Well I’ve been asked this question many times this year, “How do you like the new BMW? Does it really live up to all the hype?” Well I am going to answer as much as I can about this bike, but be warned…. I am not a professional rider nor am I a writer. I purchased the bike from Pacific Yamaha/ BMW and I am so glad I did. Thanks guys!
Opinions about the new BMW S1000RR are vast… you can find a ton of information about the bike on the forum dedicated to the bike. http://www.s1000rrforum.com/
For myself I find this bike to be easily the lightest handling bike I’ve ridden to date, Easy to flick around at high speeds and loves to be ridden aggressively around corners and sweeping turns. But if you tend to wander a bit or not focus on what you are doing on a turn it can make for some hair raising moments but that can be said for any bike.
Power… power power power which will leave a grin from ear to ear. Power delivery kinda reminds me of the R6 since anything below 5-6000rpm’s is sort of lacking…. This could probably be addressed with an exhaust upgrade or a Power Commander V. Once you get to 6000+ the bike launches like a missile making the front end very light and just feels like wheeling. Does it feel as powerful or more powerful than a ZX-14 or Hayabusa… a close match in my opinion cause I’ve had some saddle time with an 08’ ZX-14 with a KR exhaust and a 06’ Busa with Akro pipes.
Brakes aren’t top shelf since they are only the Brembo HD calipers but they do the job very well. I’m going to upgrade the Nissin front Master Cylinder to a Brembo 19RCS for better feel.
ABS… I’ve only used it twice for having some idiot make a right turn then slamming on their brakes trying to make another right into a parking lot…. Does it work well? Yes! It makes a slight clunk at low speeds but works smooth at high speeds.
Traction control on the bike is fantastic! 4 modes to play with (Rain, sport, race and slick) power delivery in rain is smooth and very linear, sport and race are close to the same… I am trying to figure out for myself what the difference it… maybe it has to do with wheelies and Slick… not playing with that unless I wanna die or I’m on a track with race spec tires. I mainly ride Race mode and it’s really something to try, crank the bike over and twist the throttle open wide and depending on wheel spin, the power is delivered very smoothly, no cutting out or leaving you dead for a moment before the power kicks back in once the bike detects less lean angle. It’s not to say that having a good control of the throttle isn’t important, I’ve ridden the bike without the ABS or Traction Control on (Either can be switched off independently of each other or together) and it does make things different if you are rough or just wanting to be stupid.
Comfortable seat! I think I’ve heard just about everyone who has sat down on this bike says first before noticing the weight of the bike. I’ve put down lots of km’s on the bike and I’m already sending her in for the 10 000km servicing, done some super long distance rides to Kelowna and D’Arcy this year and I can get off the bike and not be sore. I’m a larger framed guy at 5’10 and 200 pounds so it’s really nice to be able to do some longer rides and not get sore.
Appearance is pretty unique since the fairings are totally different on each side, the right side (when sitting on the bike) has the shark gills but on the left side you get a open area straight to the engine. The tail light is one of the most liked even by friends who don’t have bikes, unique but sort of reminds me of a R6 but with two points instead of one. And the headlights are truly BMW cause of one circular and one more sharp edged headlight, but I like the front end and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Now to some downsides about the bike, Heat build up is bad cause it radiates through the frame and into your thighs… yes it can be painful so it’s not a bike meant for riding in heavy backed up traffic unless you don’t mind that, the engine is most likely running lean so I’ll see what can be done since I’ve read that some shops have changed fuel maps and when it runs rich the running temp is lower. Those front lights are either a love it or hate it so I just think of it as a sweet German model giving me a wink to ride. After market parts/ accessories aren’t vast like with Japanese bikes but it’s getting close. And it gets a lot of head turns and people asking “What is that? A BMW? I never seen that before!” Oh and some people going "Does it turn dino oil into a wonderful salad dressing?"
Prepare the flaming!