It seems like only yesterday when BMW Motorrad launched its first superbike, the S 1000 RR. However, it’s actually been two years since the 2009 introduction, and now BMW is presenting the next generation that incorporates feedback from its rather disappointing racing experience in the World Superbike Championship.
The main features of the new S 1000 RR are its improved handling with stability, engine performance and practicality, although there have been no changes to the ridiculously powerful 193hp engine or the weight of 455 lb (with standard Race ABS) including 90% fuel.
One of the primary objectives for the 2012 S 1000 RR was to improve rideability by reconfiguring the throttle maps to improve overall responsiveness. This is accompanied by a new handlebar design that raises tightens the twist grip angle and reduces the twisting force to make the throttle less sensitive.
Modifications to the new RR suspension include a new internal structure for the front forks, providing a wider range of damping forces from comfort to performance. Furthermore, the suspension geometry has new a steering head angle, offset, position of the swingarm pivot, fork projection and spring strut length to yield better handling, steering accuracy, and tire feedback.
These adjustments required modifications to the frame that involved enlarging the cross-section of the intake guide through the steering head for greater air flow.
The speedo was redesigned for better legability. In addition, the display can now be dimmed and provides functions such as a “Best lap in progress” function on the lap timer and a “Speed warning” feature.
Visually, the new RR has a slimmer tail section as well as discreet changes to the asymmetrical side panels, while the center airbox cover now has side grilles. At the top of the side panels, two winglets have been added to enhance the superbike’s aerodynamics.
New colors combinations include Racing Red and Alpine White, as well as solid Blue Fire or Sapphire Black Metallic while the distinctive BMW Motorrad Motorsport colors remain.
The RR logo has been slightly modified, wheels are now painted in gloss black, the rear spring is red and the swingarm is available in an anodized coating or in black.
New heel plates for the rider improves ergonomics, and stabilizers on the passenger footrests provide a leaner look.
The 2012 S 1000 RR will get a greater range of optional extras and special equipment such as an HP titanium exhaust system or the HP race data logger. Heated grips are also a new option.
New features of the 2012 S 1000 RR at a glance:
• Optimized torque curve
• Three performance curves (one each for Rain and Sport modes and an additional for Race and Slick modes); Rain mode now 163hp.
• Reconfigured throttle (particularly gentle in Rain mode, but more direct in Sport, Race and Slick modes)
• Reduced twisting force and tighter twist grip angle
• Smaller secondary ratio for boosted thrust
• Refined tuning between Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
• Enlarged cross-section area of the intake air guide through the steering head
• Better handling, steering and feedback.
• Revised fork springs
• New suspension geometry
• Mechanical steering damper adjustable to over ten levels
• New forged and milled fork bridge with a smaller offset
• Slimmer tail section, redesigned side panels, center airbox cover with side grilles and new winglets.
• Four new colors: Racing Red with Alpine white, Blue Fire, Sapphire Black Metallic, BMW Motorrad Motorsport colors
• Revised RR logo
• New heel plates and stabilizers on the passenger footrests
• Redesigned LCD display with five dimming levels
• “Best lap in progress” and “Speed warning” alerts plus deactivation of “Lamp” fault message when headlamp or number plate carrier removed
• Catalytic converters relocated, eliminating heat shield
• More optional extras and special equipment