2015 BMW S1000RR
A BEAST WITH A VELVET TOUCH
By Malan Strüwig
Earlier this month BMW launched is new S1000RR at Zwartkops race track and we were there.
After the marketing men from BMW had their say Lance Isaacs, the new brand ambassador and renowned racer, gave an overview of all the changes made to the new RR.
Looking at the new bike the first thing you notice is that the asymmetrical head light cluster is reversed as the high beam is now on the other side.
On the 2009 RR, BMW moved the bar for standard specs by adding items like a quick shifter wheelie control and more. Now in 2015 the quick shifter is used for up and down shifting that allows for very easy riding. Launch control is also new to the RR and I must admit it does take some getting used to. Once you have engaged it, twist the throttle to full tilt, the limiter will kick in at 9000rpm and all you need to do is let the clutch go and hang on for dear life. While all the electronics work a charm and are great for the racer, it also helps prevent the less experienced rider killing him/herself.
What amazed me, is that the new RR puts out 146Kw on the back wheel and weighs in at a mere 202kg fueled and ready to go! Though for me the most impressive feature of the new RR is the super effective Brembo brakes. Most of the time I found myself braking way to early and ending up looking like I was parking instead of trying to race round a bend.
In essence the new RR is a more finely tuned version of the first and it becomes evident the moment you ride it.
Starting at R217 000 the new BMW S1000RR is not cheap, but taking into account the comprehensive list of standard spec, most of which you cannot get as an affordable aftermarket option, the price is actually very reasonable. I maintain my point that a bike like this will cure any midlife crisis and is a bargain compared to the cost of an ex-wife and a new girlfriend.
Highlights of the new BMW S 1000 RR:
• Increased power output and torque: 146 kW at 13,500 rpm and 113 Nm at 10,500 rpm.
• Even better rideability thanks to increased torque from approx. 5,000 rpm upwards as well as a more linear curve. A broad plateau of peak torque available in the rev range from around 9,500 up to 12,000 rpm.
• Re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves.
• New intake system with shorter intake lengths, larger airbox and full E‑gas ride-by-wire.
• Reduction in weight of 4 kilograms to 204 kg with a full tank of fuel (making allowances for equipment).
• New exhaust system weighing around 3 kilograms lighter without a front silencer.
• Standard riding modes “Rain”, “Sport”, “Race” and Riding Mode Pro with two additional modes, “Slick” and “User” (configurable), for optimum adaptation to riding conditions.
• Launch Control for flawless starts as part of the Riding Mode Pro feature.
• Pit-lane speed limiter for maintaining an exact speed in the pit lane as part of Riding Mode Pro feature.
• New, lighter frame structure with an optimised blend of rigidity and flexibility for more traction, greater precision and clear feedback.
• Refined chassis geometry for even better handling, increased traction and unequivocal feedback at the limits of performance.
• Fully adjustable spring elements with optimised negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility.
• Further improved version of electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) (standard feature), familiar from the HP4.
• Race ABS with optimised set-up.
• DTC traction control with precision calibration in 7 +/- steps.
• Gear Shift Assist Pro for fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting.
• New electrical system with a more powerful sensor box and lighter battery.
• Electronic speed control, standard feature.
• More sophisticated instrument cluster with extended array of functions and wide variety of information.
• Completely restyled bodywork for an even more dynamic design language.
• Innovative colour schemes with three individual characters: Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and BMW Motorsport.
• Extended range of optional extras and special accessories available ex-works