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2014 BMW S1000R Comparison Photo Gallery
The S1000 R’s optional DDC suspension only impressed at a casual street pace. Faster riders will easily outwit the system in any of its modes.
See the S1000R go against other four-cylinder streetfighters in the 2014 BMW S1000R Comparison photo gallery. Read the full review in the
2014 Four-Cylinder Streetfighter Shootout
2014 Four-Cylinder Streetfighter Shootout – Torque Graph
2014 Four-Cylinder Streetfighter Shootout – Horsepower Graph
Despite being over 20-pounds lighter than the competition the Beemer wasn’t as agile as we expected partly due to its longer wheelbase and awkward DDC calibration at a full sport pace.
The premium package S1000 R comes with a host of goodies, including cruise control and heated grips. The instrument display was legible and feature-rich.
The top-of-the-line S1000 R retails at $14,995. We recommend saving some money and picking up a non-DDC equipped S1000 R.
As usual the 999cc water-cooled Inline Four engine inside the BMW continued to make us believers. It doles out lots of smooth, highly useable power at all rpms. It does however vibrate a little too much through the controls.
The S1000 R’s powerband is wide and highly useable. We weren’t big fans of its more rudimentary traction control system however especially compared to the racing-grade electronics on the Aprilia.
The S1000 R has a very strong set of front brakes… In fact they are almost too strong with so much initial bite that it takes some time to get use to how sensitive they are.
The up-spec S1000 R has an impressive array of electronics. We love that it has cruise control and heated grips but wish the function of the suspension and traction control were improved on.
With its more open cockpit the BMW was one of the more comfortable bikes to ride for any length of time.
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