2014 BMW S1000R: Features, review, price and availability


Are you looking to buy the new BMW S1000R? BMW has recently launched the new S1000R. Read the review to know its features, price, availability and detailed review.

Five years back, in 2009, the Bavarian bike specialist BMW introduced its track-focused S1000RR and raised the super sport motorcycling world to new heights. BMW has now launched the new S1000R. It faces a severe competition against the likes of Kawasaki's Z1000. Will it prove to be the best value for money street-naked bike in India? Continue reading the article to know what all the 2014 BMW S1000R offers.

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Style & design


The very stylish new BMW S1000R is designed by Evgeny Zhukov. The lead Russian designer along with a team of other designers shaped the new model under the leadership of Alexander Buckan, head of BMW Motorrad Design Department and this new S1000R is a product of three years of hard work. Zhukov says, "The bodywork of the S1000R is dictated by function". This is clearly visible as the optional skirting spoiler, the small upper and mini side fairings- all serve technical functions. In simple words, the styling is derived from the bikers' needs. The small asymmetrical & complexly crafted upper of the S1000R addresses air intake through the frame & headlamps and lifts the air over the rider. This is very beneficial at high speeds. Similarly, the asymmetrical bodywork on sides shows how the cooling needs have dictated the new shape. Like the S1000RR, there is a single opening in left and on right, there are dual shark gills. The asymmetric headlights have now become a design signature of BMW bikes. The aluminum twin-spar chassis looks similar to that on the RR but is a bit modified to improve the riding ergonomics.

Like all modern day BMW bikes, the new S1000R comes with a cutting edge industrial design theme. The all-new tail section with S1000RR LED taillight, 10-spoke alloy wheels and the RR's fuel tank with a new shroud catch your attention immediately. The gill shaped slats on the shrouds enhance its visual appeal. The bike measures 2057 x 845 x 1228mm. It is 14mm lower than the previous model. As expected from the German vehicle manufacturer, the quality, fit & finish of materials used is excellent. The handlebars are flat. The instruments are well laid out in front. There is a sporty looking white-back analogue rev counter, an easy-to-read digital display for speed, lap-timer, gear shift beacon and other basics. The exotic looking control levers are reach-adjustable and everything seems too easy to operate. Be it the switches or the levers, everything requires just a soft touch to give instant response.

Comfort is well taken care of. There is a well padded seat that is thicker and even more comfortable than before. Also, despite the rear set foot rests, there is good legroom.

Ride quality


The new BMW S1000R comes with an-line, four-cylinder 999cc DOHC petrol engine that gives a maximum power of 160bhp at 11000rpm and a maximum torque of 11.4kgm at 9250rpm. The peak power is reduced by 30bhp if compared with the S1000RR but due to its increased torque over the rpm range, it has more usable power. This makes the bike lightening quick and highly capable. The new engine is based on the RR engine but the bike has tweaked fuel-injection system, modified camshafts and retuned exhaust, giving superior performance. The power to weight ratio is 773bhp per ton which is very good for a bike of this size. The engine just loves to rev and it does so smoothly & effortlessly through its wide power-band all the way up to rev limiter. It gives very good low-end and midrange response. The liquid -cooled, four-stroke engine is coupled with a 6-speed gearbox which perfectly operates in 1-down, 5-up pattern. The clutch also feels perfect.

Its Automatic Stability Control (ASC) feature comes with two modes: Rain & Road. The Rain mode is recommended for wet roads. Here, you get a softer throttle response and relatively calm limit of 136 hp, along with security features like ABS, traction control and ASC which intervene sooner. Dynamic and Dynamic Pro are optional Pro modes. In Dynamic mode, ASC is substituted by Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) which is delayed, rear wheel lift detection is also disabled, throttle response is not inhibited and the intervention takes place at higher thresholds to ensure a sporty ride on dry roads. The Dynamic Pro mode is more convenient for rear-wheel drifting as the optional Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) on forks allows adjustment of preload & damping and the shock is also fully adjustable. Similarly, the Sports Package is optional and it offers cruise control, Gear Shift Assistant, Dynamic Traction Control, Riding Mode Pro, Dynamic and Dynamic Pro modes.

The bike has a kerb weight of only 207kg and is super quick as it hits 100kph speed in just 3.1 seconds. It is very light and thus very quick even in the softest suspension mode. The 22mm wheelbase (longer by an inch) ensures greater stability. Braking is also impressive. The 320mm dual discs at front (with four-piston radial mounted calipers) work in tandem with the dual 220mm discs at rear and the ABS system is exceptional. The steering is accurate, neutral and weighs right at high speeds. It easily finds its way around tight corners without showing any negative tendencies. Cornering capabilities are very good- best in the segment. For suspension, there are USD telescopic forks at front and Monoshock at rear. The ride quality and handling of this bike is exceptional.

Price & availability


The 2014 BMW S1000R is priced at Rs 22.83 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) which is too expensive. It is available in all BMW dealerships across the country. The color options available are Light White, Racing Red and Frozen Dark Blue Metallic.

Verdict


The 2014 BMW S1000R is an updates version of the BMW RR. Clearly, it looks more stylish and offers superior performance. The best thing is that it is a commuter bike by BMW that can be used for daily use on Indian roads but with a hefty price tag of Rs 22.83 lakh, buyers are limited. If price is not an issue, this is a must have bike for speed lovers.

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