The super naked market is flourishing right now. It’s converting Superbike riders over to the dark side and with bikes like the S1000R, it’s no wonder why.
BMW has taken the king of superbikes the S1000RR with its near 200hp, slightly detuned the engine for more torque 114nm vs 112nm from the RR and increased the fork rake somewhat to help with extra stability. The gears are also a lot shorter so this makes for an all outright fun motorcycle.
The S1000R is currently one of the best value for motorcycles in the ZA market due to two things, price, and equipment. It’s basically a full house motorcycle with cruise control, heated grips a quick shifter and electronically adjustable suspension, which to me is a highlight, because let’s face it, you don’t always want to ride around with your bike setup up stiff for the track.
The S1000RR comes with 3 rider modes too, rain, road and dynamic, each tuning the engine character for different conditions, it also switches the sensitivity of the traction controls to allow a little bit more slide, a slightly bigger wheelie or a skid. If you want to play, you need to switch the traction control off completely.
This platform is also shared with the 1000XR, its bigger brother, but only in overall dimensions. It’s better equipped for touring and obviously also offers decent wind protection, something the 1000R has none of.
The 4 pot radial Brembo brakes on the 1000R are nothing short of phenomenal. It’s been a while since I’ve been on a bike with such strong stoppers. The rear ABS can become a little intrusive, but you quickly learn to ride around that. It’s also completely switchable, you can decide to turn the nanny off too, if you want. As previously mentioned, the ESA is a perfect compromise for varying riding conditions but also has its shortfalls when it comes to local roads that aren’t maintained. While it gives you a lot of confidence flicking it from side to side, the odd bump or two in the road is enough to unsettle it and since no amount of rebound or compression can be set manually you have to live with it. It does, however, do its job brilliantly and I prefer the ESA setup for everyday riding conditions.
The 165hp engine is super smooth with a strong surge in power from about 8000rpm onwards, a shift light is standard and flickers rather brightly as you work the 6 speed through the gears. The shift assist working brilliantly and I can tell you that once you get use to that, it’s hard riding without it. Did I mention the sound? Wow.
The 17.5l tank is good for about 200km when riding conservatively. When you start working that, expect around the 120km for the light to start reminding you to fill up again. My average figures over about 600km were around the 7.5l/100km mark with it creeping closer to 10’s. This is the norm for most bikes making 150hp plus anyways.
This S1000R is a brilliant choice if you are looking for a value for money Super naked. Yes, you have the monstrous Super duke and the just launched MT10, but both out price this by R40 000 plus. There is very little not to like about the Bavarian.
The current suggested retail for the S1000R is R193 990