The announcement of the new S1000RR for the 2009 model year created huge anticipation in the sportsbike market. Although BMW had previously offered sporting machines, the S1000RR featured a 4 cylinder inline DOHC 16-valve 1000cc engine, a design more usually associated with Japanese superbikes. With niceties such as a quickshifter, DTC traction control and ABS, even at its launch the 190bhp machine looked set to become a 1-litre class leader.
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Following on from its initial success, development of the S1000RR continued with increases in power output, frame geometry and suspension. With the race tracks firmly in mind the HP4 model was introduced in 2013 featuring BMW’s ride-by-wire system, Dynamic Damping Control, uprated engine and brakes and much more. In 2015, the Generation 3 S1000RR offered more major updates making it more powerful and lighter too.
Success on the race track came quickly for the new BMW and has continued since. Victories in the World Superbike series, the British Superbike Championship and in the Isle of Man TT have been numerous and the bike is a popular choice for club racers and motorcycle track day fans too.