2016 BMW S1000RR Review
Welcome to the new Planet Power…
The S 1000 RR revolutionized the supersports class when it first came out in 2009. Now – six years later – it steps up to the very same challenge. The S 1000 RR model year 2015 has been completely revised: BMW Motorrad engineers have entirely revised the bike’s technology, design and fittings. The result: in its origins a genuine Double R, on the road a new supersports machine.
A facelift is not enough.
The RR is the epitome of a superbike – and that applies to its design, too. Now in its third generation, you can instantly see its increased power. The profile is razor-sharp and extremely clear, the volume of the contours and shapes perfectly balanced. From the rear to the front section, every trim component has been redesigned – including the headlamp element, where the symmetry has been given greater emphasis.
Increased output, reduced weight.
The new S 1000 RR has an output of 199 hp – 6 hp more than its predecessor. But it is not just its higher rated output that makes the Double R faster and more agile. Weighing in at 450 lbs incl. ABS and traction control, it is some 8.8 lbs lighter than the previous version. Furthermore, it has a newly designed exhaust system as well as a new engine set-up for increased torque, an improved output curve and many other optimized details.
Consistently revised down to the last detail.
In addition to major changes to design and performance, it is primarily the technical details which allow the S 1000 RR to take such a quantum leap forward. The electronic suspension components DDC and DTC have been given a new set-up, as has the entire suspension. This ensures greatly improved traction as well as better feedback to the rider. Optimized riding is enabled by such features as the Shift Assistant Pro (shifting up and down without clutch) and the e-gas throttle actuator for more precise and direct control. The rider operates these new features via the newly designed instrument panel which can be adapted to the specific type of use.
All in all: a new S 1000 RR.
In taking the S 1000 RR a step further for model year 2015, absolutely every component was re-assessed. The result is a superbike what will once again set the benchmark in its class – in other words a genuine Double R.
2016 BMW S1000RR – Key Features
The new model year 2015 S 1000 RR has been completely revised: BMW Motorrad engineers have entirely reconceived the bike’s technology, design and fittings. The result: in its DNA, a genuine Double R; on the road, a new supersports machine.
Not all of what is new in the Double R is instantly visible – many of the innovative details are concealed beneath its exterior. Find out here about the expertise that went into enhancing the technical excellence.
2016 BMW S1000RR – Features and Benefits
MORE POWERFUL THAN EVER BEFORE.
The new engine now delivers an impressive 199 hp; 6 hp more than in the predecessor model. In addition, the maximum torque range has been increased to 10,500 rpm. The throttle valves are electronically controlled using the new electromotive throttle actuator technology. Other improvements have been made to the mapping, cylinder head and the intake tube geometry.
In contrast to its predecessor, the 2015 S 1000 RR has been converted to 100% electromotive throttle control. The electronic control of the fuel feed means that the relevant throttle valves are operated much more directly This ride-by-wire system gives the rider more accelerator input and release control. What is more, operating the accelerator is physically easier with no mechanical transmission.
FOR EVERY ROUTE, FOR EVERY RIDER.
The riding modes Rain, Sport and Race with ABS and ASC come as standard on the new S 1000 RR. The Slick and User modes are new optional extras.
With the latter modes, the rider can define various DDC and DTC settings to allow two different suspension set-ups to be evaluated during travel at the press of a button.
DAMPING CONTROL (DDC).
SET-UP IN MILLISECONDS.
Dynamic Damping Control (or DDC for short) is an electronic control unit which adjusts the suspension fully automatically to the given situation. At intervals of 10 milliseconds the DDC control unit processes a wealth of information such as traction, banking and damper feedback.
From the rider’s point of view, this means that the RR has the optimum set-up for damper compression and rebound at all times. So compromises in the suspension settings are now a thing of the past.
MORE AT A GLANCE.
With its exceptionally high resolution, the instrument panel of the new S1000RR provides even clearer display of selected settings along with road speed and engine speed.
These are some of the information items and functions which can be read and set by the rider: set-up for DDC and race track, banking, DTC, lap time and lap distance, lap-specific speed, active riding mode, gear changes per lap and much more.
SHIFT ASSISTANT PRO.
CHANGE GEAR LIKE THE PROS.
This is a feature racing riders know and love: the Shift Assistant Pro enables the rider to shift up and down without using the clutch.
This optional extra provides numerous benefits: the riders can leave their hand on the handlebars when braking as it is not required to activate the clutch, there is considerably less load change impact on the rear wheel and in addition, reduced shift time.
OPTIMISED FOR RIDER AND FORWARD PROPULSION.
The new rear silencer with dual flow results in increased torque within the lower engine speed range as well as an improvement in the charge cycle. This also reduces exhaust gas back pressure for increased power. All in all the new exhaust system without front silencer reduces the bike’s weight by three kilos.
FULL CONTACT TIRES.
Tires are the only point of contact between the asphalt and the motorcycle. For this reason, aluminium HP forged wheels (optional extra) are available for the new S1000RR. They weigh 2.4 kilos less than the standard wheels of the previous model and improve handling.
INCREASED AGILITY AND TRACTION.
A steeper steering angle, longer wheelbase, lower swing arm rotation centre, shorter fork protrusion, wider handlebars and a lighter rear section: the suspension of the S 1000 RR has been optimised in numerous details.
The new suspension geometry provides a much improved feel for the front. It was also possible to achieve increased agility, lighter-footed handling, increased mechanical grip on the rear wheel and more rear-wheel feedback in the threshold range.
Here is a summary of the optimised details: steering angle increased from 66° to 66.5°, swing arm rotation centre lowered by 3 mm, wheelbase extended by 8 mm to 1,425 mm, castor shortened by 1.5 mm to 96.5 mm, fork protrusion shortened by 6 mm, spring struts extended by approx. 40 mm, handlebars widened by 5 mm each.
2016 BMW S1000RR – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
Type Water/oil-cooled 4-cylinder 4-stroke in-line engine, four titanium valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts
Bore x stroke 80 mm x 49.7 mm
Capacity 999 ccm
Rated output 199 hp (146 kW) at 13,500 rpm
Max. torque 83 lb-ft (113 Nm) at 10,500 rpm
Compression ratio 13.0:1
Mixture control / engine management Electronic injection
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converters, EU-3 norm with electronically controlled interference pipe
Performance / fuel consumption
Maximum speed over 125 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h 41 mpg at a constant 55 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h
Fuel type Premium Unleaded
Alternator 350 W
Battery 12 V / 7 Ah, maintenance-free
Clutch Oil lubricated multiplate clutch, mechanically controlled
Gearbox Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox, straight-toothed gear teeth
Drive Chain 17/45
Chassis / brakes
Frame Aluminum 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, compression and rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel front / rear 4.7 in / 4.7 in (120 mm / 120 mm)
Wheelbase 56.1 in (1,425 mm)
Castor 3.9 in (96.5 mm)
Steering head angle 66.5°
Wheels Cast aluminum 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, 4-piston fixed caliper, diameter 320 mm
Brake, rear Single disc brake, single piston floating caliper, diameter 220 mm
ABS BMW Motorrad Race ABS (part-integral, can be switched off)
Dimensions / weights
Length 80.8 in (2,050 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors) 32.5 in (826 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors) 44.9 in (1,140 mm)
Seat height, unladen weight 32.1 in (815 mm)
Inner leg curve, unladen weight 71.1 in (1,805 mm)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1) 449 lbs (204 kg)
Dry weight 2) 386 lbs (175.5 kg)
Permitted total weight 895 lbs (407 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment) 447 lbs (203 kg)
Usable tank volume 4.6 gal (17.5 l)
Reserve approx. 1 gal
” Technical data relate to the unladen weight (DIN)
” 1) According to guideline 93/93/EWG with all fluids, fuelled with at least 90% of usable tank volume
” 2) Unladen weight without fluids