The New BMW S1000RR Superbike Is Finally Here

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The wait is finally over. The 2019 BMW S1000RR is finally here. Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated motorcycle for the next model year, the BMW S1000RR is so important that it is taking the German brand back into WorldSBK racing, with help from Tom Sykes and the Shaun Muir Racing team.

There is reason to be excited too, as the 2019 BMW S1000RR makes a big splash on the spec sheet. Most notable is the 204hp (152 kW) at the crank, with 83 lbs•ft of torque, which is aided by the new ShiftCam valve train that debuted on the BMW R1250GS and other “R” models from BMW Motorrad.

This marks an 8hp increase over the outgoing generation of the BMW S1000RR superbike, but that’s not all. The 2019 BMW S1000RR also does away with 25 lbs of bulk at the curb (albeit, with a liter less of fuel onboard), for a wet weight of 434 lbs (197kg).

The 998cc inline-four engine is an all-new design, and it weighs over 8 lbs less than its predecessor. The most obvious feature is the new BMW ShiftCam Technology, which brings variable valve timing and valve stroke to the intake side of the valve train. BMW also says that it has revised the geometry of the intake and exhaust ports for optimization.

Absent from the spec sheet though is the rumored counter-rotating cranksahft, which will likely come as a disappointment to hardcore superbike fans.

For the chassis, the BMW S1000RR sees a number of improvements for the 2019 model year. Helping make the frame lighter, the S1000RR engine is now more of a load-bearing member of the chassis. BMW is also showing off what it calls “Full Floater Pro kinematics” in the rear wheel suspension, which brings increased feel and traction to the rear of the motorcycle.

Semi-active electronically controlled suspension (DDC) is available as an option on the 2019 BMW S1000RR. The Germans say that the system has been improved upon, with better valving and control technology. For those riders who want to further refine their machine, BMW Motorrad is now making a shim package available for the suspension system.

BMW Motorrad says that it has also tweaked the electronics on the S1000RR, bringing the superbike’s control to a new level. A six-axis IMU helps power the cornering ABS (ABS Pro) and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) features, which will come as standard options. This includes the DTC Wheelie Control option, as well.

There will be four riding modes as standard as well (“Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race”), with three more “Race Pro” modes available as an option, which will allow the fine-tuning of options like wheelie control and engine braking. This also brings a launch control feature, as well as a pit-lane speed limiter.

Also available as an option is an up/down quickshifter and cruise control. Of course, everything is now controlled via a brilliant 6.5″ TFT dash, which truly brings the 2019 BMW S1000RR into the 21st century.

Lastly, BMW Motorrad says that it is finally bringing M Packages to its motorcycle lineup, with the S1000RR the first motorcycle to receive such a treatment.

The M Packages contain various bits and bobs, but our favorite has to be the carbon fiber wheels and race livery. When fully kitted out, the 2019 BMW S1000RR can drop 7 lbs from its bulk, for a curb weight of 427 lbs. Not too shabby.

There is no word yet on pricing for the 2019 BMW S1000RR, though if you can’t tell already, it is going to vary a bit, depending on which options are selected.

Source: BMW Motorrad

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