After a disappointing and inadequate international launch in Portugal, where the rain got in the way of our two-wheeled fun, BMW Motorrad USA has invited us out to the famous Barber Motorsports Park to ride their new superbike for a second time.
That is just fine by us, because yours truly has been keen to swing a leg over the 2020 BMW S1000RR, and see how it compares to the offerings from the other top brands, not to mention I have always wanted to ride this popular American track.
While we liked the outgoing generation of the “RR” quite a bit, the machine was clearly showing its age against the newer generation of superbikes on offer.
Now with a bevy of updates, and a bolstered spec sheet, the question at hand is very simple: is the new BMW S1000RR merely an offering on par with the best of the rest, or does the German motorcycle raise the bar on what we should expect from the liter-bike market? We aim to find out.
Per our new review format, I will be giving you a live assessment of the BMW S1000RR right here in this article (down in the comments section), and I will try to answer any questions you might have about this exciting motorcycle.
So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the BMW S1000RR, before even our own proper review is posted. As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the BMW personnel. So, pepper away.
Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the BMW S1000RR M Package:
|BMW S1000RR “M”||Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory||Ducati Panigale V4 S||Yamaha YZF-R1M|
|Horsepower||202 hp||214 hp||211 hp||197 hp|
|Torque||83 lbs•ft||90 lbs•ft||92 lbs•ft||83 lbs•ft|
|Weight||427 lbs (wet)||439 lbs (wet)||436 lbs (wet)||443 lbs (wet)|
|Engine||999cc / Inline-Four||1,078cc / V4||1,103cc / V4||998cc / Inline-Four|
Photo: BMW Motorrad