BMW S1000R (2014) Real World Review
“ If you want power but don't like a sports riding position then these bikes are great. ”
What Is It?
The BMW S1000R is a really popular premium naked bike and is powered by a liquid cooled 999 cc inline four engine, producing 160 bhp / 119 kW at 11,000 rpm and maximum torque at 9,250 rpm.
Launch RRP: £10,350
Top Speed: 170 mph / 274 km/h
Economy: 34 mpg / 8.3 L/100km
Range: 130 miles / 209 km
Seat Height: 814 mm / 32.0 inches
Wet Weight: 207 kg / 456 pounds
Power to Weight: 0.773 bhp/kg / 0.576 kW/kg
What Is It Like?
BMW S1000R 2015
I'm a 39 year old male, 5'10", who has been riding bikes since 16 and I've owned about 25 bikes in total.
Why did you choose it?
I'm into high performance naked bikes. I had the Aprilia Tuono V4 before the BMW S1000R. The Tuono V4 still stands as the favourite.
What is good about it?
Looks good and has plenty of grunt.
What could be improved?
The only thing I hated from the start was the giant cat.
What is the economy like?
Only about 80 miles from full to light on.
Any mods or upgrades?
- I cut the cat off and shortened the pipe which has made it a lot more fun
- Bar end mirrors
- Black side panels from later model
How is the engine?
Very smooth and torquey.
How does it handle?
It feels very top heavy compared to what I'm used to, so I've had to re-learn tight corners with it.
What are the brakes like?
The brakes are very good.
Is it comfortable?
It's comfortable but would benefit from a better seat.
How reliable have you found it?
Very reliable so far.
What's the servicing frequency and cost like?
Service costs are not too bad and the valve check isn't due until 18,000 miles.
How would you sum up the model?
If you want power but don't like a sports riding position then these bikes are great.
- Nick B, 2020
BMW S1000RR - Faired sports equivalent with a more aggressive riding position.
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