A 121kW 1000cc engine that is optimised for acceleration delivers new levels of performance with the launch of the new BMW Motorrad S 1000 R.

More than ever, the “tail up – nose down” look gives the S 1000 R an eye-catchingly dynamic visual impact with its new body elements.

The bike boasts an unrivalled low, wet weight of between 199kg and 194kg depending on model — S 1000 R or S 1000 R M Sport.

Add to this ABS Pro, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), full-scale LED lighting and other features.

The in-line four-cylinder engine is based on that from the S 1000 RR and generates an impressive 121kW at 11,000 rpm and 114Nm of torque at 9250 rpm.

The engine speed range is wider and fuller to achieve improved rideability with a markedly linear torque curve.

In addition to a smoother, self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch, the new S 1000 R is equipped with engine drag torque control (MSR) for the first time.

It prevents the rear wheel from spinning as a result of abrupt throttling or downshifting thanks to electronic actuation.

The chassis has also subjected to significant weight reduction measures to improve performance and engagement.

The frame and swingarm are based on the S 1000 RR and have been made considerably lighter than the previous generation.

At the same time, the engine in the Flex Frame takes on a much greater supporting function than before.

The new frame offers further benefits due to its narrow design, reducing the S 1000 R’s width in the area of the knee contact area.

This enables a more relaxed riding position with even more freedom of movement.

The underslung swingarm has been adopted from the S 1000 RR, while the spring strut with Full Floater Pro kinematics is now located significantly further away from the swing axis and engine.

This prevents shock from heating up due to waste heat and ensures even more stable temperature behaviour and more constant damping response.

In combination with the new swingarm, the S 1000 R achieves enhanced grip while lowering tyre wear.

New S 1000 R is equipped as standard with Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS Pro with banking angle optimisation and three riding modes: Rain, Road and Dynamic.

Fully configurable Dynamic Pro mode is also available with a particularly wide range of options as part of the Riding Modes Pro option.

Pro features Engine Brake function in conjunction with engine drag torque control (MSR) and Power Wheelie function.

As part of the Pro option, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) also  supports the rider during emergency braking manoeuvres.

The new S 1000 R adopts the the S 1000 RR instrument cluster, delivering the best possible readability and an extended range of functions.

The 6.5-inch high definition screen enables clear readability even under difficult lighting conditions.

Pure Ride provides all necessary information for normal riding, while a Core Screen shows banking angle, deceleration and traction control.

A Bluetooth smartphone interface, which allows app-based arrow navigation, is included as standard.

Lighting is based on state-of-the-art LED technology.

Enhanced safety at night is ensured by adaptive turning light — a component of Headlight Pro.

The BMW S 1000 R is offered in four levels – S 1000 R, S 1000 R Sport, S 1000 R Race and S 1000 R M Sport – with a high level of specification across the model range.

The S 1000 R is priced from $20,650.

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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