UPDATE 31/05/2021: BMW Motorrad Australia has this week launched its new S 1000 R naked bike from $22,691 rideaway, which translates to a $280 price increase over the model it replaces.
22/11/2020: BMW’s new S 1000 R naked bike debuts new styling and tech features, as well as a number of performance upgrades borrowed from the German brand’s S 1000 RR supersports model.
For 2021, the BMW S 1000 R uses a softer version of the 999cc inline four-cylinder engine found in its fully faired sibling, in this case tuned to deliver 121kW and 114Nm.
While outputs have not increased, BMW says that adjustments have been made for improved rideability and a more linear torque curve.
Specifically, BMW engineers have made the fourth, fifth and sixth gear ratios longer, and have included a smoother anti-hopping clutch.
Notably, the incoming S 1000 R also gains engine drag control which is a rider aid that prevents the rear wheel from slipping as a result of abrupt throttle input or downshifting.
Also borrowed from the RR is a lighter chassis to reduce weight and improve performance, as well as the brand’s enhanced rider-assistance suite.
Now standard is adaptive traction control, cornering ABS and three rider modes: Rain, Road and Dynamic.
Customers who opt for the Riding Modes Pro package also get a configurable Dynamic Pro rider mode, and extra rider-assistance tech like enhanced engine brake control, wheelie control and Dynamic Brake Control which assists the rider during emergency braking.
The new S 1000 R naked bike also adopts a 6.5-inch TFT dash with customisable themes and smartphone mirroring, while an optional M package adds adds performance data like a lap timer.
New LED lighting sees optimised high- and low-beam lights, newly designed indicators, while cornering lights can be added as an option.
BMW Motorrad says that the 2021 S 1000 R’s styling takes on a more “tail up, nose down” stance, while three distinct liveries are now on offer including the standard Racing Red, Style Sport and the iconic ‘M’ colourway.
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