Road Rambling's Chris Goodsell on the BMW S 1000 RR
BMW S 1000 RR
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by Chris Goodsell
15th July, 2013
A while back I rode a
Boss Hoss – an American
motor cycle with a Chev 350 V8 engine and 355bhp. As a matter of interest its power to weight ratio was 0.32bhp per
pounds weight. It weighed 500kg. By comparison a current V8 Supercar has a PW ratio of 0.21bhp per pounds weight.
Recently, Peter Rock of Rock Motor Cycles in Port Macquarie (NSW) invited me to test ride the current king of super
bikes, the 195bhp BMW S 1000 RR. This incredible bike has a PW ratio 0.46bhp per pounds weight, double that of a V8
Supercar. The bike's computer maps out four riding formats - Racing/Slicks/Sports/ Rain. The bike comes with ABS and
traction control standard.
At Phillip Island the V8 Supercars were touching 280 km/h on the main straight while the near standard super bikes
were seeing well in excess of 300 km/h. The BMW S 1000 RR was at the head of the pack.
I've got to say the 30km ride I took on the S 1000 RR was a pleasure. The engine is potent but docile unless provoked.
The handling is precise and accurate. The Brembo brakes are highly effective.
Though this is an extremely powerful and fast motor cycle it is also very safe. But certainly not for the
Cost is around $23,000*.
The BMW S 1000 RR is crushing all before it in the world and Australian Superbike Championships. I can see why.
* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as
on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are