S 1000 R

Conquer the roads -
on the BMW S 1000 R.

A roadster, reduced to the essentials: maximum performance. 160 bhp/118 kW, 112 Nm torque and a power-to-weight ratio of 1.29 kilograms per bhp - and the competition disappears in the rear mirror. Like its superbike predecessor, the S 1000 R sets the benchmark in its segment.

Linear power:
the engine.

The high-performance 4-cylinder in-line engine derives from the RR and was optimised for the purpose of the comparison. The result: extremely linear torque delivery for constant forward propulsion across the entire engine speed range. The engine of the S 1000 R has an output of 160 PS/118 kW at 11,000 rpm, while a maximum of 112 Nm torque at 9,250 rpm puts a smile on the rider's face at every twist of the throttle.

Ready for attack:
the design.

The genes of the S 1000 RR are striking at first sight, too: aggressive tail-up/nose-down design, distinctive split face and the characteristic gills. And the "R" shows much less of its sharp-edged, muscular skin. Some people call it naked - we just call it focussed on the essentials.

the riding modes.

The S 1000 R can be reined in and unleashed at the press of a button as standard. The "Rain" mode provides a gentle throttle response, with ABS and ASC adapted to wet road surfaces. Meanwhile "Road" optimises throttle response, ABS and ASC for dry asphalt. The Pro modes are available as an optional extra for those chasing the threshold range: "Dynamic" and "Dynamic Pro" get the "R" into shape for the limits.

Full control:
Race ABS and ASC as standard.

Keep the power under control. That's why the S 1000 R is fitted with Race ABS and ASC (automatic stability control) as standard. This duo ensures excellent acceleration and deceleration figures at threshold level. They can be activated and deactivated during travel, making for uninterrupted riding fun.

No compromises:
the individualisation options.

Two packages are available for the S 1000 R, each of which sensibly groups the various options: The "Sport" package includes the Pro modes (Rain, Road + Dynamic, Dynamic Pro), DTC, shift assistant and cruise control. The "Dynamic" package comprises the electronic suspension DDC, heated grips, LED turn indicators and an engine spoiler in body colour. There will also be an extensive range of HP parts for the S 1000 R aimed at ambitious riders.

Technical highlights of the S 1000 R


The S 1000 R is powered by the legendary high-performance 4-cylinder in-line engine from the S 1000 RR.
But it has been optimised for use in the roadster.

  • 10 Nm more than the S 1000 RR
  • Extremely linear power delivery across the entire engine speed range
  • Maximum of 112 Nm torque at 9,250 rpm
  • Peak output of 160 bhp/118 kW at 11,000 rpm

Suspension: Race ABS and ASC.

The S 1000 R is fitted with Race ABS and ASC (automatic stability control) as standard.
This sets the benchmark in terms of dynamic performance and safety in the bike's segment.

  • Part integral Race ABS as standard for optimum deceleration.
  • Clear feedback in the hand lever to detect threshold range
  • Can be deactivated while riding
  • Ultra-light system, virtually maintenance-free
  • ASC ensures optimum acceleration on all road surfaces
  • Both systems are perfectly interconnected and their regulation response is very simple to adapt via the standard riding modes Road/Rain

Suspension: DDC and DTC

The S 1000 R features a highly active electronic suspension which is able to adapt to riding conditions within
milliseconds, thereby enabling agility and dynamic performance.

  • DTC is an assistance system with banking sensor which supports maximum possible throttle response and prevents rear wheel spin when there is reduced friction on the road surface. Maximum traction and agility as well as an additional safety bonus
  • DDC: Dynamic Damping Control directly from the BMW HP4. Here the suspension adapts electronically within milliseconds to the surface and situation on the road.
  • Characteristics and damping properties change from "pleasant" to "tight" depending on the riding modes selected, riding situation and road surface. The suspension supports the rider without the latter having to make any mechanical adjustments to the damper compression and rebound stage

Suspension: Riding modes

The riding modes available for the S 1000 R perfectly interconnect the individual systems of throttle response, ABS control response, traction control (ASC or DTC) and suspension (DDC or load state) for a dynamic but safe ride on varying road surfaces and in different weather conditions.

As standard:

  • Rain mode for a gentle throttle response and sensitive ASC/ABS control response on wet road surfaces
  • Road mode for optimum throttle response and optimum ASC/ABS control response for excellent acceleration and deceleration on dry roads
  • The riding modes are simple to select by pressing a button and confirmed by closing the throttle and are shown on the display screen

Pro riding modes (with DTC or Sports package) additional available as an optional extra for riders with sporty ambitions:

  • Dynamic mode for optimum throttle response on dry roads with reduced lift detection function in the front and rear wheel when braking. DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) enables more dynamic acceleration in banking position
  • Dynamic Pro mode is designed for very ambitious sports riders and can only be activated by means of a coded plug. DTC enables optimum acceleration with sports tyres on a dry surface. The ABS allows brake drifts using the footbrake but without having to dispense with ABS functions at the front wheel. The front and rear wheel lift detection function is deactivated.

Suspension: Steering damper

The suspension of the S 1000 R is fitted as standard with a mechanical steering damper which ensures optimum stability even on varying surfaces and at high speeds.


The extensive range of options gives the rider the opportunity to optimise the motorbike according to personal preferences. Two packages are available for this purpose:

  • "Sport" package For dynamic, sporty-oriented rider; includes the Pro riding modes (Dynamic, Dynamic Pro), DTC, shift assistant for even faster acceleration and cruise control
  • "Dynamic" package: For riders who don't want to do without anything and wish to give their S 1000 R an even sportier look. The package comprises the electronic suspension DDC, heated grips, LED turn indicators and an engine spoiler in body colour.
  • Also: Extensive range of HP parts for the S 1000 R

Type Water/oil-cooled 4-cylinder 4-stroke in-line engine, four valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts
Bore x stroke 80 mm x 49.7 mm
Capacity 999 ccm
Rated output 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm
Max. torque 112 Nm at 9,250 rpm
Compression ratio 12.0 : 1
Mixture control / engine management Electronic injection
Emission control 2 closed-loop 3-way catalytic converters, EU-3 norm with interference pipe and acoustic valves
Performance / fuel consumption  
Maximum speed over 200 km/h
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h 5.4 l
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h 5.6 l
Fuel type Super (premium) unleaded, octane number 95 - 98 (RON) (knock control; rated output at 98 RON)
Electrical system  
Alternator 350 W
Battery 12 V / 9 Ah, maintenance-free
Power transmission  
Clutch Multiplate clutch in oil bath, anti-hopping clutch, mechanically controlled
Gearbox Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox, straight-toothed
Drive Chain 17/45
Chassis / brakes  
Frame Aluminium composite bridge frame, partially self-supporting engine
Front wheel location / suspension Upside-down telescopic fork ø 46 mm, compression and rebound stage adjustable
Rear wheel location / suspension Aluminium 2-sided swing arm, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel front / rear 120 mm / 120 mm
Wheelbase 1,439 mm
Castor 98.5 mm
Steering head angle 65.4°
Wheels Cast aluminium wheels
Rim, front 3.50 x 17"
Rim, rear 6.00 x 17"
Tyres, front 120/70 ZR 17
Tyres, rear 190/55 ZR 17
Brake, front Twin disc brake, floating brake calipers, radial 4-piston fixed caliper, diameter 320 mm, 5 mm thick
Brake, rear Single disc brake, single piston floating caliper, diameter 220 mm, 5 mm thick
ABS BMW Motorrad Race ABS (part-integral), disengageable
Dimensions / weights  
Length 2,057 mm
Width (incl. mirrors) 845 mm
Height (excl. mirrors) 1,228 mm
Seat height, unladen weight 814 mm
Inner leg curve, unladen weight 1,805 mm
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1) 207 kg
Permitted total weight 407 kg
Payload (with standard equipment) 200 kg
Usable tank volume 17.5 l
Reserve ca. 4 l

  • Technical data relate to the unladen weight (DIN)
  • 1) According to Directive 93/93/EEC with all fluids, fuelled to at least 90% of usable fuel tank

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Review: A Compelling Proposition – the BMW S1000R.

A quick review of BMW’s new supernaked shows it’s something that can tempt superbike riders that want track-worthy power with no compromises on fun and functionality. By Deyna Chia.

Ease of use
160hp (11000rpm), 112Nm (9250rpm), 207kg, upright sitting position and big, wide handlebars. With 160hp packed into a naked bike, the S1000R should come with a sign saying "expert riders only". On the contrary, the S1000RR is user friendly, more so than you would expect. BMW has done sensible things to the chassis (reduced rake, lengthened wheelbase, lowered the swingarm pivot), added improved electronics and state of the art semi-active suspension (DDC, optional). The sum of these changes is a package that allows pinned throttle excursions with the front wheel planted and relentless forward thrust. Bloody impressive is understating how the S1000R feels and rides.


Riding two-up? Press the button on the left grip and cycle through soft, road, hard, single rider or two, even while on the move - it’s a whole lot better than stopping, getting off and inevitably losing count of the clicks!


Wet tarmac ahead? Switch to rain mode (just 136hp) on the fly, with a button on the right grip. Weaving through rush hour traffic? Road mode.


Highway or circuit? Choice of Dynamic or Dynamic Pro modes.


Oh and that infamous 4000rpm vibration apparent in the S1000RR, it’s absent in the S1000R though at 6000rpm there is a slight tingle that can be felt from the left foot rest.
BMW Motorrad engineers have made the engine smoother, and reduced engine brake. The S1000RR has been transformed from track monster to a (very powerful) daily rider that can be used in all conditions.


Fun factor
Feeling naughty and feel like riding only on the rear wheel? Roll off the throttle in third and twist open. Power wheelies are a breeze with so much torque on tap and a throttle that’s so linear in response you’d forget it is electronic. Plus the upright seating position and handlebars mean better visibility in urban traffic, as well as less scrunching-up while on the highway.


Track ability
Put through its paces at a damp Johor Circuit, the S1000R showed its potential, even when short-shifting 1000rpm below the 12000rpm redline, reaching a top speed just 10-15km/h less than the S1000RR on the fastest part of the circuit. Impressive stuff!


With DDC set to soft, single rider, the S1000R glided through the corners with impressive sure-footedness and stability, even on the damp tarmac, getting even better as the track dried out.  Race ABS is equipped as standard, 320mm Brembo discs and calipers lifted from the S1000RR ensure strong stopping power, with good feel, even under slippery conditions.


Street cred
Commuting with a backpack during rush hour in Singapore can be daunting.
The linearity of the S1000R’s throttle is sublime simply put. Coupled with a light spring (possibly lighter than the 2012 (to present) S1000RR, forward thrust can almost be measured in degrees of throttle twist.


Summed up
The BMW S1000R is just as capable on the track as it is on the streets, where the vast majority of riders spend their time anyway. Having tested it, the S1000R is a compelling proposition for superbike riders who want a more practical daily rider, or road riders looking for a little more on-road oomph from their machine.


Machine Price: $30,500 and $33,000 for the non-DDC and DDC version respectively.



BMW S1000R (with DDC)  
Engine Type 999cc, 16V, inline 4
Bore x stroke 80 mm x 49.7 mm
Gearbox type   6-speed manual with quickshifter
Max power  160bhp at 11,000rpm
Max. torque 121Nm at 9,250rpm
0 to 100km/h 3.1 seconds (est.)
Top speed   >200km/h (est.)
Dry Weight   207kg
Seat Height   814mm
Price $33,000 (OTR)
Front suspension 46mm USD forks, electronic adjustment (DDC)
Rear suspension Adjustable rebound, electronic adjustment (DDC)
Front Brakes  Dual 320mm floating disc, Brembo four-piston, ABS
Rear Brakes Single 220mm disc, 2-piston