Multi-functional instrument cluster with racing features such as a laptimer. The rider is able to set all functions directly from the ends of the handlebar.
At the simple touch of a button at the end of the right handlebar, the rider is able to choose among various riding modes for all kinds of different conditions and requirements such as riding on the road, on a wet surface, or the race track. To make his choice, all the rider has to do is press the Mode Switch on the right handlebar control unit until the display in the instrument cluster reaches the mode desired. Then, pulling the clutch lever and turning the gas handle to idle, the driver is able to confirm his request also while riding and the mode is switched accordingly.
The mode last chosen is always retained when re-starting the motorcycle. When riding on a wet surface with reduced grip, the Rain Mode automatically reduces maximum output to 110 kW (150 hp). This mode also provides a particularly homogenous power and torque curve, with engine response and power build-up by the engine being extra-smooth and soft. When riding on a dry surface the Sport Mode provides full engine output of 142 kW (193 hp) in combination with even more spontaneous and direct response to the gas lever. This mode is intended above all for use on country roads. The Race Mode has been developed specifically for racing the S1000RR on race tracks using street-legal supersports tires. Here again the rider benefits from the full power of the engine, with an even more direct and significantly more dynamic response at all speeds.
The Slick Mode is intended exclusively for racing on the track using slick tires. Like the Race Mode, this mode not only provides full engine power, but also ensures maximum engine response for racing or riding under race-like conditions. Contrary to the Race Mode, the Slick Mode allows DTC Dynamic Traction Control to cut in permanently only from a side angle of 200. This, in turn, allows the rider to wheelie for up to five seconds when leaning over to an angle of less than 200, ensuring optimum acceleration and pulling force when accelerating out of a bend.
While the three modes Rain, Sport, and Race are activated by the rider directly from the end of the handlebar, the Slick Mode comes with an activation lock function provided by a code plug for the control unit beneath the rider’s seat of the S 1000 RR.
Race ABS and DTC Dynamic Traction Control are combined individually with the various riding modes, thus harmonising perfectly with one another for maximum riding safety. When required, the rider is able to deactivate the Race ABS and DTC Dynamic
Traction Control functions separately from one another.
DTC Dynamic Traction Control for even greater safety when accelerating.
As an option available straight from the factory, the S 1000 RR comes with DTC
Dynamic Traction Control reflecting the truly outstanding performance, riding
dynamics, and supersports character of this new machine. DTC Dynamic Traction Control is a development from motorsport featured, for example, on the Superbike racing version of the S 1000 RR in the World Superbike Championship. This important feature makes a significant contribution to the truly impressive overall performance and outstanding riding safety of the S 1000 RR.
DTC Dynamic Traction Control does however help the rider to capitalize on the dynamic performance of the S 1000 RR much more safely and much closer to the limits of riding physics. And last but not least, the rider may also switch off DTC Dynamic Traction Control via a separate button if he wishes.
Innovative suspension technology for supersports performance of the highest standard.
The S 1000 RR aluminium bridge frame is made up of four castings. This particularly configuration makes for a very slim waist and a large airbox. The spread of stiffness values follows a wide range of calculations and simulations as well as many riding tests taking all kinds of variants into account.
Through its consistent concept, the S 1000 RR, as a genuine supersports machine, offers not only the most outstanding drivetrain technology for optimum performance at all times, but also comes with truly exceptional riding precision ensuring unparalleled riding dynamics and almost playful agility. So the suspension and running gear of the S 1000 RR likewise offers the highest standard of excellence and sporting performance.
The “heart” of the suspension is the aluminum bridge frame weighing just 11.98 kg or 26.42 lb, tilting the engine to the front at an angle of 32° as a load-bearing element.
While this type of frame is already state-of-the-art in large sectors of the supersports segment, the engineers at BMW Motorrad, in developing the S1000RR, focused consistently throughout the entire process on the need for maximum riding dynamics. And particularly through their close communication and cooperation with the departments responsible for drivetrain development and design, they ultimately created a suspension and running gear setting new standards in many respects.
Lightest supersports in the 1000-cc class with ABS.
Weighing just 206.5 kg or 455.3 lb in road trim and with a full tank, the new S 1000 RR is the lightest supersports with an engine capacity of 999cc and Race ABS. But this alone is not sufficient to explain the outstanding handling qualities of the S 1000 RR quite in every respect. Rather, it is particularly the machine’s ideal centre of gravity carefully set-up in elaborate tests as well as the geometry of the running gear that makes handling of this kind possible in the first place. The steering head angle of 66.1°, for example, is very steep, wheel castor of 95.9 mm or 3.776″ is appropriately short.
Drive and thrust forces are transmitted on the rear chain by means of an integrated thrust damper. Tire dimensions of 120/70 ZR 17 at the front and, respectively, 190/55 ZR 17 at the rear represent the latest state of the art in the supersports segment.
Radial brakes for excellent stopping power.
Active safety when braking is significantly enhanced by Race ABS developed especially for the S 1000 RR as a genuine supersports and is available straight from the factory.
The brake system on the new S 1000 RR lives up to the high standard of performance on the drivetrain and suspension in every respect. Here again, therefore, the development specialists at BMW Motorrad have given utmost attention to meeting all the demands and wishes of the most discerning supersports customers.
To fulfill these requirements, the front wheel comes with a double disc brake incorporating two steel brake discs in floating arrangement and measuring 320mm in diameter and 5mm across. The entire brake system on the S 1000 RR stands out, as a result, through its crystal-clear pressure point, optimum brake effi ciency and clear dosage of brake power with maximum resistance to fading and high temperatures not only on the road, but also and in particular on the track.
Race ABS with four pressure sensors for extra-precise control and dosage
BMW Motorrad Race ABS specifically developed for supersports requirements and available as an option straight from the factory ensures maximum active safety when braking, again making allowance for the outstanding performance and unique character of the S 1000 RR.
To comply with various riding conditions such as a wet surface (“Rain”), regular road conditions (“Sport”), a race track with supersports tyres (“Race”) or a race track with slicks (“Slick”), the rider is able to adjust the characteristic features and performance of the engine simply by pressing a button, thus giving Race ABS the right confi guration and input at all times. These characteristics interact with the respective riding modes and are carefully coordinated with one another for maximum safety at all times.
Supreme performance and dynamics from every angle
In the process of developing the S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad focused not only on a lightweight structure, but also on minimum dimensions as an absoluterequirement.
The S 1000 RR comes in the unmistakable design language and look of BMW Motorrad. Asymmetries intentionally used in the design of the machine as well as the typical split of the front silhouette into two halves, the so-called Split Face, are design features characteristic of BMW Motorrad now also borne out proudly and distinctly on the new S1000RR.
The S 1000 RR stands out clearly from its competitors through the looks of the machine alone, the extremely slender fairing giving the S 1000 RR an extremely sporting appearance. Again, these attributes clearly follow the overall design of the machine with its short and low front end, the high and compact rear, as well as the intentional look of lightness.
The low-slung front fairing and the high-rising, muscular rear end are almost reminiscent of a hungry animal ready to pounce at any time. Slender, dynamic proportions clearly characterise this well-trained, athletic supersports. From the front the most outstanding features are the asymmetric split of the headlight as well as the large centre air intake clearly demonstrating that on this machine the wind rushing by is converted into additional performance.
In its design and size, the main headlight takes up the typical look of the starter numbers on an endurance racing machine, while for constructional reasons alone the high-beam headlight is much smaller. Apart from this asymmetry creating both excitement and dynamism, the Split Face serves to subdivide the large painted surface in visual terms, giving the upper section of the fairing an even lighter and more sporting look.
Supreme aerodynamics on all features
Not least, the development team responsible for the S 1000 RR also focused on the superior aerodynamics and streamlining of the machine. The big advantage is that this means not only a minimum drag coefficient, but also other, even more complex requirements such as the extraction of heat from the radiator and the exhaust gas system as a particularly challenging task, given the compact construction of the S 1000 RR.
Ideal overall ergonomics and a front wheel-oriented seating position
One of the objectives in developing the S 1000 RR was to make the motorcycle particularly slender and compact. And precisely this is reflected not only by the overall dimensions of the machine, but also by specific parameters such as length, width, and height. Indeed, the rider can even feel the compact structure of the S 1000 RR, particular attention being given to keeping the machine as slender as possible around the rider’s knees, following the principle that to ride well you have to sit well. The benchmark set and achieved here was ensure compact dimensions otherwise to be found only in the 600cc supersports segment.