The new RR features an all-new aluminium twin spar frame or Flex Frame, as BMW prefers to call it, with the engine as a load-bearing component. The design is narrower with a slimmer fuel tank design, thus allowing the rider to sit in the bike and with better knee fit. The new chassis is also around 1.3 kg lighter than the previous generation. Furthermore, it sports an all-new beam swingarm that allows more load to be applied onto the rear wheel which benefits in improved grip and balance under heavy braking and acceleration.
Now, another major update on the motorcycle is its motor. BMW has developed an all-new engine for the 2019 model that is narrower and lighter, a good 4 kgs to be exact. The weight reduction has been achieved by opting for a lighter crankshaft, titanium valves and a redesigned cylinder head. The exhaust system is also new, featuring a compact muffler that is another 1.3 kgs lighter. However, the most significant tech in the new motor is the new variable cam timing system (BMW calls it ShiftCam). Over here, the intake side features one camshaft with twin cam lobs for two different cam profiles. While one operates from low to mid revs, the second one kicks in at about 9000 rpm, keeping the valve open for a longer duration for high-rpm performance.
All these new additions in the new motor have resulted in gains across the rev-band. The power output now stands at 204bhp, a massive 11bhp gain, and a torque output of 113Nm, available in a linear manner as the revs go up. The gearbox on the new S 1000 RR is a six-speed unit that now comes with a bi-directional quick-shifter and a self-reinforcing slipper clutch that reduces load at the lever.
As far as the cycle parts go, BMW has replaced the Sachs setup with semi-active Marzocchi inverted forks for the front. The rear is also a Marzocchi monoshock with electronic adjustment. Depending on the ride mode selected, the semi-active units prevent the bike from nose-diving upon braking and also stiffens the setup during quick changes in direction inspiring more confidence through corners. Next is the new Hayes braking system with BMW branding on the calipers. While the front features four-piston fixed calipers, the rear comes equipped with a single-piston floating caliper.
Now, while the S 1000 RR is already an electronic-savvy motorcycle, BMW has plonked in a few more into the basket, while improving the existing ones. It now gets a six-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that provides the bike with more precise control of electronic aids like cornering ABS, dynamic traction control and wheelie control. Other features include adjustable engine braking and hill start assist. The motorcycle now comes with four riding modes as standard, Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race. In addition to that, the Pro and Pro M Sport variants get additional three Race Pro modes for setting up the bike as per individual preferences.