If you’re a fan of BMW Motorrad, you probably have an opinion on the S1000RR. Whether you believe it to be a uniquely legendary motorbike with a classic style or a sorely outdated dinosaur, dwindling sales and popularity of BMW Motorrad’s flagship supersport bike have proven that such a two-wheeler isn’t as hot as it once was. But never fear, updates are well on their way.
The BMW S1000RR has maintained its original design with little change since its production version rolled out in 2009 following its 2009 Superbike World Championship debut. Although it met with immediate acclaim upon its initial release — earning the title of 2010 Motorcycle of the Year from Motorcyclist magazine and Best Superbike of 2010 from Cycle World, among many other awards — current critics and fans agree that the S1000RR needs an update. Its class-leading equipment and multiple driving modes were novel at the time but don’t stand out like they initially did 10 years ago.
New patents filed by BMW in China provide a peek at the new design of the S1000RR. Notable differences from its current form include the omission of its signature headlight shape and its simplified, less polarizing fascia. Its revamped appearance matches modern trends and buyer preferences while still keeping some of its original identity.
What we are still waiting to hear is how the redesign will affect the bike’s performance, what mechanical improvements will be made and what will replace the current 199-horsepower 999cc inline four-cylinder engine. Improvements to the power output of the S1000RR would go a long way to reestablishing the machine as a market-leading superbike.
We are excited about the new look of the S1000RR and can’t wait to see this updated machine in action.
This article is presented by New Century BMW Motorcycles in Alhambra, California.