2015 BMW S1000RR review – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Friday, November 07, 2014

On a dry track it’s clear that the S1000RR is subtly but significantly faster
and easier to ride – at least when, like the launch bikes, it’s fitted with
most of its options and accessories. I was surprised to find one of the most
useful was its new quick-shifter, whose “auto-blipper” function allowed
clutchless gear-changes when going down, as well as up, through the
six-speed gearbox.

This minimised distractions when braking for a bend, facilitating hard use of
the powerful Brembo front brake. Its ABS system worked superbly even on
track, though one HP4 feature that even this BMW doesn’t share is a
cornering ABS function.

The RR does, however, inherit the option of Dynamic Damping Control, the
semi-active suspension system that adjusts automatically to suit the riding
mode (for example by softening damping in Rain mode) and the bike’s
situation. Its key advantage is its ability to make the suspension stiff
when required, for example firming the forks under hard braking or the rear
shock under acceleration, and supple the rest of the time. The superbly
agile BMW remained remarkably controllable even at the extreme cornering
angles encouraged by slick tyres in the test’s final two sessions.


The BMW S1000RR feels very controlled, even at extreme cornering angles

You can check your cornering angles, too, as a new instrument panel records
actual and maximum lean as well as acceleration and braking force, throttle
position and more (my bike reached 58 degrees in one turn, though the German
lead rider beat that with 60 degrees).

The BMW’s electronic sophistication will help make it an outstanding, if often
frustratingly reined-in, streetbike. Those super-sports rivals massing on
the horizon are going to have to be mighty good to dethrone the S1000RR.

THE FACTS

BMW S1000RR (2015)

Tested: 999cc four-cylinder four-stroke, six-speed transmission

Price/on sale: TBC (approx £12,000 standard, £14,000-16,000 with
accessories)/February

Power/torque: 199bhp @ 13,500rpm/83lb ft @ 10,500rpm

Top speed: 185mph (estimated)

Range: 140 miles @ 40mpg (estimated)

Verdict: Thrillingly fast, breathtakingly agile, sophisticated and well
equipped four-cylinder rocket that raises the superbike bar once again

Telegraph rating: Five stars out of five

THE RIVALS

Aprilia
RSV4 R
, £14,134

Stylish, compact and with a new World Superbike title to its name, the agile
Italian V4 also features refined electronics and will be further fine-tuned
for 2015

Ducati
1199 Panigale
, £16,250

Ducati’s sleek V-twin has its rev-happy 195bhp engine in an ultra-light
aluminium frame, and is about to be replaced by an even more powerful 1299
Panigale

Kawasaki
Ninja ZX-10R ABS
, £13,199

Blends 197bhp performance with agile handling and World Superbike credibility,
but is likely to be overshadowed by the firm’s 1,000cc supercharged four,
the Ninja H2

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