BMW have pulled the covers off the new for 2019 S 1000 RR, with a massive styling update that represents a move away from their asymmetric designs.
The new 2019 BMW S 1000 RR sees its world premiere at the EICMA 2018, with newly developed engine and suspension, engine output increased by 6kW (8hp) to 152kW (207hp) and a weight reduction from 208kg to 197kg.
In addition to enhanced performance, other focus points were to make the new RR at least one second faster than its predecessor, create a more user-friendly design and ensure it offered maximum controllability and ridability.
In particular because BMW Motorrad boast they have moved the assistance systems such as traction, wheelie control, ABS and Hill Start Control to a whole new level; as well as the LED lighting system and large TFT screen.
2019 BMW S 1000 RR highlights at a glance
- 4kg lighter, newly developed 4-cylinder in-line engine
- BMW ShiftCam Technology for variation of valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side.
- Increased output – 152kW (207hp) at 13500 rpm
- Increased torque – 113 Nm at 11 000 rpm.
- At least 100Nm of torque from 5500 to 14500 rpm
- Improved ridability due to increased torque in lower and medium rpm
- Newly developed suspension featuring Flex Frame
- Refined suspension geometry
- Further developed Dynamic Damping Control DDC
- New rear wheel suspension weighing 300g, with Full Floater Pro kinematics.
Weight reduction to 197 kg when fully fuelled
- New exhaust system weighing some 1.3 kg less, with front silencer.
- New 6-axis sensor cluster.
- Further developed Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard
- DTC Wheelie Function as standard.
- Engine brake function, adjustable.
- ABS Pro for increased safety when braking, also in banking position, as standard.
- Riding modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard
- “Pro Modes” option with three additional modes, Launch Control & Pit Lane Limiter
- Shift Assistant Pro standard.
- New instrument panel with 6.5-inch screen
With its newly developed four-cylinder in-line engine, now 4 kg lighter than before, not only was the geometry of the intake and exhaust ports further optimised, the motorcycle now also comes with BMW ShiftCam Technology – an entirely new technology for BMW motorcycles which varies the valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side.
A revised intake passage and a new exhaust system that is 1.3 kg lighter likewise contribute to increased overall performance. Ridability benefits from a substantially increased torque curve across a wide engine speed range.
On the suspension side, too, BMW Motorrad developers aimed for a significant weight reduction, and the engine in the new RR now has more of a load-bearing function than was previously the case. The requirement in designing the new main frame, in addition to improving ergonomics, was to have the force applied directly to the engine structure via the shortest possible paths.
BMW boast a significant increase in riding dynamics was achieved in the new RR based on the combination of the new riding geometry, optimised wheel load distribution and a substantial weight optimisation.
The new Full Floater Pro kinematics in the rear wheel suspension also contributes significantly to the perceptible increase in suspension performance. All in all, riders should notice further improved handling, increased traction and more transparent feedback in all riding.
The next generation of the electronic suspension DDC is available for the new RR as an optional equipment item. Specially developed for the RR, the Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) features new valve and control technology. What is more, a shim package is available for selective adaptation when required for ambitious race track riding.
For ideal adaptation to varied conditions of use, the new RR is fitted with the four modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard. The “Pro Modes” option offers an additional three riding modes (Race Pro 1-3) that are freely programmable. These enable individual adaptation of the control functions such as Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS and wheelie detection as well as the throttle curve (torque adjustment) and Engine Brake to suit the rider’s own skill level and riding style.
Other features that come with the “Pro Modes” option are Launch Control and the configurable Pit Lane Limiter for exact adherence to speeds in the pit lane. Shifting up and down without the clutch is enabled by HP Shift Assistant Pro, which comes as a standard feature.
A new six-axis sensor cluster has also been used, which works with the standard ABS Pro and Dynamic Traction Control DTC. In addition to traction control, DTC also includes the DTC Wheelie Function as standard – available as an ex works option and now individually adjustable for the first time. ABS Pro also now takes the technology a step further to offer increased safety when braking in banking position as well.
The multifunctional instrument panel with 6.5-inch TFT screen has also been newly developed and is now designed for use in supersports racing. The 6.5-inch TFT screen aims to provide excellent readability – even in difficult light conditions. The Pure Ride screen shows all the information required for regular road use while the three Core screens are designed for use on the race track, with the rev counter displayed in analog form (Core 1 and 2) or else as a bar chart (Core 3), for example.
Optimised ergonomics and attractive colour schemes are also featured on the 2019 models, and the new layout of the main frame – as a Flex Frame – has made it possible to create a much leaner fuel tank and seating area trim sections for further improved support and knee grip.
Additionally, optimised contact surfaces and a new ergonomic triangle between the handlebar ends, seat surface and footrests makes for optimum ergonomics. Newly developed bodywork also aims to ensure the new RR is instantly recognisable.
2019 BMW S 1000 RR Specifications
Claimed Power: 152kW[207hp]@13500rpm
Claimed Torque: 113Nm[@10500rpm
Wet/Dry Weight: 197kg
Fuel capacity: 16.5L
Engine: Liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder engine, 999cc, DOHC, 80 x 49.7mm bore x stroke, Valve activation via individual rocker arms, variable intake camshaft control system BMW ShiftCam,
Gearbox: Constant mesh six-speed
Clutch: Self-reinforcing multi-plate anti-hopping wet clutch
Chassis: Aluminium composite bridge frame, self-supporting engine, aluminium underslung double-sided swinging arm
Suspension: Upside-down telescopic fork, slide tube diameter 45 mm, spring preload, compression and rebound stage adjustable, central spring strut rear, spring preload, adjustable compression and rebound stage
Brakes: BMW Motorrad ABS Pro, dual 320mm rotors, radial four-piston Brembo fixed calipers, single rear 220mm rotor, single-piston floating Brembo caliper
Wheels & Tyres: Die-cast aluminium wheels, 3.50 x 17in, 6.00 x 17in, 120/70 ZR17, 190/55 ZR17
Seat height: 824mm
Overall width: 846mm
Overall Length: 2073mm
Instruments: 6.5-inch TFT screen, multiple display modes