Freed from the constraints of bankruptcy in the event of a crash, a new lease on life emerges as the bike tosses into corners with increased vigour, spurred on by a rider with an unburdened mind. Apart from psychological freedom and a mildly lighter ride, the biggie bolt-on bits are the Ohlins shock and forks that transform this machine into a race bike in a fundamental way. Where the standard suspension buckles under the strain of hard braking while turning in, the Ohlins laps it up, letting the front wheel burrow into the tar seemingly impervious to bumps. Roll on the gentle throttle and the rear settles the bike into a calm, collective curve before the hell that is full-throttle is unleashed. We have ridden heavilykitted race bikes before and marvelled at their seemingly endless competence, but what is more remarkable is the level standard road bikes find themselves. A good rider on a standard bike can push into the mid-pack of a race field, causing emotional strain for those behind him on bolstered race machines. As unbelievable as modern machines are, they will not grace the podium steps. For that, you need a little bit of suspension and a lot of psychology. In more extreme cases, like a National Superbike Championship, you might also need the bike Rob is about to ride… 38 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE MARCH 2020
ROB SAYS It’s felt like an eternity since I first got to test the all-new BMW S1000RR at last years world launch in Portugal. I was blown away by it then and I was blown away but it now again! BMW have done an amazing job with the new bike. The previous gen was well loved by many, especially here in SA. I never really got to grip with it. Yes it was back to the future fast, but it was very stubborn in many ways and that’s what got my back up. The new machine is faster, stronger, just better in every aspect and not just by a little bit. Its back to the future 2 and 3 fast and all that stubbornness that the previous bike had is all gone. It now wants to help you go faster and enjoy your ride more, rather than wanting to just scare the living hell out of you. The electronics package on the new machine is phenomenal assisting and embracing the ride rather than taking over and spoiling it. Apart from more power and better electronics it’s in the handling department where the new Beemer really impresses me. The M Sport model we tested here comes standard with those carbon wheels and along with the overall load shedding and shorter wheelbase the Germans have now created a machine that enjoys going into corners. It now also like staying there, something the previous gen struggled with. Holding a line and putting the bike where YOU want it rather than where IT wants to go is the biggest highlight for me. After all, what’s all that power if you can’t control it - and that was my biggest gripe with the older models - I never really felt in control, whereas now with the new machine I feel in full control and like a superstar rider! So, can it get any better? Well, of course it can. Just shed even more weight, add a few more ponies, a race fairing kit and some of the finest carbon fibre parts your eyes will ever see... The World of Carbon race bike masterpiece you have just had the honour of gazing your eyes upon over the past few pages is just that - a masterpiece. Everything just looks better when dressed in carbon fibre, especially when it’s as good as World of Carbon’s products. Just imagine Pamela Anderson dressed in a carbon fibre swimsuit in Baywatch - even more mouth watering for sure! The look and sound of the Burtech pipe just adds to the bikes overall flair. The rumble from start up just sends happiness all through your body and this is amplified while out and track and hearing it in full flight. Gone is the standard M Sport electronic suspension and replaced with Ohlins cartridge forks and even though no setup had been done the bike felt on point and hit every marker and apex with no hesitation. It’s crazy to think that this bike was literally just slapped together and no setup has been done with electronics or suspension. I have been told that I can test the bike again later this year when more has been done so now my nights will be spent dreaming of that day. My only real complaint on both the stock and racebike, and it’s the same complaint I had on the world launch test, comes in the braking department. Don’t get me wrong, the brakes work really well I just don’t like the feel from the lever. It just lacks that initial bite. They seem to get better the harder you pull the lever and that for me is a tad bit off putting. A big thanks once again to Daly Motorrad in Klerksdorp for assisting us with their S1000RR M Sport model for this test and to Roberto Jonker from World of Carbon for letting us test his beautiful creation. RIDEFAST MAGAZINE MARCH 2020 3 9
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