That Was Not the 2015 BMW S1000RR & Here’s Why

08/28/2014 @ 5:52 pm, by Iwan van der Valk11 COMMENTS


A couple days ago we ran a story that purported to show the front section of the 2015 BMW S1000RR in a CAD rendering. We already know from spy photos that the S1000RR is getting an update, and we are curious to see if BMW will introduce a symmertrical headlight, like it seems to be doing with the S1000XR sport-tourer.

The story was bogus, and as many of our readers pointed out in the comments, the photo in question was a rendering of the original S1000RR, circa 2009. I asked our good friend Iwan at Oliepeil, who has written several times here at A&R already, to elaborate on why this bogus story was run because it’s an important topic when it comes to digital publishing.

I don’t pretend to boast that Asphalt & Rubber is immune from the follies of online journalism, though we might be the most transparent. Any reader online, reading any subject matter, should consider their sources and apply critical thinking to what they read. If you’re ever looking for ours, they’re at the bottom of ever story, usually with a link. – Jensen

Maybe you’re asking yourself how all those websites and magazines are able to bring motorcycle news to you every day. Let us explain how that works, with an example.

Our amazingly handsome and hyper-intelligent Dutch friends at, the best motorcycle website in the world, have quite a reputation of serving up scoops, for which they often upset the worldwide motorcycle industry complex, every now and then. We are also known for our pratical jokes.

So the site I run, Oliepeil, put up a photo of the 2011 BMW S1000RR on our website, with a hint and a link to a spyshot of the rumoured 2015-version of that bike here on Asphalt & Rubber. We didn’t use a real photo, but a rendering that we “borrowed” from a website that sells 3D CAD models. What happened afterwards shows how news is being made in 2014.

A&R fell went for it, of course in the name of scientific research. After which the picture popped up on almost all other major motorcycle websites around the world.

From France to Japan, India to Russia, Slovakia to the UK, they all featured this rendering of the old model as “for sure” the 2015 BMW S1000RR. Some used capitals to shout “WE GOT HIM”, others more carefully using “Is this the new 2015 BMW S1000RR?” headline qualifier.

Most websites didn’t bother to name the source, while others went even further and erased the “” logo, and put in their own.

Check the pics below, and laugh with us at what in Dutch is called a “canard” — a not-true newsfact that is being picked up by the major media as being true. After which the intern that wrote it is being sacked, as happened over here at A&R.

Source: Oliepeil

  • KSW


    Sorry to see you go from A&R if it’s true the intern who wrote the story has been sacked. Had to be a hard decision to let yourself go.

    Plus, I heard that Michael Dunlop was designing the new 2015 BMW S1000RR after his TT Sweep for them and it was going to be limited to Norther Ireland only with the rest of the world waiting for 2016 to get a “dumbed down” version. : )

  • It’s going to be tough times Kev, for sure. But, I’m looking forward to a lucrative career at either In & Out Burger or Goldman Sachs, so focusing on the positive.

  • taikebo

    you got pwned lol

  • Krylov

    Well, there were legit real life spy shots of a S1000 RR in the magazin “Motorrad”, recently sold in Germany. It showed a slightly smoothed out fairing and some work on the stock exhaust. Supposed to feature the latest Bosch ABS which also works while leaned over curves (as sold already in the HP4).

    Possibly an impressive piece of technology, but if the pics do not lie still somewhat aesthetically challenged…

  • D Sant

    Jensen Beeler, have you been sacked because of this? I thought that you were one of the founders of this A&R and not an intern. I’m sorry to see you go from A&R, I always liked your writing.

  • D Sant, the being sacked thing is a joke…I hope. ;)

  • Shinigami

    At least you had the honor to provide attribution- the sites that stripped the source deserve a massive DDOS attack…

  • GM

    Is that what this site looks like with out AdBlockPlus?

  • chris

    Ik vind het een goeie grap! Zo wordt nieuws gemaakt! En dit is niet de eerste keer dat dit gebeurt. Go Oliepeil. You better order some stickers or a T shirt…..

  • D Sant

    Ohh I didn’t catch that one! Glad to know that!

  • Steve Bailey

    It is interesting to note that the dutch call them canards (strange as that is French for duck), here in England we use a language called English and the word matching the ‘canard’ of the Dutch is factoid.