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2011 BMW S1000 RR
2011 BMW S1000 RR
Manufacturer BMW Motorrad
Also called K46
  • 2009–present
  • 2013–2014 (HP4)
Class Sport bike
Engine 999 cc (61.0 cu in) inline-4
Bore / stroke 80.0 mm × 49.7 mm (3.15 in × 1.96 in)
Compression ratio 13.0:1
  • 146 kW (196 hp) @ 14,000 rpm (claimed)[1]
  • 133.6 kW (179.2 hp) @ 13,250 rpm (rear wheel)[2]
  • 112 N⋅m (83 lbf⋅ft) @ 9,750 rpm (claimed)
  • 105.8 N⋅m (78.0 lbf⋅ft) @ 10,250 rpm(rear wheel)[2]
Transmission 6-speed, chain drive, optional electronic traction control
  • Front: Dual 320 mm discs, Brembo 4-piston fixed callipers
  • Rear: Single 220 mm disc, single-piston floating caliper
  • Disengageable ABS
  • Front: 120/70 ZR 17
  • Rear: 190/55 ZR 17
Rake, trail 23.9° / 95.9 mm (3.78 in)
Wheelbase 1,432 mm (56.4 in)
Dimensions L: 2,056 mm (80.9 in)
W: 826 mm (32.5 in)
H: 1,138 mm (44.8 in)
Seat height 820 mm (32 in)
Weight 183 kg (403 lb) (claimed)[3] (dry)
207.7 kg (458 lb)[2] (wet)
Fuel capacity 17.5 L (3.8 imp gal; 4.6 US gal)
Fuel consumption 6.13 L/100 km (46.1 mpg‑imp; 38.4 mpg‑US)[2]

The BMW S1000RR is a sport bike initially made by BMW Motorrad to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship,[4] that is now in commercial production. It was introduced in Munich in April 2008,[5] and is powered by a 999 cc (61.0 cu in) inline-4 engine redlined at 14,200 rpm.[1]

Cutaway S1000RR engine (in BMW Museum)

BMW made 1,000 S1000RRs in 2009 to satisfy World Superbike homologation requirements, but expanded production for commercial sale of the bike in 2010. It has an anti-lock braking system, standard, with an optional electronic traction control. As of 2016, it has a wet weight of 204 kg (450 lb), and produces 148.4 kW (199.0 hp) @ 13,500 rpm.[6] With 133.6 kW (179.2 hp) to the rear wheel, it is the most powerful motorcycle in the class on the dyno.[7]

Iterations and Updates[edit]


The S1000RR was released in 2009 and was considered the best-equipped sportbike in the 1000CC category, and with a bore and stroke of 80.0 mm × 49.7 mm (3.15 in × 1.96 in) it also had the biggest bore in its class. The Bike came factory fitted with ABS and dynamic traction control, A first for road-going supersports at the time. On top of this, it came standard with three riding modes (Wet, Sport and Race) with an additional riding mode (Slick) available as an extra factory option from BMW.[8] The 2011 bike remained unchanged, keeping the same livery options, engine, chassis and suspension.[9][10]


In 2012, the bike received slightly more significant changes. It was given a new face of the Tachometer as well as new throttle maps for each of the four riding modes, to combat throttle response issues that customers were facing with the bike. To further aid this issue, BMW updated the throttle tube to be lighter and have a shorter pull. The intake and exhaust systems also received updates, the ram air intake was made to be 20% larger, as well as moving the catalytic converters to the muffler from the headers. This allowed for the oil sump heat shield to be removed, saving a small amount of weight. The optional DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) was also updated, smoothing the butterfly valve action when a wheelie was detected, providing a less violent intervention to the bikes front wheel lifting off the ground. The chassis was also updated, with the front suspension being lifted by 4mm and the rear being dropped by 5mm. The wheelbase was also reduced by nearly 10mm through a tooth addition in the rear sprocket (45). The angle of the steering head was also revised and the offset of the fork was reduced by 2.5mm. The triple clamp on top of the fork was also updated to a forged aluminum component. Lastly, the spring rates and valving in the suspension were overhauled, including special check valves to allow for completely independent compression and rebound adjustment, coupled with a 10-way adjustable steering damper. The 2012 visual updates included new heel plates, a slimmer-looking tail section and reshaped side panels with plastic winglets said to improve aerodynamics at speed. Smaller visual updates included grilles on the side of the tank plastics and a new "RR" logo.[11]

2013 and HP4[edit]

In 2013 the bike did not receive the same level of updates of the 2012 bike. However, in 2013 BMW introduced the HP4 variant, a more track-oriented version of the standard S1000RR. The 2013 HP4 saw the ride-by-wire system again taken to a level unseen outside of the WSB and MotoGP. The HP4 was fitted with Dynamic Dampening Control (DDC) a system that updates and makes changes to the suspension every 11 milliseconds, responding to various sensors as well as throttle input and is adjustable on the fly, a first on any production motorcycle.[12] The bike was given an electronic controlled interference pipe & acoustic valves, allowing air to flow into the exhaust and burn unused fuel as well as upgraded Brembo monobloc brake calipers. The riding modes of the HP4 differ from the standard bike, in that it allows for all 193 hp (144 kW) to be accessed in four modes. The HP4 also introduced combined braking, meaning that in all modes except slick, the back brake is applied automatically when the rider applies the front brake. It was offered in multiple race kit packages, ranging from the stock claimed 193 hp (144 kW) of the S1000RR all the way up to a claimed 212 hp (158 kW). The 2013 HP4 was also equipped with more electronic features, launch control and pit-mode, all accessible from the controls on the handlebars. The bike was also given its own colourway and an HP4-specific tachometer face.[13]

2014 and HP4[edit]

The 2014 S1000RR saw some more minor updates and the first race-ABS as standard. The handlebars were also slightly modified, as well as some very minor changes to the fairings.[14] The HP4 variant was sold for the second year with no major changes; available at extra cost was a premium package which included HP carbon engine spoiler and trim, HP folding clutch and brake levers, HP adjustable rider footrests, standard forged wheels finished in Racing Blue Metallic, a decal kit, heated grips, a pillion rider kit and an anti-theft alarm.[15]


In 2015, the S1000RR saw major updates and changes. Notably, the bike now weighed nine pounds (4 kg) less and gained six hp to a claimed output of 199 hp. This was achieved through reshaping the ports, a new cam profile, lighter valves and shorter velocity stacks drawing from a larger airbox. An all-new exhaust has also been implemented, drawing from the previous years HP4, adding a controlled interference pipe and acoustic valves. More options made available in the 2015 variant were included in the "Dynamic package" which included BMW's quickshift assist pro, allowing for clutchless up and downshifts. BMW also introduced a "race package" which gave the user DDC from the HP4, a "pro" riding mode as well as launch control, a customizable pit limiter and cruise control. To the electronics, BMW again added smoother front wheel lift intervention and a new "user" mode, where the rider is able to customize some defined parameters, allowing for a fully personalized riding experience. More learnings from the HP4 include combined braking (Automatically activating the rear brake when the front brake is applied), on-the-fly ABS and DTC control and lean angle sensors that provide a readout on the dash.[16] The 2015 bikes lighter chassis consists of four individual aluminum cast pieces welded together with the engine tilted forward at a 32 degree angle and integrated as a load-bearing element. The fork overlap of the immersion tubes was reduced to 6 mm and the steering head angle increased 0.5 degrees to 66.5 without any change in the yoke offset. The swingarm pivot point was lowered by 3 mm and the wheelbase lengthened by 15 mm. The new chassis geometry provides increased rider feedback from the front end the rear wheel.[17] The visual updates to the S1000RR were also vast, with the asymmetric headlights being swapped (high beam left, low beam right), a softer nose and all new colourways. The muffler was changed to a much larger can, while the fairings became more aerodynamically advanced adding vents and slips to allow for better stability at high speed.[17]


In 2017, a non-street legal, track-only variant, the HP4 Race was added, made in a limited production run of 750 units.

Road racing[edit]

Race bike differences[edit]

The factory race bike used in the Superbike World Championship differs in a number of ways from the production bike.[18] Its engine has a higher compression ratio of 14.0:1 compared with 13.0:1, and it delivers over 200 hp (150 kW) at 14,000 rpm, compared with 193 hp (144 kW) at 13,000 rpm. The race bike has a 44 mm Öhlins forks, compared with a 46 mm ZF Sachs forks. Until 2012 it had a 16.5-inch front wheel and a 16-inch rear wheel instead of a 17-inch (for 2013 world superbike season, 17-inch rims became mandatory) and an MRA racing 'double-bubble' windshield. Most significantly, it has a wet weight of 162 kg (357 lb)[citation needed] compared with 207.7 kg (458 lb) for the production model.

Superbike World Championship[edit]

On 26 June 2008, Spanish rider Rubén Xaus signed to ride the bike for the factory BMW Motorrad team.[19] On 25 September 2008, Australian former double Superbike World Champion Troy Corser signed to complete the team's two-rider lineup for 2009.[20] In the 2009 Superbike World Championship season, the highest race result achieved by Corser was fifth place in the Czech Republic, and Xaus achieved seventh place in Italy. During the 2010 FIM Superstock 1000 Championship season Ayrton Badovini dominated by winning every single race but one on the S1000RR.[21] This result was significant because the Superstock class of WSBK is where the machines most closely resemble the stock offerings at the showroom. On 13 May 2012, Italian rider Marco Melandri riding for the factory BMW Motorrad team was the first to secure a win for the S1000RR in World Superbike competition at the British round in Donington Park.[22] His teammate Leon Haslam came in second giving BMW a "One Two" finish.

MotoGP CRT Class[edit]

On 8 April 2012, US rider Colin Edwards rode a BMW S1000RR engined motorcycle for the Forward Racing team.[23] This history making inaugural CRT Class debut, where 1,000 cc tuned factory production motorcycle engines competed for the first time alongside the current MotoGP machines. The BMW S1000RR engined Suter machine placed first in its class and finished 12th overall.

Isle of Man TT[edit]

The S1000RR has been used by various riders at the Isle of Man TT since 2010.[24] On 31 May 2014, Michael Dunlop won the superbike class race on his factory-prepared bike entered by Hawk Racing, a UK-based BSB team operating as Buildbase BMW Motorrad, breaking a 75-year gap between wins for BMW.[25][26] Three days later, Dunlop repeated his victory in the Superstock class, running under his own MD Racing BMW banner. He stated "...this is a great result for BMW. It’s great for a manufacturer when a road bike wins a TT”.[27] Dunlop completed a hat-trick of BMW victories with a Senior TT win on Friday, 6 June.[28]

Dunlop won the Superbike and Senior races at the 2016 TT festival on essentially the same machine, again provided by Hawk Racing, setting a new absolute solo-machine course record, averaging 133.962 mph (215.591 km/h), set during one-lap of the six-lap event held on the 37-mile road course.[29]

Macau Grand Prix[edit]

Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016.


An S1000 RR 2011 in BMW Motorsport livery

In March 2010, BMW released a video on YouTube titled "The oldest trick in the world", which highlighted the S1000RR's acceleration by pulling a tablecloth off a long 20-seat dining table without disturbing the place settings and table decorations. Its popularity turned the ad viral, with 1.4 million views in the first ten days,[30] and more than 3.7 million views as of October 2010.[31] The October 27, 2010 MythBusters episode "Tablecloth Chaos" tested whether the trick could be reproduced. The stunt was replicated in detail, with the exception that a different and less powerful motorcycle was used—a Buell Motorcycle Company 1125R, owned and ridden by the show's co-presenter Jamie Hyneman. The opinion of the television program was that the video was fake as the only way it could be reproduced was by placing a plastic sheet on top of the tablecloth—thus eliminating any contact between the tablecloth and the table settings.[32]


BMW issued a recall for bikes built between Sept. 1, 2011, through April 10, 2012 to address an issue with bolts that secure the connecting rods to the crankshaft that could loosen when the bike is ridden at high speed.[33]


  • Top speed: 303 km/h (188 mph)[34]
  • 0–100 km/h: 2.6 sec / 43 m (141 ft)[35]
  • 0–200 km/h: 6.87 sec / 209 m (686 ft)
  • 0–250 km/h: 10.4 sec / 426 m (1,398 ft)
  • 0–280 km/h: 14.8 sec / 750 m (2,460 ft) [36]
  • 0–300 km/h: 19.1 sec / 1,112 m (3,648 ft) [37]
  • 0–100 mph 5.13 sec [38]
  • 0–120 mph 7.22 sec [38]
  • 1/4 mile (402 m): 10.02 sec @ 254.27 km/h (158.13 mph)[38]
  • Standing mile (1.6 km): 24.98 sec @ 297.73 km/h (185 mph)[38]
  • Braking distance 250–0 km/h: 229 m (751 ft) [37]

Electronic aids[edit]

BMW S1000RR comes standard with ABS and dynamic TCS, Cruise control, Launch control, and HP Gear Shift Assist Pro(Quickshifter) as standard. From 2017, BMW has made dynamic TCS standard, and augmented "Race mode" and "Dynamic mode" packages with new configurations such as DDC and "ABS pro".[39][40][41]


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