Planned for general release this summer, the production BMW S1000R has some changes from the racebike prototype everyone’s raving about.
Ron LiebackAllAboutBikes.com Staff Writer
Wanting to grab an edge in World Championship racing, BMW did things differently. The Bavarian manufacture didn’t produce a bike like usual, one with a peculiar engine design and quirky set ups, but rather a conventional sportbike, the S1000RR. The carbon racebike is planned for general release to the public this summer, with slight changes from the prototype that has every motorcycle content venue raving.
The S1000RR utilizes a 999cc inline-four, but without a radically canted cylinder bank. The cylinder head is reported to have a unique valve-closing system, but further details are non-existent at this time. The Akrapovic exhaust system appearing on the prototype racebike is reported to be replaced by a belly-mounted silencer, and the discs are said to be mounted directly to the wheels without a separate carrier like the one that’s featured on the prototype racebike, but the Brembo radial-mount calipers remain. The S1000RR has a twin-spar aluminum frame, and a standard twin-sided “gull-wing” style swingarm.
Olaf WolffAllAboutBikes Sr. Staff WriterDoing this evaluation on BMW’s professional touring boots turned into something akin to one of those over-the-top European road test commercials, where you get slammed with nearly every conceivable harsh weather road scenario, one after the other.It began with heavy, wet, morning costal fog and quickly kicked into brutal desert heat, peaking at 111 degrees. That was before breakfast. The day ended in Flagstaff, Arizona, in drenching rain and thunder. And after settling in to a motel, I walked to dinner without giving a thought to changing shoes. They’re billed as boots for year-round utilization – sometimes it only takes a day to fully appreciate all the characteristics of genuine versatility.
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