Spencer gets thrown straight into the deep end when he rides the 2023 BMW S 1000 RR at the Almeria circuit in Spain, as his first time ever piloting a litre-class sportsbike on track. Can he keep it upright? Watch the video here.
In case you missed it, watch Part One of this series where we ride the BMW M 1000 R hyper naked at this link.
2023 BMW S 1000 RR price and specs
BMW Motorrad Australia has launched the 2023 S 1000 RR priced from $25,750 rideaway. This translates to a $40 price increase compared to last year’s model.
The new BMW S 1000 RR builds on the current-generation sportsbike platform that launched in 2019, with revised aerodynamic bodywork, suspension and chassis tweaks, tech upgrades and a modest boost to power output.
Distinguishing the 2023 model is a redesigned fairing with large aerodynamic winglets that are said to increase downforce to enhance grip and reduce its tendency to wheelie. The rear-end styling has also been tweaked and sees a short number plate holder and the inclusion of a USB charging point, and three new colour schemes are available locally.
Motivating the 2023 BMW S 1000 RR is a familiar 999cc inline four-cylinder engine. Power has increased by 2kW to 154kW, while torque output remains steady at 113Nm.
The bike’s so-called ‘flex frame’ has been tuned to deliver more flexibility laterally, while adjustments to the chassis’ geometry is said to give ‘clearer feedback from the front wheel’.
BMW engineers have enhanced the S 1000 RR’s traction control system to allow the rider to preset drift angles for sliding out of corners.
“When the preset steering angle value is reached, traction control intervenes, reduces slip and stabilises the motorcycle,” a press release reads.
Spencer has a keen eye for hard news, and does some of his best living on deadline day. He loves more than anything to travel on his motorcycle, and is adamant that Melbourne Bitter is a world-class lager. He also knows how to operate the big computery thing in the office. By night, Spencer plays guitar with Melbourne punk outfit LOUTS.