The 2012 BMW S1000RR was crowned “Australia’s Ultimate Sportsbike” in the AUSTest shootout through voting by Australian Motorcycle News (AMCN). The RR was put up against its rivals in the Sportsbike category in an comparison test which took place at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, Australia. The day was a carnival, with a crowd of Australian Motorcycle News readers on hand to watch the action unfold.
Australian Motorcycle News had gathered together the nine top Sportsbikes available in Australia and assembled an experienced panel of riders to push the machines to the limit. “Every year we say they can’t get any faster or better, and every year we are proved wrong,” said AMCN.
The AUSTest 2012 team was unreserved in their reaction to the 2012 BMW S1000RR. Equipped with soft compound Metzeler Racetech K2 tires, the RR with its huge power, switchable engine mapping, quick-shifter and according to the test riders, the best electronics package (DTC and Race ABS) you will ever find, proved to be the favorite. “For 2012 the chassis that has been thoughtfully revised and refined and at a price of $22,290 [Australian], represents outstanding value for money and could not be matched by any of the contenders,” said AMCN.
Australian Superbike Champion, Glenn Allerton of the Procon Maxima BMW Team was also on hand at AUSTest to assist with technical support and advice. Glenn is a huge advocate of the standard RR and its features. Having ridden the production 2012 model at a recent track day in wet conditions he said, “I was blown away at the confidence it gives with street tires on a wet or damp track. I could keep the power on hard through the water that was flowing through some corners without backing off – you just can’t do that on other bikes!”