BMW S1000RR Gets Updated for 2015

08/20/2014 @ 3:59 am, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS


Despite being five years old, the BMW S1000RR remains one of the best sport bikes you can buy on the market. This is do largely to BMW bringing a bevy of European top-tier features to the superbike, but pricing it inline with its Japanese counterparts, thus creating tremendous bang for the buck for sport bike enthusiasts.

For the 2013 model year, the Bavarians raised their game with its more exclusive BMW HP4 offering, which brought semi-active suspension into liter-bike mix. Now with the Bosch MSC cornering ABS module, BMW continues to raise the game in what was once a segment that lived solely in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Now for 2015, it seems that BMW is set to update the S1000RR, as a revised version of the bike has been spotted in Germany, sporting noticeably different bodywork and other features.

Seeing its side fairings and tail section subtly revised from the previous iteration, what are perhaps the most interesting takeaways from the above photo are the electrical leads going to the front forks — a sure sign of BMW’s DDC package (semi-active suspension) being on board.

Also, hidden behind the frisbee-sized European license plate is a revised exhaust canister, which has two outlets, making a single-muffler shotgun-exhaust setup. A quick-shifter is also visible, and if the styling of the BMW S1000XR is to be believed, a revised headlight setup could also be expected up front.

A quick cruise through the CARB emission filings sees no new models from BMW, which hints that what’s in the engine casings has remained the same for 2015. We expect pricing to continue to be very favorable against both the European and Japanese brands, and for BMW also to create tiers for the features, in its usual package schema.

That being said, stay tuned for our coverage of the INTERMOT and EICMA shows, when all will be revealed.

Photo: © 2014 BMH-Images — All Rights Reserved

  • Renn

    I hope the Japanese makers up their game. I ride a 2013 Fireblade and although its an amazing road machine with excellent dynamics and real road manners, the BMW makes it look outdated in the extreme.

    Only the ZX10R can hold up against the likes of BMW, Aprillia and Ducati in terms of power and sophistication.

    if KTM come with a new Superbike I am sure they will blow the Japanese factories away.

    Come on Suzuki, Yamaha and Honda! Take a leaf out of Kawasaki’s book and bring us exciting cutting edge models!

  • Superlight

    The current state of affairs, where the Euros now dominate the sportbike scene, seems just fine to me. In any manufacturing endeavor you can’t just stay status quo and expect to be on top of the game. The Japanese dropped the ball and are seeing the results of those decisions.

  • RL

    Time for Honda to pull that new V4 superbike out of their pocket.

  • Ian john

    Well I have a 2012.
    There is absolutely no reason the engine needs to change. Apart from upping the mid and having it pop fart bang with a drop of fuel in the bores like the naked does.
    I truley hope this horsepower rubbish stops and we just get some sex in design. Chuck in the rider aids evolution for more enjoyable safe riding and that’s it.
    Bikes need character, not horsepower.

  • taikebo

    Good. Please change those ugly asymmetric headlamps and make them symmetric.

  • Alex

    Do the headlights still make it look like the bike suffered a stroke?

  • smilo998

    Sportsbikes just get better and better as sales get lower. Not a problem for those in the enviable position of wanting a modern sportsbike.

    Everything from the Italian Blinged up Honda SP with no three letter gizmo’s, to a thoroughly modern V twin to the new BMW with all the thre letters available.

    Then there is KTM, Kaawaski, Buell as alternatives.

  • nocomplaints79

    If you don’t like the asymmetrical headlights, don’t get the damn bike! Stop complaining, the headlights have been like that since the s1000rr came on the scene and I hope they continue to look like that, it sets them apart from the rest. If you want symmetrical get a Honda, Yamaha, or Kawasaki.

  • nocomplaints79

    If anything needs to be done to the headlights it should be converted to LED headlights like Ducati has done.

  • weaver 412

    Haha. I love it!. I got a 2014 s1000rr and let me tell you. Amazing! And by the way… if the headlights are all you can find to complain about, there doing a great job. I love them to be honest.

  • richo

    I ride a 2010 and would marry it apart from one significant flaw – vibration. Even the HP4 suffers as a reviewer on mentioned. If only BMW would do something, we know it’s possible; I’ve had a 2006 R1, a 2004 GSXR1000 (sadly both are in motorcycle heaven) and they didn’t vibrate.

    Heavy handlebar weights fixed my numb hands, but my feet still suffer – I’d pay to fix it, but nobody knows the actual cause.

  • blue

    BMW should retain the asymmetric styling that will set it apart from the japs, functionality over looks thats BMW. symmetry is good but will get bored with it soon, asymmetry is odd but will standout and always invokes curiosity.

  • Devininski

    BMW just keeps improving an already amazing package. Looks like the S1000RR is getting cruise control, just like the S1000R

  • Dale

    Simply the best. Notice no one comments on improving the handling or power or electronic aids. When all you can complain about are the headlights you’re missing the point.