2020 BMW S1000RR Review – First Ride

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By Troy Siahaan

2020 BMW S1000RR

Editor Score: 88.75%

Engine 18.0/20
Suspension/Handling 12.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 10.0/10
Brakes 8.75/10
Instruments/Controls 5.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 88.75/100

The 2020 BMW S1000RR is what happens when government regulations ruin what is otherwise a good motorcycle. If you’ve been paying attention to the S 1000 RR (Yes, that’s its technical name, with spaces between letters and numbers. I’m scrunching them all together from here on out.), you’re already aware it’s been available in Europe for some time as a 2019 model year – and the reviews are raving. But now it’s slowly trickling into US dealers as a 2020 model, and this review won’t be quite as amazing – and it’s not entirely BMW’s fault. I wasn’t sure why there was a discrepancy, but after talking with some other journos who have ridden the European version, I think I know why. More on that later.

On paper at least, the 2020 BMW S1000RR has all the right upgrades a full makeover, 10 years in the making, deserves. First and foremost, the asymmetrical headlights are gone! While half the room is rejoicing (myself included), others are surely crying. Alas, time and fashion ultimately move on, and from the outset of the redesign, S1000RR global brand ambassador Nate Kern, says BMW had two goals: to make the new model at least one second faster than the old bike around any racetrack and to lose 25 pounds. It’s interesting to note that a bump in power wasn’t a specific target, but in these days of Ducati Panigale V4s and Aprilia RSV4 1100s, maybe that’s just a given. Of course, simply bumping power is one thing – making more usable power is another.

So, let’s get straight to it: BMW did a masterful job in its complete revamp …read more

Source:: 2020 BMW S1000RR Review – First Ride


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