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BMW S1000 RR Studio.JPG
Manufacturer BMW Motorrad
Also called K46

2009 - 2014

2013 - 2014 (HP4)

2015 - Present
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
Power 146kW (199hp) @ 14,000 rpm (claimed)[1]
133.6 kW (179.2 hp) @ 13,250 rpm (rear wheel)[2]
Torque 112 N·m (83 lbf·ft) @ 9,750 rpm (claimed)
105.8 N·m (78.0 lbf·ft) @ 10,250 rpm[2]
Transmission 6-speed, chain drive, optional electronic traction control
Brakes Front: Dual 320 mm discs, Brembo 4-piston fixed callipers
Rear: Single 220 mm disc, single-piston floating caliper
Disengageable ABS
Tires 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]
2015 MotoGP Official Safety Bike
2015 MotoGP Official Safety Bike, on display in California

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]

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. It has a wet weight of 207.7 kg (458 lb), and produces 133.6 kW (179.2 hp) @ 13,250 rpm[2] at the rear wheel.

Race bike differences[edit]

The factory race bike used in the Superbike World Championship differs in a number of ways from the production bike.[6] 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.[7] On 25 September 2008, Australian former double Superbike World Champion Troy Corser signed to complete the team's two-rider lineup for 2009.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] His team mate 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13][14] 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”.[15] Dunlop completed a hat-trick of BMW victories with a Senior TT win on Friday, 6 June.[16]

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.[17]

Macau Grand Prix[edit]

Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix in 2015.


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,[18] and more than 3.7 million views as of October 2010.[19] 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.[20]


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.[21]


  • Top speed: 303 km/h (188 mph)[22]
  • 0–100 km/h: 3.06 sec / 43 m (141 ft)
  • 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) [23]
  • 0–300 km/h: 19.1 sec / 1,112 m (3,648 ft) [24]
  • 0-100 mph 5.13 sec [25]
  • Standing mile (1.6 km): 24.98 sec @ 297.73 km/h (185 mph)[25]
  • Braking distance 250–0 km/h: 229 m (751 ft) [24]



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