Singapore – When motorcycle brands say they’re unboxing a new bike, it’s usually figurative. In BMW Motorrad’s case, with the preview of the new S 1000 RR superbike, it was taken quite literally on March 7, 2015.
At dealer Performance Motors Limited showroom on 315 Alexandra Road, the new S 1000 RR received its official unveiling, with two units fresh from the crate being unboxed right on the showroom floor.
Mechanics removed the bikes from the crates in minutes, attached the lower fairings and fired up the bikes immediately. Of course under delivery circumstances, a bike would undergo many more checks and a final shakedown ride before being handed over the customer.
The new model is the first major revision for the segment-conquering S 1000 RR since its debut in 2008 – there have been tweaks almost yearly, but these have been minor. Judging from international press tests, the changes to the bike have had a major improvement (see box) and it’s just as well, since with bikes such as the Kawasaki H2 and Yamaha R1, the S 1000 RR’s crown is no longer a given.
Impressively the new machine comes fully loaded with equipment and scrapes in at under $40,000: Machine price is currently $36,500 and PML is currently taking a booking fee of $3,000, which is fully refundable. When the bike is homologated and on ‘official sale’, the price will go up by $2,500.
Above: It actually looks rather nice without a lower fairing…
Standard on the bike are all the key features and electronics that are optional in overseas markets. This includes the active suspension system DDC (Dynamic Damper Control), Dynamic Traction Control, cruise control, all the riding modes (Race, Sport, Rain, Slick, User), Race ABS. Particularly interesting is the Gear Shift Pro, which allows you to make entirely clutchless up and downshifts on the gearbox. It also packs launch control and a pit lane speed limiter.
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S 1000 RR: What’s New