2011 BMW S Review


The 2011 BMW S 1000RR features a number of impressive technological features. These include the racing-style anti-lock brakes, ability to switch to front-wheel drive, options for dynamic traction control, and a ton of power in the engine. The engine is a 999-cc, four-cylinder that produces an impressive 192 horsepower and 92.5 lb-ft of torque. The overall weight of the motorcycle is around 500 pounds, which doesn't account for fluids. The overall design is expectedly a crotch rocket, but it is still sleek and stands out for its great coloring and BMW quality.

The chassis features an aluminum bridge frame to hold the engine in place. The flex can be tuned across all four castings, which allows for optimization. The bike is slim between the rider's legs, and the ergonomics are excellent. The swing arm is long and provides a great amount of grip, and additionally, the swing arm is one of the longest in this segment thanks to the condensed size of the engine allowing extra room for design. The suspension features a large front fork and an adjustable steering head, which allows the front to be lowered or raised slightly. The rear suspension features the same ability. The overall bodywork is designed for aerodynamics. The instrument cluster features an analog tachometer, digital speedometer, and digital readouts. A lap-time counter is standard fare.

The overall impression is an extremely easy to handle, quick on the road bike. The cornering is phenomenal, and the speeding abilities are an easy way to get a speeding ticket. With the racing anti-lock brakes, stopping is powerful. For daily usage, the 2011 BMW S 1000R may be a bit overpowered and more than needed, but it will work as a commuting bike. The realistic usage of the 1000RR is on a track, where it is allowed to go full speed and use all the technological tools given to the rider. The downside is that the engine can easily become extremely hot, and the wrist position required by the handlebars may cause some discomfort. Other than that, this is a hard to resist bike.

New For 2011

  • The BMW S 1000RR receives no major upgrades for the 2011 year, but this is the last model year for this generation of the BMW S.

2011 BMW S Specs

  • Model: S 1000 RR
  • Engine Type: 999-cc, four-cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.15 inches and 1.96 inches
  • Compression ratio: 13:1
  • Valve Train: Double overhead camshaft
  • Induction: Liquid
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: six-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 38 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic, 12.8-inch disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic, 8.7-inch disc
  • Suspension (Front): 1.8-inch, inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 56 inches
  • Rake: 23.9 degrees
  • Trail: 3.78 inches
  • Seat Height: 32 inches
  • Curb Weight: 403 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 190/55 ZR17


  • An anti-theft alarm system is available to help ward off potential thieves. This system is also available with a remote to control it.
  • Dynamic traction control can be added to give the 2011 BMW S 1000RR additional grip and overall improved control on the road.
  • A high windscreen can be added, and it is also available with tinted glass if desired. The regular height windscreen is also available with tinted glass.
  • There are a number of aftermarket, high performance parts available direct from BMW, all labeled with the brand HP. These include brake lever, carbon chain protector, carbon engine spoiler, carbon heel guards, and a carbon tank cover. Also included in these aftermarket parts are clothes and footrests.
  • Storage accessories for the 2011 BMW S 1000RR include a rear soft bag and a tank bag.
  • Covers for the S 1000RR includes a seat hump cover available in a large array of colors, storage covers to protect the built-in storage unit, and a bike cover to protect the motorcycle while it is being store either inside or outdoors.
  • Gear Shift Assistant technology is also available. This is available as a high performance part as well. This will allow for clutchless upshifts, making it easier to accelerate and allows the power output to continue without interruption.

Key Competitors For The 2011 BMW S

  • Suzuki Hayabusa 1340
  • Kawasaki Ninja 1000
  • Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO
  • Honda CBR 1000RR
  • KTM 990 Supermoto T Motorcycle