2019 BMW S1000RR – All New Design

When the BMW S1000RR launched in 2009 it changed the game for everyone. It had some of the most advanced electronics on any currently available bike and was often voted as being the best superbike money could buy.

Nowadays however, it is starting to get a little bit long in the tooth. Other companies have recently released updated superbikes which outperform the S1000RR and have cast a shadow on what was once the leader of the pack.

Over the years the BMW S1000RR has received some small tweaks and has had facelift to make it feel more up to date, but in 2019 we will be receiving an all new version. It won’t just be a facelift this time and everything from the motorcycle’s engine, to the frame, has completely changed.

What’s new on the BMW S1000RR for 2019?

Specs

  • 205hp at 13,500rpm – Up from 198 on the outgoing model
  • 85ftlbs at 11,000rpm – Up from 83ftlbs
  • Weight: 197kg (434lbs) – 11kg (25lbs) lighter than before
  • Price: Starting from £15,290
Standard Model
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • Race ABS Disengageable, 3 Riding Modes ; Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race
  • LED Indicators
  • LED Headlights
Sports Package
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • Race ABS Disengageable
  • Riding Modes Pro with RACE Pro 1, RACE Pro 2, RACE Pro 3
  • Colour Coded Rear Seat Cover or Pillion Seat and Pillion Footrests
  • Gear Shift Assist Pro
  • Dynamic Dampning Control (DDC)
  • Heated Grips
  • LED Indicators
  • LED Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Tyre Pressure Control
  • Design Option Wheels (Black with red pin stripe)
  • Hill Start Control Pro (HSC)
  • Launch Control
  • Pitlane Limiter
  • Wheelie Control
M Package
  • Available in: Style HP (Light White, Racing Blue Metallic, Racing Red)
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • Race ABS Disengageable,
  • Riding Modes Pro with RACE Pro 1, RACE Pro 2, RACE Pro 3
  • Gear Shift Assist pro
  • LED Indicators
  • LED Headlights
  • Dynamic Damping Control
  • Hill Start Control (HSC) Pro
  • Slide Control
  • Wheelie Control
  • Pitlane Limiter
  • Launch Control
  • M Chassis kit with, ride height adjustment and pivot for the swingarm
  • Heated Grips
  • Cruise Control
  • Tyre Pressure Control
  • M Package (Riding Modes Pro, M Carbon Wheels, M light weight battery, M Sport Seat (Black))
  • Colour Coded rear seat cover

Looks

The most obvious thing to change has been the looks. The bike has had a complete overhaul design wise and has ditched the asymmetrical design that made the original BMW S1000RR so polarising. The new looks will split opinions and you will either love the move or hate it.

Personally, I think the new design is great, but it is a shame to see the asymmetrical design go. I was a fan of the design of the outgoing model. I think the funky headlights and mismatched fairings gave the BMW S1000RR a bit of flare that makes it stand out from your typical Japanese 1000cc litre bike.

Just about everything has changed in the looks department and you will struggle to find points which haven’t changed.

Performance

Let’s face it, the previous BMW S1000RR was no slouch in the performance department, but this new bike brings a whole bunch of small gains, while also reducing emissions to meet Euro 4 standards.

The new bike is lighter, faster and torquier than the outgoing model, which brings it up more in line with the competition, which have had to make larger jumps in improvements just to catch up to the BMW.

With the amount of power on offer here we will be looking more for better handling rather than raw acceleration, which will come through the weight reductions and completely redesigned suspension.

Flex Frame

BMW has also changed the frame on the 2019 S1000RR, they are calling it the FlexFrame. Basically, it takes on the same idea as what Ducati has been doing on the Panigale where they are bolting more stuff to the engine rather than relying on a traditional bike frame. This makes the bike thinner, lighter and more responsive.

Suspension

BMW have completely reworked the suspension for 2019 and have called the new suspension “Full Floater Pro Kinematics”.  This will be the stock suspension on the S1000RR and will be perfect for 90% of us buying this bike.

However, for the 10% who are racing these bikes, or just want the absolute best that money can buy, BMW are also offering Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) semi-active electronic suspension as an optional extra.

The electronic suspension is capable of adjusting itself on the fly, based on the conditions of the road and can make adjustments in just 10ms. This supension will also be linked up to the rider modes which can be tweaked so that you can soften up the supension if you are just out for a leasurely ride.

TFT Dash

The new full color TFT dash is a welcomed update over the old analog digital combo that we had before. Some of the old timers who are diehard analog fans may disagree… But the future is bright, the future is TFT if you ask me, its time to move on and accept these new displays.

The new screen is bright and laid out in a methodical uncluttered way.

Pricing

The standard machine is £15,290, with the sport model costing £16,700 and the M Package bike is £19,315.

The sport will be where my money would be, as it comes with some creature comforts like the heated grips. But also has a more advanced electronics package to keep you from killing yourself too quickly.

The M Package takes things up a notch and adds things such as carbon wheels, electronic adjustable suspension and other features which will mainly appeal to high end racers. This all comes at a rather hefty cost though for someone just looking for a bike to take on weekend blasts and the occasional track day.

Conclusion

This new S1000RR looks like it will get BMW competing for the top spot again and is a welcomed refresh to the aging platform.

The new design is quite pleasing, although I think the asymmetrical design pattern will be missed.

I can’t wait to get my grubby little mitts on one of these to give it a proper road test, because on paper, the BMW S1000RR is shaping up to be one of the absolute best motorcycles on the market.

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