2012 BMW S 1000 RR Gets a Makeover

We don’t usually cover bikes on Autozilla, but for this one we’re making an exception…

This month, BMW is celebrating the two-year anniversary of their 1000 RR superbike. To celebrate, BMW has released a next-generation RR, which is more than a few decals and color choices. Well, you do get a few more choices on the color palate, such as racing red, alpine white, blue fire, and black metallic, and the RR logo has been slightly modified. However, what really caught our attention is the redesigned suspension, which has been improved with less weight, more stiffness, and an optimized geometry. Everything from the fork projection, to the spring strut length has been fussed over, to create a bike that can practically ride itself.

The horsepower will stay the same at 193, but the torque curve has been enhanced, enabling the bike to achieve the advantage of a snappier throttle response. The snappy response will be particularly felt in the sport, race, and slick modes. The rain mode reduces throttle response, now limiting the horsepower to 163. Taking advantage of the crisper throttle response, the second generation RR is lighter (455 lbs, including 90% fuel capacity), thanks to a leaner rear end and stabilizers. The heat shield has also been eliminated by relocating the catalytic converter.

The engine display readout has been optimized for better readability, and more options (dimming levels, etc.). The instrument cluster also offers a speed warning, and “Best lap in progress.” Heated grips will help keep hands warm on bitter morning start-ups, and improved foot rests provide more comfort and a cleaner overall look. If you’re looking for an alternative to the CBR1000RR, this may be the one for your Christmas wish list.

(Photos via BMW)