BMW S 1000 RR SuperSports
Street Motorcycle is Here!
wBWSpecial Report - Edited by webBikeWorld Staff
May 10, 2008 - BMW today released the final street
version of the 2009 BMW S 1000 RR street bike. The race
version of the S1000RR has been doing very well so far in
the 2009 World Superbike series, and the street version
is loaded with technology and surprise features!
Following is the full version of the original BMW press
release, edited by webBikeWorld, along with many of the
photos from the BMW press kit.
Introducing the new BMW S 1000 RR on the legendary Monza
Racing Circuit, BMW Motorrad is for the first time launching
an absolutely innovative supersports with a straight-four
With this world debut, BMW Motorrad is indeed establishing
a true milestone in the world of sports machines, combining
engine output of 142 kW (193 hp) with overall weight of
just 204 kg (450 lb) including fuel (183 kg/403.5 lb dry
weight, 206.5 kg/455.3 lb overall with Race ABS).
Specifications of this caliber make this supersports
machine not only an absolute highlight in terms of its power-to-weight
ratio and performance, but also, equipped with Race ABS
and DTC Dynamic Traction Control, a new benchmark in terms
of riding dynamics, safety and innovation.
The decision to present this unique performer in Monza
was by no means a coincidence. For since the beginning of
this year Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport has been playing
an active role in the World Superbike Championship, the
new S 1000 RR setting the foundation for the production-based
racing machines ridden by BMW Motorrad’s two works riders
Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus. And obviously the Royal Park
in Monza is the ideal place for a presentation of this caliber.
The Challenge for BMW Motorrad To successfully
enter the World Championship with a Superbike today, a manufacturer
needs a production model with the right kind of overall
concept consistently applied in all areas. The essential
factors, therefore, are supreme power, a wide range of engine
speed, fast revving capacity also over a long period, optimum
chassis stiffness, and perfect set-up of the engine.
Other features absolutely essential more than ever particularly
in the top league of supersports motorcycles are simple
and straightforward rideability, light-footed handling,
and above all safety features such as rider assistance systems
like ABS and traction control giving the customer precisely
what he needs.
Developing the S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad has entered completely
new, unchartered terrain. Clearly, this meant a huge range
of new challenges and responsibilities for the entire Development
Team, but also gave the Team enormous motivation in seeking
to set new standards.
The specific targets in developing
the S 1000 RR were therefore clear:
To achieve output and performance
of the highest standard.
To make the suspension absolutely
stable, with top handling and supreme traction.
To give the new machine that
unmistakable, dynamic design of BMW Motorrad.
To reduce the weight of the
motorcycle to an absolute minimum.
To ensure top quality typical
The BMW S1000RR: Unique Among the Competition
Over the years and decades, the principle of combining a
straight-four power unit with an aluminum bridge frame has
been consistently developed and has become the dominating
technical concept particularly in the supersports segment.
The reason, quite simply, is that a motorcycle of this
kind offers significant benefits in terms of riding dynamics,
long-distance endurance, and straightforward production.
Precisely this is why the new S 1000 RR also applies
this concept with its proven fortes and advantages. But
even while the S 1000 RR, in its concept teaming up a straight-four
power unit and an aluminum bridge frame, may appear at first
sight to have similarities with some competitors, the Development
Team at BMW Motorrad has succeeded in enhancing the existing
status of this concept in virtually every respect.
As a result, the S 1000 RR offers not only a wide range
of USPs in terms of technology, performance, and design,
but also, through its particularly compact overall layout,
clearly demonstrates the high school of European engineering
in the supersports four-cylinder segment.
Maximum Performance and Riding Dynamics The
consistent concept of the S 1000 RR supersports is borne
out in particular by the truly fascinating, innovative high-performance
technology and incomparable riding dynamics of this new
machine. The result is an exceptional combination of
supreme riding precision and agility, on the one hand, with
unparalleled engine power and performance, on the other,
providing an overall package truly unique in the market.
Never before has a BMW motorcycle been conceived and
built more consistently for supersports riding in terms
of its concept and overall construction.
But at the same time the new S 1000 RR retains many of
the virtues so typical of every BMW to this day: Extreme
sportiness and riding dynamics combined with supreme everyday
riding qualities, playful handling together with supreme
riding stability, outstanding performance combined with
unparalleled active safety, as well as dynamic, unmistakable
design in conjunction with optimum ergonomics and aerodynamics.
Choice of Engine Characteristics, Race ABS and Dynamic
Traction Control (DTC) The new S 1000 RR also excels
through features and qualities typical of BMW such as a
long running life, superior quality of production and optimum
environmental compatibility thanks to the use of the most
advanced exhaust management with two fully controlled
three-way catalytic converters also able to fulfill future
standards and requirements.
Active safety when braking is significantly enhanced
by Race ABS developed especially for the S 1000 RR as a
genuine supersports and available as an option straight
from the factory. A further most significant feature likewise
contributing to active safety of the highest standard is
Dynamic Traction Control, or DTC, also available as an option
and masterminded electronically for supreme precision and
Facing various riding conditions such as wet roads (“Rain”),
regular road conditions (“Sport”), a race track with supersport
tires (“Race”), or a race track with slicks (“Slick”), the
rider also has the choice of various engine characteristics
and set-ups available at the touch of a button.
And last but not least, Race ABS and Dynamic Traction
Control are combined with the respective riding modes and
coordinated with one another to ensure a supreme standard
of performance and safety all in one.
BMW Formula 1 Derived Valvetrain The primary
objective in developing the new S 1000 RR was to create
a supersports with supreme engine power combined with optimum
rideability for the highest conceivable standard of all-round
The water-cooled four-cylinder inline power unit chosen
to provide these qualities is brand-new from the ground
up, developing maximum output of 142 kW (193 hp) at 13,000
rpm and revving up to a maximum speed of 14,200 rpm. Maximum
torque of 112 Nm (82.5 lb-ft), in turn, comes at 9,750 rpm.
Following the example of BMW ’s Formula 1 engines, the
two intake and exhaust valves per cylinder made of extra-light
titanium are operated by very small and equally light single
cam followers. In conjunction with the short sprocket driving
the camshaft via an intermediate gear, this ensures supreme
revving qualities at the highest speeds as well as exact
maintenance of valve timing combined with very compact dimensions.
The use of extremely small and light cam followers furthermore
gives the engineer greater freedom in choosing the ideal
valve lift curves and, accordingly, in selecting optimum
performance characteristics on both road and track.
All engine components are particularly compact and light,
limiting weight of the overall engine without ancillaries
to 59.8 kg (131.8 lb) and keeping the entire power unit
very slim and slender.
Innovative Exhaust System Made completely
of stainless steel, the exhaust system featured by the S
1000 RR is designed consistently for optimum power and performance.
It works according to the 4-in-2-in-1 principle with
four individual manifolds of equal length first merging
into two pipes beneath the engine block and then extending
into a large-volume pre-silencer. From there the exhaust
emissions flow through a very short and dynamically designed
rear-end silencer to the outside.
A homogeneous power and torque curve ensuring optimum
rideability is acknowledged as the requirement for sporting
performance on the road and fast lap times on the track.
Precisely this is why the exhaust system featured on the
S 1000 RR comes with two fully controlled interference pipe
butterflies housed in two connection pipes for the two outer
and two inner manifolds, in the immediate vicinity of the
As a function of various parameters such as engine speed
and the position of the throttle butterfly, an adjuster
opens or closes these flaps, allowing exhaust gas to flow
freely between the two manifolds or, respectively, interrupting
the flow of gas.
This coordinates the sequence of oscillations in the
exhaust gas mass fl ow, reducing exhaust gas counter-pressure
at the decisive point (like on a racing muffler) and increasing
the cylinder charge accordingly. This factor alone makes
a significant contribution to the very high standard of
homogenous overall performance offered by the S 1000 RR.
Lightest Supersports Motorcycle With ABS The
new S 1000 RR offers the highest standard of technology
also on its suspension and running gear. Weighing just 206.5
kg or 455.3 lb in road trim and with a full tank, BMW ’s
new supersports is by far the lightest machine of its caliber
displacing 999 cc and featuring ABS brakes.
One of the features that ensures this light weight is
the aluminum bridge frame integrating the engine tilted
to the front at an angle of 32° as a load-bearing element
for optimum torsional stiffness on minimum weight.
The front wheel runs on an upside-down fork with a fi
xed tube measuring an ample 46 millimeters or 1.81"
in diameter, while a torsionally stiff swing arm made of
aluminum holds the rear wheel in position. The spring and
damping action required is provided by a central spring
strut pivoting on a guide lever.
The rear frame section of the S 1000 RR is a welded light-alloy
structure belted to the mainframe, combining low weight
with superior stability and a high standard of robust strength
particularly important to riders and teams on the race
Putting the Rider in the Center The rider’s
seating position leaning forward towards the front wheel
for an active style of riding is simply ideal for the sporting
rider with his particularly dynamic style.
Developing the S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad has given particular
attention to the superior ergonomics of the machine, providing
ideal qualities for both small and tall riders and therefore
focusing consistently on the rider’s individual requirements.
The tank section is as slender as on a 600-cc machine, giving
the rider the assurance of excellent control and handling
at all times.
In the process of developing the S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad
focused not only on a lightweight structure, but also on
minimum dimensions as an absolutely essential requirement.
Cylinder bore of 80 millimeters or 3.15", for example,
the largest bore in this segment, and the resulting width
of the cylinder head, called for particularly attention
on the part of the engineers in order to make the front
silhouette of the S 1000 RR extremely slim and slender,
on the one hand, while providing an efficient flow of cooling
air, on the other.
Technical challenges of this kind as well as a development
period of just four years made the S 1000 RR the ideal project
for consistent, all-out use of CAD (Computer-Aided Design)
technology as well as the most advanced calculation methods,
for example for the machine’s aerodynamics.
As the bottom line, the S 1000 RR is the absolutely ideal
motorcycle for the customers of BMW Motorrad looking for
new, unprecedented standards and qualities in the supersports
Overview of the BMW S 1000 RR Technical Highlights:
and supreme riding dynamics in the supersports segment.
Engine output 142 kW (193
hp) at 13,000 rpm, peak torque 112 Nm (82.5 lb-ft) at
Weighing 206.5 kg (455.3lb)
in road trim and with a full tank, this is the lightest
supersports in the 1000-cc class with ABS.
Best power-to-weight ratio
in this class of just 1.05 and, respectively, 1.06 kg
(2.31 and, respectively, 2.34 lb) per horsepower without/with
Optional Race ABS for outstanding
brake performance and safety; Weight of the entire system
just 2.5 kg (5.51 lb), while other systems of a similar
kind weigh up to 10 kg.
Optional DTC Dynamic Traction
Control in conjunction with Race ABS for optimum performance
and maximum active safety when accelerating.
Only supersports machine
with Race ABS and DTC Dynamic Traction Control.
Various riding modes available
at the touch of a button for wet surfaces, regular road
requirements, race tracks with sports tires and race
tracks with slicks.
All-round set-up, coordination
and balance of Race ABS, DTC Dynamic Traction Control
and engine management for all four riding modes.
valve drive with individual cam followers and titanium
valves following the example of BMW ’s Formula 1 engines.
Innovative exhaust system
with a small and short rear-end muffler, pre-silencer
and electronically controlled interference pipe flaps
as well as a fully controlled exhaust gas manifold and
two fully controlled three-way catalytic converters.
Optimum gas dosage combined
with maximum functional reliability ensured by E-gas
(ride-by-wire), incorporating two Bowden cables (opening
and closing cable) leading to the throttle butterfly
Fulfillment of all environmental
standards with the potential to meet future emission
requirements ensured by two fully controlled catalytic
converters and digital motor electronics.
Damper elements with a wide
range of adjustment on the spring base, the inbound
and rebound stroke, as well as the greatest damping
reserves, particularly for racing.
New, clearly defined, simple
and straightforward options to adjust the suspension
and running gear.
Aluminum tank unique in this
segment for further reduction of overall weight.
Supreme handling combined
with best-in-class high speed and braking stability.
cluster with racing features such as a lap timer; the
rider is able to set all functions directly from the
ends of the handlebar.
New generation of switches
with optimized ergonomics.
Supreme aerodynamics and
sporting ergonomics ideal for both the tall and short
Optional HP Gearshift Assistant
for shifting up without operating the clutch and without
the slightest interruption of torque and pulling power.
Wide range of equipment,
special features and options tailored to the S 1000
RR and naturally offering full BMW quality.