Just two years after introducing the class-leading S1000RR, BMW is revising it based on feedback they have received from racers around the world. According to BMW, their goal is for “even greater riding precision and agility, a punchier power buildup, and a more sensitive response.” The original S1000RR is already an excellent motorcycle so the list of changes may seem minor. But in the ultra-competitive sport bike market (both on the road and on the track), BMW needs to continually update it if it wants to remain on top.
The changes include: updated torque curve and redesigned twistgrip to improve throttle response, updated front fork with adjustable mechanical steering damper and revised steering geometry for better handling, revised main frame with larger air intake guide, and a new instrument cluster to add additional functions. The fairing and ergonomics have also been adjusted with: a leaner tail, new side covers and airbox cover, new heel plates and, of course, new colors.
Here’s what BMW has to say in their own words:
Like its predecessor, the new RR knows no compromise, providing the highest level of sporting character and riding dynamics. The convincing features of the new S 1000 RR are its improved handling with absolute riding stability, supreme engine performance with perfect everyday practicality, and a resounding dynamic performance. The highest level of active safety is safeguarded by the most advanced brake system today on the market, the BMW Motorrad Race ABS. When accelerating, the rider is supported by the Dynamic Traction Control system DTC. Both of these systems have been optimised for the perfect interaction.
There have been no changes to the superior engine power of 142 kW (193 hp) with a weight of only 204 kilograms including 90% fuel (206.5 weight with Race ABS).
Concept with optimized riding dynamics.
One of the primary objectives pursued for the revised S 1000 RR model was to improve ridability by boosting thrust and enhancing the linearity and harmoniousness of the power and torque curves. The reconfigured throttle improves overall response.
The new, optimized design raises response sensitivity, tightens the twistgrip angle, and reduces the twisting force.
Suspension with improved handling and feedback.
The modifications to the new RR suspension have been instrumental in boosting its riding dynamics. For instance, the upside down fork and the spring strut feature a new internal structure, providing an even wider range of damping forces from comfort to performance.
Moreover, the suspension geometry has been modified with new values for the steering head angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork projection, and spring strut length to yield even better handling, steering accuracy, and feedback for the new S 1000 RR. This has required modifications to the main frame that also included enlarging the cross sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering head for greater air flow efficiency. This package of suspension optimizations is rounded off by an adjustable mechanical steering damper.
The engine speed display has been redesigned for better readability. In addition, the display can now be dimmed and provides more functions. For instance, the lap timer can now present “Best lap in progress,” and if required, “Speedwarning” can inform the rider when he exceeds a particular speed.
Refined design and new colors.
The new S 1000 RR not only benefits from the advanced developments for the engine, suspension, and cockpit. It has also gained yet another step ahead in terms of design. The tail section now presents a considerably leaner look. There have been some discrete changes to the asymmetrical side panels, and the center airbox cover now sports side aperture grilles. On the top part of the panels, a new, telling identifying feature takes the form of two winglets that enhance the aerodynamic qualities.
In the most sporting color combination of Racing red and Alpine white, the RR exudes power and speed even when it is stationary, whereas plain Bluefire lends it a decidedly extravagant look.
Sporty dynamics is conveyed by Sapphire black metallic, and in BMW Motorrad Motorsport colors, the new S1000RR testifies to its direct relationship with BMW Motorrad Motorsport. The distinctive RR logo has been slightly modified.
Additional visual accents take the form of wheels painted in glossy black and the red spring in the central strut. The matching swing arm either presents an anodized coating or is kept in black.
Also the ergonomics has been improved in the form of new heel plates for the rider. The stabilizers on the passenger footrests have now been designed for a leaner look.
For individualizing the new S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad is expanding its range of optional extras and special equipment ex works with a number of attractive features. Riders with a particularly sporty bent can now equip their RR with an HP titanium exhaust system (with or without ABE) or the HP race data logger. Also the heated grips offering two levels and fitted as optional extra can take the bite out of the early morning run on the racetrack or longer rides in cold weather.
The new features at a glance
- Optimized torque curve for improved ridability.
- Expansion from two to three performance curves (one each for Rain and Sport modes and an additional one for Race and Slick modes); Rain mode now 120 kW (163 hp).
- Reconfigured throttle for enhanced response (particularly gentle and sensitive acceleration in Rain mode, and immediately direct and spontaneous response in Sport, Race, and Slick modes).
- Reduced twisting force and tighter twistgrip angle.
- Smaller secondary ratio for boosted thrust.
- Refined tuning between Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).
- Enlarged cross sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering head for greater air flow efficiency.
- Better handling, steering accuracy, and feedback.
- Revised spring elements for an even wider range of damping forces.
- Suspension geometry modified with new values for the steering head angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork projection, and spring strut length.
- New mechanical steering damper adjustable over ten levels.
- Forged and milled fork bridge in a new design and with a smaller offset.
- Revised design with a leaner tail section, redesigned side panels, center airbox cover with side aperture grilles, and winglets.
- For new color variants: plain Racing Red with Alpine white, Bluefire, Sapphire black metallic, BMW Motorrad Motorsport colors.
- Revised RR logo.
- New heel plates and leaner stabilizers on the passenger footrests.
- Redesigned LCD engine speed display for better readability and with five dimming levels.
- Instrument cluster with the new functions “Best lap in progress” and “Speedwarning”; deactivation of “Lamp” fault message when headlamp or number plate carrier removed.
- Catalytic converters relocated, so no heat shield necessary.
- Expansion to the optional extras and special equipment ex works.
2012 S1000RR Gallery