New top-of-the-range BMW Superbike to lose distinctive asymmetrical headlights in 2018 refresh.
In 2010 and the world was a different place… Japanese sportsbikes dominated the market and Donald Trump was still a hotelier. Then BMW launched their assault on the Superbike market and since then everybody hasn’t had a clue as to what’s going on with the world.
Ok, so that’s perhaps a little too hyperbolic, but there’s no denying that the BMW flagship sportsbike took the motorcycling world by storm and forced the Japanese manufacturers to sit up and take major notice.
And now it’s back… Or at least it’s on its way, as these Spy Shots from MaxxMoto show; and it looks very close to being ready for primetime.
According to MaxxMoto the new S1000RR will feature a complete rebuild from the bottom-up – the engine appears to be smaller in size (but perhaps not capacity), is finished and ready and the forks are brand new. And whilst the wheelbase would appear to be identical, the whole setup seems to be a lot more compact than the current model in showrooms.
Other changes rumoured would be a full colour TFT dashboard alongside the usual gizmos and gadgets but the biggest visual shift that we can see here… Those ‘winking’ asymmetric lights that have been so divisive but have offered the BMW such a unique look on the roads would appear to be no more.
Time will tell as we expect a full reveal at the EICMA show in Milan this November.