Few motorcycles shattered expectations as much as BMW’s S 1000 RR. Introduced for 2010 amid lots of hype, its 999cc in-line four was said to generate 193 horsepower at the crank, making it the most powerful liter bike ever built. In its first year, when many brand-new models suffer teething issues, the S 1000 RR won comparison test after comparison test in what is arguably the most competitive motorcycle segment. Harnessing the S 1000 RR’s enormous power was an impressive suite of available electronics: lean-angle sensitive Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), four riding modes (Rain, Sport, Race and Slick) and Race ABS. Subsequent updates added Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) and a quick shifter to the options list.
It was only a matter of time before BMW offered a naked version, and the S 1000 R debuted for 2014. Compared to the RR, the R has more low to midrange power and torque but less peak power and a lower redline thanks to unique cylinder head ducts, cam profiles and engine management. Steering geometry is also different, with less rake, more trail and a longer wheelbase. The S 1000 R’s standard configuration ($13,260) includes two riding modes (Road and Rain), Automatic Stability Control and Race ABS. Our test bike is equipped with the Sport Package ($845), which adds Gear Shift Assistant, DTC, Ride Modes Pro (Dynamic and Dynamic Pro) and cruise control, as well as the Dynamic Package ($955), which adds DDC, heated grips and an engine spoiler. Factory accessories include a tankbag, a tailbag, a windscreen, comfort seats and much more.