The BMW S1000RR was introduced five years ago, it quickly became my all-time favourites Superbike. This bike, however, was so good it was swiftly stolen outside my apartment one October evening. I quickly replaced the bike and ride it almost daily, the bike now has 18,000 miles of street and track racing combined. So when I was given a chance to review the latest incarnation of the S1000RR, the 2015 model, I jumped at the chance.
With the 2015 version we see the first rule changes to the bike since it first hit the market. So how did BMW improve on a great overall road race bike? Answer by slightly tweaking everything. Immediately I was impressed by the out-of-the-box set up. What had taken me years to cultivate with my previous model, BMW had included as standard.
BMW claim that no other production bike was as fast at the time of going to print as the S1000RR – while also coupled with new safety features and add-ons
Race modes on the BMW S1000RR
The new bike offers two new optional modes to dial in the rider’s exact needs, this includes slick mode and user mode. This adds to the standard rain, sport and race modes.
This bike handles and performs great on both road and track. An interesting statistic is that since changing their training bikes to the S1000RR the London Superbike school has lodged 30% fewer crashes. Now this could be chance or perhaps the riders they are attracting are simply safer – I’ll leave that to your judgement.
Out the box
The speed of the RR is similar to that of a rocket launching from NASA space station. The track we test drove the bike on was originally designed for F1 races so featured plenty of wide turns and straight lines.
Straight off the bat the BMWs 320 mm twin disc brakes on the front and 220 mm rear brakes were highly responsive and if you weren’t careful to easily see you flying head first over the handlebars.
The quick shifter on the RR makes for a fun and quick ride with clutchless down shifting optional with the gear shift assists pro. This was new to me and a little bits confusing at first, after a few laps you get the hang of its energy actually improvements as you are not locking up the rear tyre too quickly from a down shift.
The new S 1000 RR model has eliminated nearly 10lb of weight by adding a new steering geometry, this means the riders shifted backwards and the balance has been shifted upwards. Overall making the bike more compact and quicker. The new traction control on the bike and ABS race modes made turns easier for riders of all capabilities.
bike race at an impressive 13,500rpm and peak output of 146 kW. The talk has also been increased slightly from the previous 112 to now 113nm and a power band has been increased, it is now much more substantial and Pete consistently between 9000 and 12,000rpm.
The new model has been redesigned with intake cam shift, lighter intake valves and the cylinder heads have been redesigned with new duct geometry and engineering.
The technology on this bike is unbelievable. Here are some highlights of mine. The bike comes with race ABS as standard and optimised set-up already on the bike, the traction control is BMW’s patented dynamic traction control system which features a precise calibration to 7+/- steps, and there is a pit lane speed mode that will limits the speed of pit lane check ins in the optional ride mode interface.
The available ride modes on the S1000RR include ‘rain’, ‘race’ and ‘sport’ as standard. Also new on the S1000RR are the options of ‘slick’ and ‘user’ configurations
Coming in at just under £15,000 the BMW S1000RR will face tough competition from its Superbike counterparts, however, RR aficionados and those that just love the brand will be pleased with the small tweaks made on this year’s bike without reinventing the wheel. This bike doesn’t differ too much from previous years, but as the saying goes… ‘if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.’ I supremely enjoyed my test drive on this years bike and I am happy to inform you that I will be upgrading from my 2011 version to this one.