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The Richard Hammond Test Ride: Bmw S1000rr Hp4 Is A Cruise Missile

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Reviews' started by Omar, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. Omar

    Omar Administrator Staff Member

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    My new BMW S1000RR HP4 is so clever it could probably write its own road test.
    It's the most amazing machine I've ever owned and even though I've only had it a few weeks I've already asked it to marry me.
    This is how clever the wonderful HP4 is: all modern superbikes (and most bikes in general) have multi-adjustable suspension.
    You can twiddle with pre-load, damping and something called rebound until you've either turned it into a TT winner or upset it so much that it will tie itself into a granny knot when you're riding down to the chippy.
    There's no need to risk messing up the HP4's suspension settings because this bike has semi-active suspension that does its own working out.
    When you turn the engine on the suspension is so soggy you can bounce the bike up and down, but when you start moving, little motors in the left front fork leg, and another in the rear shock, start adjusting the settings for you.
    Information on wheel speed, throttle position, gyroscopic forces and rear shock movement are fed to a computer that controls the motors. It's uncanny. The ride is super smooth but the handling is also pin sharp.

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    Cars have had semi-active suspension for years but I've never driven a car on which it is as successful as this. Normally stiffens on a bike when you accelerate hard the rear suspension compresses as the rear of the bike squats.
    The steering then goes a bit light and if the road is bumpy you get a wriggle through the bars.
    This is often not good for the laundry bill. But on the HP4, the rear suspension stiffens as you accelerate and the steering remains perfect.
    This isn't possible with conventional suspension because unless you could train a mouse to use spanners it would be impossible to adjust shock absorber settings on the move.
    The HP4 has several other goodies you don't get on the standard S1000RR; Brembo monobloc brake calipers with amazing stopping power, lighter wheels which improve the ride still further, and lots of carbon bits.
    I can't ride my new BMW anywhere near its potential because with almost 200bhp it is like a missile. But owning something so clever is exciting.
    It was only a few years ago that BMW was known for building worthy but dull bikes. Anyone who thinks that's still the case should sling a leg over an S1000RR HP4.
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  3. MrAndy979

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  4. MarkusWeiss

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    yeah bro, but do you lift?
  5. XxJtjayexX

    XxJtjayexX Well-Known Member

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    god i LOVE this bike except one thing....why...WHY didnt they made front lights same shape?
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  6. 2takt

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    I would buy one then sell it soon after, it's too fooking heavy and wtf is with all this electronic tat these days!
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  7. ducatirider jay

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    i like the non symmetrical look, it makes it different to other bikes
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  8. MarkusWeiss

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    Maybe because it would look like a CBR? I dig the lights the way they are. At first i had to look a few times to appreciate them, but now I think if they change the setup in the future they'll lose some interest..
  9. MarkusWeiss

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    you just need to sell your bike/s and get a remington razor - nothing please you but a couple of strokes (if u know what i mean ;)
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  10. 2takt

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    I already have a Remington razor;)
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  11. MarkusWeiss

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    as a man with two perfectly symmetrical testicles I understand how pleasing to the eye identical lights would be
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  12. Omar

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    don't care about the looks I just want to ride the wheels off that poop
  13. Miss Piggy

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    Probably too big for me anyway... :( Most bikes are.
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    Panigale is the one for you then :p It's tiiiiny compared to most other 1000's ;)
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  15. Miss Piggy

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    How does it compare in height to the R? Already on tiptoes on my R125, even after it's been lowered. Anything bigger is out of the question.
  16. blackizzz

    blackizzz Super Member

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    It's 7mm higher than the R125 (seat height that is)
  17. Miss Piggy

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    But if the seat is wider, it makes it more difficult for us shorties as well...
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  18. blackizzz

    blackizzz Super Member

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    Yeah, sure :p Sucks to be short :/
  19. Miss Piggy

    Miss Piggy Super Member

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    Even my mates R6 is too big because the seat is wider than on the R125. :(
  20. blackizzz

    blackizzz Super Member

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    Hmmmm, maybe have a custom seat made slimmer than stock? :)
  21. Miss Piggy

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    Wouldn't help as the whole bike is wider. :(

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