BMW S1000RR (2009 - 2011) review

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By Visordown on Thu, 3 Jun 2010 - 12:06

Details
Manufacturer:
BMW
Category:
Sportsbikes
Price:
£ 13735
Overall
4
BMW should be rightly proud of this bike, it’s unbelievably fast and yet so easy to master
Awesome engine. Quality traction control. The Red/white/blue colour scheme.
Front brake fade. Front end feedback. The Green/grey colour schemes.

Session One

Just sitting on the new BMW1000 RR makes me think of my long-term R6. I’m five-foot eight and it just fits me really well - everything is really light and compact. It’s a pretty amazing piece of packaging, really. Check out the exhaust for proof of that, it’s beautifully neat and tucked away, something some of the Japanese manufacturers should be envious of. Just moving it around on pit lane here at Portmão makes it feels like someone’s nicked the engine. BMW claim a dry weight of 190kgs and I wouldn’t dispute it, they’ve even managed to make that feel less than it is.

The BMW bloke in the pre-ride press conference encouraged us to do the first session in sixth gear at 2,000rpm for a whole lap as a way of demonstrating how smooth and tractable this engine is. Personally I think it was just a way to ensure that none of us did a Casey Stoner on the out lap. Plumbing the depths of my will-power, I did my best to try this technique but it only takes one person to come past me before I revert to type. Once a racer, I s’pose…

But for the few corners where I did muster up enough self control, it really did show up the engine’s super-tractable, electric motor-like torque delivery and flexibility. It reminded me of a big twist-and-go scooter the way you can just roll off the power and roll it back on again. It also makes you realise how smooth and refined the whole transmission is.

The sensation of pared down weight is just as evident when you’re hustling the S1000 RR round a track. It’s really easy to flick from one bank angle to another – handy at this circuit because one corner just flows into another and high speed direction changes are crucial.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/2009-bmw-s1000rr-niall-mackenzie-track-test/11785.html#ixzz0wJ1goybN

Session One

Just sitting on the new BMW1000 RR makes me think of my long-term R6. I’m five-foot eight and it just fits me really well - everything is really light and compact. It’s a pretty amazing piece of packaging, really. Check out the exhaust for proof of that, it’s beautifully neat and tucked away, something some of the Japanese manufacturers should be envious of. Just moving it around on pit lane here at Portmão makes it feels like someone’s nicked the engine. BMW claim a dry weight of 190kgs and I wouldn’t dispute it, they’ve even managed to make that feel less than it is.

The BMW bloke in the pre-ride press conference encouraged us to do the first session in sixth gear at 2,000rpm for a whole lap as a way of demonstrating how smooth and tractable this engine is. Personally I think it was just a way to ensure that none of us did a Casey Stoner on the out lap. Plumbing the depths of my will-power, I did my best to try this technique but it only takes one person to come past me before I revert to type. Once a racer, I s’pose…

But for the few corners where I did muster up enough self control, it really did show up the engine’s super-tractable, electric motor-like torque delivery and flexibility. It reminded me of a big twist-and-go scooter the way you can just roll off the power and roll it back on again. It also makes you realise how smooth and refined the whole transmission is.

The sensation of pared down weight is just as evident when you’re hustling the S1000 RR round a track. It’s really easy to flick from one bank angle to another – handy at this circuit because one corner just flows into another and high speed direction changes are crucial.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/2009-bmw-s1000rr-niall-mackenzie-track-test/11785.html#ixzz0wJ1goybN

Price: £11,150 basic
Front suspension: Inverted 46mm forks
Adjustment: Compression, preload, rebound
Front Brakes: Four-piston, 320mm discs
Rear Brake: Single-piston, 220mm disc
Wet Weight: 204kg
Seat Height: 820mm
Fuel Capacity: 17.5 litres
Colour Options: Thunder Grey Metallic, Acid Green Metallic, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team

FOR
Awesome engine
Amazing traction control
Red/white/blue colour scheme

AGAINST
Front brake fade
Front end feedback
Green/grey colour schemes

Rating: 4/5

Engine: 999cc, 16v, liquid-cooled, in-line four
Bore & Stroke: 80.0 x 49.7
Compression Ratio: 13:1
Power: 193bhp at 13,000 rpm
Torque: 83lb-ft at 9,750 rpm

Top Speed: 180mph (est.)

Score Breakdown
Overall
4
Engine
5
Brakes
3
Handling
4
Comfort
4
Build Quality
4

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