The BMW S1000RR needs no introduction, ever since its launch in 2010 it has shaken the litre class segment by storm. It smashed all records set by Japanese and European litre class bikes. Whether it was straight-line acceleration or lap times, the S1000RR was the fastest. Now BMW is making a street fighter version of the highly successful S1000RR. It is no surprise that street fighter was in the making, as street fighters are popular around the world with their comfortable riding position and street friendly engine characteristics.
The street fighter version of the S1000 has been caught testing by an Italian magazine Motociclismo. On Observation, you can see the bike has BMW’s traditional asymmetric headlights, flat handlebars and a raised windscreen for minimum windblast. The cosmetic and sheet metal changes to tank, fairing and tail have been camouflaged. Expect changes to the riding modes and other electronic aids as well.
The engine will get revised gearing (read shorter gearing), different fuelling and a new camshaft that will aid in street fighter prowess. The motorcycle will get the same user-friendly chassis along with tweaked suspension components. The upcoming S1000 will compete with established bikes such as the Ducati Street Fighter S, KTM Super Duke 1290, Triumph Speed Triple and the benchmark in the segment, the Aprilla Tuono. All these machines are stripped out versions of litre class faired bikes and will compete against the new BMW S1000 R (the name it is most probably going to be called).
In a bizarre and finicky scenario, the pillion rider on the test bike seems to very disappointed while being captured on camera and shows a very rude gesture to the chap who caught them testing. Well it’s nothing new as test riders are specifically told to avoid getting caught on the lens but this act from BMW is truly shocking.
Source – Motociclismo