BMW S1000R

S1000R
it's difficult to justify buying any high-powered naked bike except the S1000R
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Price
£9990
Available from
2013
Nice torquey engine, comfortable, good brakes and aggressive pricing
Looks divide opinion and little underseat storage
An all-round great machine, power and performance for a low price.

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Submitted by Deadly on Thu, 29/05/2014 - 16:00

Overall Review

The BMW is the complete package, it's easy to ride has a fantastic electronic package that gives you all the confidence you need, can move like a ballistic missile if you want it to, insanely powerful brakes, comfortable enough to ride all day, has the most sublime silky smooth quickshifter even at low RPM, returns 45mpg if your into knowing that kind of information. Apart from the mirrors and levers that feel a bit cheap the rest of the bike is built to an extremely high standard, even the key flap for the fuel cap closes with a solid thud.

Strengths

- More toque than the highly acclaimed RR - 160bhp at the rear wheel. - An electronic package that's unobtrusive you don't know it's there until you make an error in judgement, from anti-wheelie, anti-rear wheel lift, race ABS, Automatic stability control to finally the dynamic damping control(sport) will help you stay on the bike. - Quickshifter (sport) - 2 riding modes(standard model) 4 riding modes(sport) - Steering damper fitted as standard - Heated grips(sport). - cruise control (optional). - Self cancelling indicators. - Price (£10k for the standard and £11.4k for the sport

Weaknesses

Don't bother with the standard model. Mirrors look cheap and vibrate badly above 70mph. Levers feels cheap and clutch lever reach not adjustable. Looks not for everyone.

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Submitted by Jon Ginder on Sat, 06/12/2014 - 12:07

Overall Review

Brilliant

Strengths

A really, really quick bike that is easy to ride slowly also. The brakes are insane and take some getting used too but pull-up very quickly without the ABS kicking in. The riding modes are great; Rain works really well and helps avoid problems in the wet. The standard exhaust sound fantastic adds to the appeal, I get excited every time I start the thing.

Weaknesses

Seat not great after about 100miles

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Submitted by rgtuit on Fri, 24/04/2015 - 12:56

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The BMW S1000R Sport is my first litre bike. I've had experience on a few 250s, 500s and a 600 supersport - none of which have prepared me for this weapon. The acceleration is completely unreal. There have been times when I have 'tested' the bikes straight line capability only to realise I had only wound the throttle to two thirds of it's total limit. There are two versions of the S1000R, the standard and the sport. Trust me, get the sport. Whilst you could complain that it's another £1000 (depending on your haggling ability), the sound of the quickshifter exploding unburnt fuel behind you is pure ecstasy. Alongside this, the active suspension allows you to tailor the bike for the roads. Travelling down a bumpy, pot-holed section? Flick it into Soft mode. Riding around a newly paved backroad? Try Hard or Normal. The flexibility of the bike makes it a pleasure to ride, wherever you are. I have a few trips coming up in the next few months, one of which is to the Alps and I really couldn't have chosen a better machine. My only concern when buying the bike was how it would handle long distances. To conclude this, it gets great MPG and even has various luggage/screen options. There aren't really any flaws to this bike. The only positives you can gain from it's competition are slightly more power (you 'really' don't need it) and slightly more character (whatever that means). Buy one, you won't regret it.

Strengths

Excellent ergonomics serve both the tall and the short Surprisingly good fuel economy (150 miles) Blisteringly rapid acceleration derived from excellent low-mid range torque Relative comfort makes it a suitable tourer Front brake is monstrous Electronic sorcery will both save your bacon and make life that little bit more enjoyable

Weaknesses

Lack of a screen makes you a target for thousands of flies, stones and chippings Front-on aesthetics take a while to accept Front wheel can feel a little twitchy under heavy acceleration Rear brake is the worst I've used despite being Brembo Very easy to lift the front wheel despite anti-wheelie wizardry Despises anything under 29mph regardless of your gear

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Submitted by JMS1 on Mon, 04/12/2017 - 19:19

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Having previously owned 2 Yamaha FZS Thousands I couldn’t imagine anyone ever building a better all round motorcycle, but BMW definitely have with this one! This Bike is just great at everything, with one exception, there’s not a lot of space for a pillion. So much power is delivered so smoothly it is just a hoot to ride, the poping and banging of the exhaust on the over run is something you will never tire of, as is the way it handles. Huge torque in any gear means it’s very easy to ride quickly through the twisties and the electronics mean you can do it in safety. If you do need to stop in a hurry these brakes are well up to the job, progressive and very powerful. I was genuinely surprised how comfortable it proved to be long distance given the slightly prone riding position. I rode from the U.K. to San Marino and back 2000 odd miles, for the moto gp with no comfort issues at all. The cruise control was great for the boring motorway bits and the heated grips were a real bonus through the Alps on the way back. Fuel consumption was fairly good, we were filling up every 130 miles or so and with a tank bag and tail pack I had sufficient capacity’ for 12 days away. I’m giving it 5 stars for build quality as its now done 8700 miles with no issues. This truly is a great all rounder!

Strengths

Powerful with great handling, excellent brakes, hugely torquey, reliable, comfortable and a real hoot to ride.

Weaknesses

Not great if you need to carry a pillion long distance.

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