All Tests – Test Drives BMW: the S1000RR 2015 in all its forms! – S1000RR Endurance World Championship (EWC)

BMW Test Drives: The 2015 S1000RR in All Its Forms !

All Tests - Test Drives BMW: the S1000RR 2015 in all its forms! - S1000RR Endurance World Championship (EWC)

Withdrawn from the World Superbike for two years, the BMW racing department supports numerous teams around the world. MNC had the chance to test six S1000RRs entered in WSBK, BSB, IDM, TT, EWC and South Africa (!) On the Valencia circuit (Spain).

S1000RR Endurance World Championship (EWC)

After a ten-minute break and just recovered from his emotions riding Tommy Bridewell’s S1000RR, Site takes to the track again on the handlebars of a fourth S1000RR, Franco-German: that of the Penz13 team supported by BMW Motorrad France.

Rising this year in the Superbike category, the S1000RR n ° 13 is in 7th place in its EWC championship, but intends to reach the final Top 5 at the end of the fourth and last event, on, this weekend on the circuit. Paul Ricard !

The endurance regulations allow the use of electronic suspensions, provided however that the original motorcycle is fitted as standard. As the 2015 S1000RR was fitted with conventional suspensions, Rico Penzkofer and his men opted for an Ohlins set (TTX36 and FGR300) with quick disassembly, that goes without saying.

Other elements on the bike are specific to its discipline: we obviously note the presence of front and rear lights – where are the mirrors? -, but also a large number of buttons on the handlebars – including the trigger guard, where are the indicators ?! – and protective pads.

The top engine can be reworked but be careful, don’t touch the bottom! The endurance BMW would develop 16 more horsepower than the standard (215 hp therefore). When you whip it, this gap is hardly noticeable. The mid-revs of the n ° 13, on the other hand, seem more generous and the accelerations become more linear..

But the most remarkable point of this long-distance runner is undoubtedly its tank: in addition to its capacity of 24 liters (against 17.5 in the trade!), It differs from the production model by its shape: more square at the crotch. , it slows down the pilot’s movements in rapid sequences.

Also, although the trim of this S1000RR EWC is flatter than those of the IDM or the BSB, the bike does not seem easier to drive. On the contrary, it causes us concern: in order not to have the thigh sawn by the sharp edge of the tank in the bends, MNC must accentuate its sway !

As with the German n ° 21, MNC must therefore review his driving style and lose the semblance of rhythm acquired over the short sessions … We are spending too much time and energy to go out on the encore (!) in the curve entries. A posteriori, we should perhaps have been content to stay wisely in the saddle…

Manufacturer sheet

  • Power: 215 hp at 14,200 rpm

  • Empty weight: 172 kg

  • Fuel tank: 24 l

  • Suspensions: Ohlins FGR300 and TTX36

  • Brakes: Brembo, SBS pads, Staubli connectors

  • Rims: Wheel Skinzz

  • Tires: Pirelli Diablo Superbike Slick

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