That BMW is making a streetfighter version of its venerable S1000RR superbike is no secret, as we have seen the “BMW S1000R” naked bike already before from the lenses of Europe’s plethora of spy photographers. Today we get another glimpse of what zie Germans have been up to in their workshops, and what we expect them to debut at the EICMA show in Milan later this fall.
Caught head-on and from the side (see after the jump), we get a good look at what appears to be a final, or near final, headlight assembly, and true to BMW form, it is winking at us. From the side, we can see that the naked bike retains many of the S1000RR’s components, including its exhaust design. Of course, the real question will be what’s inside the cylinder casings.
BMW has proven its willingness to zig when other OEMs zag, and with the current trend being to neuter streetfighter designs from their sport bike predecessors, it will be interesting to see if BMW clips the wings of its naked terror, or if they leave the 193 hp inline-four motor intact.
Other things of note are the intake between the two headlights, which means the streetfighter will have a nice RAM air effect for its airbox (something that’s lacking in the designs of BMW’s counterparts). Also noticeable are wheel-speed pick-ups, which give a hint to traction control and ABS — not that those features would come as a surprise from BMW Motorrad.
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