2019 BMW S 1000 RR

  • We were given the honour to cover the 8 Hours of Sepang FIM EWC race from inside the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team.

  • We had an unprecedented access to what made them tick and the strategies involved.

  • The team finished third overall.

Excitement fills the air as the bikes were fired up for 8 Hours of Sepang FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) race.

As adrenaline started coursing through the veins of the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team members, their cheerful disposition gave way to steely stares and clenched jaws. It’s time to go racing.

The Planned Start

A technician pushed the BMW S 1000 RR onto the pitlane with rider Ilya Mikhalchik following closely behind. As he reached for the started button, I braced myself as if squeezing my ear canals in anticipation of an exhaust blast. But… nothing… there was a slight roar from the titanium Akrapovic exhaust silencer but that was it. No eardrum assaulting, chest punching roar.

Read: Up close with the BMW S 1000 RR FIM EWC racebike

And away he went along with other riders. The technicians grabbed their equipment and hurried to the gate to the grid. By then, the first riders had completed their warm-up lap.

When the bikes returned to the grid, they were wheeled backwards and parked against the pitwall at an angle. The riders then went to the other side of the start finish straight. The factory BMW sat in fifth while the crew blanketed the rain Dunlop tyres with warmers again.

Alas, the rain started coming down in earnest with just 25 minutes before the start.

The Safety and Medical Cars were sent out to check but it was visible that the sheer volume of water had overwhelmed the drainage. The cars sent up huge plumes of spray.

By then there was a delay in starting the race and the field was given another sighting lap. The riders roared away in a whiteout wall of spray. Back in the pit, the team had their eyes transfixed on the TV monitors.

The riders tip-toed through every corner and there was still lots of standing water including at the apexes of Turns 5, 9, 13 and 14. There was a river-like puddle running across the track at the braking area for Turn 15.

Upon reaching the start/finish line, marshals instructed the riders to their bikes, away from the where they were supposed to start running from. A few minutes later, race direction suspended the start. Team managers were then called to the briefing room at 1:15pm. We feared the worst i.e. outright cancellation, but that decision never came.

Now, the long wait began.

The BMW Motorrad World Endurance crew didn’t look agitated, but they didn’t seem relaxed, either.

We waited.

This is how the stripped down BMW S 1000 RR endurance racebike looks like

The 1st Restart

The rain began abated somewhat by 2:30 pm. At 2:40 pm, a message flashed across all monitors at the track: PITLANE OPENS FOR 2 MINUTES AT 3:05 PM.

Yes! We’re finally going racing. As per endurance racing rules, the duration was shortened to 6 hours.

However, there was no Le Mans style start. Instead, the riders were flagged off one by one by a marshal holding the Jalur Gemilang (Malaysian flag). Again, a wall of spray hung in the air as the bikes made their way to Turn 1. Also this time, they had to follow the Safety Car (SC).

Photo credit FIM EWC

The spectators in the grandstands were excited. Kids who’ve been running around suddenly sat ran back to their parents’ arms and pointed excitedly at the track.

The SC took the grid past the finish line for Lap 1. There was still too much spray. They went past for Lap 2. Then Lap 3, Lap 4, everyone in the pits was hoping for the SC to turn off its emergency lights. It would mean that it would peel into the pits and let racing commence.

All teams began to prepare for the eventual pitstop by placing tools, axle stands, refueling rigs near the pit entrance. They also place spareparts and assemblies such as front ends, rear subframes, bodywork, radiators, etc. where they are within easy reach (in case of crashes or breakdowns).

The refueling can was placed nearby together with a large fire extinguisher. The refueling man’s helmet and Nomex gloves were placed on top of the fuel can. There’s no time to rush back into the pits for something!

Sadly, the SC never turned off it lights and pulled in at the end of Lap 8. The red flags went out signaling another race suspension.

Another team managers meeting was called at 5.00 pm. BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team’s manager Werner Daemen ran up the steps again to the briefing room.

The organizers, stewards and teams deliberated for more than an hour before coming to the decision to either race or suspend it outright. However, should they choose to restart, the race has to end at 9.00 pm.

Sources told us that the teams were eager to go on and it’ll be a shame to cancel since they had travelled so far for this race. It would’ve been 8 Hours of Rain if it were cancelled.

The 2nd Restart

Soon, the message RACE TO RESUME AT 6.00 PM appeared on the monitors. Mechanics rushed to the holding area to pick up their bikes. They were pushed back to outside the pits and parked on the “hot pit lane” (the red line) and waited for the signal from Race Direction.

At the sound of the air horn, mechanics rushed their bikes into their respective pits to begin working on them.

Why such ruling? So that everyone starts working on their bike from the same time as everyone else. No handicap.

The team mechanics jumped in to change the rear sprocket for a taller gearing, fresh wet tyres were installed. They gave the bike a one-over to make sure everything was alright.

The pit reopened at exactly 6.00 pm and every single person at the track was eager to see the race get going. The field first formed up behind the Safety Car and the riders must be in their qualifying order before the car turns off its warning lights to let the 50 riders loose.

Finally, it was time to race after a couple of laps behind the SC. The 8 Hours of Sepang was go.

By the end of the first restarted lap, it was Mike Di Meglio of F.C.C. TSR Honda (#5) who was challenging Michael Van Der Mark from the Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (#21) for the lead.

The #37 bike of the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team was in sixth at the end of the same lap, in a pack of four bikes including the Tecmas Racing #9 BMW S 1000 RR (older model). The Tecmas team’s pit neighbor’s the Motorrad’s pit.

Soon, a fierce battle developed up front between #5 and #21, as if it was the last few laps of a WorldSBK race.

The rain had stopped by the 4h 15 minute mark, but the track was still wet.

But neither leading rider backed down and they were pushing so hard that their bikes squirmed under hard braking. That frenetic racing saw a pace that no one else on the field could or want to match. While most of the field was lapping in the 2m 30s bracket, the dueling duo was circulating around in 2m 15s.

Meanwhile, #37 and #9 were locked in a battle of their own, and the former was briefly in fourth by the 4h 40 minute mark. The team members were glued to the TV monitors, a few mini-hopping up and down, a few chewed their fingernails.

Then it happened. V.D. Mark outbraked Di Meglio into Turn 15, but he went wide. Seeing the gap, Di Meglio stuck his bike up the inside. As V.D. Mark tried to tighten his line for the exit, he was surprised to find #5 there and lifted his #21 bike. Di Meglio was also surprised by the move and probably dabbed his front brake and lost the front tyre, which slid into #21’s rear tyre. It sent both men skidding off the track.

You can watch the video >>> HERE <<<

A huge roar went up all around the circuit and in the pits.

Di Meglio managed to pick up his bike first and continued racing, while V.D. Mark’s Yamaha was heavily damaged and had to return to his pit.

To give you an idea of how far they were ahead, Di Meglio rejoined the race in first place.

Into the Night

At the same time, #9 got the better of #37 and the latter dropped back to sixth. But four laps later, there was huge plume of white smoke leading into Turn 1. #9’s engine had gone bang in spectacular fashion. Peeking into our neighbours’ pit saw them slumped into their chairs. One of the crew members had told me during the start that they’re using Michelin tyres and gave the thumbs up. Michelin makes arguably the best rain tyres.

The Safety Car was called into action as the track crew removed the stricken bike from the gravel trap and to assess if any oil was dumped onto the track. It led the field for five laps.

During this time, BMW Motorrad team manager Daemen ran back and forth between the pit and pit wall, discussing their fueling strategy. He had told me earlier that the 24-liter tank could last between 26 to 27 laps in rainy conditions. But with the Safety Car period thrown into the mix, they needed to recalculate the bike’s fuel consumption. They also needed to figure out their pace in comparison to other competitors. Calling for a stop at the wrong time would be out of sync with field and cost them track position.

The mechanics began arranging different types of “stands” on the pit lane. They were all custom made for different purposes, including those to place the wheels. A loose wheel rolling down pit lane will be punished by a penalty.

They also prepared two types of Dunlop wet rear tyres, one intermediate and one full wet. The current rider will advise the team on which to choose.

At last, the #37 got the “BOX” message on his pit board. So do the other teams.

The bikes may appear slow on TV as they headed down pit lane, but they were fast in real life as the riders held on to the pit lane speed for as long as possible. The #37 flew into position in the blink of an eye and the four-man crew descended on it in that split second it stopped.

The wrenches went “rat-tat-tat-tat” in unison, the front and rear wheels came out, new ones went on, and and “rat-tat-tat-tat” again. But the mechanics also checked the nut with a torque wrench. (Here it was, where every second mattered, yet they still used torque wrenches, whereas most real-world mechanics never touch them.)

They yelled “GO!” to the fuel man and cleared away from the bike. With one swift motion, the biggest man in the pit (dressed in flame retardant suit) heaved the can above bike’s fuel tank and plunked it down into the dry break female coupling with an audible click, while another man stood by with the fire extinguisher. It took only a few seconds. He pulled the can off and the rider jumped on the bike, punched the starter button and away he went.

All these in less than 20 seconds.

You can watch video of the lightning fast pit stop below.

Countdown to the 8th Hour

We thought the field would settle into a rhythm. Instead, it was a crash fest.

Most riders crashed at Turn 5. Local riders know to stay away from apex as moisture seems to cling to that spot. The track was starting to dry but again, we local riders know that the Sepang International Circuit’s new surface may look dry while it’s still damp.

The most prominent crasher during this period was Mike Di Meglio on the #5 bike. While the earlier crash caused minor scrapes, this one saw extensive damage to the bike. He had to pit for repairs. His partner continued the race dead last but managed claw his way back to 21st at the 8th hour.

As the minutes ticked away, the top three began to emerge: YART Yamaha, Honda Asia-Dream Racing and BMW Motorrad World Endurance.

A second and last pitstop was called with 20 minutes to go. Again, the team did their choreographed magic. Again, they sent the rider and bike out in less than 20 seconds.

It’s all up to the rider now.

YART Yamaha was in an unassailable lead with one lap in hand, while the Honda Asia-Dream team was 1m 40s ahead in second.

Read: YART Yamaha wins inaugural 8 Hours of Sepang FIM EWC race

By now, the BMW rider Mikhalchik was lapping 3 seconds a lap faster the leading pair, but there was no way in catching the second-placed team.

The team climbed atop the pit fence to welcome their rider home. It was their second podium finish in as many races. It’s a fantastic result by all means, considering that this is the first season for the factory BMW Motorrad team.

It was also the second podium of the year for Dunlop. (Remember, there’s a tyre war in the FIM EWC, unlike in MotoGP and WorldSBK.)

The next race will be the 24 Hueres Motos at the Bugati circuit in Le Mans, France on 18th and 19th April 2020.

We wish to record our heartfelt thanks to the BMW World Endurance Team for allowing us to cover the race along with them. Them team was very professional and they were very focused on their tasks at hand. It was a true honour to experience it firsthand.

A big thank you and appreciation to BMW Motorrad Malaysia also, for setting up the coverage.

Last but not lease, congratulations to the team and BMW Motorrad as a whole.


  • The 2019 BMW S 1000 RR, 2019 BMW R 1250 RS, 2019 BMW R 1250 R were launched today at the 2019 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

  • Only the S 1000 RR with M Sport Package is available at the moment.

  • The R 1250 R and R 1250 RS adds to BMW’s Boxer family.

The 2019 BMW S 1000 RR, 2019 BMW R 1250 RS, 2019 BMW R 1250 R were launched today at the 2019 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

2019 BMW S 1000 RR (from RM 138,500.00 for M Sport Package)

The 3rd-generation S 1000 RR has been long-awaited even before its official launch at EICMA 2018. Suffice to say that it was one of BMW Motorrad’s worst kept secrets!

It’s easy to see why BMW’s superbike is so popular these days. It’s one bike that would go fast as you dare and as slow as you want it to without complaining. It’s also a superbike that you could ride to track, whack off the mirrors and indicators, tape up the headlamps and taillamp, blast around the track, and ride it to work the next day.

The bike launched today is the M Sport Package variant.

  • 999cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, inline-Four with ShiftCam.
  • The new lump produces 207 bhp (152kW) at 13,500 RPM and 113 Nm of torque.
  • The ShiftCam technology varies both valve opening timing but also lift.

  • Hollow-stem lightweight titanium intake valves.
  • This allows the bike linear and good spread of power.
  • But also good fuel consumption at 6.4 litres per 100 km.
  • Oil pump and water pump integrated as one — saves weight and width.
The coolant/oil pump
  • Suspension is handled electronically by next generation of DDC (Dynamic Damping Control).
  • The rear shock is moved further back, away from exhaust and engine heat.

  • A new frame called Flex Frame — with specifically tuned zones of stiffness — provides better grip in corners and feedback.
  • Leaner fuel tank, narrower midsection for better knee grip and support.

  • The bodywork has short overhangs — the entire bike sits between the wheels.

  • More compact dimensions are the goal including engine, frame, tank, bodywork.
  • Revised exhaust system, engine, and M-lightweight battery.

  • The M Sport package includes M sport seat, country-specific taillamp, M carbon fibre wheels and lightweight M battery.
  • The revisions cut weight down to just 193.5 kg from the standard bike’s 208 kg.

  • Standard electronic rider aid include Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race.
  • Options are the “Pro Modes” — Pro 1, Pro 2, Pro 3 which includes DTC, ABS Pro, DTC Wheelie Detection, engine torque and engine braking adjustments.

  • Also available are race assistance modes such as Launch Control and Pit Lane Limiter.
  • Signature S 1000 RR smooth gearshifts are handled by the HP Shift Assistant Pro (standard).
  • New 6.5-inch TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity.

BMW Motorrad Malaysia brought in the M Sport package as the introduction as the S 1000 RR is of limited stock worldwide. As such, BMW Motorrad Malaysia will send a bike to each dealer for customers to view and place orders.

The base S 1000 RR will arrive in Malaysia in 2020.

2019 BMW R 1250 RS (from RM 106,500.00) and 2019 BMW R 1250 R (from RM 102,500.00)

2019 BMW R 1250 RS

The R 1250 RS and R 1250 R completes the BMW Boxer family. The RS is the sport-tourer (the R 1250 RT is the luxury sport-tourer), while the R is the Roadster (naked street bike). We feel that the R 1250 RS’s smaller size will make it easier to ride as a daily commuter, as well.

2019 BMW R 1250 R
  • Features the new 1254cc Boxer with BMW ShiftCam technology.
  • Produces 136 bhp and 143 Nm of torque.

  • The engine is also economical, consuming only 4.75 litres of fuel per 100 km.
  • Two standard riding modes that adapt to riding style.

  • Automatic Stability Control is standard, as is Hill Start Control.
  • They also feature Riding Modes Pro which includes Dynamic and Dynamic Pro.

  • The Dynamic Traction Control ties in with the Riding Modes Pro selection.
  • New 6.5-inch TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity.

BMW Financing

BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia provides financing for these new bikes. You can ride the S 1000 R from RM 1,690 per month, R 1250 R from 1,250 per month, and the R 1250 RS RM 1,300 per month. These amounts are based on estimates 80 percent loan for 4-year tenure.

Attention to all BMW fans and enthusiasts? If you’re in love with the 2019 BMW S 1000 RR as much as we do and you want to take it to the next level right out of the showroom, you can basically ‘make’ your very own 2019 BMW S 1000 RR Carbon Edition thanks to some very tantalising carbon fibre parts from Ilmberger. (more…)

  • The new 2019 BMW S 1000 RR has yet to arrive in Malaysia.

  • The delay is due to the great demand for the M Package S 1000 RR worldwide.

  • BMW Motorrad is currently working on clearing the supply bottleneck.

Besides the just-launched new 2019 BMW R 1250 GS and GS Adventure, one has to ask where in the world is the 2019 BMW S 1000 RR?

Even we at were hoping to see it launched during the BMW Motorrad Night Fuel Kuala Lumpur lifestyle event a few weeks ago.

Alas, the bike didn’t appear. So, we decided to post the question to BMW Motorrad Malaysia.

Apparently, it turned out that BMW Motorrad’s factory in Munich is overloaded with orders for the “M Package.” Based on the standard S 1000 RR, the M Pakcage adds motorsport paint, carbon fibre wheels, lightweight battery, M Chassis kit which includes rear seat height and swingarm pivot adjustment, sport seat and Pro Mode.

It has to be said that this is the first time BMW Motorrad is offering an M Package for their bikes. BMW cars have had the M option for a long time, in contrast.

It’s due to this demand for the M Package that reduced the number of the standard S 1000 RR.

This delay is worldwide and affects not Malaysia alone.

In any case, you can bet that BMW Motorrad is working to clear the supply bottleneck.

  • 2019 BMW S 1000 RR price was finally revealed in the USA.

  • Starting at USD 16,999, owners could opt for different packages according to their needs.

  • The pricing looks like great value compared to other European supersport motorcycles.

Finally, we get an idea of how much the much-awaited 2019 BMW S 1000 RR will cost.

BMW Motorrad revealed the price at USD 16,999. However, that’s for the base model. As with all BMW motorcycles, there are different levels of “packages” to fit every rider’s fancy.

“Select” Package

For an extra USD 1,400, the package includes BMW’s DDC (Dynamic Damping Control) semi-active electronic suspension, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system and heated grips.

The bike now costs approximately USD 18,400.

“Race” Package

Top up another USD 1,600 (to the Select Package) and you get the “Race” package. It adds the “Ride Modes Pro” electronic suite which includes launch control, wheelie control, race modes, dynamic traction control, slide control, etc. etc. You will also receive a lithium-ion battery and forged aluminium wheels.

The bike now costs approximately USD 20,000.

“M” Package

For the ultimate built, get the “M” package and will receive carbon fibre wheels with everything else in place.

And finally, the price is now approximately USD 22,100.

We would like to add that you do get lots of goodies at USD 22,100, compared to other current European supersport models.

Of course, the pricing will be different when it arrives in Malaysia, but at least we have an inkling of how much we need to save for. Wished we started saving from when we were six-years-old…

  • The 2019 WorldSBK BMW S 1000 RR was unveiled in Portugal.

  • Details of the bike show some of the high-tech components.

  • However, there are a number of more interesting details.

BMW Motorrad unveiled their new S 1000 RR 2019 WorldSBK season contender in Portugal last night. However, they only released the picture Shaun Muir Racing (SMR) team and riders Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger.

Asphalt & Rubber, on the other hand, sent in their photographer Steve English to shoot the following details. Here they are in their full glory.

Thumb brake

The most interesting thing one could pick out is the thumb brake lever on Tom Sykes’ bike. Thumb brakes are becoming the norm in racing as more and more riders dangle their legs during hard braking. The only way to activate the rear brake while dangling the right leg is with a thumb brake lever.

Also, a thumb brake can allow riders to press it subtly while leaned over in a corner to tighten their lines. It may also be helpful in helping to control wheelies out of corners.

The multi-colored buttons on the handlebars control the bike’s electronics such the pit lane speed limiter, traction control, engine mapping, etc.


The swingarm on the S 1000 RR WorldSBK racer looks similar to the stock unit. However, the hollow space (where the Regina and Akrapovic decals are) has been filled in, most probably in the interest of adding rigidity.

The stock 2019 BMW S 1000 RR’s swingarm already looks like the race unit’s. It just shows BMW Motorrad’s commitment to winning the WorldSBK and other superbike racing crowns, by designing something that’s pretty much race-ready.

Nissin front brake calipers

The main surprise are the Nissin brake calipers instead of the usual Brembos. The Japanese brake manufacturer has been trying to break Brembo’s dominance in the racing fraternity. In any case, we hope Nissin will trickle down the lessons learned in WSBK to their road products.

Source: Asphalt & Rubber
Pictures: Steve English for Asphalt & Rubber



  • Why did the first BMW S 1000 RR feature asymmetrical headlamps?

  • Why does the 2019 S 1000 RR feature symmetrical headlamps?

  • It’s all about function.

The previous BMW S 1000 RR featured an asymmetric headlamp design was no less than controversial when it debuted in 2008. Many had complained about how it looked. There was a buddy of ours who fashioned an eyepatch over the left lamp.

However, more and more riders came to accept it over time and that design became the unmistakable signature of the S 1000 RR.

2018 BMW S 1000 RR test & review – “German Masterpiece”

But it’s now happening all over again with the new bike. Well, we’re all human and humans are resistive to massive changes.

Yet, have you ever wondered why BMW Motorrad always used two different headlamp designs on almost every bike? This was so the GS models, but they did not look as prominent as on the S 1000 RR.

According to the Munich-based manufacturer, the headlamps of the 2008 to 2018 S 1000 RR look the way they did due to engineering rather than stylistic reasons. The left headlamp served as the low beam, but it was not bright enough. So, BMW added a larger lamp on the right to throw more light down the road. The left lamp was kept smaller to reduce 500g of weight.

Edgar Heinrich, BMW Head of Design told MCN, “We wanted to make the best bike we could, which for a race bike is the lightest. Whenever we could find a weight saving we did it, which ended in asymmetric items as the reduction in the high beam reflector saving 150g.”

For the 2019 model however, there was no need for asymmetrical headlights as it features LED lighting. Heinrich added that the design department had always wanted to “get rid” of the lights because “race bikes don’t have lights.”

“We could have made the LED components asymmetric, but it would have been stupid. We don’t do design for the sake of it.”

In other words, it was a case of form follows function.

  • BMW Motorrad is returning to the 2019 World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK).

  • The manufacturer will enter the 2019 BMW S 1000 RR.

  • Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger are the team’s riders.

BMW Motorrad announces their return to the 2019 World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK).

BMW is the one manufacturer that’s glaringly missing from WorldSBK. Their last effort was with the GoldBet BMW team which was disbanded after 2013. Their riders were Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam.

The new team will be racing the recently-launched 2019 BMW S 1000 RR. The bikes will be developed and prepared by BMW’s factory in Munich together with the Shaun Muir Racing Team.

BMW Motorrad announced 2013 WorldSBK Champion Tom Sykes and European Superstock 1000 Champion Markus Reiterberger as their riders.

The championship should heat up next year with BMW’s re-entry with the new S 1000 RR. The new bike is new from ground up with emphasis on higher power and compactness. While the stock production 2019 S 1000 RR produces “only” 204 bhp compared to the new bike from Ducati, you can bet that the racing S 1000 RR will be up there among the top runners.

There is hope among racing fans that WorldSBK 2019 will see the end of four-time and current champion Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki’s domination of the series. A one-horse race is never a spectacle.

  • The 2019 BMW S 1000 RR patent image and spec sheet were leaked online.

  • The bike is all-new with a new styling and chassis.

  • Power output will also be increased.

It would probably not surprise anyone now that BMW Motorrad is working on the 2019 BMW S 1000 RR. But what is up for contention is how will the new bike look like.

Well, a BMW dealer seemed to have gotten a little too excited and posted both the official patent application image and full spec sheet of the 2019 S 1000 RR online. The new superbike was supposed to be officially launched at the EICMA show in a week’s time.

There is just so much to pore over the image, but the new bike definitely points the way towards improvements by leaps and bounds.

For starters, the 2019 model is much more compact. Its tail is shortened and made smaller. The front wheel sits closer to the bottom fairing, while the rear wheel is much nearer to the bike’s midsection.

Its bodywork has been designed from scratch and seems to wrap around the chassis and engine very tightly. BMW has also dropped the asymmetric headlights for a matching pair. The central air intake still exists for the sake of heritage from the previous model. The fuel tank’s shape is still unmistakably S 1000 RR.

The new frame is just visible. Starting from the swingarm mounting uprights, it projects almost horizontally above the engine casings before sweeping upwards to the headstock. It looks like the frame hugs the engine very closely, too.

We were actually surprised to find an exposed steel trellis section for the rider seat’s subframe. BMW has used box-section subframes all the while. The steel trellis looks like something from KTM, MV Agusta, Triumph, among others.

Take a closer look and you can see the swingarm is braced from underneath. While this design is nothing new, it is currently employed in MotoGP only. All other superbikes have their swingarms braced on top, conversely. Manufacturers choose the top bracing method as space is needed to accommodate the exhaust collector. Yet, BMW found a way to overcome this problem.

The engine is still an inline-Four, but it now says “207 bhp” in the spec sheet. Torque is also up to 113 Nm.

Well, let’s wait another week for the official photos and specs from BMW Motorrad.

  • The 2019 BMW S 1000 RR superbike was caught undergoing road trials.

  • BMW Motorrad then released a teaser video a few days after that.

  • The new bike will be unveiled at the EICMA show in November.

BMW has announced that will launch nine new models for 2019 and a new 2019 BMW S 1000 RR is one of them.

There have been many speculations, as usual, plus a patent filing which was leaked but a Spanish BMW Motorrad dealer caught sight of the prototype undergoing road tests.

Referring to the photos, the design has definitely undergone some changes but still retains some of the S 1000 RR’s defining features.

The central air intake, “split” fairing panel, seats and fork bottoms are the dead giveaways of the old bike, but new are the symmetrical headlamps, front turnsignals that are integrated into the rearview mirrors.

The new engine is reported to produce 210 bhp but the biggest change is the counter-rotating crankshaft. There is also a possibility of variable valve timing on the cards.


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There are also rumblings of the 2019 S 1000 RR with different options and trims for different needs. It is a good call, in our opinion, as not all riders are track riders and may not access every single function a bike provides. It represents some cost savings for them, too.

However, if the leaked photos caused a sensation, BMW Motorrad has also released a teaser video, “promising” to unveil the new bike at the EICMA show at Milan, Italy in November.


  • Rendered photos of what looks like the 2019 BMW S 1000 RR have been circulating online.

  • Based on the photos, the 2019 model carries a whole new design which is smoother and more fluid.

  • Sources also indicated that the bike will have more power embedded with MotoGP-inspired technology.

Rendered photos of what possibly will be the new 2019 BMW S 1000 RR have been circulating in the World Wide Web and a lot of folks are saying that this will be the next “game changer” in the world of superbikes. Based on the leaked patents, there’s a huge possibility that it might as well just do that. (more…)

  • The 2019 BMW S 1000 RR is said to be equipped with some very interesting MotoGP-inspired technology.

  • No news of the next-generation BMW superbike is out yet but Gulf Althea BMW Racing Team boss confirms that they might get it for the upcoming season.

  • Some say that it’ll carry a counter-rotating crankshaft used in MotoGP bikes, updated electronics and a power boost.

There’s no surprise that the world of superbikes is getting more and more advanced as days go by and manufacturers around the world are prepping themselves for the next generation race-inspired sports bikes. BMW Motorrad is no exception and the next-generation BMW S 1000 RR might be the best one yet. (more…)


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