BMW motorcycles have traditionally suffered from an image problem. Seen as long on comfort but short on power and handling, BMW’s old airhead bikes were called “Gummikuh” (rubber cow) in their native Germany. Their R1100S was the first Beemer I ever rode that impressed me; so much, in fact, that I had to buy one. It was a great sport tourer, even if it was a little down on power.
BMW has put an end to those days with their S1000RR superbike. They’ve abandoned the quirky Duolever front end in favor of a traditional fork, and the bike is powered by a chain, not a driveshaft. It makes 193 horsepower, which puts it on par with the best from Japan and Italy.
So how well does it work on a track? In the hands of Chris “Teach” McNeil, lapping California’s Infineon Raceway, very well. Enjoy the vid, but check any preconceived notions of BMW motorcycles at the door.
Source: Two Wheels Blog