The BMW S 1000 R is an impressively versatile motorcycle, with a lot to offer, even to the seasoned rider. Find out why it’s quickly becoming a favourite for enthusiasts and everyday commuters alike.


When it comes to picking the perfect motorcycle, very few of us ever have requirements that are strictly in the designations of motorcycles on the market. But it’s comforting to know that there are some bikes out there that are getting it right, and offering riders a bit more than they expected.

The S 1000 R is that kind of bike. It has a versatile offering that makes it more like two bikes rolled into one. On the one hand, it’s a roadster and on the other, somewhat of a superbike. At its core though, you can expect a thrilling performance, plus a more practical handling on the road.

The high-performance, 4 cylinder in-line engine is from RR DNA, with an output of
118 kW at 11,000 rpm, and the maximum torque of 112 Nm at 9,250 rpm means that this isn’t just a hobby bike, it’s a highly enjoyable ride.

The design of the S 1000 R is about creating a lasting impression at a glance. It isn’t about bells and whistles but rather an instantly impressive presence.

An aggressive tail-up/nose-down design, distinctive split face and the characteristic gills are all features that demand attention. The so-called naked appearance of the “R” motorcycles is telling of a machine that is focussed on the essentials, and here to get the job done.

With the complement of specialised modes and functions, getting the job done most definitely isn’t the problem. Throttle responses can be adapted to suit conditions, or different riding styles. The S 1000 R is also the first ever motorcycle to be fitted with Race ABS and ASC (automatic stability control) as standard. This duo ensures excellent acceleration and deceleration figures at threshold level. They can be activated and deactivated during travel, making for uninterrupted riding fun.

You don’t need to be a connoisseur to enjoy the S 1000 R, it’s just so easy to love. It most definitely isn’t the bike you just take out for weekend outrides. The smooth ride quality, comfort, precise handling and nifty ride modes make this an everyday favourite. Did we mention its fast? Really fast.

Don’t take our word for it though, find your nearest BMW Motorrad dealer, give the S 1000 R a test ride, and let us know how it was in the comments below: