2010 BMW S1000RR gets ABS, traction control

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Update: Full details and images of the production 2010 BMW S1000RR have finally been unveiled. Click here to see them.

Here’s the 2009 BMW S1000RR, the road-going version of BMW’s new World Superbike contender. Details are still sketchy, but it weighs 183kg (dry), has a 999cc inline four and will cost €15,150 ($19,438) when it goes on sales in Germany early this summer. Also present are ABS brakes and traction control, both tuned to be performance, as well as safety enhancing.

Update: The S1000RR will make its US debut at the Miller Motorsports Park SBK race on the weekend of May 29th. Motorcycles aren’t expected to reach customers until the end of 2009.

Update 2: We’ve replaced the Germglish release with an official translation from BMW North America. It’s more informative, but not quite as funny.
In comparison, the Ducati 1198 S, which is roughly equivalent on price, also uses traction control and will compete in SBK alongside the BMW S1000RR, weighs just 169kg (dry) and uses a 170bhp 1198cc v-twin. To be competitive, the 2009 S1000RR is going to need to make some serious power.

We’re impressed by what we can see so far of the big BMW’s looks. We’re still trying to find a shot of the front, but indications are that this is a classy, understated machine fitted with high-specification components, we can’t wait to see it in acid green and the red/white/blue tricolor. Make sure you take a close look at the wheels, which are incredibly delicate, contrasting well with the beefy swingarm.

The ABS uses four switchable modes, presumable allowing riders to adapt the system to their needs by altering its level of sensitivity. No word on whether or not it can be switched completely off.

Hit our BMW tag page for many more details and images of the race bike and don’t forget you can enlarge the images in the gallery by clicking on them. They’ll then expand to fit your browser window, whatever size that may be, but are actually 1280px wide, so you can use them as a desktop background if you save them.

The press release follows:

“Munich. Staff and fans of BMW Motorrad are looking forward to March 1st
2009 with great excitement. At the introductory race to the Superbike
World Championship in Phillip Island / Australia, two BMW motorcycles
will be in the starting line-up for the first time. After recent tests
in Portimao and Valencia, riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus are
optimistic about the future and the mood in the BMW Motorrad Motorsport
team is positive. The racing bikes will be fairly close to serial
production models, allowing for the greater audience identification
characteristic of the sport. Behind the scenes meanwhile, production of
the serial machine is getting underway: the BMW S 1000 RR.
The package of this completely newly developed motorcycle with its
999cc in-line 4-cylinder engine is very compact and light. The dry
weight of the motorcycle is 183 kg.
Both its supreme performance figures and its outstanding riding
properties make the BMW S 1000 RR an extremely attractive offer in the
supersports segment.

The engine has a very compact cylinder head and is narrow in shape. The
valves are activated by means of very small, light cam followers,
virtually at Formula 1 level in terms of their dimensions. This
construction ensures very high engine speeds and allows maximum freedom
in engine design in terms of torque and output.

For the supersports bike BMW S 1000 RR, a completely newly developed
sports ABS featuring four different modes as well as the dynamic
traction control system DTC will be available. The functional principle
of the traction control system has been borrowed directly from racing.

The distinctive design of the S 1000 RR reflects the general style of
the segment but also clearly represents the brand BMW. The new S 1000
RR will be available in the four finishes Mineral Silver metallic, Acid
Green metallic, Thunder Grey metallic and – based on the BMW Motorrad
racing colours – Alpine White/Lupine Blue/Magma Red.

The serial production machine BMW S 1000 RR will be presented to the
public in the early summer of 2009 but can already be ordered in
dealerships. In 2009 the price of the S 1000 RR in Germany is 15,150
euros incl. VAT.

BMW via MC24

  • http://artistruth.livejournal.com will

    I love that swingarm, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t a maximalistic, fussy-ass design. All BMWs are detail-intensive like this. At first glance, it looks less impressive and new than the RC8.

    No worries- it’s only a matter of time now before we find out everything.

  • a nazgul

    sweet. not a big fan of “greige” for my sportbikes, and the acid green might look awfully kawasaki, but the white one should do the trick.

    and as for price. meh. that conversion means nothing. the k1300s sells for 15,750 euros in germany and goes for 15,250 USD. So it should come in underneath the 1198 base model. Still a little more than I expected, but doable.

  • Kerry

    Be still my beating heart: a chain drive BMW! I thought I would never see the day. Spoke to the BMW Regional Rep and they insist it will be no more than $2000 over the price of a ZX-10 which would me about $13,799. I am not going to hold my breath on this one.

    The other thing I can’t get behind is the BMW hype machine. When the k1200s came out they claimed it would be close to a ‘Busa in price and performance. Yeah, still waiting for that extra 27 hp and $4000 price break.

  • tomahawk

    Why are you so impressed about how this big BMW looks, but in the same time you criticize Honda Fury for copying Harleys and Victories. Think about it. This BMW is nothing but a japanese superbike copycat, cleary inspired from bikes like Yamaha R6 and Suzuki Gixxers.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with the original projects BMW used to lay on the market. They are simply doing, what you criticize others for doing.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

      BMW is copying current motorcycle racing archetypes — telescopic forks, beam frame etc — but they’re doing it for a good reason: they want to win.

      If you look closely, the styling is actually more closely related to the company’s own K-series bikes, featuring ornate, overlapping panels to create dynamic conflict. It’s not the coolest looking motorcycle ever, but it is pretty decent.

      • Ben

        Isn’t that the same reason for Honda’s “me too” styling on the Fury – because they want to win in that class of bikes? And, even still, there’s a lot in that bike that separates it from those it competes with.

        I’m not a major cruiser fan, but Tomahawk makes a valid point. The primary gray picture up on this article looks unbelievably derivative.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

          Maybe it’s my excitement for the technology hidden beneath the plastic showing through.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant

      I”m not too keen on it, myself, Tomahawk. As more shots come out that may change, but for now, all that grey-scale patchwork of panels hurts my eyes.

  • getwith21stcenturydesignBMW

    The front half of that bike is groundbreaking in design! Wait a minute this is 2009 not 1999. LOL

  • motonut

    Looks like a Cross between a last generation CBR1000RR and an Aprilia RSV! Might surprise us all though on how well it does!

  • Erik

    I’ve found that other BMW models fit tall people considerably better than Japanese sportbikes (I’m 6’5″) so I’m hoping BMW didn’t buck that trend with this bike.

    I think the blue/white/red color scheme will go a long way in making the bike stand out.

  • thomashenny

    The ABS and traction control are commendable but I’m still holding out for the 2015 diesel-powered K1300d. Still, for the price of this, I’d rather tweak the K1300S.

  • Brian

    If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? Well BMW has done a great job making a Japanese litre-bike. And good for them and us. What we will get with the BMW is that extra attention to detail the Italians (Ducati/MV Agusta) give to their bikes in a 1000cc machine. Personally, I am quite looking forward to this bike and I agree the white is THE scheme if it is anything like the classic BMW racing livery! Light weight, competitive power, new technology (camshaft), ABS and traction control! It is between this BMW, the new Yamaha R1 and Aprilia’s new RSV4 for me…

    • bruceleroy


      but if aprilia can bring the non-factory rsv4 in at ~15k, i will have no choice. the power of the v4 compels me.

  • jconli1

    I think a lot of you are forgetting that this is largely being built for homologation needs. It isn’t “me too” styling (the HP2 Sport is a mofo, but 2 air cooled jugs could never crank out 200hp)… they’re intent on actually winning SBK with the race version of this. Selling ‘em on the showroom floor is a secondary perk at this point.

  • Kerry

    If homologation was the goal then why the (claimed) competetive price tag? BMW could easily make whatever low production number (200 units?) needed for homologation, call it a limited edition, and sell the bike at 3 times the price to collectors and….ummm…the rich. BMW intends on gaining sportbike market share out of this, plain, simple, and obvious.

    Please don’t lump German attention to detail in the same class as italian to detail. If the italians paid any attention to mechanical detail my 3 year old ducati would not chronically leak oil and I would not have to worry about my plastic tank delamination or warping. “easy on the eyes” detail, the italians have it in spades but the German mechanical detail is sooooo much better.

    Want to know the best part about this bike – it is a BMW, which means that there is an expectation that this bike last 4 times longer than any japanese equalivent. Hopefully BMW recognizes this expectation and we will see used ones in the paper in a couple of years describing 40,000 miles as “super low” and “barely broken in” as most airheads are described that way now.

  • Deckard

    Uh, this bike has styling elements of all Open Class sportbikes circa 2005. Any wonder since development on the S1000RR probably started around 2005.

    Inline four, chain drive, low weight, high horsepower, high quality suspension. Sounds like any modern R1, GSXR1000, ZX10R, and CBR1000RR. What is there to differentiate an S1000RR from any of these, except for a higher price tag and a BMW logo.

    Buy a CBR1000RR with ABS. You’ll get the top open-class bike with incredible fit and finish. Add a Bazzaz TC unit for an extra grand. Use the $$$ left over to buy an Aerostich if you need a false sense of belonging.

    • thomashenny

      The difference is that the BMW will last you to about 200K miles. Where were the Japanese when the RS54 Rennsport came out?

  • Motonut

    Hmmm, I see the BMW fans coming out in this when the say things like “expectation that this bike last 4 times longer than any japanese equalivent” Haa haa haa Haa, Now that had me laughing. Hmmm, let me see, $800 tune-ups every 6500 miles compared to $400 tune-ups every 16,000 – 24,000 depending on the “japanese machine”. The only reason a BMW would last longer is that the higher end buyer whom owns one probably can afford to maintain the bike by the book better than the traditional Japanese early 20′s buyer. Yes, I have seen BMW’s with 100,000 miles+ on the clock, but more amazing is how many japanese bikes owned by real riders also have 100K on their clocks, and all the owner ever did was change the oil and tires! I know of hard riders on sportbike, were talking guys who have done dozens of track days on their bikes at red-line, and then put on 80,000 miles in commuter miles on that same bike and its still going strong. Would love to see the BMW’s get ridden that hard and last without oil leaking from somewhere or some electric gremlin happening. I have many friends who own both BMW’s and Japanese sportbikes or cruisers, none of them would every say that their BMW’s would last longer with no problems. That kind of comment only comes from those who have probably never owned a Japanese bike and seen how much fun for the dollar they are. I know of 3 guys who have turned the clock twice on their ST1100/1300′s, another guy with a 1980′s CBR1000F with 126,000 miles, and don’t even let me bring up all those Goldwing owners with the ultimate long lasting motorcycle. I know of at least a dozen friends who have had their BMW’s in the shop within the first 5000 miles with problems, that you never rarely ever see on a Japanese bike! All right I rambled on long enough about that one, that one got me fired up!

    • Brad

      Interesting comments. As a Mult-line dealer I can’t help but “chirping” in. We hae Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki and BMW for sale, new and used at our dealership. While it is the exception rather than the rule to service or take in trade a Japanese bike with high mileage, the same cannt be said of BMW bikes. They almost always have what you may consider high milage on them. We have several riders who have logged over 100K. We have seen 200, 300, 400 and even more. As a matter of fact we have had the pleasure of working on a bike of a long time rider that logged over 700,000 miles on his BMW. To be fair we, have a customer that has 121K on a Kawasaki ZZR6, a true exception. As for Goldwings. We do get them with all kinds of milage. Over the many years I have been in the business, it is rare to get a high mileage wing, over 70K.

      Remember also that BMW’s roll with a three year warranty and road side assistance. We are excited to see BMW jump into the game with both feet. If you have any concerns, stop by your local dealer when the bike arrives and test ride one. That’s another great program BMW requires the dealers to participate in, their demo program.

      Whatever bike you decide on, it’s all about the ride. Here’s to bugs in your teeth.

  • Greg

    I like the grey and the silver will probably look even better. Ive been waiting for this bike for two years. I thought I read here that you could order this bike at dealers now, but that is probably in Germany. I will bet this bike will not be available until 2010 in the US, and that is the problem. The jap bikes are distributed relatively fast and changed from year to year. bmw is slow to upgrade and almost always releases there new bikes to europe in the first year and the US in the second year and by then all the exitement about this new model will have worn off. If they have bikes built lets see them with specs and give them to the mags to test. A good marketing plan would be to build a better bike and then let the bike sell itself on its merits.

  • Steve

    To all those with notions of infallability of Japanese bikes, I have a 2004 R1 with 55,000kms (40,000miles?) on the clock. After nearly 5 years of no problems it’s been on/off the road for the last 6 weeks with electrical system problems – so far I’ve had to fork out $$ for a new battery, stator, flywheel and regulator-rectifier. It’s broken down each of the two occasions after I was assured it had been ‘fixed’ – one of those times was on a weekend away ($450 freight bill). I will never again make any outlndish claims about Japanese reliability or the supposed unreliability of other countries’ bikes. Of course, if I turned over the bike before the warranty expired I wouldn’t have experienced this fallability.

    I’ve test riden the Blade (great feel, but a bit cramped for my +6ft frame) and the new R1 (good ergos, great sound, but I wasn’t convinced), but I think I’ll hold out until the S1000RR arrives. It looks the goods to me, weird lights or not.

  • layback

    All I’ve ever owned is Jap bikes, but after reading some of the first ride stuff from Portugul, I think I really want one! I kinda like that yellow green too.