The S 1000 R was developed as a intermediate model, a naked roadster model that combines the 165 hp edition of the S 1000 XR Enduro GT and a chassis derived from the S 1000 RR Superbike. The basic concept hasn’t changed, but the 2021 edition of the S 1000 R is a huge improvement over what it is replacing.
For the year 2021, the S 1000 R is closer to the S 1000 RR sports bike, but with handlebar and less fairing coverage. Some of these changes were carried over from BMW’s flagship sports bike. If you’re looking for a more casual and versatile road bike, BMW has a few other deals for you, maybe with a boxer engine.
The new Flex Frame not only makes the bike lighter, but also improves the ergonomics thanks to a narrower waist that allows the rider to keep their knees tucked in. The handlebars are also easy to adjust to the rider’s needs and come with two settings that push the handlebars forward by one centimeter. A 0.4 inch riser bar is also available as an option.
The 6-axis inertial measurement unit monitors the bike’s pitch rate and controls its standard anti-wheelie function, ABS Pro with cornering capability, and dynamic traction control. There are now three standard driving modes instead of two (Rain, Road and Dynamic). All various information and settings are displayed on the 6.5-inch TFT screen and can be controlled via the left cluster.
The new engine delivers the same peak horsepower of 165 at 11,000 rpm, while the maximum torque of 84 pound-feet is slightly increase from the previous rating 82.6 pound-feet rating. Maximum torque reaches the same at 9,250 rpm, but the torque curve is much flatter now, with 59 pound-feet torque available as low as 3,000 rpm.
This flatter curve comes as a consequence of the compression ratio increasing from 12 to 12.5:1 and from new cam grindings. Given the new numbers, the final three ratios of the six-speed gearbox are made taller to reduce engine rpm and fuel consumption while driving without sacrificing strong mid-range response.
|Colors :||Black Strom Metallic, San Marino Blue (+$200), Motosport (HP Style Package only, +$500)|
|Engine Type :||Inline-4|
|Bore x stroke :||80 x 49.7mm|
|Maximum power :||165 horsepower @ 11,000 rpm|
|Maximum torque :||84 ft/lbs @ 9250 rpm|
|Top speed:||Over 155 mph|
|Fueling:||48mm throttle bodies|
|Clucth :||Wet multiplate w/ assist-and-slipper functions|
|Final drive:||525 chain|
|Frame Type:||Aluminum composite bridge w/ load-bearing engine|
|Front suspension :||Fully adjustable 45mm inverted fork; 4.7 inches (Travel)|
|Rear suspension :||Linkage-assisted fully adjustable shock; 4.6 inches (Travel)|
|Wheels :||Aluminum die-cast|
|Front wheel :||3.50 x17|
|Rear wheel :||6.00 x 17|
|Front tire :||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tire :||190/55 x17|
|Front brake :||320mm floating discs w/ 4-piston fixed Hayes calipers|
|Rear brake :||220mm disc w/ single-piston floating Brembo caliper|
|ABS :||BMW ABS Pro|
|Wheelbase :||57.1 inches|
|Rake :||24 degrees|
|Trail :||3.8 inches|
|Seat height :||31.9, 32.3, or 32.7 inches (Adjustable)|
|Fuel Capacity :||4.4 gallons|
|Estimate fuel consumption:||38 mpg|
|Curb weight :||438 pounds|