The BMW S1000RR is a sport bike initially manufactured by BMW Motorrad to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship, that is now in commercial production. It was introduced in Munich in April 2008, and is powered by a 999 cc (61.0 cu in) inline-4 engine redlined at 14,200 rpm.
BMW manufactured 1,000 production models in 2009 to satisfy World Superbike homologation requirements, but expanded production for commercial sale of the bike in 2010. It features an anti-lock braking system, standard, with an optional electronic traction control, and has an overall wet weight of 207.7 kg (458 lb), and produces 133.6 kW (179.2 hp) @ 13250 rpm at the rear wheel.
The factory race bike used in the Superbike World Championship differs in a number of ways from the production bike. Its engine has a higher compression ratio of 14.0:1 compared with 13.0:1, and it delivers over 200 hp (150 kW) at 14,000 rpm, compared with 193 hp (144 kW) at 13,000 rpm. The race bike has a 44 mm Öhlins inverted fork, compared with a 46 mm upside-down fork. It has 16.5-inch front wheel and 16-inch rear wheel instead of 17-inch and an MRA Racing ‘Double-Bubble’ Windshield. Most significantly it has an unladen wet weight of 162 kg (360 lb)compared with 204 kg (450 lb) for the production model.
On 26 June 2008, Spanish rider Rubén Xaus signed to ride the bike for the factory BMW Motorrad team. On 25 September 2008, Australian former double Superbike World Champion Troy Corser signed to complete the team’s two-rider lineup for 2009. In the 2009 Superbike World Championship season, the highest race result achieved by Corser was fifth place in the Czech Republic, and Xaus achieved seventh place in Italy.
In the 2010 Superbike World Championship season, Reitwagen Motorsport are also racing the S1000RR with riders Andrew Pitt, Roland Resch, and Makoto Tamada. As of September 2010 the highest race result was third place for Corser in race two at Monza, and third place in race one at Misano where Troy Corser took BMW’s first Superpole with a record lap time of 1 minute 35.001 seconds.