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Not sure if this is a repost but I did look over the first couple of pages...

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/04february09_bmws1000rr.htm

BMW S 1000 RR Superbike Enters Production, Price Announced for Pre-Delivery in Europe


By Gabe Ets-Hokin


The world is full of surprises. Exhibit number one is BMW's Superbike racing program, announced last year to a motorcycle world often let down by rumors of the Roundel getting involved in some form of global roadracing competition. Such rumors usually involved some futuristic technology like supercharging, electro-magnetic valve trains or hovercraft and peter out after a year or so.

But not this time.

BMW's SBK team is the real deal, with two world-class riders (Reuben Xaus and Troy Corser), a conventional (yet competitive) inline-four, twin-spar-frame design and a well-funded program with dedicated facilitates. The plan is to make a strong showing in the 2009 season, learn the ropes and then come back and win in 2010. And with the prototype machines making a strong showing at testing in Valencia, Spain (including top-ten laptimes) at the end of January, it looks like things are on track.

The final piece of the puzzle is to build a small number of production bikes to homologate the S1000RR for SBK, which is a production-bike based series. New bikes are rolling off the assembly line in Berlin as you read this. Street bikes, with headlamps, mirrors, signals and a four-mode ABS/traction-control system. Traction control is apparently similar to the racebike's. Weight is a claimed 407 pounds dry, and expect around 160-180 rear-wheel hp from the compact 999cc motor. Small, light Formula One-derived cam followers allow high rpm and high power output.


"Meh," I can hear you saying out there, "So what? It's a BMW and will cost something like $30,000." Well, here's one more mind-blower about the S1000RR. BMW told me at the Cologne INTERMOT motorcycle show that the bike would be priced within $1000 of the Japanese competition. Can they do it?

Apparently so: The bike is available for pre-order in Europe right now for early-summer delivery. We don't know USA pricing yet, but in Germany the bike will retail for 15,150 Euros. That's about $19,700, but that price includes the 19% German sales tax. By comparison, the 2009 Yamaha YZF R-1 sells for 14,895 Euros in that same market.

Still, I won't believe it's really here until I read Ben Roethlisberger crashed one
Seems to be a reasonable effort by BMW to provide a legit supersport. Close in performance and has a nifty 4 way ABS/Traction Control setup. Apparently it will be priced very near the R1/GSXR1k/ZX10R competition.
 

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Yeah me too. We will see. If it's really competitively priced with the other liter bikes and actually has some marketing we could see a few of these running around
 

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about 130 hp, 438 lbs wet, 85 ftlbs torque, shaft drive, ohlins all around, brembo mono blocks...should be an interesting ride. A bit out of reach around $25k though.
 

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25k for the HP2. This 1000rr should be within $500-$1000 of a new R1
 

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Absolutely. I am sure the 1000rr will be a fine machine. Not sure it will be as fast as the Japanese bikes but hey...it's their first effort in any recent history. Give em a few revisions and I bet we will get a competitive bike. That is of course that they price it reasonably enough to actually sell them.
 

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15k euro is in line with any other liter bike over there so maybe there is hope yet.
 

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The S1000RR's can is ugly. There were some spy photos listed online somewhere.. but I can't recall where right now.
Seemingly, most bike's cans these days are horrendous;
ie: GSXR's, Gladius.. well.. I guess it's really just the Zuki's cause Yamahas and Team Green's are relatively tolerable.
 

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Where's the SSA? Where's the BMW flavor?

BMW bikes are what Citroen used to be to the car world: wild, crazy looking and full of electronic gizmo's.

A BMW bike has to be weird looking. It looks so ... bland ... so blah. Boring is the word I am looking for. The bike visually puts me to sleep.

The HP2 now, well that is another story!
 
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