BMW S 1000 RR Ash On Bikes

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BMW S 1000 RR

BMW S 1000 RR

There is so, so much could have gone with the introduction of the BMW S1000RR.

The has been hyped, details caught in spy photos and generally about with huge for around five years, the first barely credible of BMW`s attempt at a real surfaced.

It`s even raced in World Superbikes by Corser and Ruben Xaus the 2009 season, and all the time BMW has drip-feeding us with tantalising encouraging rather than to dampen down the hype.

have been enormous for reasons, and on top of that, this is first ever attempt at the high tech, high high profile class in an arena where the Japanese and expose their very along with their cutting edge technology, up by years of race-bred experience.

for these kinds of bikes the Yamaha R1, Honda Fireblade, GSX-R1000, Kawasaki ZX-10R Aprilia RSV4 Factory, 1198S — look for two in particular: performance as measured in lap plus race and sporting

BMW has no motorcycle race heritage most modern riders be aware of, and for those that do it, the pre- and post-war grands successes and 1960s sidecar are hardly relevant to modern That leaves performance, means this entirely new BMW in an new class for the company has to hit the ground and match not just any bike in the list above, it has to sit in the upper and be measured not merely in opinion but in unforgiving performance figures

As if all this lot wasn`t enough, own history of new model releases is not the especially with its four-cylinder Going back to the company`s four, the K100 in 1984, bike suffered two years of problems and it looked almost as if BMW was its customers to finish off the development. It was a great engine anyway, too much by its unique layout.

The new four was even worse: I first wrote about the after riding it in July I made a recommendation to avoid it at least until it was working The bike was clearly unfinished and dreadful to ride as a result, and BMW the showroom launch for another six Again it took two years for the to reach its potential, and now the 1300cc are outstandingly good.

But it shouldn`t happened that way, and it set an uncomfortable precedent for the S1000RR.

My own then was to be disappointed, even to how the huge cost of developing bike, coming in these financial times, could BMW`s future, in addition to any to its reputation.

By the end of the first lap of the Portimao in the Algarve, all those concerns had It really was that soon, as a Fireblade or a GSX-R — and not like the other contenders the S1000RR is a bike you feel comfortable on. Not so much comfort in of ergonomics, though again Fireblade-like in this respect is also a good thing, but in the of a bike which simply right.

There`s further support in the impressive electronic options which I`ll come to, but it`s the basics of the bike BMW has managed to get right first

The engine, frankly, is staggering. It eagerly at a standstill, promising with its quick-fire snarls, and you`re rolling its thrust is Comparing figures between is a wasteful exercise as no one seems to things in quite the same but BMW says its bike has the best to weight ratio of all the superbikes, and you open the throttle at the start of a straight like Portimao`s, the way the fires itself up the track a missile suggests that`s true.

It is noticeably and significantly than a GSX-R1000, this is even without a direct comparison, and right up there the quickest, the R1 and Aprilia. This is power, a claimed 190bhp, yet as easy to control and modulate as on any machine, with perfect and superbly predictable throttle

The power is spread wide with the huge hit at the top end supported by a mid range that flows up to the maximum as the revs build, and low rev torque appears healthy, that won`t really be until we get the S1000RR on the road. are four modes to get used to, Rain, Sport, Race and In Rain the power is reduced to and the power delivery is at its softest.

In the dry it`s still reasonably until you try the faster modes is, and in wet weather will be genuinely Sport mode is the everyday weather one, and this that almighty power with a gentler throttle than the next two modes was ideal for familiarising myself the Portimao circuit, and then to at the end of the day when fatigue was setting in. be perfect for road use.

mode gives you a hard direct feel between grip and tyre which intimidate some riders in circumstances, though still the between wrist and rubber is faithful. Finally there`s mode, designed as it suggests to be with slick tyres on the and while the directness of the throttle is full race bike, mode also allows aspects such as turning off the which again I`ll to.

The brakes themselves are outstanding, in this class. They`re a of Nissin master cylinder and radial calliper chosen it for the perfect combination of power and And instead of interfering as it usually on the track, the optional ABS simply confidence.

You can eventually feel it but this is at the point where riders would be thinking really don`t want to any harder anyway. Like the response, the ABS changes with the selected, coming in soon in mode, then intervening the tyres` limits with mode change towards

In the lower two modes the rear lift detector also releasing front brake as the back wheel lifts of the ground to help keep the in control. In Race and Slick this is switched off, and the ABS is also switched off in Slick to allow rear wheel into turns.

The chassis if impresses even more that magnificent engine. It was which gave me that at-home sensation, and it went on to me it`s quite probably the superbike chassis out there.

It is on the side when circumstances Portimao) demand lots of changing, in part no doubt due to the steering damper, but it`s bearing in mind the test were set up with only two clicks on the rear rebound from stock road In practice for track use you`d the rear ride height to the steering and make the bike to flick side to side.

But start thinking from it`s a heavy feeling because it`s not. very light, very and scalpel sharp in its accuracy, exactly when you point it and not wide as many bikes do you wind on the power coming out of a

And wind on the power you certainly as the traction control lets you open the throttle as wide as you then goes on to deal and effectively with rear spin. There`s one climbing hander at Portimao in particular the bike goes light way through the turn, and even the rear just slides to one side, tightening the line, regrips with no lurch chassis or engine, just a liquid and utterly expert exit that even the racers would struggle to As with the other electronics, the control (called DTC or Dynamic Control by BMW but not to be confused with DTC traction control) changes the mode selected in order to riding style and conditions.


In addition, a lean angle prevents the rider applying when the bike is leaning than a predetermined amount, and too changes with the modes. The time most riders notice will be if they rain mode then the bike in the dry. The bike to accelerate until you start to it back towards vertical, the power cuts back in ) and the bike carries on as normal.

unusual to see the name Sachs on the of a top quality sports bike, but forks and rear shock the name, and as with the rest of the Sachs has instantly matched the available. The fat 46mm forks are height adjustable as well as the usual damping settings, the shock offers low and high damping adjustment as well as preload and ride height. The job is made much easier by a and obvious idea: the adjusters are with clear numbers 1 to 10, so no more counting clicks, and are colour coded for rebound and damping.

A full technical appraisal be coming here shortly, but matters most and first is the S 1000 RR is like to ride and how it with its rivals. The answer be very clear now: bike is not only right on the it`s at the high end of the class and I be surprised if it came out as class in terms of outright performance. But than that, it`s the of all to ride fast, very enormously confidence inspiring and as as everything else, perhaps the important factor of all, a huge amount of undiluted, fun.

BMW has done it.

SPECIFICATIONS

on the road.

£12,235 Sport with ABS/DTC

Contact: BMW 01344 426565

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