News: 2021 BMW S 1000 R Takes A “Less Is More” Approach

More technology, and 12 fewer pounds aims to make the new S 1000 R that much better

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BMW has just released the updated S 1000 R which now adopts features from its big brother, the S 1000 RR. Horsepower remains at a respectable 165, though BMW does claim to have smoothed out its torque curve. The new BMW S 1000 R weighs in at only 440 pounds, 12 pounds less than the previous model.

Much of the new model’s weight savings come from the fresh chassis design. This is where BMW claims the S 1000 RR’s influence is most apparent. Not only is the new chassis lighter, but it’s narrower as well. An optional M package reduces the bike’s overall weight by another 10 pounds thanks to carbon wheels.

The S 1000 RR additionally donated its swingarm design which improves grip and engine cooling. The new S 1000 R is available with engine drag torque control for the first time, and features a more refined clutch as standard. BMW revised the ratios of gears four through six for better cruising and fuel efficiency.

A 6.5 inch TFT display comes standard on the S 1000 R. Yet another component pulled from the S 1000 RR, the big, new screen can be operated from the handlebars. An optional M package includes a third core screen with an additional display and lap timer.

The S 1000 R has new LED lighting, with adaptive turn lights which are becoming more standard on new motorcycles. However, If you want the cornering lights you do have to option a package called “Headlights Pro.” BMW fitted the S 1000 R with new rear turn signals from another motorcycle in their lineup. You guessed it, the S 1000 RR.

Three riding modes come standard on the S 1000 R, but the optional “Riding Modes Pro” offers more adjustment. Rain, Road, and Dynamic are standard, and Dynamic Pro is optional. If you option “Riding Modes Pro” you get wheelie control, a pitlane speed limiter, launch control, and engine brake control.

BMW’s Ex works gives customers even more parts to customize their S 1000 R from the factory. Some of these options include quick shifting up and down, an M package, a carbon package, and a milled parts package.

BMW has yet to release pricing and availability on the new S 1000 R, but the 2020 model started at $15,490 including destination.