- Look! A trellis frame. It's basically a German Ducati now

The leaked 2019 BMW S1000RR will finally bring the power of M to two wheels

It's being unveiled next week but a leak already has one member of the DT team very excited

1y ago

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If you're not into biking then all you need to know about the BMW S1000RR is that it's a 1,000cc sportsbike that completely transformed BMW bikes overnight.

When it launched in 2009 it switched the biking community's perception of the Bavarian firm from a creator of steady-away, go-far adventure bikes into purveyors of a nigh-on 200bhp missile that shook up a world dominated by the Yamaha R1, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Suzuki GSX-R 1000 and Aprilia RSV4.

It's as if Dacia suddenly released a Ferrari 488 rival and clobbered the Italians over the head with a cabbage roll. Anyway, there's an all-new S1000RR coming out in 2019 and some git's taken a photo of the spec sheet. And it's got me all in a tither.

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The S1000RR's calling card has always been atmosphere-troubling oomph, and the new one has 207bhp at 13,500 rpm, and 113Nm of torque. The current bike has 199bhp and 113Nm of torque, so it's going to be even more mental at the top end.

Notably, the 2019 bike has BMW's new ShiftCam system, first seen on the new 1250GS adventure bike. This essentially means the engine has two cam profiles, which change over when you gun it, or just go above a certain rev limit – and this is probably key to the extra 8bhp in the 2019 bike. In the GS it's reportedly imperceptible in use, unlike Honda's VTEC system from the old VFR800.

The real reason to be excited – BMW M comes to bikes

M! M! M! ///M!!!

M! M! M! ///M!!!

What's got me properly excited, however, is the mention of the magical 'M' letter on the spec sheet. The standard 2019 bike will weigh 197kg fully fuelled, or 193.5kg with the M Package – likely a mix of carbon parts and forged wheels.

There's also a whole bunch of 'M' optional parts, much like M Performance add-ons in the car world. These include carbon bits, a datalogger, rearsets and levers.

The use of M on a bike means it finally feels as if BMW's fast four-wheeled stuff and two-wheeled stuff will seem as if they're from the same family.

So will we see a BMW M1000RR? Unlikely, but from what we've seen so far, next year could see us have a new litre-bike king.

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Comments (22)

  • We have the HP line for that, right?

      1 year ago
  • M badged cars are just a performance model derived from a series (3,4,5,6 series ect). The s1000rr was groundbreaking in the motorcycle world, so in my opinion exceeds the m badge. No need to use letters to big it up, it is what it is!

      1 year ago
  • Yes, overall cool. Trellis frame, not sure. Extra 8bhp; hardly noticeable. Average rider will NEVER reach bikes full potential. Personally not a fan of new symmetrical headlights. ShiftCam system is more shit to potentially be problematic (although BMW usually has tech right when brought to market), but does move the tech envelope forward. BMW should've trickled down the carbon fiber frame & wheels from HP4 race w/out all the expensive bits & bobs...Probs to $$$ to do so. Overall opinion = it will be a more expensive S1000RR with minor changes that don't interest me. Verdict = keeping my older model. M Division really should do up properly like 200 bikes putting out 215-220 bhp. They'd sell in a heartbeat.

      1 year ago
    • The main frame does not look trellis. It's just the subframe.

        1 year ago
    • Yeah - I guess they have HP for bikes as well (HP4/HP2)

        1 year ago
  • 😍😍😍

      1 year ago
  • All these high powered bikes look gorgeous, but on public roads, they’re useless. Not to mention that 99.9% of the riders cannot handle such a powerful lady...

      1 year ago
    • I'd argue that the amount of rider aids on modern litre bikes means anyone can ride them safely. Whether or not they can get the most out of them is debatable...

        1 year ago
    • Also right πŸ‘πŸ»

        1 year ago
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