BMW Motorrad recently showed off the improved S1000RR motorbike for 2012. With an already impressive track record and first class engineering capabilities, the new version is set to have bike enthusiasts racing to get their own.
With an already impressive 180 horsepower driving the S1000RR, BMW felt it necessary to further up the ante claiming an improvement in power from 5 000rpm to 7 000rpm. Two other updates to the original bike include the shorter-turn throttle and lighter throttle spring.
Chassis-wise, the new model include a revised frame with a 10mm shorter wheelbase and slightly sharper rake angle, a new swingarm pivot location and a 20% larger air intake through new upper frame rails. BMW have made improvements on the suspension action thanks to new fork internals and a larger shock piston. The new shock piston allows more oil flow through the low/mid speed valve, which increases performance.
Other improvements include a new steering damper that is adjustable to over 10 positions. The new upper triple clamp features a milled design, which BMW says, will improve steering accuracy and feedback. In the back a new titanium exhaust system is just another improvement BMW claim will add to the S1000RR’s racing appeal.
Technologically, the new bike is also right on track with a data logger with GPS and optional heated grips. Updated instruments include a new “best lap in progress” indicator that responds every 100 meters. The bike is available in Alpine White and Racing Red combo, Bluefire and in Metallic Black with the BMW Motorsports scheme. The side fairings include winglets which is said to improve aerodynamic capabilities.
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