BMW tuner Van Harten Performance from Holand recently got its hands on a brand new BMW S1000RR superbike and, apart from turning it into what appears to be a carbon fiber edition, it can also brag about being the first to take the S1000RR beyond the 200bhp barrier. And I’m not so sure you’ll believe us when saying they managed to squeeze 210bhp out of German inline-four by only adding a four-in-one Akrapovic exhaust system. But it is the truth and it really shows this bike’s tuning potential.
Since BMW introduced the S1000RR less than a year ago, the motorcycle press began to speculate about the possible half-faired or naked models that could be derived from what has meanwhile become the best superbike out there.
We even brought you the BMW R1000RS and S1000RS concepts by Oberdan Bezzi, but according to an official release, BMW doesn’t yet have other plans for the S1000RR platform as spokesman Scott Grimsdall said: “We’re concentrating on the launch of the S1000RR and have no plans to expand the S range.”
While this is sad news for buyers of such models and good news for the current kings of 1000cc sport-touring and naked classes, we reckon BMW are just playing it safe for now and will get their fair share of the market after all.
It looks like BMW would go to any lengths only to impress their audience and because simply releasing a video of their new S1000RR superbike performing on a closed-course track would have made them look like pattern followers, they instead choose to pull out an old trick with new means.
Pulling the tablecloth off a table without smashing the dishes is cool, but where does the S1000RR intervene? Well, the 193 horsepower superbike capable to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds can slightly increase the scale. So, will the dishes stay put or go flying all over the place? Click past the break for an answer that comes in a blink of an eye.
Although it wears the BMW badge, this is a concept bike created by a group of design students at ISD of Valenciennes, France. Called the “BMW HP Kunst”, the whole concept spins around the idea of hydrogen power, so it features the fuel cell where you’ll normally find the internal combustion engine on a regular motorcycle, a 20-liter cryogenic tank and a lithium polymer battery pack for electrical energy supply.
The French students do offer a glimpse in the ecological future of motorcycles, but the thing still had to look good and perform even better. Being asymmetric, dynamic and featuring electronic brakes and controls as well as electromagnetic suspensions, we believe this is an overall great concept motorcycle with good chances to hit production if BMW ever thinks to turn their research effort on hydrogen into something profitable.
See the BMW S1000RR being developed and tested back in Germany in a video that englobes the four years of work behind the 190bhp superbike. This is the kind of footage that makes riders truly value their bikes at understanding the effort that went into what’s sitting underneath them. Check it out!
The guys at Max BMW Motorsport have spiked the tires of a BMW S1000RR and went for some serious winter riding on a frozen lake. Now, we’ve seen superbikes ridden on ice before (check out this Buell 1125R for instance), but these are some serious fast launches and those cold burnouts leave us speechless.
After recently presenting the BMW R1000RS sketch showing how a streetfighter edition of the BMW S1000RR superbike could look, Obiboi has also considered the possibility of a half-faired version and went back to the drawing board. The Italian designer calls his latest sketch the S1000RS ClubRacer.
Presuming that BMW would ever consider building such a version, they would have to think at spoiling the kind of sportbike rider that still loves symmetrical headlights (these appear to be of this kind), craves for wind protection and yet enjoys an unveiled inline-four motor screaming German engineering. Looking at it that way, this is one hell of a rendering.
With quite a few occasions, we happened to see various sportsbikes that resembled different cats, but to our surprise this is a motorcycle wrapped in fur and it is anything but light, agile and very fast. It couldn’t have possibly been any of those attributes simply because this BMW K1 200LT is supposed to look like a cow. If we must be mean, we would say the standard bike does a very good job in that concern, but it seems that the owner of this particular one lend a very helpful hand.
Ever since BMW launched their all-new S1000RR superbike we started hoping for a naked version of it and now that design guru Oberdan Bezzi created the BMW R1000RS streetfighter, chances are the Bavarian giant will consider this a great opportunity to enlarge their sport motorcycle lineup. At least that is what we hope for because from the very first glance, this undressed S1000RR looks like a nightmare for the Ducati Streetfighter , not as much in terms of style as we have to admit the Italian designer did draw inspiration from the Streetfighter, but in terms of performance.
We’ve already seen how great of a stunt bike the BMW S1000RR is in the right hands, so imagine its R1000RS naked brother.