I am blown away by the power delivery of each of the six gears that is in this BMW S 1000RR. I have never experienced anything like it before. Those who are looking for a fuel economy superbike, you can forget about buying this Two-Wheel rocket. It is constantly thirsty for fuel and the reason could be every time you start riding it, your right wrist will be “possessed” by the speed demon which either wants to push it to the limit or always be in need of some “sweet music” that emits from the standard exhaust.
Most superbikes have notoriously big turning radius. The S 1000RR is no different especially when manoeuvring around those narrow city U-turns. However riding through narrow roads during peak hours traffic is a breeze. A redesigned frame, which BMW calls Flex Frame allows the main frame and engine to take on more of a load-bearing function. This is because the Flex Frame’s design applies more force to the engine structure via the shortest possible paths giving it a better weight optimization and traction. The Flex Frame also provides for a leaner fuel tank while optimizing the seating area for improved ergonomics and knee grip on the tank. With the slimmer tank and the angle of the foot rests, this BMW S 1000RR is pretty comfortable even for a 6-foot rider like me. All these considerations in the design makes the bike feels like I am riding a 600cc superbike instead of a litre Bike.
The stateside engine, which is nearly 4kg lighter producing 205hp at 13,500 rpm @83 ft/lbs of torque @11,000 rpm. Total weight reduction of 11kg from 208kg to 196kg and with the M package you will getting an additional 3.5kg reduction. (With M package 193kg)
The S 1000 RR comes with four revised riding modes – Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race – with the option of Pro Modes. The Pro Modes offers an additional three riding modes (Race Pro 1-3) that are freely programmable, allowing you to have three customized setting for different track conditions. Other customizable settings are: Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS, wheelie detection, throttle input and engine braking. Pro Modes also come with Launch Control and Pit Lane Limiter.
The 2020 RR is updated with a 6.5-inch TFT screen that provides a bigger and better visual display. With this, each owner is able to have individually set-up screen displays for different uses. For example, “Pure Ride” screen shows all the information required for regular road use while “Core” is use for the race track with the rev counter shown in analogue.
The front brake has great “feel” at the lever especially when trailing into the corners. The rear brake is very responsive too and can be used to correct lines or during sudden abrupt lane changes due to obstacles in front.
I love the new turn indicators at the rear. It is a combination of brake light & signal into one. The LEDs’ are bright and clear regardless of the time of day.
The heat channelling from the engine under heavy traffic is drastically improved from its predecessors.
Hitting the open road is a blast and the Metzeler Racetec RR K3 make sure that I stayed on the bike at every corner. Suspension settings can be done on the fly if you suddenly decide to go from standard to “attack” mode.
In a nutshell this is a great bike but is more suited for the race tracks. But if you are a die-hard super biker then this is the bike to be on.
Credits : Photos and content courtesy of Jeya@Cactus
BMW S100RR Courtesy of Chippy Yahil