New S 1000 R now even more extreme

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Words: NZ Autocar
20 Nov 2020

Last time we rode this bike it joined the elite two-second club for its best 0-100 run. Now BMW Motorrad has taken its street brawling S 1000 R and added even more lightness and power. The firm reckons it will “once again set the benchmark” in its segment.

The new R combines streetfighter style with superbike riding dynamics. It borrows the important bits from the S 1000 RR (engine and chassis) and comes with 121kW (165hp) of power (11,000rpm) to propel 199kg of ready-to-ride mass.

Maximum torque of 114 Nm is on tap from 9250rpm but the curve is evidently now more linear for improved rideability. The top three gears are taller for more relaxed cruising, while engine drag control prevents rear wheel slippage.

The frame and swingarm are based on the S 1000 RR’s and are lighter than before, thanks to the engine being a stressed member. The new frame is narrower in the knee contact area for more relaxed riding. An adjustable handlebar clamp makes rider ergonomics configurable. The spring strut has been relocated for better performance, added grip and lower tyre wear.

Standard items include Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS Pro with banking angle optimisation and the three riding modes, "Rain", "Road" and "Dynamic". There’s also a rider configurable mode, allowing power wheelies, amongst other things.

Instruments are also borrowed from the latest S 1000 RR. The large TFT display screen aids legibility, and is customisable. It includes app-based navigation.

The lighting units use LED technology, for optimised low and high beam performance. Indicators and rear lights also comprise LEDs. An adaptive turning headlight is an option, with extra LED elements.

Colours include racing red, silver and black, and the M package of red, white and blue.

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