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The bike

Model 2015 BMW S1000RR Sport ‘Race’ mode throt­tle, TC, ABS and semi-ac­tive sus­pen­sion Rim sizes 3.50 x 17 front, 6.00 x 17 rear All tyres 120/70 x 17 front, 190/55 x 17 rear Rec­om­mended cold tyre pres­sures 36psi front, 42psi rear

Tester’s notes

Date Fe­bru­ary 29, 2016 Rider Michael Neeves, MCN Se­nior Road Tester Lo­ca­tion Aragon cir­cuit, Spain Cir­cuit length 3.2 miles Track di­rec­tion Anti-clock­wise Air temp 11°C – 14°C Track temp 8°C Con­di­tions Dry/very windy

Blind test

All tyres are hid­den in (un­plugged) tyre warm­ers be­fore the test be­gins. They’re new, un­scrubbed and cold. Each tyre is tested for five laps and un­der­goes a 14-point as­sess­ment with scores out of 10 given to: warm-up time, han­dling light­ness, steer­ing con­sis­tency, tyre neu­tral­ity, stand-up on the brakes, ease of use, sporty char­ac­ter, sta­bil­ity, bump ab­sorp­tion, tyre de­for­ma­tion feel­ing, han­dle­bar kick back (gen­er­ated from rear tyre), con­tact feel­ing, cold grip and hot side grip. Lap times may seem ir­rel­e­vant for a road tyre, but they gen­er­ally go hand in hand with how well a tyre per­forms.

Made Ger­many Weight 4.24g front, 6.9kg rear Tyre temp af­ter test 30°C front, 32°C rear Best for Sporty all-rounder Made Ger­many Weight 4.44kg front, 7.1kg rear Tyre temp af­ter test 32°C front, 36°C rear Best for Sporty all-rounder Made Ja­pan Weight 4.3kg front, 6.7kg rear Tyre temp af­ter test 33°C front, 30°C rear Best for Sporty all-rounder

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