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2012 BMW S1000RR First Look

Thursday, October 20, 2011
It’s barely been two years since BMW released its Superbike and they're already giving the motorcycle its first technical update. The 2012 BMW S1000RR features chassis, electronic and aesthetic updates aimed to keep it atop the liter-bike class.

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.
The 2012 S1000RR features new chassis geometry including reduced triple clamp offset. The swingarm pivot angle and wheelbase has also been modified to increase steering accuracy and chassis feedback at lean.
BMW's S1000RR receives a few updates to stay one step ahead of the competition.
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.
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screamer69   October 21, 2011 06:26 AM
seems BMW's lack of sucsessin WSBK hasn't hurt sales of this bike-so far. I think its tendency to goe bkwards in races is due to its massively oversquare inline-4 engine. Too hard on the tires compared to twins, v-4's and the Yamaha.
motousa_adam   October 21, 2011 03:20 AM
@ Piglet2010: hahaha funny -- bmw wheelies forever and ever if u turn tc off it's awesome
motousa_adam   October 21, 2011 03:19 AM
@ natesland: wheelie control functionality has improved for '12-- i haven't ridden '11 aprilia so idk what's better but the wheelie control still isn't quite as dialed-in as the '11 zx-10r.
natesland   October 20, 2011 11:15 PM
Yes, you can turn off wheelie control by turning TC off. Also, "slick" mode lets you wheelie for some distance.

For 2012, BMW has addressed how intrusive the wheelie control is. I hope they succeeded in matching Aprilia's wheelie control. I haven't tried it, but I've heard nothing but outstanding remarks about it.
Gray22   October 20, 2011 10:03 PM
I was under the impression that the rider could turn off the wheelie control on the S1000rr. Is that not true?
macguytpa   October 20, 2011 10:01 PM
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macguytpa   October 20, 2011 09:59 PM
@superlight - Comparing a stock sportbike to its SBK counterpart is a little apples to oranges. If any comparison should be made with a stock bike is should be to a SuperStock 1000 bike and in the case of the S1000RR it has done pretty well in that category. The fact is that WSBK bikes are so heavily modified from the stock bike it is hard to justify a fair comparison, take the R1 for example, it is a very nice bike on the street and decent on the track in its stock form but it clearly doesn't win any shootouts with the S1000RR but yet in WSBK, BSB, and even AMA it wins races and championships. As for the reason why the RR can win in World SuperStock 1000 and in the IDM Superbike series but not in BSB, AMA, and WSBK is in my opinion not the machines fault but a culmination of the team, the rider, and tuner not being prepared to competently compete in the series or class. If BMW throws enough money at it and can put a top five rider together with the right crew then you could see them become a top team. I do not think BMW will put it together though they seem content spending a little in several series and focusing on the bikes that seem to be bringing them the big money (read GS bikes). @wildpig - While I do agree with your assessment that BMW bikes are pricey and do tend to lose resale value quickly that is not entirely the case with every model they sell. The S1000RR are still fetching close to retail used and so are the GS1200 and GS1200A. Personally I am a Yamaha fan, but if forced to choose between the ZX-10R and a S1000RR I would end up picking the ZX but only because I see it as being a cheaper total cost of ownership for the life of the bike. If I was to base it on build quality alone the S1000RR would win by just a hair and it is a plus that every BMW dealer I have been to has scored well with me on customer satisfaction even if they labor rates and parts are outrageous. My local Kawasaki dealership has awful customer service and left a bad taste in my mouth but I can not fault the manufacturer for that completely. On a side note bragging about what you can afford is in poor taste. @Scoot - Your comment about who can afford to play is also in poor taste and pretty unproductive in persuading anyone that the RR is actually the "King of the Hill".
Superlight   October 20, 2011 06:02 PM
Actually, natesland, on sport motorcycles used for racing you can compare results - it's not so apples/oranges as with cars (or MotoGP). It appears BMW has plenty of power on the production bike, with little left for the race tuner to improve, so it's no faster than its competitors. In addition, the chassis/electronics seem unable to control what power the bike does have, so it starts toward the front in the races and proceeds to go "to the back" as the events continue. Interesting.
Piglet2010   October 20, 2011 05:15 PM
Will the updated S1000RR have a mode that allows Waheed to do sustained wheelies?
natesland   October 20, 2011 04:50 PM
Wildpig, I hope English is not your first language. If it is, and you're as wealthy as you claim, I suspect you're a rich man's retarded son.

Kawasaki dealerships have to sell their models below MSRP just to get them out of the door.

There is a vast difference in quality between BMW and Kawasaki.

You cannot compare a WSBK to a production bike. Apples and oranges.
wildpig   October 20, 2011 03:42 PM
superlight-- you said it so well,,,,,,, discerning readers will understand. but it gets better--you wana buy a used 1000RR--wait 6 more months and offer the seller 1/2 of what he paid for it and tell em you're doin him a favor-- bmw has the poorest general re sale value of any bike on planet earth. WHY DOES'NT ANYONE KEEP A BMW OVER 4 YRS SINCE ABOUT 2005?
wildpig   October 20, 2011 03:39 PM
ah - scoot: even though your comment does not merit a response i'll just say that that my gas tanks costs more on my harley chopp than prolly 6 mths of your trailor payment,,,,, and my totally farkled BMW prolly easily costs more than your 5 cars total prices,,,,,,, read my font and weep
Superlight   October 20, 2011 11:25 AM
One of the most interesting contradictions in sport bikes is how the BMW cleans up in any production bike performance comparison and then fails miserably in WSBK racing, for two years now.
Scoot   October 20, 2011 10:35 AM
Typical comment from the guys that can't afford to play. The RR is king of the hill and the rest better enjoy the view of the RR from the rear.
wildpig   October 20, 2011 07:05 AM
wildpig   October 20, 2011 07:04 AM
pricing is simple --- IT WILL BE typically extremly overpriced as is standard fare for BMW, it's resale will be exceedingly poor- as is a proven fact with any bmw. sounds to me like they've done some serious re-mods to the 1000 rr which again is par for the course on any bmw model. I'll take the zx-14 KAWASAKI DO 2000.00 WORTH OF HI PO MODS AND BLOW THE 1000RR IN THE WEEDS AND STILL HAVE 3700-5100 BUX TO PUT IN MY POCKET-- thats what im talking about,,, not to mention you can get the kaw serviced should it even need it -------- ANYWHERE. DATS WHAT I'M TALKIN ABOUT.