Why the BMW superbike is an unmissable used buy
It’s reigned over the superbike class for almost eight years, now BMW’S mighty S1000RR looks set to dominate the used sportsbike market with breathtaking value-for-money. Launched in late 2009, the S1000RR rewrote the rulebook with its gargantuan power and full suite of sophisticated electronic rider assists. Never before had everyday road riders enjoyed access to race-hewn extras like switchable ABS and multilevel traction control.
At the launch back in November 2009, MCN’S then Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin enthused: “From now on the world is a different place. Having just climbed off the S1000RR after its first public test, I can confidently say that everything you thought you knew about superbikes has changed. It’s the first time I’ve seen a speedo reading 174mph at the end of Portimao’s straight.”
With 99% of bikes sold with the optional electronic rider aids, those first owners parted with £12,149. But, amazingly, prices for the original variant of the game-changing litre bike have fallen to £7000 – around the same as lesser-specced-and-lower-powered but similarly aged 1000cc sportsbikes, such as Suzuki’s analogue GSX-R1000 and Honda’s electronics-free Fireblade. It’s even possible to pick up the updated 2012 model S1000RR for around a grand more when purchased privately.
With the S1000RR being at the vanguard of the superbike electronic evolution it’s natural to assume that now, seven years down the line, reliability problems might’ve crept in. However, BMW dealers say there’s little need to fear. Balderston BMW Sales Manager TJ told MCN: “We never have problems with them. They’re bulletproof, and owners lavish care on them. If BMW are prepared to put a two-year warranty on used ones, they must be good.”
‘Everything you thought you knew about superbikes has changed’
MCN Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves you’re after says… “If a second S1000R hand R, the good the BMW news is that hasn’t really that much over the changed handling years. The remains the elec sharp and tronic rider aids still do exactly what you want.”