We’re firm believers that naked bikes are the very best type of motorcycle for all-around riding. They combine the best of all motorcycling disciplines into a singular machine that’s sporty, yet tractable—powerful, yet compliant. In today’s highly saturated market, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the options currently available. However, if you’re looking for the bleeding edge of technology and performance, chances are you’re looking at the top European manufacturers.
BMW should definitely be on your list, as it has one of the most potent naked streetfighters in the market today, none other than the S 1000 R. Now, those of you who are familiar with this bike would know that it’s derived from one of the most popular supersport bikes in the market, the S 1000 RR. Being that it’s a naked bike, it’s much more suited to daily riding, and can even be used as a daily commuter, should you insist on having upwards of 160 horsepower nestled between your legs. Without further ado, here are 3 reasons why the S 1000 R is the ultimate hyper-naked machine.
The BMW S 1000 R is powered by a 999cc inline four-cylinder engine that generates a jaw-dropping 165 horsepower and 80 ft-lbs of torque. It makes use of cutting-edge technology, such as BMW's exclusive ShiftCam Technology, which modifies the torque curve of the engine to produce even more grunt at higher revs. The ShiftCam technology, which further enhances power distribution over the whole rev range, selects the valve timing and lift, optimizing torque for hard acceleration at the bottom and mid rev range, and utmost power at the top of the rev range.
A powerful engine that is at the leading edge of technology is meaningless, of course, without a transmission that is equally amazing. The transmission on the BMW S 1000 R is no exception to the fact that sportbike transmissions are some of the most meticulously constructed parts and components now on the market. A quick, buttery-smooth six-speed manual transmission is included. A bidirectional quick-shifter, which BMW incorporated as standard equipment, enables you to shift up and down without using the clutch lever. The revised BMW S 1000 R also comes with a new slipper-assist anti-hop clutch for better street rideability.
One of the best tech packages in the market
The four Ride Modes that come standard with the BMW S 1000 R are Rain, Road, Dynamic, and Race. These advanced ride modes optimize performance while also enhancing safety thanks to the bike's state-of-the-art stability control system, which is managed by its six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). Each of the four riding modes has been meticulously designed to provide the best performance under the specific road and weather circumstances.
More ride modes can be unlocked by purchasing the Pro bundle. These include Race Pro 1, Race Pro 2, and Race Pro 3, and they all provide access to modern innovations like adaptive engine braking, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), wheelie control, and even launch control. The BMW S 1000 R performs better thanks to all of these features, especially on a racetrack.
A track-derived platform
When it comes to handling, the BMW S 1000 R is one of the best tools in the toolkit. BMW has made significant changes to the motorcycle's suspension to add what it refers to as Dynamic Damping Control (DDC). Using DDC, a valve that is electronically controlled and connected to a bypass line allows the suspension to alter minutely every ten milliseconds. Depending on the surface you're riding on, damping can be instantly reduced or raised on the road or the racetrack. The BMW S 1000 R is consequently one of the market's most agile, dynamic, and comfortable supersport bikes.