Last year Aprilia gave us the Tuono V4 R (and updated version with ABS for 2014). Earlier this month we tested KTM’s new naked hooligan, the 1290 Super Duke R. And let’s not forget the awesome MV Agusta Brutale. Now comes a naked version of BMW’s all-conquering S1000RR repli-racer. Many possible names have been floated, but we’re betting it will called the S1000R.
From the spy photos we’ve gleaned cosmetic information such as an asymmetric headlight configuration with one round light beside an oblong, polygonal light. Above the headlight assembly rests a small, raised windscreen. The swingarm and tail section appear to be very similar to the S1000RR. Requisite superbike-style handlebars will replace the clip-ons.
Considering the aforementioned competition against which a new naked S1000R will be measured, we expect BMW to retain most of the S1000RR’s engine performance after its transformation to S1000R duty. Chassis, brakes, cosmetics and attention to detail should also feature BMW’s quality craftsmanship.