- Follows in the footsteps of BMW’s S 1000 RR superbike with a fresh engine, chassis, and tech
- Its 6.5-inch dash is one of the best on the market
- A claimed 26-pound weight reduction improves maneuverability
- Akrapovič titanium silencer (on M-series) delights the senses
- Combination of agility and user-friendly power delivery limit exertio
- Brakes are impressive<br/>
- Competition like the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S is more punchy
The S 1000 R is versatile providing an exhilarating riding experience regardless of whether you are on the open road or closed course.
The BMW S 1000 R is a naked bike that is heavily derived from the Bavarian manufacturer’s S 1000 RR superbike in engine, chassis, and technology. It shows, because during our first ride review it proved it’s a versatile motorcycle suitable for both road and track action.
Updates for 2022
The S 1000 R sees big changes in 2022, beginning with its 999cc inline-four powerplant’s basic components and structure derived from the S 1000 RR superbike. The new engine meets Euro 5 emission standards, while being a claimed 11 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Internal ratios of fourth, fifth, and sixth gears are longer, aimed at reducing engine vibration and improving fuel consumption.
To complement the engine, electronic rider aids have been updated and the S 1000 RR adopts BMW’s 6.5-inch TFT Display. LED lighting is also standard.
Along with the engine, the S 1000 R also adopts a new chassis to accommodate the narrower engine structure. It’s so-called Flex Frame is slimmer and utilizes the engine as a stressed member. Steering geometry has been adjusted as has the rider triangle.
Pricing and Variants
There are two variations of the S 1000 R, the base ($14,545) and the M-series option ($18,345), which includes an Akrapovič titanium exhaust, Dynamic Pro mode (in addition to Rain, Road, and Dynamic), cruise control, heated grips, M-specific colors, carbon wheels, battery, and the chain.
Powerful naked bikes that stand side by side with the S 1000 R include the Ducati Streetfighter V4, KTM 1290 Super Duke R, Aprilia Tuono V4, Yamaha MT-10, Suzuki GSX-S1000, Kawasaki Z H2, and Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Power from the 999cc inline-four has not changed despite Euro 5 compliance; it remains at a claimed 165 peak horsepower at 11,000 rpm. Instead, torque has gone up to 84 pound-feet at 9,250 rpm and is claimed to take advantage of a flatter torque curve. During testing, we found the power to be usable and far from intimidating. “The throttle connection is lovely, the rider aids superb, and, in Rain and Road modes, power is limited in the lower gears, enabling less experienced riders to get on the gas sooner.” Additionally, longer fourth, fifth, and sixth gears deliver power more smoothly for touring speeds. Road mode is reported to be very forgiving as Dynamic and Dynamic Pro (M-series) help unleash the fun and all provide excellent fueling.
The updates to the 2022 BMW S 1000 R’s chassis and 26-pound weight loss make the motorcycle significantly more agile and rider-friendly, according to Adam Child’s first ride review on Motorcyclist. “The new S 1000 R feels much lighter and more agile,” Child says. “I was genuinely surprised by how flickable and friendly the BMW is. This lack of bulk, combined with such a user-friendly engine, makes the S 1000 R more forgiving than ever. Around town, it is a breeze to ride.”
Four-piston radial calipers and dual 320mm discs and one-piston floating caliper and 220mm disc make up the S 1000 R’s brakes. This BMW-branded system replaces the previous Brembo units and are pulled from the S 1000 RR. During track testing, these brakes were impressive. The machine’s lighter overall weight also helped limit stress on the radial brakes.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Fuel economy has not been recorded or provided by the manufacturer.
Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility
The R’s ergonomics are aggressive, but adjustable with a dual-adjustable handlebar clamp and three different seat heights, one standard (32.7 inches) and two optional (31.9 and 33.5 inches). Passenger accommodations require a purchase of a pillion and peg kit.
The S 1000 R is equipped with a sophisticated electronic rider-aid suite managed by a six-axis IMU, just like its superbike sibling. The system includes Dynamic Traction Control, wheelie control, hill start control, and three selectable riding modes: Rain, Road, and Dynamic. All is accessed via the 6.5-inch TFT display we have come to love on the S 1000 RR.
Upgrading the electronics package with BMW’s Sport Package adds in the bidirectional quickershifter (dubbed Gear Shift Pro) and the customizable Ride Modes Pro. BMW’s Dynamic Damping Control, or semi-active suspension damping, is also part of this package.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
A three-year/36,000-mile warranty is included in the purchase of the new motorcycle.
The S 1000 R, M-series in particular, hits the high-quality mark right on the head with carbon wheels and M-specific colors and features.
2022 BMW S 1000 R Claimed Specifications
|MSRP:||$14,545 (base)/$18,345 (M-series)|
|Engine:||999cc, liquid-cooled inline-4; 4-valves/cyl.|
|Bore x Stroke:||80.0 x 49.7mm|
|Fuel Delivery:||Electronic fuel injection|
|Clutch:||Wet, multiple disc, cable operation|
|Engine Management/Ignition:||BMS-O w/ ride-by-wire/Twin spark ignition|
|Frame:||Aluminum bridge type|
|Front Suspension:||45mm USD fork, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Central shock, fully adjustable; 4.6 in. travel|
|Front Brake:||Radial 4-piston caliper, 320mm discs w/ cornering ABS|
|Rear Brake:||1-piston floating caliper, 220mm disc w/ cornering ABS|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Cast alloy (base)/Carbon (M-series); 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 6 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa; 120/70-17, 190/55-17 (base) / 200/55-17 (M-series)|
|Seat Height:||32.7 in.|
|Fuel Capacity:||4.4 gal.|
|Wet Weight:||428 lb.|