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Motorbike Mondays: BMW S1000 R – the Stripped Down Superbike

August 18, 2014

Motorbike Mondays

After a lengthy wait, the stripped down version of the sporty BMW S1000 RR superbike arrived earlier this year. Having dropped a letter, BMW’s take on the ‘naked bike’ is simply called the S1000 R and has been making waves since its launch.

  • The S1000 R is a full package roadster offering raw power, refined handling and cutting edge technology
  • Its 999 cc engine produces a staggering 160 bhp
  • Starting from just £10,200

 

Available in two versions, the S1000 R and the S1000 R Sport, the new BMW bike is a stripped down version of BMW’s thoroughbred sport bike, the S1000 RR – utilising the same features and technology that made the RR such a success. A roadster in its purest form, the new S1000 R has received praise from bike critics worldwide since its launch. Its dynamic handling capabilities, rider friendly feel and responsive power have made it an instant hit with motorbike fans.

BMW have gone a step further than simply removing some body panels for the creation of their naked bike – the S1000 R is a reworked machine, taking the essentials from the original RR and perfecting them for roadster use. Utilising the same 4-cylinder 999cc engine, the R features a new exhaust, fuel injection system and revised camshaft set up – essentially taming the wild 190 bhp engine from the RR to a more rider friendly 160 bhp for the R. However, the detuned engine isn’t to be sniffed at – with 160 bhp, the S1000 R is still one of the most powerful naked bikes on the market.

The S1000 R also benefits from improved stability – its higher, commanding rider position has meant that BMW have stretched the bike’s wheelbase and altered its steering setup – improving balance both on the straights and in the bends. Combined with its light weight, powerful Brembo disc brakes and balanced chassis, the S1000 R is an excellent all-rounder offering class-leading handling for such a powerful bike.

 

The standard model comes with two rider modes, adapting handling to suit both dry and wet conditions. When rain mode is selected, the bike’s onboard computer alters the BMW’s stability control system, while reigning in the power to keep the rider safe in slippery conditions. If you opt for the top of the range Sport model, you’ll get additional modes including ‘Dynamic’ and ‘Dynamic Pro’ designed for track riding, giving the S1000 R a more aggressive edge. The Sport model also benefits from the addition of a semi-active suspension system, which adjusts damping levels and firmness to suit riding conditions – clever stuff!

The stunning BMW S1000 R will set you back £10,200 for the standard version, or £11,600 for the Sport version. Both bikes are, quite frankly, bargains compared to some rivals – offering BMW quality and refinement with lightning quick performance.

 

Looking for motorbike finance? The Car Loan Warehouse are experts in financing both new and used motorbikes. Our team work with dealers and lenders to find you the best motorbike financing deal, regardless of credit score. So if you’re looking for a bike over 600cc and need to borrow £3000 or more, try our quick and easy motorbike finance calculator for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.

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