BMW motorcycles are the hottest machines in the superbike segment and the 2012 model of the very successful BMW S1000RR, launched just two years back, is out. At first glance it does not seem to be a 2012 model as one would not find any noticeable changes but when a closer look is taken a number of remarkable changes come up.
Some of the very changes to talk on first include a new tailpiece, winglets on the side fairing, a different exhaust system, a more sophisticated traction control system, improved ABS, an advanced instrument cluster and new colours.
image – 2012 BMW S1000RR Sports Bike Front Side View
A list of revisions made in the S1000RR are as follows:
- Optimized torque curve for improved ridability
- Expansion from two to three performance curves (one each for Rain and Sport modes and an additional one for Race and Slick modes); Rain mode now 120 kW (163 hp).
- Reconfigured throttle for enhanced response (particularly gentle and sensitive acceleration in Rain mode, and immediately direct and spontaneous response in Sport, Race, and Slick modes).
- Reduced twisting force and tighter twist-grip angle.
- Smaller secondary ratio for boosted thrust.
- Refined tuning between Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).
- Enlarged cross sectional area of the intake air guide through the steering head for greater air flow efficiency.
- Better handling, steering accuracy, and feedback.
- Revised spring elements for an even wider range of damping forces.
- Suspension geometry modified with new values for the steering head angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork projection, and spring strut length.
image – 2012 BMW S1000RR Sports Bike Rear Side View
- New mechanical steering damper adjustable over ten levels.
- Forged and milled fork bridge in a new design and with a smaller offset.
- Revised design with a leaner tail section, redesigned side panels, center airbox cover with side aperture grilles, and winglets.
- Four new colour variants: plain Racing Red with Alpine white, Bluefire, Sapphire black metallic, BMW Motorrad Motorsport colours.
- Revised RR logo
- New heel plates and leaner stabilizers on the passenger footrests.
image – 2012 BMW S1000RR Sports Bike On Racing Track
- Redesigned LCD engine speed display for better readability and with five dimming levels.
- Instrument cluster with the new functions “Best lap in progress” and “Speed warning”; deactivation of “Lamp” fault message when headlamp or number plate carrier removed.
- Catalytic converters relocated, so no heat shield necessary.
- Expansion to the optional extras and special equipment ex works.
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2012 BMW S1000RR Technical Specifications
- Capacity cc: 999
- Bore/stroke mm: 80/49.7
- Max Output : 193 BHP @ 13,000 RPM
- Max Torque : 112 Nm @ 9750 RPM
- Type: Water cooled straight 4-cylinder engine(4 valves per cylinder)
- Compression/fuel 13:1/min
- Valve actuation: DOHC (double overhead camshaft)
- Clutch: Multiple disc antihopping clutch in oil bath mechanically operated
- Gearbox: Constant mesh six speed gearbox
image – 2012 BMW S1000RR Sports Bike Front View
- Frame type: Bridge frame of aluminum
- Suspension front: Upside down fork, standpipe diameter 46 mm, adjustable compress and rebound
- Suspension rear: Two arm swinging fork with central spring strut, in spring mount, adjustable compress and rebound
- Wheelbase: 1422.7 mm
- Front: Hydraulically actuated double disc brake with BMW disc mount, Ø 320 mm, radial 4-piston fixed callipers
- Rear :Hydraulically actuated single disc brake, Ø 220 mm, single-piston floating calliper
- ABS: BMW Motorrad Race ABS (disengageable)
- DTC: BMW Motorrad DTC (disengageable)
- Wheels: Cast aluminum wheels
image – 2012 BMW S1000RR Sports Bike Rear View
- Front: 120/70 ZR17
- Rear: 190/55 ZR17
Dimensions and Weights
- Overall length mm: 2056
- Overall width with mirrors mm: 826
- Seat height mm: 820
- DIN unladen weight, ready for road kg 204 (206.5 with Race ABS)
- Permitted total weight kg: 405
- Fuel tank capacity l: 17.5
- Dry weight kg: 178
- Fuel consumption
- 90 km/h l/100 km: 5.7
- 120 km/h l/100 km: 5.9
- 100 km/h s: 2.9
- 1000 m s 17.9
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