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Developed as a World Superbike homologation special, the BMW S1000RR took the superbike world by storm when it arrived in 2010. BMW freshened up its road-legal race bike for 2015, improving electronics, smoothing out the engine’s torque curve, adding 6 horsepower, and shaving 8.8 pounds from the curb weight by using a lighter exhaust and a lighter battery. With 199 horsepower and only 449 pounds to move, the S1000R has a power-to-weight ratio of just 2.26 pounds/horsepower, which means it can go from full stop to 60 mph in a hypercar-taming 2.6 seconds — without shifting out of first gear, which tops out at 96 mph.
The S1000RR comes with standard three drive modes — Sport, Race, and Rain; Sport is the base mode, Race makes traction control less intrusive, and Rain dials output down to 187 horsepower and 80 lb-ft of torque, reduces throttle response, and puts stability and traction control on high alert. The S1000RR is also available with an optional Ride Modes Pro functionality that adds two more modes, Slick and User. Slick mode allows the rider to adjust the sensitivity of traction control, and User lets the rider to customize ABS, stability control, engine mapping, and the Dynamic Damping Control suspension settings. In addition to the additional electronic modes, the Ride Modes Pro package upgrades the S1000RR with launch control and pit-lane speed-limiter functionalities. Other electronic systems offered on the S1000RR include Dynamic Traction Control, which includes a banking sensor and gives the rider seven settings to choose from; Gear Shift Assist Pro, which allows clutch-less shifts; and cruise control.