£7k S1000RR

Why the BMW su­per­bike is an un­miss­able used buy

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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’

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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.”

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