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post #1 of 2 Old May 13th, 2009, 6:42 pm Thread Starter
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Maybe this is old news, one of my friends at BMW Automobils send this to me. Sounds insane to me, I must be getting old...

BMW Decides Too Much Is Just Enough
05/12/2009
AUTOPIA
We can not help but suspect was a shot across the bow of Ducati. The boys in Bologna (and Japan, for that matter) should be worried, because BMW is promising best-in-class performance.Beyond arm-snapping acceleration - zero to 62 in 2.9 seconds - the RR sports some sweet tech that includes traction control and ABS.Did we mention is produces 193 horsepower at 13,000 rpm?That is a stunning amount of power for anything on two wheels, let alone a machine that weight 403.5 pounds before you put any gas in the tank. Dollar for dollar, there's no cheaper way to go insanely fast than on a motorcycle, and we're ready to cash out what's left of our 401(k) for the new BMW S 1000 RR. With 193 horsepower in a package that weighs 455 pounds ready to ride, this sexy beast is quick enough to compress your eyeballs.

BMW unveiled the bike at the famed Autodramo Nationale Monza - and oh, how we'd love to take it through the Variante della Roggia - in Italy, which we can't help but suspect was a shot across the bow of Ducati. The boys in Bologna (and Japan, for that matter) should be worried, because BMW is promising best-in-class performance.

Beyond arm-snapping acceleration - zero to 62 in 2.9 seconds - the RR sports some sweet tech that includes traction control and ABS.

Did we mention is produces 193 horsepower at 13,000 rpm?

That's a stunning amount of power for anything on two wheels, let alone a machine that weight 403.5 pounds before you put any gas in the tank. For the sake of comparison, the awesome Ducati 1098 R produces 180 horsepower and weighs 364 pounds dry, so the two bikes have a similar power-to-weight ratio. The Yamaha R1 has 180 horsepower on tap in a bike that weighs 454 pounds when fueled.

BMW is competing in the World Superbike Championship, and the RR provides the foundation for the production-based race bikes ridden by roy Corser and Ruben Xaus.

Its water-cooled, four-cylinder 999cc engine has a 13.0:1 compression ratio and sits in an aluminum frame. It's got 82.5 pound-feet of torque at 9,750 rpm. Electronic assistance comes from race-spec ABS and dynamic traction control. The rider can chose from four modes - rain, sport, race and slick - to control how much nannying the bike provides. You can also bypass it entirely if you're in the mood for burnouts. BMW claims the RR is the lightest superbike with ABS, and the bike also comes with an optional “HP Gearshift Assistant” for perfect clutchless shifting.

The RR rides on a 46-millimeter inverted fork - no Telelever here - and an aluminum swingarm. BMW says the aluminum fuel tank is no wider than those on 600 superbikes, “giving the rider the assurance of excellent control and handling at all times.”

The bike rolls into showrooms early next year. As for price, Pieter de Waal, vice president of BMW Motorrad USA, recently told Dealer News, “people will be in for quite a surprise. We intend to take the four Japanese head-on. We did not intend to build a motorcycle like Ducati does or KTM does. We want to build a mainstream motorcycle.”

BMW is aiming the bike squarely at riders who would otherwise ride home on an R1 or Suzuki GSX-R1000 - both of which cost a hair less than $13,000 - and de Waal told Dealer News, “We're going right for the fat part of the market with this, and I think it's going to change a lot of people's opinions about the brand.”

Maybe scaring ourselves silly won't require cashing out that 401(k) after all.

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They've been racing this bike in the World Super Bike Series this year. Doing fairly well for a first year effort on a new bike.

Here's some info and pics of the street version coming to the US next year.

As we promised, the S 1000 RR redefines power, performance, and technology in the Superbike category. It’s 999cc in-line 4-Cylinder engine develops more power than any other superbike in production today. With 193 horses on tap, the S 1000 RR has at least 5hp more than any of its competitors. The engine is a marvel of modern engineering. Weighing only 132 lbs. complete, it features a Formula 1 derived valve train with extremely light cam followers and the shortest stroke in the category that allow it to rev at least 500 rpm higher than any of it’s competitors

The S 1000 RR is also extremely lightweight at only 404 lbs. dry or 455 lbs. fully fueled with ABS. Only one bike in the segment (CBR 1000) is lighter in standard trim, but with ABS included the S 1000 RR is the lightest.



Speaking of ABS, the S 1000 RR is the first motorcycle in the world to be equipped with “Race ABS”. Unlike other ABS systems that you turn off when you get to the race track, you’ll want to turn this system on when you get there. This completely new 4-mode system (Rain, Sport, Race, Slick) optimizes braking response in any condition to allow virtually any rider to brake later and harder than they could with any other system.



The S 1000 RR is also available with Dynamic Traction Control. This system combines data from the throttle, wheel speed and bank angle sensors to deliver maximum acceleration while minimizing wheel-spin. This ensures maximum available acceleration in just about any situation while minimizing the risk of losing traction at a critical moment

While Race ABS and DTC won’t change the laws of physics, working together these rider aids make the S 1000 RR the most user-friendly and rideable Superbike on the planet. Add the optional Gear Shift Assistant option and you have the most advanced Superbike available at any price.


From the pictures below you can see the unique styling of the S 1000 RR. It’s most distinctive feature is the “split-face” front fairing which features a massive central air intake and asymmetric headlights. These unique headlights were designed to evoke the look of classic endurance racers while minimizing weight and projecting a look a look that’s uniquely BMW.







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