As many of you would have realized by now, I’m a big BMW fan. Ever since the S1000RR arrived on the scene I’ve been dying for BMW to make a naked version. There is just something almost primal to a powerful, naked bike.
Let me share with you a few more details, sourced from the BWM press release:
The BMW S 1000 R – new high-performance roadster based on the S 1000 RR.
Superbike riding dynamics and powerful, emotive roadster styling – these are the hallmarks of the new BMW S 1000 R. The new naked bike from BMW Motorrad is directly derived from the S 1000 RR superbike and uses the same innovative technology. The close family resemblance to the “RR” is instantly obvious. The pared down appearance of the new S 1000 R exudes an aggressive, dynamic energy. Based on a well-thought-out overall concept, with 118 kW maximum power and a weight of 207 kg, as well as Race ABS, ASC and a choice of two riding modes as standard, the BMW S 1000 R sets new standards in the sports roadster segment.
In-line four-cylinder engine with optimised low to mid-range performance.
When modifying the S 1000 RR’s 999 cc four-cylinder in-line engine for use in the S 1000 R, the engineers were looking in particular to provide punchy response all the way through the rpm range. To provide the ideal set-up both for everyday use and for sporty riding on the open road, they significantly increased the low and mid-range power and torque. At the same time, maximum rpm has been reduced by approximately 2,000 rpm. Maximum power of 118 kW is reached at 11,000 rpm and peak torque of 112 Nm at 9,250 rpm. Up to 7500 rpm, this engine version develops 10 Newton metres more torque than the S 1000 RR. This provides punchy low-end response that is ideal on twisty single-carriageway roads. Among other things, this was achieved by using redesigned cylinder head ducts, modified cam profiles and appropriately modified engine management. The new BMS-X engine management system also supports an E-Gas “throttle-by-wire” system.
ASC (Automatic Stability Control), Race ABS and a choice of two riding modes as standard. Riding mode Pro with two additional modes and DTC optionally available.
For optimal adaptation to different conditions and rider requirements, the S 1000 R comes with two riding modes and ASC (Automatic Stability Control) as standard. The “Rain” and “Road” modes cater to different road surface conditions using different power and torque curves, and applying different levels of Race ABS and ASC intervention. This provides an important safety bonus, particularly under changeable road conditions.
Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), incorporating a further two riding modes – “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” – is available as an ex-works option. This option allows riders to make the most of the S 1000 R’s sporty performance potential both on the road and on the race track. Dynamic Traction Control, which includes a banking angle sensor, offers safe and dynamic acceleration which is currently state-of-the-art for a production motorcycle.
Innovative chassis and suspension technology with large damping reserves and high-performance brakes. Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) optionally available.
However ambitious the riding style, the chassis and suspension of the S 1000 R is a match for the dynamic power delivery of the four-in-line engine. Based on that of the S 1000 RR, it uses the proven aluminium alloy perimeter frame, in which the engine forms part of the load-bearing structure. As on the RR, an adjustable upside-down fork and a dual swingarm with adjustable central spring strut guide the wheels front and rear. Roadster-specific suspension requirements are met by a slight change in geometry. As on the RR, vigorous, stable and above all safe braking is provided by a braking system that comprises a twin-disc brake with two radial 4-piston fixed callipers at the front and a single-disc brake at the rear, with partially integral Race ABS. Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), available as an ex-works optional extra, offers the benefits of electronic damping control. For further enhanced performance, in combination with enhanced active safety, this system dynamically adapts the damping to the current riding situation with split-second speed.
The new S 1000 R’s sports roadster personality is also mirrored in the styling. With its “tail up – nose down” stance, the S 1000 R’s appearance immediately suggests aggressive performance and dynamism. Like the RR, the S 1000 R, too, is distinctive and instantly recognisable. It has a face that stands out in a crowd.
Multifunctional instrument cluster.
Last but not least, race-inspired features also extend to the cockpit of the S 1000 R. With an LC display with analogue rev counter, the instrumentation offers an unrivalled amount of information in this segment, from the gear display and riding mode display to a lap timer. For optimal gear changes, an individually programmable quick-shifter is fitted.
Highlights of the new BMW S 1000 R:
- Well-thought-out overall concept sets new standards in the sports roadster segment.
- Pared down styling with an aggressively dynamic look; clear family similarities with S 1000 RR.
- Liquid-cooled 999 cc four-cylinder in-line engine. Max. power 118 kW at 11,000 rpm, max. torque 112 Nm at 9,250 rpm.
- 207 kg kerb weight with full fuel tank.
- Standard-fitted Race ABS for superior braking performance and safety.
- Standard-fitted ASC (Automatic Stability Control) for safe acceleration on surfaces with variable grip.
- Standard-fitted steering damper.
- Choice of two standard, rider-selectable riding modes, “Rain” and “Road”.
- Optional Dynamic Traction Control DTC including Riding mode Pro maximises both riding enjoyment and active safety in all road situations.
- Optional Riding mode Pro comprising two additional riding modes – “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” – for road and track use.
- Full synchronisation of Race ABS, ASC/ DTC, DDC and engine management.
- Innovative exhaust system with small rear silencer, front silencer, electronically controlled exhaust flap and two closed-loop, three-way catalytic converters.
- E-Gas system for optimal throttle control and maximum reliability.
- Suspension components with large damping reserves.
- DDC (Dynamic Damping Control) – electronically controlled damping system for optimal, dynamic adaptation of damping to the current riding situation and to the load the bike is carrying.
- Aluminium fuel tank brings further weight savings and is unique in this segment.
- Infectious handling with highest standards of stability at high speeds and when braking.
- Multifunctional instrument cluster with extensive range of features.
- Extensive equipment and tailored accessories conforming to the customary high BMW Motorrad standards.
The new BMW S 1000 R is scheduled to go on sale in South Africa in the second quarter of 2014. Local specs and pricing will be confirmed in due course.