Since it pumps out in excess of 20 more horsepower than other bikes in its class it’s no surprise that the German powersports giant decided to leave its liquid-cooled 999cc Inline-Four unchanged. What has changed is the way you access all of those ponies.
A new throttle design reduces the amount of pull at the twist grip. The four engine power maps (Rain, Sport, Race and Slick) have also changed in an effort to enhance response. We’ve found that throttle response in Race and Slick mode is way too twitchy feeling both on the street and racetrack so it will be interesting to see if BMW was able to remedy this issue.
The electronic relationship between the optional Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) has also been updated in an effort to make the systems more harmonious.
The 2012 S1000RR features new chassis geometry including reduced triple clamp offset. The swingarm pivot angle and wheelbase have also been modified to increase steering accuracy and chassis feedback at lean. Both the fork and the shock have some valving and spring strut length updates to complement things. Lastly it will now make use of a 10-way mechanically adjustable steering damper.
In terms of styling the new S1000RR has a new tail section, airbox cover, aperture grilles and “RR” logos. It will also be available in four new colorways including: Racing Red, Alpine White, Bluefire Saphhire Black Metallic and its signature red/white/blue motorsports color. As of this post there is no word on pricing or availability.
Stay tuned for our First Ride report from Valencia, Spain on Monday, October 24, 2011.