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In recent years BMW has gone to great lengths repositioning its motorcycle division from a position of building motorcycles for bearded, pipe-smoking eccentrics to be more inline with its performance-derived automotive group. BMW silenced its critics with the BMW S1000RR, the company’s first modern sportbike that delivered more performance than established Japanese OEMs who have building sportbikes for decades.

In 2009, after months of teasing initial reports, BMW entered the brand new S1000RR in the World Superbike Championship finishing the season in 13th position with Troy Corser. In 2010 Corser gave the BMW S1000RR its first World Superbike pole position and two third-place podium positions. More impressive is the fact that, also in 2010, Aryton Badovini won the Wold Superstock championship on a BMW S1000RR, losing only a single race all season — an incredible feat for a brand new sportbike. The BMW S1000RR was also made available for public consumption in 2010.

Since its introduction the BMW S1000RR has been lauded by the motorcycle press due to the bike’s amazing performance in stock trim. With 175 rear-wheel horsepower generated from its liquid-cooled, dual-overhead cam, 16-valve, inline four-cylinder engine, the BMW S1000RR was substantially more powerful than its Japanese counterparts. The 999cc engine has a very oversquare bore and stroke of 80 x 49.7 mm. This is the largest engine bore of any liter-size sportbike on the market.

2010 BMW S1000RR

Its retail price of $13,800 wasn’t much more expensive than its Japanese rivals. For an additional $1,500 BMW offered an electronics package including ABS, selectable engine-mapping (Rain, Sport, Race, Slick) and traction control. In addition to wheel speed sensors, the BMW S1000RR also incorporated bank angle sensors and throttle position sensors making its traction control system the most advanced system on a production bike. The BMW S1000RR’s ABS system features a front-wheel-only mode allowing the rider to lock the rear wheel to help initiate a rear-wheel slide.

According to BMW, the S1000RR has an asymmetrical front fairing not just for styling purposes but also because the high-beam and low-beam headlights differ from each other in size and weight, and to emphasize each one’s performance BMW constructed the fairing accordingly.

The BMW S1000RR features dual front Brembo four-piston radial calipers gripping 320mm rotors, and in the rear a single-piston Brembo caliper grabs a 220mm disc. The instrument cluster is comprised of an analog tachometer and digital speedometer. There’s also a built-in lap timer that’s operated by the high beam light switch on the left handlebar. The lap timer also records brake pressure and throttle openings.

To help market the new BMW S1000RR and showcase the bike’s acceleration, BMW created a video where a tablecloth from a 20-seat dining table was attached to the S1000RR. The BMW S1000RR launched from a standing start, yanking the tablecloth from the table without disturbing the place settings. The video went viral with more than 3 million views, but its authenticity was later debunked by the television show MythBusters.

BMW S 1000 RR Reviews

2013 BMW S1000RR HP4 Review - Video

If the Japanese and Italian sportbike manufacturers weren’t yet quaking in their boots by the fabulously engineered BMW S1000RR, the HP4 will surely make them fret.

2012 BMW S1000RR Review [Video]

Our biggest surprise at the launch of the 2012 BMW S1000RR was the boundless enthusiasm each engineer showed in regard to sportbikes. The class-dominating S1000RR is now even more potent and usable for 2012.

2012 BMW S1000RR Preview

BMW has taken the wraps of its revision of the class-dominating S1000RR. The RR’s weight and the engine power is unchanged, but BMW engineers have developed a host of updates to make our class champion even more potent and usable for 2012.

2010 BMW S1000RR Review

BMW has fired a potent salvo into the literbike market, and it's set to blow away perceptions of what a BMW motorcycle is. The S1000RR is devastatingly powerful yet easy to manage and you can bet the Japanese and Italians have taken notice.

BMW S1000RR U.S. Debut

BMW’s new S1000RR made its American debut at the U.S. round of the WSBK held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT. BMW revealed at the event that its new steed will be priced within $1,000 U.S. of the literbike offerings from the Big Four.

2009 BMW S1000RR World Introduction

BMW took the official wraps off its new literbike contender, the S1000RR, at the legendary Monza Racing Circuit in conjunction with an Italian round of the World Superbike Championship. BMW boasts a whopping 193 horsepower for its sportiest bike ever.

2009 BMW S1000RR – A Closer Look

The newly unveiled S1000RR from BMW is perhaps the most highly anticipated sportbike of 2009. Motorcycle.com recently had the opportunity to sit down with the VP of BMW Motorrad USA, Pieter de Waal, unleashing a barrage of questions about the literbike.

2009 BMW S1000RR Preview

BMW Motorrad’s new president stunned the world when he officially announced a new ultra-sport literbike built to take on the established Japanese competitors both on the sales floor and the World Superbike Championship.

BMW S 1000 RR Comparisons

2012 European Literbike Shootout - Video

We tested the 2012 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC, BMW S1000RR and Ducati 1199 Panigale S both on the track, on the street, and on the dyno to see which bike is the top dog in our 2012 European literbike shootout

2012 European Literbike Shootout Teaser - Video

We’re hard at work conducting our test of the exotic literbikes: Aprilia RSV4 R APRC, BMW S1000RR and Ducati 1199 Panigale S. We’re not finished yet, but here’s our first impressions about each bike after romping on them at the fantastic Thunderhill.

2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R vs. 2011 BMW S1000RR Shootout - Street

BMW’s S1000RR sportbike narrowly edged out the Kawasaki’s brand new ZX-10R in the racetrack-only portion of our 2011 Literbike Shootout. However, now we get to see how these two speedy streetbikes do in the real world – the street.

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