo slats on the sides. what's with those?! bmw designers are driving Italian classic cars these days?

but despite all of this yapping about how it looks the s1000rr might still kick some serious arse on the WSBK circuit next year :-D

Jeebus said...

BMW's always try to look different. and for some of thier bikes it works. but when BMW designs a 'conventional' inline 4 superbike, it most definately does not work.

hoyt said...

I like it. You'll never have an honest opinion about it until you see it in person, anyway.

The stout swingarm is great.

Anonymous said...

I'll never forget the day BMW told the motoring press that Suzuki was irresponsible for selling the GSXR-1100 (in 1986) to the general public. (Canadian Biker Magazine). A guy from Suzuki said, BMW couldnt build a bike like the GSXR even if they wanted to.

I guess 23 years later, BMW thought everyone forgot about the past. Maybe Suzuki will phone BMW and say the same thing?

Ugly bike of the Year Award for BMW.

Anonymous said...

When people at BMW wants to be generic they get generic (after all we have generic medicines, generic computers, generic ethnicity (80/90s), generic gender (?), ..generic sub'bs chap like me).

Headlights: Blast from the past. Fortunately no those big slanted-diamond-like so in vogue neither those random size randomly distributed round LEDs (looks like crazy eyes ·j° ).

Architecture: Traditional at first sight, a true BMW when looked closely.

Color:Too complaisant, but still cool & personal. (no flashing red/blue/green/yellow, no too metallic,...no flames/stripes) not needed in this case.

Decision: Took a lot of time to have BMW making no-boxer eng. bikes (rare old exp)/non in-line slanted 6's ; we were deprived I think.


Rider1772.



To the editor: Can we paste pics to comments? alternative way?.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the bike got a hit on one eye. Rest of the styling.... borrows a lot from Yamaha.

Anonymous said...

don't know what you say about the headlights but the rest is great... and i don't mind!!! the bimmer (as the specs says) is the fastest bike! 193hp and 183kg (empty)... and it's the first german attempt on this category! i really fond of this bike dudes whatever you say!!!

dan said...

Zoom out, to 1994- Dodge said and dared to be different, and came out with an ugly ass truck and alot of people said, boy is that ugly, and it still sold and even sent the other automakers back to the drawing board to remake their trucks, modern ford's, chevy well not really thank goodness.
And how bout the New corvette, I am a chevy guy and when that thing came out i was like,,,,ugggh! WTF were they thinking, but hey it grew on me and i would love to own one, now back to BMW, traction control, abs brakes and lighter than the unit on the Honda, 193 HP and weighing 454 pounds wet with a full tank, come on, the fins are designed to take the heat away and create more power by a cooler running engine, the headlights will grow on you and who knows, this may catch on and change motorcycling as we know it, or it may get shelved, either way, BMW has nothing to lose, They brought a new product to market that no one else has tried or has been able to match a Power to Weight ratio to, so DONT KNOCK IT TILL YOU'VE TRIED IT. I also remember when the firts Ninja came out in what was it late 83, boy did i think that was ugly, Now look at em!
Great job to Aprilia as well and KTM,,,,3 new bikes, 3 new engine characters, and 3 new Choices other than Japanese! Kudos to all 3 companies!!

Anonymous said...

Is this an English or Australian site? Nothing but complaints. Uh, assymetrical lights are a BMW thing. Absolutely love it, along with all the madness and beauty. Imagine that this is a first gen bike, right out of the shoot, by the Germans. Can't wait to see one on the street. Until, I'll continue down the road with my K1200R.

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