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    On the horizon - the new BMW S1000RR.

    What is happening at BMW, first they bring out the K1200 series, fast comfortable (that's a given) inline four cylinder, then the F650GS with an 800 cc engine (shades of Triumph) and now they are entering the 'Superbike' arena.

    Up until now European manufacturers have, more or less, let the Japanese get on with it, with continuing development and refinement of even the tiniest detail as they honed their products to perfection. Now it looks as though BMW are saying 'Enough is enough, now we are going to show you what we can do.'

    Earlier this month BMW unveiled its new contender - the S1000RR and jumped into the arena ready for gladiatorial battle. Its cost, weight, power output and performance, coupled with entry into the 2009 World Superbike(WSB) championship are intended to directly challenge the might of Honda's 'Blade, Kawasaki's ZX-10R, Yamaha's YZF-R1 and Suzuki's GSX-R1000. And, a major factor to potential buyers, BMW have stated, clearly, they intend to sell the S1000RR at a 'Japanese' price.

    The power unit is an all new 1000cc in-line four that bears no relationship to the K1200 powerplant. It is murmured that there is something very special about the cylinder head - pneumatic valves?, desmodromic valves? solenoid valves? - no-one is saying yet.

    Traction control to tame the power and a fly by wire throttle system coupled with Bosch electronics will be standard on the road machine with ABS (please no!) a distinct possibility.

    The chassis is an aluminium beam frame with the air duct running through the headstock maximising the amount of air that can be flowed into the airbox. Duolever and Telelever have been discarded for convential USD forks and a massive aluminium swingarm assembly. This bike is tiny.

    The S1000RR will contend the 2009 WSB championship with a team run by BMW in conjunction with German race specialists Alpha-Technik. WSB was chosen because because it will enable ordinary bikers to see a bike they can (nearly) buy in direct competition with other versions of the top manufacturers road going machinery.

    It will be fascinating to compare the new BMW with its contemporary rivals when the full specifications and performance figures are known.


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    Re: On the horizon - the new BMW S1000RR.

    This is the first BMW sport bike that I like the looks of. The K1200 is neat but weird-looking. This thing is mean. I dig it!

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    Re: On the horizon - the new BMW S1000RR.

    "What is happening at BMW,"

    Since Kawasaki designed and built a BMW motorcycle (the Concours), BMW felt they could build a Kawasaki sport bike to pay them back ;D

    -Don-

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    Re: On the horizon - the new BMW S1000RR.

    Quote Originally Posted by DonTom
    "What is happening at BMW,"

    Since Kawasaki designed and built a BMW motorcycle (the Concours), BMW felt they could build a Kawasaki sport bike to pay them back ;D

    -Don-
    You know, Don, you could be right. ;D

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    Re: On the horizon - the new BMW S1000RR.

    The links to to pics arent working :'(
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    Re: On the horizon - the new BMW S1000RR.

    "The links to to pics arent working "

    They used to work. But now, they are not working for me either.

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    Re: On the horizon - the new BMW S1000RR.

    Quote Originally Posted by DonTom
    "The links to to pics arent working "

    They used to work. But now, they are not working for me either.

    -Don-
    Still not working
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    Re: On the horizon - the new BMW S1000RR.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1
    Quote Originally Posted by DonTom
    "The links to to pics arent working "

    They used to work. But now, they are not working for me either.

    -Don-
    Still not working
    I've revised the link and now we seem to have two links - LOL - one working and one not working.

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