2021 BMW S 1000 R lifts performance levels

DUE to arrive here mid next year, the 2021 BMW S 1000 R will boast a host of dynamic response advances and standard equipment, designed to elevate the S 1000 R to new heights.

The 2021 model dramatically advances its dynamic response thanks to its acceleration-optimised 121kW (165hp) peak output combined with unrivalled low weight of 199kg (DIN).

The in-line four-cylinder engine of the S 1000 R is based on the same engine found in the S 1000 RR and generates maximum torque of 114Nm.

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It combines this with ABS Pro, dynamic traction control, and full-scale LED lighting, along with a host of other standard offerings. The engine speed range has been made wider and fuller to achieve improved rideability with a particularly linear torque curve.

In order to reduce noise and fuel consumption levels, as well as the engine speed level – especially at cruising speeds on country roads – fourth, fifth and sixth gears now have longer gear ratios.

In addition to a smoother, self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch, the new S 1000 R is equipped with engine drag torque control (MSR) for the first time. It prevents rear wheel slipping as a result of abrupt throttling or downshifting via electronic actuation.

The chassis was also subjected to significant weight reduction in a bid to improve performance and engagement. The frame and swingarm are based on the S 1000 RR and have been made considerably lighter than those of the previous generation model.

At the same time, the engine in the Flex Frame takes on a much greater supporting function than before. The new frame offers further benefits due to its very narrow design, reducing the motorcycle’s width in the area of the knee contact area.

The underslung swingarm has been adopted from the S 1000 RR, while the spring strut with Full Floater Pro kinematics is now located significantly further away from the swing axis and engine.

This prevents the engine from heating up due to waste heat and ensures even more stable temperature behaviour and more constant damping response.

In combination with the swingarm, which has its roots in motorsports, this results in more tyre grip and lower tyre wear. It comes with three riding modes, including Rain, Road and Dynamic.

The fully configurable Dynamic Pro mode is also available with a particularly wide range of setting options as part of the Riding Modes Pro option. This also adds an Engine Brake function, which works with the engine drag torque control and Power Wheelie function.

Dynamic brake control (DBC) additionally supports the rider during emergency braking manoeuvres with this option added.

The 2021 BMW S 1000 R takes on the instrument cluster of the S 1000 RR as well. Special emphasis was placed on the best possible readability, in addition to an extended range of functions and information, making for a large and clear screen.

It’s easy to read and provide optimum information display even under difficult lighting conditions. The rider can also choose between customised screen displays for various purposes.

The Pure Ride screen, for example, provides all necessary information for normal road riding, while a further Core screen shows displays for banking angle, deceleration and traction control.

A Bluetooth smartphone interface, which allows app-based arrow navigation, is already included as standard.

The TFT display is operated comfortably from the handlebars using the multi-controller, while the optional M package provides a third Core screen with bar display and lap timer.

The lighting on the 2021 S 1000 R is based on state-of-the-art LED technology. This includes the striking LED main headlamp with optimised low and high beam. The newly designed turn indicators and rear lights also make use of LED technology.

The rear turn indicators have also been adopted from the S 1000 RR and feature an integrated tail/brake light function. Enhanced safety when riding at night is ensured by the adaptive turning light, which is a component of Headlight Pro.

The S 1000 R also clearly borrows from its super sports counterpart, while also placing the emphasis on its character as a dynamic roadster.

More than ever, the ‘tail up – nose down’ look gives the 2021 BMW S 1000 R an eye-catchingly dynamic visual impact with its new body elements. For further information, see your local BMW Motorrad dealership.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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