When the motorcycle was first introduced in 2009, it took supersport biking to great heights. And because of it being so popular the world over, BMW decided to come up with a naked version, packing strong performance and good ergonomics. Like most modern BMW bikes, the new S 1000 R sports a sharp and angular design language. And being a BMW, expect top-notch levels of build quality.
The new look
The 2021 BMW S 1000 R comes with a new headlight, a reshaped tank, radiator shrouds and a belly pan that add to the sharp looks of the motorcycle. At the back, it’s familiar, since the tail has been lifted off the fully-faired supersport sibling. The motorcycle is also equipped with a proper electronic package that includes a 6.5-inch TFT display, cornering ABS, traction control, engine brake control and three riding modes.
The new S 1000 R’s engine has been derived from the S 1000 RR’s engine, albeit is available in a different state of tune. It makes 162bhp at 11000rpm and 115Nm of torque, and the motor is Euro 5 compliant. The torque curve is flatter and major part of it is offered at about 3000rpm. The final three gear rations have also been made taller so as to reduce engine rpm and bump up fuel economy when cruising.
At the front, the S 1000 R comes with a 120/70-17 front tyre while the rear gets a 190/55-17 tyre, wrapped on to cast aluminium wheels. Lightweight forged aluminium and carbon fiber wheels can be opted for too. In terms of the suspension layout, it is equipped with a 45mm USD fork up-front and link-actuated monoshock at the back. As an additional option, you can have semi-active electronic suspension as well. Retardation duties are carried out by twin 320mm rotors at the front with four-piston radial-mounted calipers, and a 220mm single rotor and single-piston floating caliper.
The bike is quite light for its segment and thanks to the wonderfully engineered chassis, it makes the bike seem rather light and agile. The ABS works very efficiently, and the brakes provide a strong bite. The tyres grip the road with confidence even at high speeds. And the bike corners remarkably well, making it one of the best in its segment.
The prices for the motorcycle haven’t been revealed yet, but you can be certain to expect BMW Motorrad to launch this model in India sometime next year. Also, grab the latest info on the new bikes, only at autoX.