2012 BMW S1000RR
2012 BMW S1000RR – The 1000cc benchmark gets a revamp – shorter and with wings.
2012 BMW S1000RR – Now with Wings.
As expected, BMW have given the 1000cc sportsbike benchmark – the S1000RR – a makeover for 2012.
Those who like ever higher horsepower numbers will be disappointed, the 2012 version has the same peak power, although the curves have fattened a little below the peak.
The chassis has been given a few tweaks, wheelbase is now 10mm shorter, with a slightly different rake and trail up front and the swingarm pivot moved.
The steering head has a larger tract for air intake, gearing has an extra tooth on the rear, and a new instrument cluster has features such as dimming, and “best lap in progress”. Perhaps most useful is a “Speed Warning” which can be preset at a particular speed.
Body wise, although the S1000RR looks unchanged, it has a number of subtle changes. Sidecovers are reshaped slightly, the tail section is slimmer, and two winglets grace either side of the fairing, enhancing aerodynamic qualities according to BMW
New colour combinations include Racing red and Alpine white, Bluefire, and Sapphire Black Metallic.
BMW compiled a list of the upgrades for 2012, here they are:
Optimised torque curve for improved ridability.
Expansion from two to three performance curves (one each for Rain and Sport modes and an additional one for Race and Slick modes); Rain mode now 120 kW (163 hp).
Reconfigured throttle for enhanced response (particularly gentle and sensitive acceleration in Rain mode, and immediately direct and spontaneous response in Sport, Race, and Slick modes).
Reduced twisting force and quick action throttle.
Final drive now 17/45 (was 17/44)
Refined tuning between Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).
Enlarged cross sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering head for greater air flow efficiency.
Better handling, steering accuracy, and feedback.
Revised spring elements for an even wider range of damping forces.
Suspension geometry modified with new values for the steering head angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork projection, and rear shock absorber length.
New mechanical steering damper adjustable over ten levels.
Forged and milled fork bridge in a new design and with a smaller offset.
Revised design with a leaner tail section, redesigned side panels, centre airbox cover with side aperture grilles, and winglets.
For new colour variants: plain Racing Red with Alpine white, Bluefire, Sapphire black metallic, BMW Motorrad Motorsport colours.
Revised RR logo.
New rider heel plates and leaner passenger footrest mounts.
Redesigned LCD instrument cluster for better readability and with five dimming levels.
Instrument cluster with the new functions “Best lap in progress” and “Speedwarning”; deactivation of “Lamp” fault message when headlamp or number plate carrier removed.
Catalytic converters relocated, so no heat shield necessary.