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2009 BMW S1000RR First Look

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The first pictures of the production version of the BMW S1000RR supersport motorcycle have been unveiled at BMW’s Berlin production plant. Until now, only the carbon-fiber clad World Superbike-spec version has been seen in action. This 403-lb performance riding machine is as high tech as any M-series automobile the Bavarian-based company has ever produced. Everything from traction-control to ABS as well as high-tech engine internals will make this first-ever BMW superbike a legitimate challenger to the Italian and Japanese sportbikes that have ruled the racetracks and back-canyon bi-ways of our little blue planet. Below is the press release on the unveiling as provided by BMW.  -Ken

2009 BMW S 1000 RR
After weeks of waiting, we finally got to see what the full road version looks like and we like what we see.
Staff and fans of BMW Motorrad are looking forward to March 1, 2009 with great excitement. At the introductory race to the Superbike World Championship in Phillip Island, Australia, two BMW motorcycles will be in the starting line-up for the first time. After recent tests in Portimao and Valencia, riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus are optimistic about the future and the mood in the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team is positive. The racing bikes will be fairly close to serial production models, allowing for the greater audience identification characteristic of the sport. Behind the scenes meanwhile, production of the serial machine is getting underway: the BMW S1000RR.

The package of this completely newly developed motorcycle with its 999cc in-line 4-cylinder engine is very compact and light. The dry weight of the motorcycle is 183 kg.

Both its supreme performance figures and its outstanding riding properties make the BMW S1000RR an extremely attractive offer in the supersports segment.

2009 BMW S 1000 RR
This shot gives a close look at the chassis and frame of BMW's S1000RR Superbike.
The engine has a very compact cylinder head and is narrow in shape. The valves are activated by means of very small, light cam followers, virtually at Formula 1 level in terms of their dimensions. This construction ensures very high engine speeds and allows maximum freedom in engine design in terms of torque and output.

For the supersports bike BMW S1000RR, a completely newly developed sports ABS featuring four different modes as well as the dynamic traction control system DTC will be available. The functional principle of the traction control system has been borrowed directly from racing.
2009 BMW S 1000 RR
Bikes are ready to roll out to dealerships in the next few months. A price and release date for the US market will be available soon.

The distinctive design of the S1000RR reflects the general style of the segment but also clearly represents the brand BMW. The new S1000RR will be available in the four finishes Mineral Silver metallic, Acid Green metallic, Thunder Grey metallic and - based on the BMW Motorrad racing colours - Alpine White/Lupine Blue/Magma Red.

The serial production machine BMW S1000RR will be presented to the public in the early summer of 2009 but can already be ordered in dealerships.
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Chaz -Mr  April 29, 2010 10:24 PM
What is amazing here is the fact that in just over a year the BMW S1000RR has proved its steel by being competative on the track and as they had hoped, I Quote. "The BMW S1000RR would be with in the first ten by 2010, how true was that prediction.
yony williams -new  March 10, 2010 01:03 AM
i rode the bike in Turkey a month ago. Incredible! The best superbike on the market. I own a ducati 1198s and 07 gsx-r 1000 and 06 750. Hands down this bike is far better... well i guess you cant go wrong with any BMW product.
mihailo ostoik -i want this bmw  November 25, 2009 09:28 AM
i like this motorcycle but i have not a many:((
csretrac -engineering  November 17, 2009 04:45 AM
Ridethe HD, the go fast japanese bikes Then geton BMW. Ride, performance,comfort,engineering and durability. Initial cost is irrelevant. Ride mantain it and it will last forever. How many 40-50 year old hd's and jap bikes do you see still running.
Rick -Jap Bike  October 8, 2009 08:06 PM
Too bad you refer to Japanese as "Japs" still. Maybe you should use a bit more tact towards sportbike manufactures and those who love those "Jap" bikes. Just imagine where the sportbike would be without them. Give it a break. Either be a jock of the sport or in your case, a "Jocksupporter". BMW does have a great looking bike. Might have toget a second bike after all. Bu as always, GO HONDA!!!
Colt -On the track  September 23, 2009 09:18 PM
Tory Bayliss has retired, so really it's anybody's game now.
SS -Damn that S1000RR is FUGLY!  August 20, 2009 09:22 AM
..but the wheels are nice. To John: All race bikes are modified. Yes, that includes the 1098R. I have an 06 R6 and 07 1098S both with 2k and 3k full system. Some peeps prefer the R6 sound over the big twin and vice-versa. Just because you like something doesn't mean the whole world must follow suit. Btw..stock 1098 pipes sucks more than "the giant triangular shaped stubs growing out of the side of your bike" thingy.
John -the ducati 1098r just to get run over by a 11k japanese bike  August 10, 2009 03:05 PM
What world do you live in "Prodigy-Prophecy" where your $11,000 Jap bike ( which is actually around 12-13k) runs all over the ducati 1098R? (i hope you know the bikes they race are modified and cost more than $12,000:) AND ducatis L-twin engine sounds so so so much better than your japs bike high pitched annoying excuse for an exhaust (and quite ugly as well). Unless of course you like giant triangular shaped stubs growing out of the side of your bike.
CbrRydah -Recognition should be from the saddle  June 11, 2009 06:54 AM
Every one of these hyper-sport bikes looks similar (not the "same", but similar) because of 2 factors: Wind tunnel design, and Public opinion. The Public would not flock to buy something that was solely designed as the lowest possible wind-resistant look. Likewise, the bike would win few (if any) races, if it was designed solely on the basis of public opinion... That leaves only the middle ground. This is why if you remove the exhaust and look at only the silhouette, you'd have difficulty distinguishing any of these bike from each other. Honda stepped out and made the nose of the 2008 CBR1000RR more wind-tunnel inspired and look at what happened... The lightest, best handling, fastest-in-the-midrange, big-four 1000cc bike didn't sell well. Why, because it looked funny to the public. As the public gets used to it, the sales are starting to pick up now, but BMW has done well to avoid the first year lull in sales by staying main-stream in the looks department, and banking on the fact that they can form the publics' opinion from the saddle. If you're gonna be different, that's the place to do it.
DesmoDerek -the styling  May 26, 2009 08:58 AM
Styling is a matter of trends my friends. Whatever is in at the moment sells the latest hot gear. Remember how Ducati changed the look of bikes with the 916, then the Japs followed and evolved the styling. Eventually it comes full circle. I think it is a good thing that industry, fashions and style progress or we could all be wearing 60's style jeans and riding Electra-Glides....Oh wait a minute, I think some of us still do!!
Atish -BMW S1000RR-Perfect body Structure-  May 15, 2009 02:30 AM
I'm only 14 and may not know much about bikes, but I do love bikes. Especialy BMW. I was first in love with the K12 than Hp2 sport. i want to own a bmw bike one day, but there too expensive. This S1000RR Is worth to buy. I love the body stucture and not to mention the heaad lamps. This bike is also in the sbk racing. SO to me its worth it!
Walt -BMW  May 5, 2009 08:00 PM
The bike looks good, But ou won't like the price tag, it is a BMW!
WASZAK -Its a good thing  April 16, 2009 06:36 AM
Regardless of which brand your momma told you was the best or which company spends more in racing and marketing, all these new machines are awesome. I have been fortunate enough to sample a wide variety of bikes and, having rode a BMW on a five day trip to Mexico, I was impressed. Now, on a track It has nothing on my stable of kawis and gixxers, but BMW builds each of their vehicles to serve a purpose. If they can make their superbike as fun on the track as their sport tourer is on the open road they will be golden. Not to mention the more diversity we get in the sportbike bike just gives us (the consumer) more options, better technology, more individuality ect..ect... How much would it suck if everyone rode an R1 jerry? And do you really think the only reason Spies is doing well is because of Yamaha? We need BMW, KTM and Buell (well maybe not Buell.......just kidding) to keep our sport fun and interesting.
Vic -Jerry  March 15, 2009 12:04 PM
Hey there grasshopper! Before you go running your mouth, to make yourself look better than someone else. Look at the facts below. Ducati has 13, world superbike titles. "I could give years and name to make you look silly" Honda has 7, world superbike titles. "I could give years and name to make you look silly" Kawasaki has 1, world superbike title in 1993 with Scott Russell. Suzuki has 1, world superbike title in 2005 with Troy Corser. Yamaha is stilling waiting to get there first. AMA superbikes. BMW has 1, title in 1976 with Reg Pridmore Kawasaki has 9. Suzuki has 12. Ducati has 2. Yamaha has 1. Honda has 8. MotoGp AJS "Porcupine" has 1, title in 1949. Norton has 1, title in 1951 Gilera has 6. MV Agusta has 18. Seventeen of those they took from 1958 to 1974 Yamaha has 13, titles. Suzuki has 6 titles. Honda has 14 titles. Ducati has 1 title. Kawasaki has 0. Total wins of brands still racing today are; Ducati 16 Kawasaki 10 Yamaha 14 Suzuki 19 Honda 29 BMW 1 Know your facts before you go running your mouth. The two biggest winners here are Honda & Suzuki.
Jerry -Prodigy you must be a newbie to bikes?  March 13, 2009 07:42 PM
Last i checked how many racing championships has kawasaki won in AMA superbike or World superbike or Motogp? Hmm wait let's see here, um i think ZERO! that's how good your zx-10R is hahah what a joke, how much do you want to bet the zx-10r will get it's arse kicked all over the place by the new R1 in ALL motorcycle magazine shootouts? and if you want to take it a step further...Come on just look at what Ben spies on the new R1 is doing in world superbike and that pretty much sums up what the new R1 is all about. All you Gixxer 1k fans can argue against me all you want saying Gixxers dominate AMA superbike, i got news for you nobody gives a rats arse about AMA superbike comparing AMA superbike to World superbike is like comparing a Mini Cooper(AMA) to a Ferarri 360 Modena (WSBK). How can you compare American racing to World Class racing? hahah what a joke, if the gixxer and honda are such great bikes how come they are getting their tails kicked all over the place at the world's highest stage of racing?? come on now, even Haga on the Ducati is going to lose against Ben spies on the R1. There's nothing Suzuki, kawasaki, Honda or even Ducati can do about it but just sit and watch and ADMIT they're going to get spanked all over the place!
Prodigy-ProphecyMC-Bham Al. -Overall  February 17, 2009 05:20 PM
Personally i think the style looks good. Not sure about the MSRP though, i have heard many guesstimates but the one thing i hear consistently is that it will be competitive with the jap models, if this is the case(which it should be if they expect to be successful in selling the bike) then i would expect a price tag of 11-13k before tax. If they price it in this range or close to and the specs are right ill buy one. As far as all you people mentioning the italian bikes, those are a whole different subject, they have alot of style but lets face it, the V-twin engine is stupid slow, who wants to have to pay 40k for the ducati 1098r just to get run over by a 11k japanese bike. Right now the 2008 kawasaki ZX-10 will outrun any other stock bike, even the busa or zx-14(unless you take the govenor off them). If BMW is smart they will make the price right if they want this bike to sell.
Scott -????????????????  February 11, 2009 03:45 PM
The thing looks likes a YZF-R6 look at tho bodywork. What a joke even the headlights look likes an R6 at least they could of came up with their own style instead of duplicating something else that already exists. They are a joke and should be a shamed of them selfs of duplicating somebody elses style like the R6's by the way. That European junk is overpriced anyways. BMW is a disgrace for doing that.
BRKNtibia -Adventure?  February 8, 2009 08:09 AM
How the heck are you supposed to mount panniers on that thing? LOL
Jasper -BMW superbike  February 5, 2009 08:17 AM
If I am honest I was expecting something a little more exciting visually. It is not a bad looking bike but at the same time I was was hoping for something a bit more dramatic looking. With all the technology at your finger tips it should make you look like a better rider.
Jaybond -Smackdown  February 4, 2009 05:06 PM
Bring on the Aprilia RSV4 vs KTM RC8R vs Ducati 1198 vs BMW S1000RR vs Honda CBR1000RR vs Yamaha YZF-R1 vs Kawasaki ZX-10R vs Suzuki GSX-1000R
Jaybond -BMW S1000RR - the styling  February 4, 2009 03:50 PM
The double kidney is missing
millwaukee mike -copycats  February 4, 2009 02:30 PM
For years the japs copied everyone else. Now bmw copies the japs. I'm glad that I ride a Harley.
Beemer Owner -007's New bike  February 4, 2009 11:24 AM
They have done a bang up job on this one. The 1st model runs will have some issues,all bikes do. But you can count on BMW to make it right. All I can say is 3yrs/36months. Not may Japanese bike manufactures can say that. Oh that exclusivity is the best part, I have a K1200s and I just love the stares when I pull into bike night's, yes the elephant has entered the room.
Ben -S1000RR  February 4, 2009 10:32 AM
2009 is turning out to be an amazing year with new bikes. The S1000R and Aprilia RSV4 are the two most beautiful bikes released in years. To bad I won't be able to afford or insure either. Maybe I'll start playing the lottery. BMW and Aprilia - GREAT JOB
the critic -eh.  February 4, 2009 10:12 AM
bmw builds a gixxer. yawn.
Craig Roberts -Learning from the best  February 4, 2009 10:12 AM
Some may argue that the S1000RR looks a little too much like a Japanese sportbike. Yeah, so?... BMW's sales represent less than 2-percent of the world market. The marketing team has apparently come to the conclusion that being "different" isn't always the greatest sales strategy. Ninety-eight percent of bike buyers seem to prefer the Japanese look. What's important, and can translate into a greater market share, is that the S1000RR's performance and reliability will at least equal and, we hope, surpass that of the Big Four's offerings. I'm banking on that -- which is why I'm high on the waiting list for the Beemer superbike.
Dant The Canadian -German-Japanesse  February 4, 2009 09:01 AM
Great looking bike..... But in a crowd without brand badge, it look like most japanesse sport bike.... Ducati 1198R, or a KTM RC8R, has more caracter...... And V-Twin Still can`t wait for a V-3 engine, +-1050cc, titanium frame, traction control, ABS brake and weigthing around the same has a Daytona 675...... Well at least me dream bike........
Superlight -S1000RR  February 4, 2009 08:32 AM
"the design...reflects the general style of the segment". Well, to my eyes this bike is a poor copy of the Japanese superbikes, which have been getting less attractive and more like each other every year. For BMW particularly, who have always prided themselves on unique design solutions, this is a letdown. And since the powertrain is also a copy of the Japanese mainstream, I don't expect superiority in that area either. You would think BMW would have learned from Triumph's experience - don't compete directly with the Japanese in any category, and certainly not tit-for-tat on specifications, as you will lose. Ducati need not fear this European competitor, if this is their approach.
Hutch -S1000RR MSRP  February 4, 2009 08:04 AM
BMW has made it clear that they will not announce a MSRP for the S1000RR anytime soon. The rumor is that they are trying to make the base model competitive with the Japanese multis - but then it has ABS, Traction Control and who knows what else they come up with for options. What if it rings in at $14K w/ABS, etc? Then its in the ballpark of the Ducati's at least and you will get the BMW exclusivity as well. Will it sell? Apparently it looks really sick in person too.
Fan_tast_eek -huh?  February 4, 2009 03:35 AM
Wow! R6! Oh wait...
Tim -Awesome!  February 3, 2009 11:12 PM
Wow I'm completely surprised that this bike looks so good. BMWs are fugly, but this bike blows that out of the water. Now only if it can actually perform like a real sport bike...
x2468 -cost?  February 3, 2009 10:06 PM
have they announced the price on this thing?
Tim -UJB  February 3, 2009 09:51 PM
I'm glad to see BMW doing this, and I'm sure there are some really interesting details, but I agree with Jay. If you covered up the badge and showed me a photo, I'd guess it was a Yamaha, and I pay attention to sport bikes.
Jaybond -BMW S1000RR - the styling  February 3, 2009 08:09 PM
Somehow I can't help but to think that the BMW S1000RR (since the unveiling of the race bike), does have the styling cues of a Japanese bike. I wonder why BMW did not carry over their styling language from their other sportbikes model line-up, into this bike? Because design wise, I think it's quite significant for a European superbike, to have it's own identity, like what we've seen with Ducati,KTM & Aprilia.