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Is the BMW S 1000 RR the ultimate endgame supersport?

Here are a few reasons why it doesn’t get much better than BMW’s flagship superbike.

Is the BMW S 1000 RR the ultimate endgame supersport?

The BMW S 1000 RR is one of the few motorcycles that is deserving of a poster on your bedroom wall. Since it was and still is the only supersport motorbike in the model lineup of the Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer, this storied superbike was once considered a strange addition to BMW Motorrad’s lineup. However, the BMW S 1000 RR's impressiveness quickly dispelled any concerns about whether it was deserving of the BMW badge.

As it turned out, the BMW S 1000 RR has amassed a sizable fan base throughout the world in all of its variants. The BMW S 1000 RR is a really ground-breaking sportbike, with its limited-edition variations widely coveted by collectors and its enhanced riding aids adored by track enthusiasts. Now in its third incarnation, this bike is even better than before. Having said that, here are a few explanations for why the S 1000 RR is regarded as the ultimate sportbike.

Killer performance

BMW S 1000 RR

A 999cc inline four-cylinder engine that produces a neck-snapping 205 horsepower and 74 ft-lbs of torque powers the BMW S 1000 RR. It uses some cutting-edge tech, such as BMW's exclusive ShiftCam Technology, which tweaks the engine's torque curve to deliver even more grunt in the higher rev range. Valve timing and lift are chosen by the ShiftCam technology, which further improves power distribution over the full rev range.

Of course, a potent engine at the cutting edge of technology is useless without a transmission that is just as amazing. The BMW S 1000 RR's transmission is no exception to the rule that sportbike transmissions are among of the most painstakingly built components of equipment available today. It comes with a snappy, buttery-smooth six-speed manual transmission. Additionally, BMW included a bidirectional quick-shifter as standard equipment, allowing you to shift up and down without using the clutch lever. For improved street rideability, the redesigned BMW S 1000 RR also features a new slipper-assist anti-hop clutch.

Unmistakable supersport styling

BMW S 1000 RR

Unmistakably, the BMW S 1000 RR is a motorcycle focused on performance. It is obvious that this bike means business in the performance department, even to non-riders. The revised S 1000 RR has a completely restyled appearance, including a new fairing with symmetrical headlights, sleek yet powerful bodywork, and an exposed subframe that gives the bike an incredibly light and dynamic appearance. The BMW S 1000 RR is outfitted with LED illumination on both sides, and the full-color TFT instrument panel offers a wealth of useful data to keep the rider fully aware of the bike's status at all times.

Cutting-edge electronics

BMW S 1000 RR

Rain, Road, Dynamic, and Race are the four Ride Modes that come standard with the BMW S 1000 RR. In addition to maximizing performance, these sophisticated ride modes also increase safety thanks to the bike's cutting-edge stability control system controlled by its six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). All four riding modes have been painstakingly engineered to deliver peak performance for their respective road and weather conditions. 

In the Pro bundle, additional ride modes can be unlocked. These are Race Pro 1, Race Pro 2, and Race Pro 3, which all open the door to cutting-edge technologies like adaptive engine braking, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), wheelie control, and even launch control. All of these characteristics improve the BMW S 1000 RR's performance, especially on a racetrack.

Track-oriented handling

BMW S 1000 RR

The BMW S 1000 RR is one of the best tools in the toolbox when it comes to handling. The bike's suspension has undergone major revisions by BMW to include what it calls Dynamic Damping Control (DDC). With DDC, the suspension can now change minutely every ten milliseconds using a valve that is electronically operated and connected to a bypass line. On either the street or the track, damping can be quickly decreased or increased depending on the surface you're riding on. As a result, the BMW S 1000 RR is among the market's most fluid, lively, and comfortable supersport bikes.

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