BMW S1000RR – Ride Report

A regular Saturday turned out to be ‘Special‘ when Ankit confirmed that Navnit Motors – the BMW dealer in Bangalore had agreed to give us a chance to ride their flagship super-sport – The S1000RR.

So I met Ankit and Sukesh at the showroom along with my brother.

To test my patience further, Shashank (the guy for motorcycles at Navnit) took us to the basement for sessionΒ on BMW’s other offerings in India (R1200 GS, K1600 GTL, F650 GS, K1300, F800GS etc), finally the S1000RR was taken out by Shashank to finish some formalities before we could ride.

BMW S1000 RR 1: 12 scale model and the actual motorcycle

Ain’t we look similar – Can you exchange us πŸ˜›

In fact most of showroom staff came out to get a glimpse of the 1:12 scale -down version πŸ˜€

S1000RR 1:12 scale model

1:12 meets the actual πŸ˜›

Conditions, Conditions and Conditions :p

  • We were told by the BMW guys to stay within a 3 kms radius around the showroom – this being a TC motorcycle and was insured within the specific radius.
  • The BMW guys had restricted the revs up to 8,000 rpm and any shifts above that wouldn’t be futile (since fuel would not be supplied to the injectors).
BMW S1000RR Key

Ticket to 190+ BHP πŸ™‚

First Impressions :

Honestly a 3km loop is a very small distance to write a detailed report – here are my impressions:

The moment I sat on the S1000RR, I realized how compact motorcycle this was, in-fact its smaller than a 600 super-sport, which meant one can weave in and out of the traffic with ease.

Slotted it into 1st Gear and the roll-on was super smooth unlike any liter-class I had ever ridden, revved it all the up-to limiter into the 2nd gear before I ran  short of the service road 😦

Hoped onto to the main road, the sparse traffic on a Saturday afternoon ensured that I was doing 170 clicks in no time, trust me I didn’t realize it till I saw the odo.

And for the Throttle Wide Open junkies, the S1000RR offers clutch-less up-shifts and it is bloody addictive πŸ™‚

Braking:

Having owned a super-sport, braking is one of the critical aspects of a motorcycle, especially the way the motorcycle behaves under normal and hard braking.

The S1000RR comes with Brembo Mono-block calipers and my goodness they offer some very-precise braking. A small touch on the front lever is all it takes to shed the momentum and bring the motorcycle to a halt.

The test ride motorcycle was running on soft-compound Metzelers which meant superb grip on the dry tarmac even under some hard braking(took the rear end into the air).

The motorcycle is so planted even under so much loading, Β Phenomenonal !!!

Handling:

WOW, how can they design a motorcycle which handles so darn well !!!

I didn’t get a chance to test the handling while cornering, but on the straight road ,under hard braking and the in traffic, it behaves brilliantly.

It is so nimble, that I constantly had to tell myself that it churns out 190+ bhp at the wheel, yet it gives you so much confidence to ride faster, the home territory of the S1000RR is above the 6000 rpm mark.

The 8000 rpm restriction meant I couldn’t ride my balls out 😦

The S1000RR comes with 4 riding modes:

  • Sport
  • Rain
  • Race
  • Slick

I was on the ‘Sport’ mode during my entire test ride and didnt get a chance to try the other modes.

Cock-Pit:

Very legible to read even under the blaring sun and one doesn’t have to reach out to the dial to toggle the readings, all the toggle switches are on the handle-bar.

A Thumbs-Up to BMW for the practicality.

Instrument panel or cockpit of the BMW S1000RR

Simple and Elegant Dash – simple to operate..Β 

Riding Posture:Β 

Comfortable compared to the R1, which I believe has the most aggressive posture. The BMW is much relaxed, although the a longer ride of at-least 100 kms will reveal the true comfort of the ride posture.

Does it Heat up in traffic?

During the ride I couldn’t ride in the bumper-bumper traffic, but yes a full- faired motorcycle always offers its share of heat to the rider πŸ˜›

BMW S1000RR in Bangalore

BMW S1000RR in Full Glory

Is it worth so much?

The model I rode would set me back by about 27 lakhs INR on-road, which made me question the true worth of this motorcycle.

‘YES – IT IS WORTH IT ‘ although I still pray that someday BMW would get this ‘SpecialΒ ‘ under the 20 lakhs tag.

For whoever select few can afford to spend so much moolah, it wont dissapoint you to bring a smile every-time you crack open the throttle.

BMW S1000RR Test ride in Bangalore

Wish I could play it again and again – sigh

Special thanks to Ankit, Vijay, Sukesh and Shashank from Navnit Motors for trusting me with this Bavarian Delight πŸ™‚

BMW S1000RR badge

The Name Says it All

Pardon my Ear-to-Ear grin since yesterday πŸ˜›

And YES, I am hung-over the S1000RR πŸ˜€Β 

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19 thoughts on “BMW S1000RR – Ride Report

  1. Ah, makes me jealous (of course!). From owning a Scale model to riding the actual one, that’s quite a journey there. Here I was wondering why I never get to ride a big bike. Now i know the answer, I need to get a scale model first! :p Jokes apart. Brilliantly written, your words above show the “hang-over” very much! Interesting to know that all the operating buttons are on the handle bar!… (Bajaj/TVS, are you listening? :p). I was expecting a short comparo between the Ra1 and this, but with a 3km radius and 8K rpm restriction, I know it wont do justice. Now, where is the nearest shop which sells scale models? πŸ˜€

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    • Nishanth, Glad you liked the review; I like your scale model analogy, wish we had process where we could scale up the scaled down motorcycles πŸ˜›

      On the R1 comparo, for starters I don’t think it is fair to compare my 08 R1 with the 2011 S1000RR, since it is already behind by 3 years, but to be brutally honest, I really don’t know if the Japs can catch with this German delight (although some say the 2011 ZX-10R is close).

      On the scale models front, go to Modelart in Forum or any Sapphire toy store πŸ™‚

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  2. Proud of you Bro, I hope i get a chance to tame my dream machine Lambo on a race track, Will do it for sure .

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  3. Brilliant stuff man!! Good to know you had fun.
    If a 3km radius ride had you going bonkers, I can imagine what a substantial ride would do. πŸ˜›
    Simple question: Given the deal/opportunity, would you trade your R1 for the S1000RR?
    (I’m assuming it won’t be a straightforward decision for you, as it’ll be a conflict b/w the heart & the brain)

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    • Nikhil, thanks man πŸ™‚
      To be frank you need to ride the S1000RR to believe that a such beautiful motorcycle exists and I would never trade my R1 for any motorcycle(its just too special; a key-to-key exchange may make me think, but then I would still retain the R1)

      Still I would love to have an S1000RR in my garage πŸ™‚

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  4. Neatly penned down Ajay πŸ™‚ Hope this scale to real story comes true as well. The bike looks menacingly well made(and of course costs a bomb).

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  5. Now that’s what I call a saturday date!!

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  6. Nice, you got to ride, that is a awesome one….

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  8. im confused between the 2012 R1 and the s1000rr i want to pick up one of these but im confused which bike to pick up i guess you would have ridden 2009 + R1’s . so whats your advice pick the R1 or the S100rr is there such a big gap between the 2 all around and which has a louder exhaust note

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    • Hey Pratham,

      I have not ridden the 2012 R1 (with the traction-control) so I cant comment on that.
      But the S1000RR is an absolute hoot to ride considering the compact packaging of the motorcycle as compared to any Japanese liter-class motorcycles.

      Also note that S1000RR runs only on higher octane fuel (Speed-97), whereas the R1s can run(although it struggle) on normal fuel as well.
      PS: I highly recommend to stick to Speed 97 for all of these high-compression motorcycles.

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