But, finally, the S1000R is officially ready (though it won’t reach showrooms until March). With its wide, raised one-piece bar it’s undoubtedly a super-naked although, strictly speaking, it’s not naked at all, being clothed not only with a headlamp surround and tiny fly-screen, but also fairing side-pieces with familiar RR-style gills. In the case of the launch bikes it has a colour-matched belly-pan too.
The BMW’s precise look and specification depends upon exactly which model you’re talking about. The base-model S1000R has two riding modes and comes with conventional Sachs suspension and BMW’s basic ASC (Automatic Stability Control) traction control. Customers can upgrade the bike with one or both of two packages, labelled Sports and Dynamic. In some markets, most elements of both packages have been combined into a separate model called the S1000R Sport, which is what we rode on the launch.
The Sport adds two more riding modes plus a quick-shifter, and uses the more sophisticated Dynamic Traction Control from the S1000RR, complete with lean-angle sensor. It also has Dynamic Damping Control semi-active suspension, plus LED indicators and the belly-pan. (Where the Sport is not offered, customers can create the same bike from the options list. It will simply cost more.)