The Ultra-rare racebike is now in the Philippines.
2019 saw BMW Motorrad launch a couple of new motorcycles at the at their Libis dealership. For te first launch, enthusiasts and fans alike marvelled at the fantastic BMW S1000RR, a very limited edition of the famed superbike. Although the allotment for the local market has been met even before the units landed in the Philippine shores, well, it was just gracious of RSA Motors to let us “usiseros” have a glimpse before they disappear.
For those unfamiliar with the legendary superbike, BMW S1000RR is primarily a race-purposed sport bike that was to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship. Engineered in 2008, its powered by a 999cc four-cylinder powerplant, with high 14,000rpm redline.
For homologation purposes, BMW made 1,000 units of the S1000RRs to meet the World Superbike rules. But of course, it trickled down to commercial sales. You can’t get enough of the good thing when everybody wants one.
The newest model shares the same engine size with its predecessor, but that is where the similarities end. The new engine is more powerful, with a 204 hp at 13,500 rpm (up 6hp from the previous). This new screamer engine uses BMW ShiftCam technology on the intake side, which produces different variations in intake valve timing and lift. The system has two different cam profiles on them
Even if it’s classified as a racebike, it also has amenities to make riding easier. Starting with ABS Pro (cornering ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Dynamic Traction Control Wheelie Function, Shift Assistant Pro (which allows for clutchless up and downshifts), Hill Start Control (HSC), Launch Control and Pit Lane Limiter.
There are four riding modes installed: “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race”, as well as three “Pro” modes, which can actually be custom tuned, and Braking now instills more confidence with a three-stage engine-braking adjustment.
Finishing off the notorious M package, the first of any BMW motorcycle, includes motorsport paint finish, M carbon fiber wheels, an M lightweight battery, M Chassis Kit with rear ride height adjustment and swingarm pivot, the M Sport seat and a “Pro” riding mode. This whole package makes the RR more lightweigh at 193.5 kg (427 lb)
The 5 units were all gobbled up months before arrival, which actually surprises no one. With this kind of styling and performance, it achieved instant collectivity status, even at a reported PHP5M price tag. We just hope to see one in action in the future.
The video of the actual launch:
Text/images Earl Manalansan