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New BMW S1000RR: First official details

First on Visordown: BMW confirms engine and suspension tweaks making 200hp sports bike ‘more user friendly’

BMW HAS just revealed the first details of updates to the S1000RR for 2015.

Changes to the firm’s flagship sports bike include engine tweaks and new suspension geometry for improved handling.

As well as giving it a performance boost - expected to be an extra five or six horses, taking it to about 200hp - BMW says it has improved user-friendliness in conditions such as ‘taking bends dynamically on country roads or proactive racing on the track’.

It’s likely the firm is referring here to electronics upgrades including the addition of cornering ABS, designed to prevent the tyres from washing out under braking even when banked over in a turn.

KTM introduced the Bosch-developed system on the 1190 Adventure this year. It also stops the tendency of the bike to stand up and go straight on under braking in a corner.

Visordown recently revealed the system was to be made available as a retro-fit option on the highest spec version of the S1000RR, the HP4. With the HP4 discontinued from next year, the updated base edition is likely to have gained all its electronics, as an option if not standard.

BMW said in a release today: 'The BMW supersports bike goes into its next generation with an optimised engine for enhanced performance and ridability. Meanwhile a new suspension geometry provides increased riding precision and even better handling. In addition to increasing performance, the focus here was particularly on making the new S 1000 RR more user-friendly. Whether in everyday use, taking bends dynamically on country roads or proactive racing on the track - the new S 1000 RR is always uncompromising.'

BMW confirmed earlier this week that the updated S1000RR would be among three new models to be unveiled at the Intermot Cologne motorcycle show on September 3, with a further two to be debuted at the Eicma Milan show on November 5.

No details of the new S1000RR have been released until now.

The other new models are likely to include the S1000-based adventure-tourer, thought to be called the S1000XR, which Visordown revealed in spy shots in August and March.

There's also a liquid-cooled K1600 bagger, now known to be called the K1600 GTL, which we also revealed in spy shots

Then there's the liquid-cooled 1200 boxer sports tourer spied in June  and the new water-cooled R1200R whose existence was confirmed last week by emmissions documents.

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