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Video Road Test: BMW S1000RR


October 6, 2011

BMW S1000RR - an astonishing achievement

BMW S1000RR - an astonishing achievement

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Like it or not, most motorcycle brands have a reputation for attracting a certain type of rider. In the case of the BMW rider, the stereotype has a definite touch of the "sensible grandpa" about it ... at least, that's how things worked until recently. For the last five or so years, the German manufacturer has been releasing a bunch of bikes that can actually deliver seriously good fun - albeit in a sensible kind of way. But there's nothing sensible about the bomb they dropped in 2010 with the release of the S1000RR. In our latest video road test, Loz Blain and Noel McKeegan cash in their pension checks and climb aboard the formidable BMW superbike.

This is BMW's first genuine supersports bike, tailor made for the company's first World Superbike campaign. They threw the kitchen sink at it, with a mind-bending 193-horsepower engine, standard quickshifter and the first really smart electronics system that controls not only engine power and throttle response, but traction control levels and how the ABS system works depending on what mode you're in.

In the last 18 months, this bike has dominated comparison tests in motorcycle press the world over. It's been the most powerful, the fastest, the smoothest and the cleverest - and while it's a bit more expensive than a Japanese bike, it's heaps cheaper than any of the European competition. You expect quality vehicles from BMW - but even so, this bike is an astonishing achievement.

About the Author
Loz Blain Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade. All articles by Loz Blain

The road-going version gets good reviews, but in WSBK it isn\'t the top bike in the field as yet, though it did get a third in the last race d\'-)


looks like an awesome bike loz, very entertaining as usual. Just for us cripples out there, what were the ergo\'s like ??

John McG

Nice looking sportbike. I have always loved the technical expertise of BMW. This machine rocks. But yikes, that seat for the passenger is tallllll. My girl would need a step ladder. I wonder why they placed that so high. There appears to be plenty of tire clearance.


My stepdad has an ex copper and it\'s smooth on the back and now I\'m gonna get my dad 2 get 1

Jack Leahy

love the beginning of the video with Loz Blain with the cane, what is that thing on your left wrist? My 31 year old son wants to know.

Bill Bennett

Sweet work with the video review, I am a FAN! :)

Avin Richards

Perhaps time for a new featured video. Sorry this happened to you, but let's move on.

Theo Viljoen
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