Lining up for traction action
THIS is the machine BMW has built to take on the Japanese sportsbikes. A pre-production version of the in-line four-cylinder S 1000 RR arrived in Australia last week ahead of the first production shipment in February.
It’s being touted as the most powerful machine in the litre-bike class and BMW Motorrad general manager Cameron Cuthill says it will be competitively priced.
That said, he can’t yet be more specific than ‘‘mid-$20,000s’’, but says dealerships such as the one in Southbank are already taking deposit-down orders.
‘‘Of course it’s a conquest bike,’’ Cuthill says. ‘‘We think the timing’s right for features like traction control and anti-skid brakes to be seen as much as performance functions as safety ones.’’
The traction control has four modes— rain, road, race and slick and adjusts engine mapping and braking with each program.
The bike boasts 142kW, with a fully fuelled ABS version weighing only 206.5kg.