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2010 BMW S1000RR First Ride

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Whether you love or hate the design of the S1000RR once you ride one  it will no longer matter.
Know for the high-performance capabilities of its autos, has BMW finally found the ultimate driving machine on two-wheels with its S1000RR literbike?
De Uber Speed King

‘The Ultimate Driving Machine.’ BMW has touted such a statement to describe its four-wheeled vehicles for decades. And for good reason. The German firm’s line of cars, from family sedans to M performance machines, has always been on the cutting edge of performance and drivability. Could the same be said for their motorcycles, though? In a true sporting sense, No. While they have dominated areas like adventure riding with its GS line and long-distance touring with the LT range, a purebred sportbike has always eluded the Bavarian brand, something that has perplexed us for years. Until now. Enter the 2010 BMW S1000RR.

And as such, no amount of terrible airline food or long layovers could stop us from riding the highly touted new machine, which is why this story is coming to you straight from a hotel room in Portugal, mere hours after riding the new propeller-branded bombshell.

So, without further ado…


Let’s start at the heart of the beast, the essence of what BMW has always been known for. And while it may not be a strange Boxer motor, the somewhat traditional Inline-Four was designed and built 100% in-house in BMW’s Berlin facility. In fact, the entire motorcycle is built in its German super facility.

The S 1000 RR comes with the most advanced and sophisticated digital motor electronics currently available on a motorcycle. The software incorporated in this sophisticated BMS-KP  short for BMW Engine Management with Anti-Knock Control  is an in-house development by BMW Motorrad specifi cally for motorcycle applications.
BMW took the Inline-Four approach for its Superbike project, but features more oversquare configuration at 80 x 49.7mm.
Titanium valves  both intake and exhaust  are actuated by equally small and light single cam followers. Valve play is compensated by means of adjustment platelets running on the spring plates.
The 33.5mm intake and 27.3mm exhaust valves are made from lightweight titanium and feature a narrow valve angle. The valve springs are supplemented by a hydraulic tightening mechanism to eliminate valve flotation.
Though don’t fret all you BMW lovers, as well as connoisseurs of speed in general. It may be similar in basic design to the Japanese competition, but it takes things to a whole new level. Instantly noticeable from the first lap exiting the pits, seat-of-the-pants says this bad boy has the Japanese covered by a healthy margin.

These prancing ponies come via 999cc lump. Sporting a an extremely oversquare 80 x 49.7mm bore and stroke, this equates to a very short stoke ratio of 0.621 and the biggest bore of any 1K sportbike on the market. A forged, single-piece and heat-treated steel crankshaft is mated to “anti-friction” bearings and features traditional 180-degree angles for a consistent firing order. Con-rods are also steel, but are said to be an “extra-light” forged makeup, weighting 334 grams each. At the end of each of these sit forged lightweight “box” pistons with a thin-ring design for less dynamic friction. Each piston weights a mere 253 grams as well, further reducing internal rotational mass.

This is all housed in a horizontally split aluminum crankcase, the upper section die-cast to form a stiff overall unit. This upper half also holds a very small 6-speed stacked gearbox which mates to a wet slipper clutch. Above sits a cylinder block featuring nikasil coating for reduced friction and wear, while a compact cylinder head features a narrow valve angle (11.2 degree intake and 13.3 degree exhaust), claimed to “provide ideal intake ducts as well as a compact combustion chamber for high compression.”

Both intake and exhaust valves are lightweight titanium and measure a rather large 33.5mm intake and 27.3mm exhaust. These are operated by valve springs as well as a hydraulic tightening mechanism to reduce drag forces and allow power to be produced at high rpms without the chance of valve flotation. Small and light individual cam followers are also utilized to allow BMW the freedom to optimize valve lift and duration. This all equates to an astronomic – in liter-bike street terms – redline of 14,200 rpm, of which BMW says the engine could be run much higher in pure mechanical terms – i.e. if long-term street durability wasn’t a factor.

Cylinders bank forward at a 32-degree angle, which was obtainable due to the extremely small overall size of the engine. Despite the large 80mm bore the powerplant only measures 18.23 inches wide at the crankshaft. Height is also a vertically challenged 22 inches top to bottom, allowing low and “optimum” placement within the chassis. Another byproduct of this size is a featherweight 131.8-lb engine weight, said to be the lightest of the any stock 1000cc sportbike currently produced.

With a compression ratio of 13:1  it pops the front tire up with ease.
Producing a claimed 193 horsepower at the crank, the S1000RR clocked top speeds during our first ride in excess of 180mph in Portugal.
Spent gases exit through a 4-2-1 stainless exhaust system that features a main section under the engine, in which equal length of piping from each cylinder is routed, then exiting through a small and low, right hand muffler. This centralizes mass beneath the engine to further aid in moving the CG as low as possible.

With a compression ration of 13:1, the final result is a lump that produces a claimed whopping 193 hp at the crank, which BMW say translates to roughly 180 hp at the wheel. While this may be a tad optimistic (we’re guessing in the 170 hp range), compared to the best we’ve seen of low 160s from the Japanese and it’s easy to see the difference.
And while the following may sound like a bit of regurgitated PR, one run down the front straight at Portimao and it all quickly became quite believable. From as low as 3000rpm right up to the 14K redline she pulls like a factory Superbike dressed in drag.

As it happens, I personally just returned from riding all seven factory World Superbikes at the some Portimao circuit less than three weeks ago, making for a perfect comparison. To give to an example of the new BMW’s engine performance, my top speed on Ben Spies’ factory Yamaha R1 was 301 km/h (187 mph) at the end of the massive front straight, and according to the data on the stock S1000RR I clocked high 280s with ease and a peak of 289 km/h (180 mph), a mere 12 Km/h (7 mph) down on the world championship-winning machine. To say this is impressive is an understatement. These speeds on the stock Beemer were also equally as quick as the factory-supported Kawasaki WSBK I rode at the same time. Unreal!

But power without control is nothing. And making the S1000RR even better is the smooth progression in which the heaps of hp are delivered. Fuel delivery is spot-on from as low as 1000 rpm and at no point are there any hiccups or spikes of any kind.

The ABS was the only item that took some getting used to on the S1000RR  but with the option to turn it off  handling and braking was spot on.
Full-lean provides a good view of the S1000RR exhaust system, which exits out a shorty right-side exhaust canister and keeps the center of gravity as low as possible.
This is the result of BMW’s engine management system, called BMS-KP (BMW Engine Management with Anti-Knock Control), which controls fuel and ignition mapping for each cylinder independently. Variable intake control, which changes the intake length based on rpm and throttle position plays a roll, as does their E-Gas ride-by-wire throttle system that continually adjusts the butterflies of the 48mm throttle bodies.

It is further aided, in part, by the DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) system. Our test units came fully kitted with the DTC and integrated ABS system, a first for a production sportbike. Four modes: Rain, Sport, Race and Slick are available for the rider to choose from, with Slick needing a special plug under the seat to be installed to access. This plug comes with the bike if you buy the optional upgrade.

The Rain setting limits power output to 150 hp at the crank and turns the traction control up to a very high level so as to allow for easier riding on slick surfaces like in the wet or for less experienced riders. We tried this for the first couple laps getting used to the track on new tires and while it was nice on new tires, once the buns were heated I was quickly into Sport and then Race mode, as Rain cuts in quite a lot and prevents any steering of the motorcycle with the rear tire.

Full power is gained in Sport, Race and Slick modes, but the delivery is changed as the modes increase, giving the rider faster throttle response as you progress up the ladder. All of the systems work in conjunction with the integrated electronic ABS as well as a wheelie control function. Though Slick mode does away with the wheelie control, only leaving the DTC and ABS in place. Simply holding down a button on the left switch cluster can also turn off the entire system.

The S1000RR may weight in at a claimed 455 lbs. wet  but with a low center of gravity  it doesnt feel like it.
Gripping the Portimao circuit was Metzeler Racetec K3, with the S1000RR's DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) system offering four optional settings.
And while Slick mode may have been designed for slick tires, the Metzeler Racetec K3 rubber on the machines were plenty grippy to allow such setting to be used and also what I found to be optimal. Much of this revolved around the wheelie control function, as on the track it wasn’t quite able to keep up, making for abrupt deceleration and some slightly violent rides cresting Portimao’s hills. At a flatter track or on the street, if one didn’t want to wheelie, I think the system could do fine, but with the drastic elevation changes of the Portuguese track this wasn’t the case. Not to mention, I’m quite the fan of wheelies in general, so to limit them on such a machine is the ultimate tease.

Our machines also came with the option HP Gearshift Assistant, or in non-Germanic terms, a speed-shifter. This allowed for full-throttle up-shifts without the use of the clutch, and the system worked flawlessly in all conditions. The back-torque-limiting clutch worked equally well, though in its case under braking, as long as one was sure to fully engage the clutch lever for each downshift. If not, false neutrals could be found, but only if the rider was ham-fisted with the hand controls.
With the DTC system in the Sport mode  full power of the S1000RR is avaiable to the rider.
Mondo power is great, but needs to be teamed with world-class handling. The Beemer delivers both in spades.


Harnessing the harrowing horsepower is BMW’s aluminum bridge frame, which uses the engine as a stressed member and weighs in at 26.42 lbs. The frame is comprised of four castings, designed to allow flex to be tuned differently along each axis. It also serves to make the machine as slim as possible between the rider’s legs for optimum ergonomics.

The steering head and the two side sections with their integrated engine mounts are made from ‘tip casting’ aluminum. The rear section, swingarm supports as well as the mounting points for the footrests are produced from a low-pressure die-casting process. A “high-precision welding robot” then assembles the individual pieces in the “Aluminum Competence Centre” at BMW’s Motorrad Berlin plant. The subframe is a welded structure comprised of square aluminum pieces that are bolted to the frame and as such is removable.

Due to the compactness of the engine BMW was able to utilize a long swingarm, to provide as much mechanical grip as possible. Measuring 23.35 inches from the rotation point to the center of the rear axle, this is one of the longest on the market today. It is made up of deep-drawn and very thin aluminum plates on top welded to a cast-dish base. This makes for a stiff unit that also only weights 13.72 lbs. An eccentric housing at the frame joint allows for swingarm adjustability, something only seen on a few high-end sportbikes.

As an option the S 1000 RR is available with a very light slip-on muffler made of titanium and with a carbon trim cover at the rear. The supplier of this special muffler in its very sporting and dynamic design is Akrapovic.
The S1000RR sports one of the longest swingarms on the market and is also adjustable at the engine pivot, as is the wheelbase.
Suspension is handled via a massive 46mm front fork; featuring very German-like 10 clicks of rebound and compression adjustability, as well as spring preload. The steering head is also adjustable up to 15mm, allowing the front end to be lowered up to 5mm or raised 10mm as compared to stock. Same can be found out back, with a single shock featuring compression, rebound and spring preload tune-ability. Rear ride height can be changed up to 10mm using eccentric inserts in the upper shock support.

Reducing rotational mass are “very light and extra stiff” aluminum wheels. Designed with Supersport racing in mind, the thin 10-spoke wheels are pressure cast aluminum. Furthermore, the front brake rotors bolt directly to floating mounts on the wheel, eliminating carriers and an extra set of bolts found on most common wheel and brake setups. These 17-inch wheels come shod with 120/17 and 190/55 size tires front and back, respectively. Three different brands will be used; we rode on Metzeler K3 rubber in Portugal.

Slowing things down are dual front Brembo four-piston radial calipers that grab 320mm rotors via steel-braided brake lines and a radial master cylinder, while out back a single-piston Brembo caliper grabs a 220mm disc. The model we rode also featured BMW Motorrad Race ABS, which adjusts depending on the aforementioned setting (Rain, Sport, Race, Slick) in which the bike is used. The system only weights 5.51 lbs, making it the lightest on any production sportbike.

The thin 10-spoke aluminum wheels help shave weight. Paired with Brembo four-piston calipers and the S1000RR stops on a dime.
Developed by top-shelf riders, like Jurgen Fuchs, the BMW's chassis handles the rigorous requirements of track use with ease.
While the engine is without question the eye-opening and shining point of the new Beemer, the chassis and suspension isn’t far behind. Developed by BMWs fast and well-trained testing staff, which includes former world-class racers like Jurgen Fuchs, the base setup was well balanced and stout, giving great feedback to the rider.

The compactness of the chassis allows for a machine that feels very small between one’s legs and combined with the shape of the tank makes for an ergonomics packages that fits nearly all size riders. My small stature had no problem flicking it from side to side, while none of the taller riders complained of it being cramped.

Although the overall weight is on the high side at a claimed 455 lbs full of fuel, due to the low CG and centralized mass one barely feels it, allowing for quick and easy transitions in both the slow and fast sections of the track. Equally capable was the feel and feedback once leaned on its side. Each and every bump was translated directly to the rider, as if one was strapped straight to the pavement.

Initially the shock was a bit soft and would transfer weight to the rear somewhat excessively under hard acceleration, but a few clicks of compression to keep it up in the stroke and she was good to go. Otherwise I left it exactly as setup by BMW and it worked as well as anyone could ever hope from a production machine on stock tires.

And speaking of the stock tires, Metzler’s K3 impressed greatly. Similar to the Pirelli Diablo SP3, these have to be one of the best OE tires on the track I personally have even ridden. Only complaint, if you want to call it that, is they get greasy after about 20-25 minutes of straight hard riding. But for a street-based tire that’s hardly a complaint and more like a compliment.

Up front  the S1000RR allows riders to raise or lower the front end to customize the handling.
The new S1000RR makes power and handles like a proper Superbike. No more scratching Boxer engine heads in the corners! Bring on the big shootout...
The only other minor complaint was the ABS system under hard braking. In the lower settings it would initiate quite early in a predictive manner, and while it doesn’t pulse or do anything funny, it does give back a mushy feeling through the front fork and lacks some feedback at the brake lever. This was slightly better in the higher settings, but even in Slick mode one could feel it under extreme conditions. However, with the system totally off full brake feel and feedback comes back.


It’s impossible not to have an opinion about the styling of the new BMW. Everyone does. Why is this? Because for the first time on a sportbike the faring design and lighting is quite asymmetrical, with two completely different side panels as well as totally different headlights.

The different fairings are almost easy to miss, as they are never viewed together at any one time, so this rarely a point of contention. The headlights, on the other hand, are. Sitting right next to each other and very different in shape, I must say at first I wasn’t a fan. And while I’m still not totally sold, they are growing on me.

Why did they do this, you might ask? First off, performance. The high-beam projector didn’t need to be as big as the low beam, thus by making it smaller they saved weight. But the big thing was to be different. With an engine configuration the same as the Japanese, BMW needed something to call their own, something to separate them from the pack. And no doubt the angular lines, crazy shaped taillight and asymmetric bodywork have accomplished exactly that. Equally different is the green color they chose for us to ride, which they say is very “urban” focused.

The bodywork is also very much wind tunnel influenced to provide optimum aerodynamics while still giving the machine a small “600cc Supersport feel,” according to the Germans.

The S1000RRs unique headlight assymetry is sure to rile some.
The asymmetrical headlight configuration of the S1000RR is bound to rile some, but where will the Beemer fall when the 2010 Superbike Smackdown finishes?
Sitting behind the controversial shrouding is a very techno gauge cluster that features an analog tach and digital speedo, as well a host of racetrack-focused digital readouts. A built-in lap timer can be accessed via the high beam switch on the left bar, as well though a censor that works with any 2D transponder. Also available to the rider is his max speed as well as percentage of overall brake pressure and throttle opening for each recorded lap.

Final Verdict

Without shooting myself in the foot before we get the BMW back to the U.S. for a proper shootout, I can tell you this bike impressed more than any production motorcycle in recent memory. Utterly amazing power harnessed by a communicative chassis and very adjustable suspension, plus high-tech electronics, make for a bike that should no doubt push the envelope of liter-class machines worldwide. And all this for a base price of $13,800.

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2010 BMW S1000RR Technical Specs
Te S 1000 RR offers not only a wide range of USPs in terms of
technology  performance  and design  but also  through its particularly compact overall layout  clearly demonstrates the high school of European engineering in the supersports four-cylinder segment.
Displacement: 999cc

Engine Type:
Four-stroke, Liquid-cooled, Inline-four

Fuel System:

4 per cylinder, titanium, with individual cam followers

Engine output:
193 hp @ 13,000 rpm

Peak Torque:
82.5 lb-ft @ 9,750 rpm

Claimed Dry Weight:
403.4 lbs (w/ABS)

Claimed Wet Weight:
455.3 lbs (w/ABS)

Power-to-weight ratio:
2.31/2.34 lbs per hp without/with Race ABS


Lubrication system:
Dry Sump


Final drive:

Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated, back-torque limiting

Overall length:
84.4 inches (2145 mm)

Frame Type:
Bridge-type aluminum frame, load-bearing engine

Rake (fork angle):
25.8 degrees

3.7 inches (95mm)

Front suspension:
Telescopic fork, 46mm

Front suspension travel:

Rear suspension:
Cast aluminum single-sided swing arm with eccentric adjustment for rear axle, single shock, spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable, rebound and compression damping adjustable

Rear suspension travel: 125mm

Front tire dimensions:

Rear tire dimensions:

Front brakes:
Dual 320m discs, Brembo four-piston radial-mount calipers, optional ABS

Rear brakes:
Single 220mm disc, Brembo single-piston caliper, optional ABS

Small and short rear-end muffler, pre-silencer and electronically controlled interference pipe flaps as well as a fully controlled exhaust gas manifold and two fully controlled three-way catalytic converters.
Fuel Tank: Aluminum

Color options:
Mineral Silver metallic, Acid Green metallic, Thunder Grey metallic, Alpine White/Lupine Blue/Magma Red (additional $750)

Optional Dynamic Traction Control in conjunction with Race ABS. Optional HP Gearshift Assistant for shifting up without operating the clutch and without the slightest interruption of torque and pulling power.

MSRP: Starts at $13,800
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LUDIPAS -BMW  November 17, 2010 10:05 AM
BMW plays by the rules but raises the stakes.......BMW IS KING
Aprillia rsv Mille R rider -S1000RR  October 13, 2010 10:24 PM
You know I have been riding apes and yamahas for a long time and was reall excited about the new rsv4, but when I saw the s1000rr I thought now there's a bike. Miss matched fairings different but made with purpose, different head laps designed not only to save weight but sized that way because you don't need such a big regular lamp just need a big high beam. And the light weight flex frame and traction control with that many settings. I have to say I am impressed. Now it's not an ape rsv4 with a v4 but then again I am 6'2 and can't fit on a rsv4 so I have to look at other bikes. The Japanese bikes for the last 5 years seem like a re-run. The only thing they seem to change is the fairings and wheels and Mabe a break upgrade. The only bike up and coming that seems to be a contender for the new BMW is the Kawasaki zx10r with a claimed 200hp. Either way I would go with German engineering every time. The BMW has style, handling and enough power to give a speed junkie like me a good ride. The real toss up I have to make is between the BMW and a used MV Agusta 1000 F4. They are around the same price and both are beautiful to look at. If you think the BMW is ugly then you must not get out to moto shows and citys much because in the motorcycle world new and different is what sets you apart from the crowd and the BMW has defiantly done that.
Bert Meinders -Relevance  September 8, 2010 01:37 AM
I thought that this was a motorcycle forum, not a "look-at-me!" board for perverts, blasphemers and semi-literates. I myself haven't ridden a four-cylinder BMW since the K100 was new (something to do with a shortage of money), but I use my R65 as my only transport. It's as fast as it needs to be on public roads, handles and rides very well, and never breaks down, unlike the Japanese bikes I rode in the 70s and 80s. Not a lot went seriously wrong with them, it's true, apart from a gearbox lock-up (scary), just a lot of irritating little things. And on my BMW I can't accidently switch off the headlight looking for low beam. Anyway, try to remember that tastes and choices different from yours are not necessarily character defects. Bikes are for riding, not for giving small-minded people delusions of adequacy.
sek -bmw  August 12, 2010 03:17 AM
Dean -The Legend  July 1, 2010 06:40 AM
The BMW s1000rr has four modes...rain, awesome, awesomer, and chuck norris
yourmom -writer rider  June 23, 2010 09:07 AM
kim is hoolarious, lay off him, he's way more entertaining than the actual mag writers...obnoxious, but mostly he's right
kim -bmw s1000  May 19, 2010 01:19 PM
does this motorcycle remind anyone of a particular woman we have all admired for years? enter j-hoe (jenifer lopez). but use protection.
kim -kim-geno  May 19, 2010 12:59 PM
i'm sorry, i wasn't listening.
gino -kim  May 18, 2010 07:01 AM
That was actually pretty funny. but your still a punk and should be kicked off the site by the Admin.
kim -kim-dean  May 15, 2010 06:03 AM
dean, you like to compare this bike to other bmw's in terms of reliability but it is not in the same realm of engineering. the other bmw's are under stressed and over built and heavy because of it. the suck1000 is over stressed and the germans are no good at pushing the boundries of performance. as far as my being jeleous of your suck1000 of course, everyone who doesn't have one is jeleous no matter how short lived the bikes engine and transmission is. as far as anuses go, i wasn't talking about mine choir boy. and actually i took a poll from myself and found out riding is the 2nd best passtime. i won't tell you the 1st because i doubt that you like it anyway. don't look now but your boss is watching you burn up company time reading this. maybe you can get a job working for the bmw motorcycle's CEO. your office will be located under his desk.
kimj-geno -geno-fem  May 15, 2010 05:39 AM
geno, i don't know who should be kicked off this site but i know without a doubt that you need to be kicked in the mangina. just need to find a condom to put on the toe of my shoe first. now go back to your father's italian restaurant and make some nice tomato sauce with just a hint of aregano and sweep the floors again as you fart to the rythem of the sucky rich mummy music they're playing fat boy.
Dean -Kim  May 11, 2010 03:37 AM
Hey Kim I was reading all your other posts. Very interesting cause you said "the germans don't make mistakes when they build or design something" April 5th. I agree with you 100%, if you look in the dictionary for perfection there will be a picture of the s1000rr there. Response to your quote dated April 21 - I dont know how things work in your bike club or whatever but I dont know any people who by bikes to look down on others. We buy what we want so we can ride with others who also enjoy the road. I am now a BMW owner and I invite you to ride with me, the more bikes the better no matter how old or how small. Response to April 23 - I am not sure what a VW's electrics have to do with the S1000rr. Is there a VW bike with bad electrics somewhere. If there is then im sure you should mention it on a VW site. Response to May 6 - Now you mock germans and thier ability to build. A bit contradictory. So hows this for mockery you drive a zx14 (not bad at all) so you have a whole 400cc more than me but i still mange to have a minimum of 10% more horse power than you. haha! Response to May 7 - Im not sure whats going on here either, is your house hunted? Is the ghosts name kawasaki? Response to May 10 - Well Kim what i did was reasearched alot of the BMW bikes of all types and sizes for second hand ones and found thier prices to be very high with very high milage. Up to 100 000kms in some cases. My dad has a 1200GT also and has not had any problems. So in my opinion i say they must be reliable but time will tell with my own bike. Service I said was the best I have had so far in terms of asking the mechanics to set a few things up for me. My rebound and compression damping. At honda the guys dont really know how to do this. But besides that anything i ask from BMW they will make a plan and do it with a smile. I even got my bike 4 days early from what my signed contract actually says. So Kim you see I took my reality with all your BS and came to a conclusion. You are jealous! or a stalker not sure cause you hang around this site complaning about VW, BMW, the color black, priests, gay people, money, service, reliability, demons, your anus, upper case, magazine bitches, baptist preachers, tight jeans, trimmed mustashes the list goes on... Ok seriously Kim let me say this about me, a BMW rider. I am no better than anyone else, I am poorer than most of my felow riders. My bike will not make me score chicks. I am not in control of my own destiny. All i know is that when i sit on the S1000rr it puts a smile on my face and a feeling of uncontrolable joy in my heart that i want to share with EVERYONE, even you! Happy ridding Kim its the best thing in life to do!
gino -Kim  May 10, 2010 05:27 PM
Lets take a vote. Who thinks Kim should be booted off this site by the admin?
kim-dean -title  May 10, 2010 04:37 AM
dean, i read your lttle self affirming tale of what sounds like the perfect life with your planned future purchase, and it sure seems like things simply couldn't be better and congratulations. but then i started wondering how you know ANYTHING about this bike's reliability since you haven't actually taken possesion of it yet. great service from BMW? how would you know that if you haven't got the bike yet? or even if you do isn't it a little soon to have it in the service dept? maybe you meant great sales dept. strangely enough, they are always very eager to help with your purchase. it's a little soon to worship isn't it? since all you really know is that it got you back to the dealership when you test rode it. you say you'll never go back? does that mean the bike is black? maybe mix a little reality with the bull shit next time Dean. i think you have kraut juice on your lips and dirt on your knees.
Dean -The most powerfull superbike ever  May 9, 2010 11:12 PM
Im a Honda fan. Grew up racing Honda's from the NSR250 to the CBR600 to the fireblade. I loved Honda's. I rode the new BMW a few weeks ago and have already sold my CBR and ordered this amazing new rocket. So far my experiance with BMW has had the best service ever. I will never go back to anything now. I will stick with BMW not only because of such an amazing machine they have produced but because of the technology, price and reliability it comes with. Thank you BMW, you have made my love for bikes so much more enjoyable!!!
kim -do the right thing. don't buy one  May 7, 2010 04:22 PM
you're right about the busa and the zx14 having more displacement and less power. however, their reliability and durability have been proven over and over on the highway and at the dragstrip. the Suck1000 on the other hand has much to prove in this department. i would guess that in any case, it will need many insanely expensive repairs if subjected to even moderate abuse and that the owner will be as nervous as a priest at a boy scout camp knowing, that with each twist of the throttle, this could be the one that will grenade the engine and transmission simultaneously costing tens of thousands of american dollars to fix assuming it can be fixed which is highly unlikely. you see in germany, they think all americans are named Goldstein, Diamond, or Networth. and i feel sure that any self respecting broker will advise his clients to forego the purchase of anything that "HE" wouldn't have ridden. that's right my brethren, i'm talking about the "son of man". so if you think i'm suggesting that everyone would be better off buying a burrow instead of the suck1000, correct. and remind those priest that when driving demons; evict them, and drive them not, farther up in. for thine anus is an holy place. in his sweet, sweet, sweet name, thank you
just a old racer -mechanic  May 7, 2010 02:30 AM
Yep,inline 4. 341 cc's smaller than the new busa & 353 cc's smaller than zx-14 .BMW is a different in that they are making more HP than both of the these 2 fast bikes. might be typical DNA but it is for sure a new breed. THE Reason for the ugly front is splitting the air,pure function.I am sure this is a great bike for street& road racing ,but for the hard core gearhead dragracers it is either a Zuke or kawi.I am talking about the guys and girls who wrench on their own rides & race at the drag strip for GRUDGE money.Grudge racing is so large now that KWS racing& Brock racing are doing R&D for the new BMWs1000rr.Sorry about the late posting on this thread.
Just a racer -mechanic  May 7, 2010 01:59 AM
Performance motorbikes are a touchy & heated subject for some people.I enjoy them. THE Zx-14 & the Hayabusa are the 2 I like the most,in saying that I must give props to the new BMW S1000rr.If BMW got some ideas from the japanese,good.All motorbikes share a great many copied ideas from brand to brand.Each adds its own tweaks which in turn makes what we can purchased better .I hope they keep on with the copy,tweaking&racing these bikes .
Just a racer -mechanic  May 7, 2010 01:58 AM
Performance motorbikes are a touchy & heated subject for some people.I enjoy them. THE Zx-14 & the Hayabusa are the 2 I like the most,in saying that I must give props to the new BMW S1000rr.If BMW got some ideas from the japanese,good.All motorbikes share a great many copied ideas from brand to brand.Each adds its own tweaks which in turn makes what we can purchased better .I hope they keep on with the copy,tweaking&racing these bikes .
kim -re john  May 6, 2010 03:12 AM
it's people like you who are concerned about the use of upper case letters that this bike was made for. anal. german engineering? remember the hindenburg? the krauts have copied all the jap engineering and innovations and abandoned their own. and that makes them feel special in the same way it makes an owner of this bike feel special. maybe you should enter the special olympics. don't case insults unless you relish the thought of being tucked in by darkness tonight. i would never buy a bmw of any kind. why? cause like you, they're not kosher. sorry john but the hyperbolic suck1000 does nothing for me. on the other hand my zx14 still make me so horney. me love it long time.
John -Gino - S1000RR  April 29, 2010 05:17 PM
Congratulations. I was looking at one at my local dealer. I'll probably go in tomorrow for a test ride.
gino -s1000rr  April 29, 2010 09:24 AM
picked mine up 2 days ago. have put 65 miles on it so far (gently). shift assist is smooth as a knife through warm butter. feels solid but cant report to much on the handling because i havent gotten "into" the bike yet. But one thing I can say for sure is that the brakes are unbelievable. i have never felt anything like it on any motorcycle. will keep you posted as i break this beast in...lovin it!
John -Kim - Uber Bike  April 26, 2010 11:13 AM
I broke my own cardinal rule of posting...making personal attacks. Not my style, it's rude, so to Kim, my apologies.
John -Re: Kim - Uber Bike  April 26, 2010 08:36 AM
First of all, the first letter of a word at the beginning of any sentence should be upper case - that means big.

Secondly, the "G" in german, and the "A" in american should be upper case too. See point one.

Lastly, it's Kraut, not crout.

I hope you ride better than you can write. What a dumbass.

By the way, what do the electrics in your VW have to do with a BMW motorcycle?
kim -uber bike? uber lameocycle  April 23, 2010 05:05 PM
croutwurst licktenstien spreckenzeedouche knockwurst between 2 buns just about sums up this pink thong wearing gentlemen's express. now go impress those guy's on the highway and in their man caves with this lame motorcycle. hope it has better electricals than the 2 late model VW's i had the misfortune of owning.
nothing but hype so far. this bike is just another mouthy german who has pissed himself after having too much warm beer. no 1/4 mile comparisons? no varified top speed runs? no track time comparisons? nothing but hype. all the magazine bitches salivate over every new model to create a buzz. it's just their job. and usually biased and inaccurate. if they were baptist preachers they would all be dead from snake bites. roll this piece of trash back onto the ship it was jump started and rolled off of before it leaks oil all over my american soil. besides, it wreaks of crout.
arwon62 -s1000rr  April 21, 2010 07:07 AM
I'm not sure what all the fuss is over. two wheels-yep, grunty motor-yep, stylin as sharp as a pin-yep . . . get me my helmet, giddy-up.
kim -bmw hyperbike?  April 21, 2010 06:24 AM
while i do understand some people will buy this bike to allow them to snub other riders of less expensive bikes they pass in the oncomming lane, i can't help but wonder what underlying shortcommings they are trying to compensate for. after all, there is always the option of surgery and it may actually cost less. can you say "mangina"?
Devildogj -Overall madness  April 20, 2010 02:42 PM
This bike is awesome! From nose to tail, this bike is so unique, so different, with future inovative components putting together a machine you can't hate on. Okay I understand the headlights are as you would say weird, pointless? BMW is setting the bar and exploring the new ways to push the envolpe to inspire other manufactores into a troublesome confusing conclusion. Plus I read The headlamps do play a part in balencing the bike. I'm still wondering if I should get this BM bike over a gsxr-1000. The BMW is a better bike, but is it worth the cash comparisonto the purchase cost of a gsxr liter bike?
kim -not as ugly as the new vfr  April 16, 2010 04:07 PM
yes the price is high but lower than the new and even uglier honda vfr1200. i know where the "queer eye for the straight guy" fellow got a job after the tv show was cancelled. with honda's design team. i wonder if they have hazeing for new employees? maybe he could be fake wrestled to the floor by a team of his male peers wearing tight jeans and neatly trimmed mustasches.
think some seltzer water will get that stain out?
Eric -count me in....  April 12, 2010 07:16 PM
40yrs of riding and BMW has just never done anything for me. Then, along came the BMW Concept6. Visually stunning in it's uniqueness, awesome inline6 power, factory stretched swingarm and just an overall attention catcher. Now this S1000RR ---- it makes it tingle.....
Bruce -Good toys are expensive  April 5, 2010 04:59 PM
Very impressive! And yes, to all of you complaining about the price: If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
gino -s1000rr  April 5, 2010 12:36 PM
geez, this is a tough crowd...lol!
kim -motorcycle know it all  April 5, 2010 09:25 AM
if i had a dollar for every new model that claims to be the masiah bike. the one that offers us salvation. this hype makes me wonder if i'm the only sane person left. bmw will never be the fastest anything that will stay together and be reliable. if the germans are so smart and such experts at building the ultimate riding machine, why do their cars suck in comparison to jap cars in respect to reliability, dependability, and durability? and why the hell does bmw always make the front of the bike a-cemetrical and ugly as homade garbage? ever paid your hard earned dollars for the over the top maintanence and sense of entitlement your bmw service and parts dept has? remember the r-bikes? pull the engine and lube the output shaft splines as part of regular maintenence? and if you ever have a warranty issue just remember this; the germans don't make mistakes when they build or design something. owner/operators do. would they leave you holding the black bag? i don't know. buy one and see.
kim -smarta$$  April 5, 2010 05:38 AM
i wonder if bmw will offer 2 hard cases with lube injected shaft drive up through the seat? here's a reality check for all you glutial clefts who snub others while riding your bmw's. YOU'RE NO BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE! and it doesn't make you smarter because you paid more for your bike than i did. you're not in control of your own destiny.
yes everyone knows you're impotent. and no your bike doesn't make you mysterious or make women want you more.
busakiller -s1000  April 4, 2010 10:50 PM
u bitches probably dont even know how to ride the s1000 is on of the fastest bikes out right now
Gino-S1000RR -BMWS1000RR  April 4, 2010 01:37 PM
Hey guys,
Great to see all the talk about all these bikes. I thought I would go ahead and give my 2 cents. I have ridden bikes since I was knee high to a grasshopper and always had a passion for them. Currently I have an 03'fatboy and a 05'999s in the garage. The 999s is the shizzle and the harley is..well..necessary for cruising with pie on the back. Anyway, to the BMW. In the motorcycle world there have been benchmarks over the years. Interceptor, gsxr750, R1, etc. I believe that the new BMW S1000RR is another benchmark in motorcycling. Do I believe it is as significant as say the intro of the gixxer 750 in 85'? No. But Because of the leap in just about every aspect above the others it IS a new era and benchmark in motorcyling. I have seen the light grey colored one at my local dealer and I can assure you that the bike is stunning. Anyone who says they have seen it and its ugly is full of poop. As far as the headlights...time will tell. but they are growing on me. I end with this, I went to the dealer just to see it with NO intention of purchasing. I knew the second I looked at it I wanted it. Done..mine is in transit to the states from germany as I write. Cant wait to be one of the lucky few to have this special bike in my garage. Speak you peace men. But this IS a must have bike if you know motorcycles.
big b -hard bags  April 2, 2010 02:15 PM
I wonder if BMW will be offering any matching hard bags. Slap on some bar risers and rip across the country in 3 days. Booyah!
Dean -Forever on the back wheel  March 31, 2010 04:08 AM
Just rode the S1000RR. The Japs must rather stick to sushi. Ive ridden all four jap bikes and the 1098S. How can people be commenting bad things about the BMW. Watch out kids there is a new student in town. I think this one is going to be teachers pet. Let me just comment on all this hyabusa rubbish and clear things up. If BMW made a 1300 or 1400 superbike like the S1000RR to compete against the ZX-14 and the hyabusa I promise you that BMW will do 300KM/h in first gear. If you own a jap bike rather move to japan and ride as slow as they do. Been a Honda fan for 14years and i have sold it for the new BMW!!! And dont forget BMW won the very first superstock race they ever entered on 28 March 2010. Nobody has accomplished that before. We wont even mention the RC-8.
Gixxerdude -gsxr600  March 27, 2010 08:49 PM
I think this BMW is good. Because everyone else will have to step it up the 2012 bikes will be insane. For you BMW guys looks are better people like a good looking bike no matter how much HP its got.
Allen -I want one.  March 8, 2010 07:10 AM
I'm getting one as soon as I am back from deployment. Give me something to save for over the next year ....
rode there seen that -Wildpig  March 6, 2010 06:16 PM
Wildpig, You are a Tard. Just don't get this riding thing do ya?
munchener2 -Whatever you like  February 22, 2010 06:06 PM
In the Northwest, both Oregon and Washington police use the BMWs. On comparison with the Kawasaki police bike, the BMWs were more expensive at original purchase but a year in, the BMWs were approx. $1,000 less money.

Not sure where all the unreliability and expense data is coming from, sounds unsubstantiated to me. I do my own work. It's simple and easy.

When I was young, I road raced the Japanese brands. Lots of fun. When I get near a superbike, it's still hard not to want to drop off the wife and hit the road, doesn't matter which rice burner I'm lusting over.

I've always had superior reliability and economy from my BMW bikes and cars. At this point, I'm just gonna' stay with them.
johnny -hands down  February 15, 2010 12:57 PM
just saw at least 3 or 4 dyno charts of S1000RR all of them are 184whp and more!
Dan -Awesome  February 9, 2010 07:13 PM
Just test rode the s1000rr the other day. Hands down better than the Jap-4. (and yes, I've ridden all four).

Oh, and Mr Wildpig... you're gonna lose 30% on any bike. That's not the point. Motorcycles aren't an investment!
jack dempsey -Ugliest thing ever  February 4, 2010 05:36 PM
Fire is the only solution
wildpig -mr wildpig  January 30, 2010 01:45 PM
well well well --see the comparison tween the hayabusa an bmw k-- im sum it up for u bmw die hards--- wont no contest-- the hysabusa was superior in every way an of course --cheaper. duh BMW-- MOST OVER RATED BIKE ON PLANET EARTH- BUY ONE AN AUTOMATICALLY LOSE 30% ON RESALE THE MOMENT IT IS OUT THE DEARLER PARKING LOT-- WANA KNOW WHY--- PEOPLE ARE WISING UP TO THE BMW FACADE.
PigKiller -To the posers  January 29, 2010 03:30 PM
Wayne Gardner was impressed. That carries more weight than all you posers complaining about headlights, price, reliability put together.
wildpig -king wildpig  January 23, 2010 10:12 AM
u wont buy the 1000rr for 13,800.---- as all bmw's --over rated.
Nate -Please Stop Gwacking!  January 22, 2010 03:00 PM
This bike is nothing special....A remake of all Asain style bikes with a german sticker...Please don't compare another 1000R whatever to Hayabusa's! Completely different style riding. 600-1000 is for conering King Busa drag strip!
Justus-juice -juice  January 22, 2010 01:40 AM
The RR has just arrived is South Africa and the launch is still coming. I was fortunate to be able to see it in the show room under cover on Monday and do not agree with the UGLY part. I thought that it is quite good looking including the front lights, the racing colors I must say was striking to me. Must admit I cannot wait to take it for a drive and then decide what I will buy.

I must also agree most of the time when you have these so called bad points ”break downs” it is dually caused by not maintaining your bike like you should.
So hopefully I can drive the new RR soon.

Peace to all.

Billy blogger -Billy blogger  January 20, 2010 07:42 PM
Wildpig - you sure sound bitter! In case you haven't realised, some people make more money than others, and that's why some people buy ducatis and BMWs despite the terrible service and repair costs that you claim. Why don't you get a better paid job, chill out on the money front, and consider bikes for what they are.
Michael -The best Superbike is A......!  January 20, 2010 03:32 PM
Wayne Gardner, 1987 500cc GP World Champion, tested all of the World Superbike http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/latest-news/1269-wayne-gardner-gets-to-grips-with-superbikes.html
Mike - Power is nothing without control  January 20, 2010 03:06 PM
S 1000RR positive: a)193 horsepower one the cranke is a lot b) Topspeed S 1000RR negative: a)It does give back a mushy feeling through the front fork and lacks some feedback at the brake leve - b)wheelie control function, as on the track it wasn’t quite able to keep up, making for abrupt deceleration and some slightly violent rides cresting c)overall weight for a sportbike on the heve side (455 lbs full of fuel) d)sorry, but is a bit too ugly for me e)Price $13,800. My favorit remain Aprilia Rsv 4R, because greate ride quality is for me moor important that only too much power
darkchasm -wild pig--Is sudden battery death syndrome and famous antenna ring failure the best you can come up with??  January 14, 2010 05:59 PM
All of your negative rants about BMW's come down to these two things? I'll bet the sudden battery death syndrome is probably the same one that hits many newer bikes that have AGM batteries. Usually caused by the owner not maintaining them. i.e. keeping them charged. The antenna ring failure is one I'm not familiar with. Sure sounds catastrophic. Is it caused by someone sitting on the antenna? That might explain some of you're anger. Anyone wiht an OPEN mind would realize what a radical departure this bike is from BMW's past. You can question the look, but you sure can't question the results for a bike that is, in essence, the company's first try at a real superbike. I happen to ride a KTM superduke. Great bike. I've been riding bikes since I was 15 1/2 years old. Back in the day, you could get a motorcycle license at that age. First bike I bought was the 305 Honda Scrambler. Now, 43 years later, I still enjoy the thrill of riding a bike. Rarely miss triple digits when I take out the Duke. I guess I'd go even faster if I took my Geritol. However, I think instead of buying Geritol, I'll start saving my pennies so that I can get a BMW S1000rr. Just to be safe, I'll make sure not to have an antenna installed. I wouldn't want to suffer one of those infamous antenna ring failures.
Daniel -S1000RR Ugly?  January 13, 2010 09:07 AM
I have 32 motorcycles in my garage..The Harleys are looking good but a piece of crap to ride, My R1 looks great but always seems to develope a problem. My 77 GL1000 that I purchased new now has over 200,000 miles on it, has always been flawless. My RC51 beats me up every time I ride it. The S1 Buell is the Joke on two wheels..It breaks down sitting in the garage.....so now we come to the most PURRRFECT motorcycles...Yes the BMWs I have 3, two Rs & a K model. Though not the fastest or the most powerful....they are just as dependable as the Honda, but more comfortable and the best handling bikes on the planet. Yes repair is expensive but they seldom need any, and who cares about resale..I never sell any.....I still have my old Yankee. So please give BMW the credit they deserve. BMW motorcycles have probably made more trips around the world than any other motorcycle.....but I do think the S1000RR is a little on the ugly side so I guess I need one.
Justus-Juice -MMM  January 12, 2010 11:49 PM
Well I must say looking at all the replies on the 1000 bikes it is quite clear that when looking at buying for road use the hp of between 150 & 160 is more than ample. I am planning on buying in the next couple of months and my head was set on the ZX10, looking at the RR is looks quite promising but what worries me is the after service costs and the fact that it has not been proven yet as reliable and properly road tested.

Any advise please!!!

wildpig -mr asshole  January 11, 2010 05:54 PM
i bought 2 bmw's the day i bought mine in 2008-- the 1st one an i guarantee you- the last one. only thing bmw has goin for it it the pr spin machine an the fact that the avergage age of bmw rider is 60 yrs old an he dranks a bottle o geritol before each ride. bmw is a joke-- an highly unreliable.
BIG MONEY "G" -$$$$$$$$$$$$$  January 9, 2010 10:16 AM
All good points. But, I will take a Jap bike anyday over the European brands because they require A LOT less maintenance and are bulletproof unlike the soft Ducati's and expensive maintenance on BMWs. I know... I have owned them all except for Triumph. Now, back to my pimpin!
wildpig -bmw  January 7, 2010 09:02 AM
over rated bike------ over rated company............ 35% loss of re sale value the moment it rolls out of the dealership parking lot.............. service n mainteneance--- out of this world in cost-- evidently many in here dont own bmw's cuz if yall did-- you'd know.
999freak -S1000RR  January 5, 2010 02:52 PM
I like it because it is different, and I respect BMW for taking on the Jap bikes at their own game with an inline 4. All the idiots on here talking about what is faster and what isn't are missing the point, if you know how to ride than you can be fast with even 80 horsepower, let alone 193. Another thing some people here dont seem to realize is this bike will not have 193 horsepower, that is the figure BMW claims, and that would be measured at the crank, which is a useless figure. You need the rear wheel horsepower reading, and will typically be at least 20 HP less than the reading at the crank. My '06 Ducati 999R has had some work done to it (full exhaust, PCIII, filter) and it is putting out 141 HP at the rear wheel, and I can tell you that is enough for me. The thrill of riding a sportbike is how it hangs in the turns, yes straight line speed is important but for me the curves are where its at, so I really dont care about the HP as long as the bike makes at least, say, 160 HP at the rear wheel. Far more important are things like tractability, a linear, smooth powerband, a nimble good handling, communicative chassis. Thats what I would look for if i was buying a new liter bike. Also, even though I do think the headlights aren't bad looking, I bet BMW will go to symmetrical lights on this bike in 2012. Just my 2 cents on the subject.
bobby -where is the video?  January 3, 2010 11:47 PM
why is there no video for this review?
4bimmers -talk  January 2, 2010 07:30 PM
After reading all these comments,the one thing you have to remember is that there is always some one faster.Now that that is said.bmw doesn't really cost anymore to service than a rice rocket,and at least a bimmer has a resale,and the cost is all relative to what you want.A ride on the highway or around town.Bmw does both.
wildpig -bmw  December 25, 2009 03:32 AM
lmao -- whats the best way to own a bmw--why under warranty of course-- cuz you cant afford to fix'em when they break down. course the factory would never admit a bmw breaks downnnnnnnnnn hahahahahahahahaha keep your over priced unreliable zero re-sale b m w.
666 Demon Speed -Wooh  December 17, 2009 09:18 AM
Damn!!! 180 HP at the rear wheel stock! 185 hP with Akrapovic!!! I need a second job so I can buy one.
RENDELL -LOOK AT THESE FACTS!  December 17, 2009 08:08 AM
I take back everything negative I said about the BMW. Look at these dyno results. BMW isn't playing, they are out to win it all.
Akrapovic Stock Dyno Results (2009 or 2010 models)

BMW S1000RR 185.5 @ 13,120
Apria RSV4 165 @ 12,400
Ducati 1198S 157.4 @ 9,800
Honda CBR1000RR 170.6 @ 12,290
Yamaha YZF-R1 161.6 @ 12,430
Kawasaki ZX-10R 163.1 @ 12,150
Suzuki GSX-R 1000 168.1 @ 11,900
Kawasaki ZX-14 174 @ 9,400
Suzuki Hayabusa 179.5 @ 9,300

retrieved from motorcycledaily

footFrozefred -yeh  December 3, 2009 07:15 PM
I'm bored too. Look at me, I can type. Makes me feel impotent. Likem dem bikes too......
Djfargo -Steve  December 1, 2009 04:26 PM
I envy your job like no other... Keep up the good work and keep getting these articles to my computer asap! Thank you Motorcycle USA!
Joey -Who Cares?  November 30, 2009 05:27 PM
I don't know why you people are so worried about how fast this bike is. Not half of the posters here can actually push this bike to its limits. And of those half that can not half are actually going to keep it on the track where you can do it consistantly. I would quit worrying about how much the bike costs and high-tech upgrades. Start worrying about buying a bike that you like for the reason that you are really goign to get it; to get your jollies and pull poon! Any 600 can definitly get your rocks off on public roads. But the point is that not MANY of you angry BMW haters aren't pushing your bikes to what they could really do, so unless you use your bike for the track I would definately get a jap bike. I ride an 07 R6 and I can still give myself butterflies. Just my honest opinion. Ride safe everybody.
RBen -wildpig <<<<<<, Yeh what said  November 30, 2009 10:04 AM
Man I hope spelled all that right.
wildpig -s1000rr-- highly typically over rated  November 30, 2009 05:23 AM
u morons oughta get off yer puters an ride yer mo peds.... u wont buy a 1000rr for less than 15k. an then u gotta over rated over hyped piece toy that u best be shed of the moment it goes outta warranty................ wana talk bout re sale value? wana talk bout glitchs the factory will swear dont exist-- example-- sudden battery death syndrome on all th boxers,,, want more? how about the famous antenna ring failure? bmw still wont own up to that one? need a lil more-- yall ever heard of final drive failure? bahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hahahahahahah--- typical bmw rider arogance--- call the harley boys to take u home when the w breaks.
Jeffery W. -RE: Bill - Give it to us straight.  November 29, 2009 06:27 PM
Bill, as an English Lit and Creative Writing Prof as well as former New Yorker contributing editor, I would beg to differ. The story is actually well written for the moto-journalism field, and while he uses a few sayings or clichés, this is what’s called creative writing and what separates a compelling read, whether you like it or not, from a monotone news story. Not to mention, coming from a guy who can obviously ride like Atlas, I would say the piece has some concrete street cred to back up the words.

Also, if you honestly infer that he’s looking for sympathy with the “bad airline food” comment, then you may want to apply for a refund on that GED of yours. The comment goes to illustrate his desire to ride the highly-hyped new motorcycle and as such in no way appears to be asking for sympathy, in fact relaying quite the opposite emotion.

Sorry, not usually one for the personal attacks, but after reading yours I felt compelled to chime in. Next time, Bill, if you don’t have something constructive or educated to say, don’t say anything at all.

jim jones -RE: Rendell - Reply to Jim Jones and Dennis T  November 29, 2009 05:47 PM
if you think Motorcyclist or the riders they used in that story are anything close to professional, well, you're sadly mesmerized by their words.
Darren -Why so angry posters?  November 29, 2009 04:46 PM
Not long ago Motorcycle USA said they would take away our ability to post comments regarding their articles if we continued to pms at one another. So fellas if you like the ability to speak your mind on this website I suggest you grow up a bit. Now that I have that out of the way I would like to say I appreciate BMW for giving us another choice for a liter bike. If you do not want one, do not buy one.
Teacher -WildPig Can't Spell....  November 29, 2009 01:41 PM
Hey Wild Pig - Where did you learn to spell? Sounds like you ride a HD. Go back to school, get a job, then you can afford a BMW and then you won't have to pretend like you hate them.
Ian Singer -Seat height  November 28, 2009 05:49 PM
Just looked up on BMW website and the seat height is 32.3 inches. Unless that is very skinny its just too tall for my 29 inch inseam. Pity eh?
Ian Singer -Price  November 28, 2009 05:39 PM
My local paper in Toronto Canada says today the Canadian price will be $17,300 and that includes the DTC and ABS which are optional in other countries but standard here. With a fueled weight of 454LB and 195HP I would like to know the seating height because my 1984 Honda V65 Sabre at 120HP and and close to 600LB is just too tall with the 32 inch seating height which was reduced by shaving the seat 2 inches.
wildpig -s1000rr  November 28, 2009 11:10 AM
service costs an maintenenace--- wow that will be 1000% more expensive than a jap bike............. bmw--- totally over rated motorcycle all the way across the brand name....... do yall even wana talk about the way corporate bmw acts in secracy? lol the factory never ever admits to anything worng with a bmw. cuastomer relations--total joke BMW COULD CARE LESS ABOUT CUSTOMER RELATIONS-- ONE MORE THANG-- YOU BLW DIEHARDS OUT THERE---EVER WONDER WHY YOU HAVE TO PRACTICALLY GIVE AWAY A BMW COME RE-SALE TIME? I'LL TELL YOU WHY-- CUZ BY THEN THE AVERGAGE BUYER KNOWS HOW LOUSY THE MACHINE IS....
GCS -Service costs  November 27, 2009 07:27 PM
I think the bike will go as far as the public is willing to shell out the bucks at service time...The initial cost of the bike may very well be in line with the Japanese bikes but I bet the the real difference will be in the cost of service,parts and maintenance..Lets also no forget reliability..Which hasn't been proven yet
wildpig -s1000rr  November 27, 2009 06:09 PM
heres a clue--- bmw couldnt accomplish squat with this bike on the circuit last yr-- an dont gimme that new bike -- first yr on the circuit bs either.... an an if you think you'll buy this bike for 13,000 an small change-- then u obvivously dont know bmw an how everything is marked up.............. naw u can keep the fugly thing an i hope bmw continues to make butt- ugly bikes,, they sure dont have a clue as how to make a good lookin motorcycle.
wildpig -s 1000rr  November 27, 2009 06:05 PM
typical bmw-- over priced an over rated..................... u know the best way to own bmw-- under warranty................
Brick -Money, Honey  November 26, 2009 08:25 PM
Dealer network? I know a man that worked for BMW now he's at one of those Honda-Yamaha dealerships. He looks like Santa. He said BMW ownership and service is expensive. I know it's his opinion.
This bike is ugly but like everything else it grows on you. It does seem pretty awesome. I read BMW's website and I was impressed. But, I can't recall a new bike that had honest reviews. Maybe this will be the first? True, in World SuperBike it didn't do well at the hands of a champion. It's cool in its own way.
Psychbiker -Ugly fix  November 26, 2009 08:03 PM
Ugly ?? Yes!! The aftermarket will hopefully come to the rescue with some symmetrical headlights and fairing options. I bet it will cost a bunch too!
Speedjunkie -S1000 symmetry  November 26, 2009 06:55 PM
Reminds me of my slightly bigger left testicle. LOL. Girls like to ride me anyway and they cant even see or care while at it !
Assymetrical can be good. Hahahahaha.
Jerry -this bike is light years behind the R1,gixxer1k, kawai zx10r, cbr1000rr  November 26, 2009 12:28 PM
come on now get real, we already seen bike get it's arse kicked all over the world especially in World Superbike against the R1 and Ducati. Don't make excuses to why the BMW got it's arse kicked, Troy Corser former World Superbike champion rode it so don't say it's because of a sh*tty rider. The truth is it will be 5 more years until this BMW superbike is worthy of "TRYING" hang with the R1, gixxer1k,zx10r,cbr1000r at the racetrack and i predict this BMW bike will NEVER be competitive enough to win a World Championship, time will tell but i know i'm right. The S1000RR BMW will NEVER catch up to the Jap bikes, and if anyone thinks so prove me wrong, i wanna see this bike capture a WORLD CLASS caliber title e.g World SBK, British SBK or Dutch SBK championship, something that the R1 could only do this year. Remember don't give me any nonsense about not having a good rider, BMW had their shot, they had one of the best riders onboard the s1000rr this year in Troy Corser.
benroe -this is great  November 26, 2009 07:52 AM
I have not seen a motorcycle like this bring in so many polarizing comments in a while!! And it is just a first ride!! I can't wait to see how this bike brings out the hater in all of us when it whips up on the jap bikes in the smackdown.
Takbok -S1000RR  November 26, 2009 05:16 AM
This is the bike to watch .Yes the face needs getting use to but when you are on the bike you dont see it .And when you fly past another bike all they see is the beast flying past . Look past the eyes and you see a good boddy and a wicked heart .
Desmo Demon -New BMW Superbike  November 25, 2009 06:37 PM
I have read some of your pathetic comments, and I don't believe you idiots !!!!! You need to go back and read this test again , and just maybe you will get it !!! This bike is way advanced over the jap makes by a very big margin , and yaaa it's a inline four , but that's the most economic motor for high horsepower. Did you idiots see the price? You cannot make a V4 or V5 even close to that price !!! With the very high tech engine management system, and the ultra light ABS system, over 15lbs lighter than Honda's, a lot more horsepower, and very good handling, this bike is a bargain! That is why it is an inline four. I really like the Aprilia too, but this bike is over 6000 dollars less, and faster!! As far as looks go, I have viewed it at Laguna, and it looks good, but that is all subjective.
Bill -Give it to us straight.  November 25, 2009 03:29 PM
"Man, how many tired cliches can you pack into one story, Steve Atlas? You write like a 21 year old cub reporter. Get thee to a writing class." +1 Yea, this stuff gets old. Just give it to us straight. And don't think the "bad airline food" is gonna make anyone feel sorry for you. I'd eat ramen for a week to be able to ride that thing at Portimao. Okay, maybe two weeks.
Eddie -Can we get V5, triple, maybe a 6 cycliner?????  November 25, 2009 09:05 AM
The world doesn't need another 4 cyclinder, Homies! BMW should have beat Honda at their own game and made a V5. That would be awesome. Please, I can't take another 4 cyclinder. Somebody help me...
Gunther -to each their own  November 25, 2009 03:09 AM
At first glance, I thought the bike didn't look to good. Still not liking it, but I don't buy a bike purely on looks. So if it rides as good as it says in the review, it would be one hell of a buy. of course you can add up plenty of dosh for all the extras as on all beemers.

The engine might be 'just an inline 4' but that's just the best configuration for this engine size. It's not complex (less maintenance), proven, compact to build. Funny thing is not one comment here said anything about the great settings which do not only alter engine performance but also the ABS and traction control. Brilliance if you ask me.

Not that I'm going to buy this bike, or any other 1000cc superbike anytime soon. Unlike all the racers here I have plenty of trouble wringing out a 600. Or my 1200cc naked bike for that matter. Whatever rocks your boat.
Superlight -BMW RR  November 24, 2009 03:01 PM
Doesn't excite me, not the engine configuration, not the styling. Why in the world would BMW decide to copy the line-4 just like the four Japanese brands? Maybe they don't remember what happened when Triumph did the same on their Daytona 600? The Aprilia puts this bike to shame.
Hawkeye -Great Review  November 23, 2009 11:49 PM
Oh sorry. I meant to also say that was an excellent review, Steve.

Hawkeye -Wayne Gardner rated this bike?  November 23, 2009 11:46 PM
Who's Wayne Gardner? Isn't he some over-the-hill ex-world champion who once rode two-smokes for a living? :)

Seriously folks, the WSBK bike he rated is as far removed from the stock bike as you can possibly get, with $20k Ohlins gear, slicks, engine tweaks etc. etc. No sense in drawing a parallel there, not when the price of $14 grand is coming from your own pockets. I'd wait for a magazine shootout comparo to come along before I even draw my first conclusion.
SPEEDFORHIRE -Good To Be Different?  November 23, 2009 03:53 PM
The headlights are hideous! Two rounds, with a yellow lens, would've had me looking at it real hard...................(hint, hint) BMW! I'll take the black one, plate the left side lens and blast away.
Flying on a GSXR -NOT ANOTHER 4 CYCLINDER...  November 23, 2009 03:25 PM
This bike is a CLONE of Jap Bikes. Clone! We don't need another 4 cyclinder. We already have 4 awesome ones from Japan. 1 awesome V-Twin and 1 awesome V-4 from Italy. As smart as some think BMW is, they should have come up with something different. They didn't. Most of you think NEW is better. I'd buy a 250 Ninja before I'd buy another 4 cyclinder. What's the damn point?
Why the hell does it look like it was wrecked? Wrecked!
cbr -What????  November 23, 2009 02:34 PM
Uhhhh....did you guys not just read how good this bike is??? And you would seriously consider not buying it because of the headlights??? Are you serious???
Tom -600 faster than 1000  November 23, 2009 02:08 PM
Zach G. you are absolutely correct. Think of the current World Super Sport Champ Cal Crutchlow and his R6. He consistently qualified better than half of the World Super Bike pilots and I'm pretty sure they are all competent riders. I believe he even lapped faster than all the big bikes at some tracks this year but I can't remember which one. Sorry jim jones.
I want one -Read This - I'll take the funny headlights  November 23, 2009 02:02 PM
To give to an example of the new BMW’s engine performance, my top speed on Ben Spies’ factory Yamaha R1 was 301 km/h (187 mph) at the end of the massive front straight, and according to the data on the stock S1000RR I clocked high 280s with ease and a peak of 289 km/h (180 mph), a mere 12 Km/h (7 mph) down on the world championship-winning machine. To say this is impressive is an understatement. These speeds on the stock Beemer were also equally as quick as the factory-supported Kawasaki WSBK I rode at the same time. Unreal!
Tom -Ugly but...  November 23, 2009 01:45 PM
Looks like a Triumph Tiger and an R6 just had a retarded baby. It's just like BMW to produce ugly machines though. Reminds me of the Duc 999, nice parts but ugly as a whole. That bike almost killed the Ducati brand. A person who buys something like this has probably once considered a Buell, Multistrada, some form of KTM street bike or Moto Guzzi. I was excited about this machine until I saw it at WSB in Utah this year.
wllrjstn -some of you are crazy  November 23, 2009 01:05 PM
I thing some of you are crazy for discounting all the BMW has to offer because of the way the headlights look. You can't see the headlights when you're riding, so what difference does it make? If it is a better ride and the price is close, why should you not consider this bike? To me, the bike looks purposeful, which lends a certain beauty to the bike. After all, form follows function. I think it looks like a shark, from the right side. If I were in the market for a sportbike, this would probably top the list. Well done, BMW.
Impressed -Superbike  November 23, 2009 11:57 AM
The difference in the headlights was purely a weight saving gesture. The high beam light did not have to be as big as the low beam so BMW made it smaller. From what I read about this bike I like. I am waiting to see it and take a test ride. I would love to have one of these in my garage.
Chris -S1000RR  November 23, 2009 11:28 AM
If this bike ends up beating the other liter bikes in the Superbike Smackdown & you can get it for under 14K, then I'd seriously consider buying it even if the headlights are a bit offputting. I'll take function over form every day of the week. Does anyone know if BMW will have demo rides available at the International Motorcycle Shows?
Zach G. -Smaller doesnt mean slower  November 23, 2009 11:05 AM
jim jones - red ducati owner November 22, 2009 10:33 PM
you people are insane. there is no way a 600 would ever beat a 1000 around the racetrack if piloted by a competent rider. motorcyclist folk probably declared that because they are of course not competent riders. a new 1000 will always lap faster than an new 600 if the rider knows what he's doing.

This is similar to the idea that when motoGP went back down to 800cc from 1000cc, lap times got faster too. It's not unheard of to have faster times on a track with a smaller cc bike than a larger one. Just like a liter-bike will also beat a 1400cc Hayabusa around a track. It depends on the track and the bike as much as the rider. HP isn't the only number needed for fast lap times.
shane4000 -bmw 1000  November 23, 2009 10:20 AM
You know when a bike pushes 193 hp then you got to ask yourself why would you want it as it would be great for drag racing and for a track but for street riding and ever day use i think 155 or 160 is fine for a 1000cc bikes in town, if your going to race the bike then hell yea bring on 193 hp
Rendell -Reply to Jim Jones and Dennis T.  November 23, 2009 09:22 AM
Jim, I happen to have read the article Red Duc Rider is referring to. The riders are professional. And yes, to my surprise, the stock 600 lapped faster than the new stock liter bikes.
Valentino's crew chief, Jerry Burgess said, "Motorcycle racing is 80 per cent man and 20 per cent machine."
I bought the '08 CBR 1000RR becasue it was most agile of the new liter bikes, to me that was important. I'd be happy on any of the liter bikes. I bought it even though I'm still pissed at Honda for their poor treatment of Nicky Hayden when he was teamed up with that midget Pedrosa. There should be a weight penalty against that camel jockey.
Dennis T, thanks for your insightful post. It's good to be in a forum with people passionate about motorcycles.

RBen -Funny BMW.  November 23, 2009 09:12 AM
What I thank is funny is the perceived price $13,800.<<< PRETTY FUNNY. You guys do know this is BMW don't you ???. Buy the time the stealer's do all there ad ons and I bet every one will come loaded it will be over $20,000.(Bait and Switch: The Oldest Trick in the Book).One more thing. Most any other sportbike out thare can be purchased out the door for MSRP. Just my .02.
kneedragger101 -S1000RR  November 23, 2009 07:33 AM
I wonder how much of this 450+ lb weight can be shaved off with an Akrapovic full titanium race exhaust?
SAS -To Dennis T  November 23, 2009 06:41 AM
Well said :)
Drunkula -It may be fugly  November 23, 2009 06:13 AM
But seriously... I'm thinking about buying one! IMHO it's only fugly from the front which most wont see for very long ahyhow. :)
Frak! -Oooooohhh  November 23, 2009 06:12 AM
This bike is SCREAMING to me, but I think I'm more interested in the new Duc Multi 1200 for my needs.
Goata Skool -Steve Atlas writes like sh*t  November 23, 2009 06:07 AM
Man, how many tired cliches can you pack into one story, Steve Atlas? You write like a 21 year old cub reporter. Get thee to a writing class.
Dennis T -Re. Who cares..  November 23, 2009 05:24 AM
First of all, if you don't care, don't post! You said nothing about the bike in question or motorcycles in general that added to the discussion. Secondly, this is MOTORCYCLE FORUM! People post and discuss their thoughts and opinions about bikes and the topics at hand - adults have opinions and preferences too, that is not the sole domain of teenagers. Thirdly - forums have always had a mix of the good, the bad and ugly, but like them or not, people do learn and clarify their thoughts from them at times. Lastly - as you apparently have nothing of value to add, and no opinion of interest, you have just wasted your time and ours by acting like a petulant toddler and having a tantrum in the sandbox.
Who Cares -Posters  November 23, 2009 04:44 AM
Everybody here sounds like a bunch of teenagers. "My Bike Is Better Than Your Bike". Everybody posting here should Grow UP. What a bunch of know it all immature kids. I just happened by this site and I am amazed - what is this world comming to? A bunch of immature kids arguing about who knows more about or who has the faster or who has the best handling motorcycle. Grow-up - Who Cares.....
jim jones -red ducati owner  November 22, 2009 10:33 PM
you people are insane. there is no way a 600 would ever beat a 1000 around the racetrack if piloted by a competent rider. motorcyclist folk probably declared that because they are of course not competent riders. a new 1000 will always lap faster than an new 600 if the rider knows what he's doing.
Red Ducati Owner -BMW is #1 for Sport Touring  November 22, 2009 07:56 PM
1. SAS is correct about 600s whipping ass on the track. Read Motorcyclist magazine's new for '09 shoot out. CBR 600RR lapped faster than all the new liter bikes.

2. Very true, this bike didn't do well in World Superbike 2009.

3. BMW should stick with what it does best: Heavy-ass, sport-touring bikes.

4. Yeah, it's ugly for sure... Sorry, but it's true.
Klaus -500cc Moto GP Champ rates 2009 world superbikes  November 22, 2009 07:46 PM
JAMEZ, You're displaying ignorance. It was BMW's first season ever racing at that level, and they had pretty good results, all things considered. I need to laugh at your comment about Japan making the best superbikes. Maybe for the money, but not in absolute terms. Wayne Gardner, 1987 500cc GP World Champion, tested all of the World Superbike contenders and rated the BMW second best to the Aprilia. The Japanese faired the worst. He put them all behind the Euro machines. The R1 was among the worst handling bikes on the grid this year ! It's truly a testament to Spies' skill, that he won the title with it. "The Aprilia was the best bike, it's a very precise, ‘point and squirt', and has good power. It was not the fastest but it had the most directional, confidence-inspiring chassis, and gives good feedback for the tyres on the road." "And just behind the Aprilia was the BMW! It steers very precisely and very well, considering it's got a cross-the-frame four-cylinder engine. Out of all the four-cylinder bikes, I'd say this and the Honda were the best handling of the four". http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/latest-news/1269-wayne-gardner-gets-to-grips-with-superbikes.html
n/a -s1000rr  November 22, 2009 07:38 PM
For BMW racing WSBK for the first time they did their best for not knowing what to expect racing a new bike in a very competitive series. I think BMW did alright first time testing out and really it takes more than one year to get it right. Honestly the S1000RR is a love it or hate it design like the the new R1 and CBR1000RR. The bike is different but dont whine to people about the design, if you hate it fine but dont go saying the bike is dumb and Japanese bikes or Italian bikes are beter because of their design.
SAS -To Wayne  November 22, 2009 07:06 PM
"What are you, a bunch of posers? If the looks and sound are so important to you guys, buy a HD." WTF?! You actually think an HD looks good? HD sounds like a choke beer bottle! Poser huh? I would love to race you on any given track on my R6 vs you on this BUTT-FUGLY beemer...sorry i don't drag..you win in that department..unless i bring my 1198S..let me know the place and time Poser..
JAMEZ -Hi Ferd or Fred whatever your name is.  November 22, 2009 04:37 PM
Japanese bikes are the best you can get. They always have been and there is no sign this trend will stop. The BMW was raced in World Superbike by a former champ with poor results. The ignorance by
Ferd -S1000RR  November 22, 2009 03:46 PM
As Wayne said "This is a bike for serious riders not posers". This bike is light years ahead of the jap bikes. RT Rider made a good post "why worry about the headlights when all you are going to see are the taillights". I am making space in my garage for one!!!!!!
Levi -Total Package  November 22, 2009 03:17 PM
Some of you must not own a Ducati or a R1 so you will never understand. Looks are important. This BMW looks like a Pug on two wheels. It is what it is, ugly as sin.
Bob -S1000R  November 22, 2009 02:31 PM
BMW is known for being practical and precise. Shallow riders worry about looks. But this bike is beautiful and very high tech. I would have one in a heart beat.
Devil Machine -my other helicopter is a motorcycle  November 22, 2009 12:55 PM
i bet this bike would look better in just about any other color. why the hell did they paint it the same color as my vomit after downing an entire bottle of vodka?
Wayne -BMW  November 22, 2009 11:55 AM
Before BMW's slogan was "the ultimate driving machine", it was "form follows function". This is a bike for serious riders not posers.
Wayne -Why all the whining about looks and sound?  November 22, 2009 11:44 AM
What are you, a bunch of posers? If the looks and sound are so important to you guys, buy a HD.
Racer1 -Hmmm  November 22, 2009 11:31 AM
If you are looking for a class winning liter race rep, then this should be the bike for you - the idea that the look of the headlights could be a deal breaker amazes me, do you want a motorcycle or a piece of sculpture - geez, who cares about the way it looks, I'll take function over form every time (apart from women)! More important is WHY you want a class winning race rep liter bike... if you never leave the street it's uncomfortable, overkill, like commuting in a Ferrari - expensive, impractical and loads of ability just going to waste. If you race or are a track day hound, a 600 is generally a better tool for the job. If ultimately it all comes down to oneupmanship, posing and bragging rights, then that decision tends to be made on emotional grounds - if you like Italian exotica, this won't float your boat, if you have grown up on Japanese bikes and like the price and dealer network, you're unlikely to switch to a Beemer now - it seems like a niche product, regardless of ability. I hope the niche is big enough as I'd really like BMW to stay in WSB...
S Rider -S1000RR  November 22, 2009 11:07 AM
Why worry about the headlights when all you will be seeing are the taillights.....
yo -So childish  November 22, 2009 09:47 AM
Why doesn't everyone realize that the motorcycle doesn't have "eyes" so it can't be cockeyed. Why do you insist on personifying the bike? It seems fast it's nice to look at, if you don't think it's supposed to look like a person, and it matches more than well with the other bikes in the class. What more could you ask for? Unless of course you are the type of person who wants to make love to your bike...
DickB'lazer -ss  November 22, 2009 09:19 AM
nice, nice bike. love the looks and massive performance. almost as good looking as the cbr 1k. much better looking than the old and dino looks of the yamie, gixrs, and zx10. wait, these guys will have to be more radical to compete with the bmw and the top dog cbr looks and performance. in person the bmw and the cbr are awesomely gorgeous bikes and peak performers....the pros agree. not some idiot who sells insurance and goes to the track a few times a year.
RT Rider -S1000RR  November 22, 2009 07:01 AM
What out everyone - this thing is going to be fast. Don't worry about the headlights as you will only be looking at the taillight anyway.
akrs -Growing on you?  November 22, 2009 05:34 AM
This bike looks plain ugly from the front,was it so hard for BMW to make it look good? it really looks cock eyed,and the "growing on me" part doesn't make any sense, paying $13,000 to let something grow on u is dumb, it should please u right from the showroom where u pick it up
Aie -It grows on you...  November 21, 2009 10:41 PM
True that the headlights give the Beemer the look of just been involved in a bar fight. However, that is what makes it unique for me. If it is true that the price will be in the range of the Japanese sportsbikes when it comes to my country, then definitely I'm getting one in black. If the price is more towards the Ducs, then 2010 ZX10R will be the one...
R1 Gun -s1000RR  November 21, 2009 09:34 PM
Checked out that website Jay. I actually thought it sounded pretty good. The traditional BMW livery also looked good. However the lights are a massive mistake, this will cost BMW heaps of sales, which is a shame because it sounds like a great bike otherwise. I for one would consider buying one but the lights are a no go for me. I think they will be changed pretty soon and the first model will be left as an ugly duckling which will depreciate like a stone.
JaimeB -Wow  November 21, 2009 09:30 PM
Best looking sports bike ever! Real competition for thr Japs.
Bert -Ugly  November 21, 2009 09:04 PM
The fairing is ugly, the rear is ugly, the headlights are ugly. The dash looks great, the taillight is nice, the swing arm looks good. Saw it at Laguna Seca last summer. Good thing performance is great.
nathan -I like it  November 21, 2009 09:02 PM
Different? Most definitely. Ugly? No. You want ugly? Look at the CBR1k and Gixxers.
Dr. D -S1000RR  November 21, 2009 09:00 PM
I fully understand the reason behind the asymmetric headlights...it will serve as an improvement or reason to buy the new model when the 2012/2013 model comes out. The only other logical reason for it is to be “different.” Nice try BMW.
Blender -No Thanks  November 21, 2009 07:35 PM
That mismatched headlight design is HIDEOUS! Man, that bike would look a thousand times better if both sides of the fairing wore the angular light (the left one if you were seated on the bike).
JAY -Why did they even try????  November 21, 2009 07:20 PM
You can watch this bike on the track and on a twisty road on the link below. The sound does nothing for me. The looks do even less. At least the Arilia looks and sounds cool and has a V4. The KTM looks awesome too and has a bad ass sound to its engine.
Why did BMW even try?

Bert -2010 Bikes  November 21, 2009 07:15 PM
Some super-cool bike coming out, but what's up with the styling? The new beamer, the RSV4, both weird-looking.
Malcoms -?  November 21, 2009 07:04 PM
WTF? I agree this is one ugly mo fo.
SAS -70% Japanese Beemer admit that themselves  November 21, 2009 07:02 PM
and why sooooo UGLY?
Rendell -:(  November 21, 2009 07:02 PM
This bike is too ugly for me. It looks cock-eyed.
Rendell -:(  November 21, 2009 07:00 PM
This bike is so F-UGLY! It looks cross eyed.

I agree with Dan, they should have went with a V4, inline 5 or something different than another 4 cyclinder. It's just so F-UGLY.
Tony -Saw it in person  November 21, 2009 06:17 PM
I went to the San Mateo bike show today and saw in person. It looks bad ass in black.
Klaus Harris -S1000RR  November 21, 2009 06:04 PM
I've been a Kawasaki rider all of my life, from dirt bikes to sportbikes (04 ZX-12, 06 ZX-10, 06 ZX14, 08 ZX-10r) , jet skis.... just everything Kawasaki. I think something has finally come along to totally change my mind!!!. Think about it.... how many japanese bikes come stock with all of the things the BMW has to offer? The answer is.... ZERO! How many Italian bikes can you get, for the same price, with the same power, with the same electronics as a S100RR? The answer, once again is ZERO!! I don't need a superbike smackdown! BMW is already a clear winner to me!
Dan -Ugly  November 21, 2009 05:22 PM
I think the bike's asymmetrical headlight and fairings are a real disappointment. If they wanted to be different they should have went with a V4, inline 5, V3, or W3 type of powerplant instead of just copying the typical generic inline 4.

Hell, a different firing order even would've worked had Yamaha not gone that route already, with that said it's just as generic Japanese as you can get, just with an ugly face.
motosam -S1000RR  November 21, 2009 03:55 PM
i can't wait to get mine :-)