2014 BMW S 1000 S Spied Testing In Germany

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This is the clearest photo of 2014 BMW S 1000 S yet. Captured testing in Germany ahead of its fall debut, the bike is based on the S 1000 RR superbike, appearing to sacrifice little performance in pursuit of more humane ergonomics.

Photo: Chris Doane Automotive LLC

In an encouraging sign that the S 1000 S’s performance won’t follow the typical naked bike dilution, it’s virtually identical to the faired bike it’s based on. Same aluminum beam frame, same 999cc inline-four, same swingarm, same fully-adjustable forks, same radial Brembo brake calipers, same exhaust and even the same tail section and batwing taillight.

The big remaining question is: How much has BMW detuned the motor? It’s established practice for manufacturers to “tune for torque” when they adapt a bike from sport to naked. In the common tongue, that means “less power, but if you’re lucky, maybe a little fuller torque curve down low.” Meh.

The BMW S 1000 RR makes 193 bhp, 83 lb.-ft. of torque and 458 lbs (wet). When it debuted in 2009, it was the fastest motorcycle out there. Something aided by its revolutionary rider-aid electronics including traction control and ABS. In HP4 form, some would claim it retains that title.

What’s clear in these photos is that BMW will retain the asymmetric styling in transition from RR to S. In an effort at differentiation, the reflector low beam and projector high beam swap sides; the RR’s low beam (left) and high beam (right), the S is low beam (right) and high beam (left). Some fairing is retained around the frame and motor while a tiny “bellypan” draws visual weight downward.

2014 BMW S 1000 R

Two distinct versions of the S 1000 S have been spotted. This bike, with its gold brake calipers and standard exhaust — identical equipment to the base S 1000 RR — and a version with the silver brake calipers and Akrapovic canister of the HP4.

At this point, the name remains speculation. BMW does tend to retain the same formula for its bike names though. “S” denotes an outright sport bike (in contrast to the more sport-touring oriented “K” models”, the numbers are the rounded engine capacity and the final letter or letters denote the model. Take the R 1200 GS for example. “R” denotes the boxer twin, “1200″ the engine size and “GS” the adventure touring model. The R 1200 S is the naked version of the same (OK, similar) platform. So, S 1000 S? We’ll find out shortly, stay tuned.

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  • Stuki

    Personally, I would have expected a somewhat longer swingarm and narrower rear tire, on a more upright bike lacking the forward weight of a fairing and 30% of a rider; but I can only assume the German engineers saying nein to that, must know what they’re doing….

    • beefstuinit

      Narrower rear tire is somewhat Verboten whenever you’re talking about the S1000 motor.

      • Stuki

        On a naked, built at least partially for competence carving 90 degree city corners, having traction control step in a tiny bit more often, seems like a good tradeoff for less wonky low speed handling. 180/55 also gives you the ability to fit street/sport touring/wet road tires, with no loss in availability of more track and canyon focused ones for those so inclined. Besides, on an upright with superbike wheelbase, even 180s will grip enough that what’s limiting the engine will be wheelies rather than tire spin, at any sub blown-backwards-off-the-bike speed attainable…..

        Love the looks of the rider triangle on this thing. And the handlebar doesn’t look albatross wide. Wonder if BMW will include the world’s first electronic wheelie and stoppie control, ushering in the era of the ‘Stich clad, middle aged stunt rider…..

        • Jonathan Berndt

          KTM has some kind of wheelie control on the soon to be released 1290

          • Stuki

            Now, THAT bike REALLY could use it. I thought it was just another rehash of the racing derived wheelie limiters the others use; rather than one aimed at letting you get it up and keep it there with less risk of going over.

            • Jonathan Berndt

              Jeremy McWilliams reply when asked:

              What’s your favourite feature of the Prototype?

              “Wheelie control! That’s
              the fun thing about this; I can put it vertical and still be in total
              control without needing to touch rear brake!”


              • Stuki

                That is just cool. In a pointless, KTMish way, but cool as heck.. Probably rather necessary too, going by the anticipated specs on that bike…

                I hope they do the same for stoppies. Those actually serve a rational purpose. Nothing rubs it in to a moronic, turn left without blinking or exiting driveway without looking, driver, how close he was to “killing” someone, like seeing a biker with a locked front wheel hanging mid air with his helmet almost inside the car’s front window…..

          • Piglet2010

            Push a button, and the electronic throttle and brake control bring the front wheel off the ground and hold it 3 feet in the air? ;)

        • Dan

          I think the idea that you could go with a slimmer rear tire while planning for greater / more frequent TC intervention to be fascinating, and a nice counterpoint to the rear-wheel bloat that today’s high HP bikes are ushering in (e.g., 1199 w/ 200-section).

          Taken to an extreme, it would make for some pretty fun manners. You could fit 160-section rear rubber from an SV650 and light it up coming out of every corner with the TC doing it’s thing. And steering lock / turning radius would become irrelevant because you can just swing the back out to achieve standing u-turns. Okay, maybe a bit extreme, but i think it’s a fun idea regardless.

  • Spencer

    I think you have a typo at the beginning of the third paragraph: “The S 1000 RR is makes 193bhp”

  • motoguru.

    Calling this “naked” bike an S1000S and already having the S1000RR would be opposite what BMW usually does. Historically the “R” being the naked bike, and the “S” being fully or partially faired. K1300R/S, R1200R/S, F800R/S, etc.

    • Dan

      Agreed. Based on tradition, we should be looking at an “S1000S” race rep and an “S1000R” naked.

      “S1000S” sounds somewhat stupid, which may have been why they went with “s1000rr”. However, with that choice having been made, I think calling the naked “s1000r” risks confusion. The answer would be to call the naked “k1000r,” although that comes with the slight disadvantage of missing out on the positive association riders have with the “s1000…” name now.

      Still, “S1000RR” and “S1000R” seem just too close to me. So “K1000R” gets my vote.

      • Stuki

        (G)elande(S)trasse – trail/road (No idea why that one’s German)

        The nakeds are usually Rs. But with 200 hp on a 450lb, short wheelbase naked, this one could perhaps be more accurately named S1000BSI, for BatShit Insane.

        • Robert Horn

          There was also the LS, which, I think, was short for LSD.

      • Eduardo

        K1000R is impossible.
        BMW Motorrad bikes are now classified by engine type:
        R – boxer engine, horizontally opposed flat twin-cylinder
        K – in-line 3, 4 or 6-cylinder water-cooled engine
        F – up to 2006 – a single vertical cylinder water cooled engine, after 2006 – a twin vertical cylinder water-cooled engine
        G – a single vertical cylinder water cooled engine
        S – 4 cylinder in-line vertical superbike engine

  • Richard Gozinya

    The R1200S hasn’t been in production for years, and was the sport version of the boxer line. The R is the naked.

    • Piglet2010

      A naked sport bike with the new “water-head” boxer would make a lot more sense than a naked with the liter I-4.

  • Piglet2010

    Why? This bike will suffer the same problem as the Tuono V4R (I agree with Nick at Biker Glory): http://www.bikerglory.com/2011/09/aprilia-tuono-v4r-aparc-that-review/

    • Stuki

      Why not? Honestly, you can ask why about the S1000RR too, for 90% of the buyers. And, at least with the HP4 active suspenders, this one will be less jarring when ridden on normal roads than traditionally dampened, upright, fairing free superbikes.

      With the sheer number of well to do sensible-two-shoes frequenting BMW dealerships, that marque really ought to reintroduce the regular guy’s supersport; now in 400cc shape. With S1000 tech, a 400 would still net as much straight line performance as the 600s had back when those first earned a reputation for being the optimum tool for non professionals that wanted to go fast. And hence sold like ice cold Red Bull at a 120 degree KTM meet in the Arizona dessert. But now, even the 600s have gotten a reputation for being a bit excessive for regular riders, particularly those sensible enough to hold on to a job long enough to be able to afford a Beemer. So, give us a 400; and if it sells well enough, let the Japanese copy you, instead of the other way around.

      • BigHank53

        Do it as a single. Don’t sweat the power curve; just go full OCD on weight reduction. 215 lbs isn’t unreasonable–the G450X only weighs 244. Skinny tires so it corners easily. Top end wouldn’t be much, but you’d sell a boatload anyplace the roads are twisty enough.

        • Stuki

          How’s sales of the Duke 690? And I wonder how the 390 will fare.

          For certain roads, like Yerba Buena in LA and many roads in the mountains above the Sonoma Coast, I suspect that kind of ‘tweener’ format bike, is better suited than either a sportbike or a full on motard. At least for people more used to riding knee down than foot out.

          • Piglet2010

            Most people in the US are hardly aware that KTM exists.

            That being said, I will be very tempted if KTM imports the Duke 690R for 2014 – or even better makes a super-moto using the same engine.

      • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

        That’d be a blast. It’d also cost every single penny that the S1000RR does and no one would buy it. BMW is in the business of making money.

        • Stuki

          I’m not completely convinced of that. Based solely on what I hear from both new and experienced riders, the reason 600 sales are so soft amongst the huge buyer groups that used to buy them, is because perception of them have moved from being “the ultimate starter bike you’ll never outgrow and all you’ll ever need unless you turn pro”, to being no longer considered appreciably less overkill than a liter bike. So, they’re kind of stuck in some no mans land of too much for sane, regular riders, but obviously less attractive than a liter bike to those that simply want the fastest production vehicle on the planet, realistic use cases be damned.

          But back when 600s ruled the “informed” world (F2-F3 CBR), they made about the kind of power-to-weight that a 400 in an s1000rr like state of tune would make today. And, a new 400 could be built at sub 400lb wet, with low rotational inertia of internal parts, further separating them from liter bikes that have gotten too close to the 600s in weight.

          As of current, it looks like the 600 class is dying on the vine. And I simply cannot fathom that there is no room for a highly focused class of sports machines below the liter class. So something’s gotta pop up to fill the 600 niche. Perhaps the 600s could return to favor again, but as you guys have written on numerous occasions, they’re simply so darned fast now, that it takes years and years before even the most dedicated canyon carver can really wring them out. Meaning, a well tuned 400 would be faster for most riders in contested twisties than either a liter bike, or nowadays even a 600. Which, if true, will drive sales, as nothing endears sportbikes to the average canyon rider like watching their similarly skilled buddy consistently pull away from them on his latest BMW….

          Now, I’m only guessing that, with the current state of mototech, 400 would be the magical displacement that would result in the fastest canyon bike for the majority of riders, but whatever that number is, it looks to be less than 600 by now. And 400 sounds like a reasonable approximation.

          • Justin McClintock

            I desperately want a Bandit 400. If I could fit on one that is.

          • Piglet2010

            Or maybe change to the super-sport class to 500cc, and also limit it to 2 cylinders – we could have 65-HP bikes that are 350 pounds “wet”.

      • TP

        Dude fuck yes.

      • Piglet2010

        Q. Why put a super-bike engine in a naked bike?

        A. Its for selling.

        I still maintain this bike makes no sense, but then again it will probably sell well enough to make money for BMW.

  • CP

    I can’t wait to see the comparison between this (S1000S?) and the KTM superduke 1290!

    And may be throw in the Ducati Streetfighter S and the Tuono V4R in the mix. that would be an awesome test :D

  • Lc102

    If you zoom in on the left side controls in the main picture you will see something I know I didn’t think we would see on this type of bike, cruise control switch.

    • TP

      Imagine cruising at 130 on the autobahn on this thing

      • jonoabq

        for about all of 70k before you have to stop for gas…

      • Piglet2010

        Imagine what type of arm pump you would get trying to hold on while riding a naked bike at 130 mph for any distance.

  • Christopher Liu

    Why does the rider look so unhappy?

    • Harve Mil

      Because he probably just got fired for being captured on the test bike by a paparazzi’s camera.

  • Harve Mil

    I love it.