2012 BMW S1000RR Preview

Our literbike champion gets several upgrades to make it even better


BMW has taken the wraps of its revision of the class-dominating S1000RR, debuting the new literbike in Valencia, Spain. Just two years after its launch, 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.

With about 180 horsepower at the wheel, BMW saw no need to improve its peak horsepower, but the company claims improved power from 5000 to 7500 rpm and better handling in its latest iteration. A shorter-turn throttle and lighter throttle spring comprise most of the engine updates.

2012 BMW S1000RR

Chassis updates include a revised frame with a slightly sharper rake angle and a wheelbase shorter by 10mm, plus a new swingarm pivot location and a 20% larger air intake through new upper frame rails. Improved suspension action is promised via new fork internals and a larger shock piston, the latter allowing more oil to flow through the low/mid speed valve. A new steering damper is adjustable over 10 positions. A new upper triple-clamp features a milled design. BMW tells us to expect improved steering accuracy and feedback.

2012 BMW S1000RR

We’ll be testing the new S1000RR later today at the Ricardo Tomo circuit in Valencia, Spain GP circuit, the bike looking fresh in its new Racing Red and Alpine White color combo. It’s also available in a new Bluefire color, as well as in metallic black and the BMW Motorsports scheme. Its tailsection now sports a cleaner appearance, and the airbox cover sports new side aperture grilles. A pair of winglets on the side fairings promise improved aerodynamic qualities.

The S1000 is now available with a new titanium exhaust system, a data logger with GPS and optional heated grips. Updated instruments include a new “best lap in progress” indicator that responds every 100 meters to tell a rider if he’s quicker than previous laps. The LCD tachometer is said to be easier to read and can be set to one of five brightness displays.

Stay tuned for our riding impressions of the new RR on Monday!

2012 BMW S1000RR

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