In the early 2000s, the litre-class segment game was pretty much the reserve of the Japanese bikes – the Yamaha R1, Honda Fireblade and the Kawasaki Ninjas of the world. In 2009, BMW – a manufacturer with no prior experience in racing – launched a full-fledged litre-class superbike, the S 1000 RR. Now, from what looked like an unexperienced attempt – thanks to the asymmetric face – proved out to be the top-dog in the litre-class segment. For 2019, BMW Motorrad has an all-new S 1000 RR in their hands. Our BMW S 1000 RR review further reveals…
As far as design is concerned, BMW claims they have not used a single bolt from the old bike in the third-generation model. The asymmetrical face at the front is down and dusted in favour of a sleeker unit. While the new BMW looks prettier now, it doesn’t carry the aggressive bite-your-head-off kind of vibe. Anyways, the new face with full-LED lamps will surely appear to a wider audience. In profile, the newer BMW is as petite as its predecessor, in fact, it’s nearly as compact as the TVS Apache RR 310. What’s more, is that the S 1000 RR now also gets a special M package variant with lightweight carbon-fibre wheels. It also gets a special M paint scheme with racing red, blue and white colours.
At the heart, the BMW is powered by a newly developed inline-four 999cc engine. The engine retains the bore and stroke of the old bike but it’s a full 4kg lighter than the engine it replaces. The new engine is capable of churning out 204bhp – 8bhp more than its predecessor – and an identical torque output of 113Nm. Out on the track, I must say this engine is absolutely bonkers! The bike starts flying – metaphorically – even at a slight twist of the right wrist. Even your brain takes some time to adjust to the way this engine builds up speed. On a straight, we were able to clock 260-270km/h on the speedo without any effort.
What also adds to the experience is the raft of electronics. There are four pre-set riding modes to choose from: Rain, Road, Dynamic, and Race, while there’s an optional Pro Mode that lets you adjust the throttle response, traction control, wheelie control, engine braking and ABS as per your requirement. The electronics are very well-calibrated. That said, there is not much to complain about the newer BMW. In fact, there is a mere percentage of people that can tell the difference between these litre-class bikes. And even while it’s not perfect, I know I would pick one in a heartbeat – provided I had the money. To read our extensive BMW S 1000 RR review, be sure to tune in to autoX.