All new 2022 BMW S 1000 R NEW / OLD COMPARISONof the 2021 model and its predecessor.

All new 2022 BMW S 1000 R NEW / OLD COMPARISONof the 2021 model and its predecessor. 



Engine, chassis, electronics - everything is new with the R from year of birth 2021. The comparison teaches a lot about the effect of lighter wheels and new tires as well as the gain in comfort through longer geared gears and clear displays. Usually it is difficult or even impossible to get a previous comparison motorcycle for such a test, but this time we were lucky and received an almost dewy "old" copy of the BMW S 1000 R from the BMW dealer Brauneisen from Wendlingen, which is not yet 4,000 Kilometers on the speedometer. However, like most of the previous test machines, this machine was equipped with standard wheels, while the new R rolled on super-light carbon wheels. The difference is almost four kilograms in total, and a good part of the weight saving is likely to be found relatively far outside, where it is particularly effective in reducing the wheels' moments of inertia.

Different wheels, same test tires

It was therefore not possible to determine what part of the brilliant maneuverability of the new BMW S 1000 R is due to the light wheels and what part is due to the new chassis with a longer wheelbase, but a steeper steering head angle and shorter caster. Only one thing is certain: if you want to buy an S 1000 R, regardless of whether it is an older or a newer type, you would do well to spend as much as you can on lightweight bikes. There are forged wheels for both types that are between the standard and carbon wheels in terms of price and weight.

During the photo drives, the 2019 machine was still equipped with mixed Bridgestone tires; for the actual test drives, like the 2021, it was placed on Pirelli's Rosso Corsa II. But despite the now identical tires, the new BMW S 1000 R turns much more easily and holds the tight line when accelerating in an inclined position, while the red predecessor is noticeably pushing towards the exit of the bend. Due to the short blink of an eye, which you need less time on the new one to tilt it, you adopt a rounder and more fluid driving style, steer a bit later and with a little more speed. Everything seems carefree. It is also easier to do


More front-wheel-oriented seating position

The new BMW S 1000 R has a clearly sportier profile thanks to the changed driver seating position. The handlebar ends are at the same height as the previous model, but the new, only slightly cranked handlebars ensure a more front-wheel-oriented seating position. Like the S 1000 RR from which it is derived, the new R also has a narrower waist; Without sacrificing comfort, it gives the rider better opportunities to move around on the motorcycle, and this is particularly beneficial when you take it a little faster on winding roads.

The changed seating position also affects the high-speed stability. This meant that the previous BMW S 1000 R had a problem on undulating motorways from around 240 km / h if someone insisted on driving that fast for a long time. The successor is a bit fuller, but symptoms of strong aerodynamic relief of the front end are also noticeable with it at high speed. The fork only responds stubbornly when driving over bumps, and the driver hanging in the wind usually causes the steering impulses himself, which cause oscillation around the longitudinal and vertical axis. Despite a slight improvement, the fact remains that motorcycles with no fairing are not the most suitable for such journeys.


New engine sounds quieter

With unchanged values ​​for bore and stroke, the BMW engineers have completely changed the basic structure of the S 1000 RR engine. In the BMW S 1000 R it is used in a simpler version without the switch camshaft; the performance has remained the same as with the previous R. On the test bench, the new engine achieves a minimally higher performance almost over the entire range, but this should not be overrated. Because even so, it would be very difficult to tell the two engines apart during a blind tasting. This is most likely with the driving noise, because the older engine sounds significantly louder and also allows frills such as the so-called "thrust acoustics", the babbling of the engine when coasting. But the basic roughness of the engines, which is by no means annoying, Their load change behavior in the various modes, the slight constant jerking, their bite in the middle speed range show that they both come from the same stall. It is quite possible, even very likely, that performance-determining parts such as pistons, combustion chamber or ducts are largely identical.


The much easier clutch actuation on the new BMW S 1000 R is noticeable, which is not due to lower traction. The clutch cable of the practically new predecessor model was in perfect condition. The biggest changes in the drive train have been made to the transmission - while the primary and secondary drive as well as the first three gears have remained the same, gears four, five and six on the new S 1000 R have been translated longer. In sixth gear, the engine turns about 300 rpm less at 100 km / h. When swimming along in traffic or relaxed cruising, this reduction in speed is perceived as very pleasant, and the minimally poorer torque values ​​in the lower speed range are easy to get over. Even the 0.6 seconds that the new BMW S 1000 R loses from 140 to 180 km / h, are more noticeable when studying the measured values ​​than in practice. When it comes to acceleration, the new S 1000 R is a bit ahead, but this advantage is even less relevant in practice. The diagrams (seen inMOTORRAD 10/2021 ) show the differences graphically. The lower traction of the new gear in sixth gear, which is caused solely by the longer gear ratio, can be clearly seen here.


The biggest difference in measurement technology is the significantly lower consumption of the 2021 BMW S 1000 R. 0.4 liters, which are saved per 100 kilometers, help it achieve the same range - despite a tank volume that is one liter less - and the driver in the long term a corresponding cost saving. Incidentally, the one liter smaller tank is a further relativization of the weight difference between the new and old BMW S 1000 R, which at first glance seems so large. Four kilograms go on the wheels, 0.74 on the smaller gasoline supply. The 2021 machine appears in the photos without a pillion kit; but this is available at no extra cost and was also weighed. In the solo version without pillion rests and seat cushions, the new one weighs in at 199 kilograms. Adjusted for equipment, the weight saving is around five kilograms.MOTORRAD 10/2021 ) recorded ten kilograms, but is still worthy of all honor. After all, the S 1000 R has never been a heavy motorcycle and it took a lot of fine-tuning, for example on the new swing arm, to file off another five kilograms.

Easier menu navigation of the new S 1000 R

And then the testers literally got lost standing on the side of the road. Not because they would have really become disoriented, but in a figurative sense, when going through the setting menus of the 2019 model. This does not apply to the different driving modes; they are easy to change using a button on the right end of the handlebar. Everything else, however, from setting the time to the different ABS modes, is much clearer in terms of selection and configuration thanks to the large, colored and easy-to-read TFT display of the current BMW S 1000 R. While the menu navigation of the older ones seems like a bit of a mystery, that of the new ones looks like a colorful picture book that invites you to turn the pages.


Even if both have the Pro riding mode option, the new one offers significantly more setting options, for example five different ABS modes or four-stage traction control. In addition to the now common features such as wheelie control, the engine braking torque can now also be set in three stages. What changes in the various ABS modes - how close the control is to the limit, how the braking force is distributed between the front and rear wheels, or whether the rear wheel ABS is completely switched off - is exactly displayed, while the ABS modes are Predecessor were simply linked to the respective driving modes without being able to know exactly what was happening in detail. Both models have a tilt function of the ABS.

All new 2022 BMW S 1000 R NEW / OLD COMPARISONof the 2021 model and its predecessor. 

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