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BMW's 2023 S 1000 RR is more geared towards the racetrack, with modifications to the chassis, engine and aerodynamics.

BMW’s 2023 S 1000 RR is more geared towards the racetrack, with modifications to the chassis, engine and aerodynamics. (BMW/)

Only a few weeks ago there was first solid evidence of a new one 2023 BMW S1000RR surfaced. Now the bike has been officially announced, which largely lives up to our expectations, but also features a few US-specific differences to versions seen elsewhere in the world.

Winglets inspired by the M 1000 RR find their way to the S 1000 RR.

Winglets inspired by the M 1000 RR find their way to the S 1000 RR. (BMW/)

It’s perhaps easiest to start with the most visible update: a series of M1000RR–inspired winglets on the nose that apply up to 22 pounds of front-end downforce at speed. While they’re not quite as big as versions of the homologation-special M 1000 RR, which can weigh up to 36 pounds, they mean the standard S 1000 RR has now caught up with its winged competitors from Japan and Italy. Further back and less obvious is a redesigned tail section with less bodywork than before, helping to give the impression that the bike’s mass is bent around its front wheel.

The styling updates alone might be enough to bring in new customers, though bmw has gone much further; Changes under the skin that include a fundamentally revised chassis and an optimized engine. The frame keeps the old bike general design and its idea of ​​bespoke flexibility, but BMW has added more holes in the four die-cast alloy members that make up the chassis, allowing it to flex more than the previous version.

The chassis has been updated with several track-focused features and revised geometry.

The chassis has been updated with several track-focused features and revised geometry. (BMW/)

The geometry is new too, with a 0.5 degree decreased steering head angle, now set at 23.6 degrees instead of 23.1 degrees. Alongside new triple clamps with 0.1 inches less offset, the change increases trail from 3.7 inches to 3.9 inches and lengthens the wheelbase from 56.7 inches to 57.4 inches. BMW’s adjustable swingarm pivot, previously only found on the M-chassis kit, is now standard for 2023, allowing more latitude to tune the chassis to rider tastes while keeping the focus on track use .

The changes continue with an overhaul of the rear suspension, including the addition of a height-adjustable linkage for the shock absorber and a change to the wheel bushings and brake, which aid quick wheel changes by keeping the bushings and brake pads in place when the rear wheel is removed. Other rear-end changes include a new rear sprocket that’s grown a tooth, now from 45 to 46, to reduce final drive ratio and improve acceleration.

Peak power hasn't changed, but mechanics and changes to the electronics improve drivability.

Peak power hasn’t changed, but mechanics and changes to the electronics improve drivability. (BMW/)

Aiding this effort is a revised version of BMW’s 999cc ShiftCam four-cylinder engine. The US model has no change in peak power or torque, makes a claimed 205 hp at 13,000 rpm and 83 lb.-ft. at 11,000 rpm, while the European model gains a few horses and a higher peak of 13,750 rpm. Even with unchanged performance, the US version features the same mechanical changes as the European bike, with new intake ducts borrowed from the M 1000 RR, a new airbox and shortened variable-height velocity stacks, again borrowed from the M-Bike.

Mechanical updates to the engine are complemented by electronic changes, most notably the addition of a Slide Control feature to the existing traction control system. On the 2023 S 1000 RR, a new steering angle sensor provides information to the traction control computer, allowing it to estimate the bike’s drift angle once the data has been combined with that from wheel speed sensors and the IMU. The 2023 bike’s traction control features settings that allow for two drift angles, allowing the rider to endure more slides than was possible on the previous model before traction control kicks in.

The optional data logger M can be added as an accessory.

The optional data logger M can be added as an accessory. (BMW/)

The same steering angle sensor is also key to a similar Brake Slide Control feature added to the 2023 S 1000 RR, which allows the rear wheel to step further out of line under braking than in the past before being retracted again by the ABS. The S 1000 RR also targets track riders with a new slick setting for the ABS that is specifically designed to work when the bike is fitted with race-oriented tyres.

A lighter 4.4-pound lithium battery is used for 2023.

A lighter 4.4-pound lithium battery is used for 2023. (BMW/)

Other improvements to the 2023 S 1000 RR include a lightweight battery, a rear USB port, an optional GoPro mount and a redesigned wiring harness to make it easier to remove the license plate bracket. The Shift Assistant Pro Quickshifter has also been updated to improve gear changes and there is a simple process to swap out the traditional one-down-five-up shift pattern for an inverted version as favored by racers and racers.

Of course there is no free lunch. The 2023 S 1000 RR gets a price increase over its predecessor, with the base model MSRP being $17,895 compared to $16,995 for the last of the 2022 models.

The $4,495 M package adds carbon or forged wheels and some extra M parts.

The $4,495 M package adds carbon or forged wheels and some extra M parts. (BMW/)

S 1000 RR in Racing Red.

S 1000 RR in Racing Red. (BMW/)

S 1000 RR in Black Storm Metallic.

S 1000 RR in Black Storm Metallic. (BMW/)

Driver's view from the cockpit of the S 1000 RR.

Driver’s view from the cockpit of the S 1000 RR. (BMW/)

An optional GoPro mount is available.

An optional GoPro mount is available. (BMW/)

2023 BMW S 1000 RR Specifications

RRP: $17,895
Engine: DOHC, liquid-cooled in-line quad; 16 valves
Shift: 999cc
bore x stroke: 80.0 x 49.7mm
Compression ratio: 13.3:1
Transmission/final drive: 6-speed/chain
Claimed performance: 205.0 hp at 13,000 rpm
Claimed Torque: 83.0 lb-ft. @ 11,000 rpm
Fuel system: Electronic fuel injection with 48mm throttle bodies
Coupling: wet, multi-disc reverse torque limiter; cable operation
Engine management/ignition: Ride by Wire/TCI
Frame: Aluminum double spar
Front suspension: 45mm Marzocchi inverted forks, fully adjustable; 4.7 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Marzocchi shock absorbers, fully adjustable; 4.6 inches of travel
Front brake: 4-piston monobloc calipers, twin 320mm discs with ABS
Rear brake: 1-piston sliding bolt caliper, 220mm disc with ABS
Wheels: front/rear: cast aluminum; 17 x 3.50 inch / 17 x 6.00 inch
Tyres: front/rear: 120/70ZR-17 / 190/55ZR-17
Rake/track: 23.6°/3.9in
Wheelbase: 57.3 inches
ground clearance: 4.7 inches
seat height: 32.8 inches
Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gallons.
Claimed wet weight: 434 pounds.
Contact: bmwmotorcycles.com
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Harley-Davidson for the Holidays | Hot Bike Magazine

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Harley-Davidson kicks off the holiday season with some great deals on your favorite parts and accessories. Beginning Wednesday, November 23, limited-time special prices on select Black Friday t-shirts, jackets, hats, boots, luggage and more are available online at hd.com/BlackFriday and at retailers through December 4, 2022. Save up to 30% and get a head start on all your wish lists.

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Treat your hands to warmth on and off the bike Maverick Mixed Media Gloves. These fully lined goatskin gloves are made with stretch nylon canvas and polyester mesh panels for a warm feel that also welcomes airflow. Let him take his beer tasting to a whole new level HD stainless steel growler kit. Give this to the aspiring motorcyclist youth Flat brim hat with snap button closure in twill You will wear it with pride.

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Give a gift that will make your loved ones look good and feel confident by giving them stylish clothes. For example, flannel shirts and plaid shirts can keep them warm and toasty this holiday season while adding flair men and Women. With a variety of color and style options, you can find the right fit for everyone on your list. For those looking to give a more luxurious gift, the Maverick Leather Biker Jacket is for Women and men is the way to go.

Support military heroes this holiday

Start a new tradition – give gifts they’ll feel good about this holiday season when you shop from our Wounded Warrior Project Collection. Complete your mission to help veterans and their families by ordering new items like the Harley-Davidson Wounded Warrior Project Men’s Pullover Hoodie or the ladies You in Every Hero Long Sleeve T-Shirt. Your purchase of this special edition will benefit motorcycle initiatives aimed at helping wounded warriors treat their invisible wounds, improve their resilience and empower them to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Accessories for every bike

An essential travel companion Compact air compressor is an all-in-one pump that connects to your bike’s battery charging harness and features a built-in pressure gauge from 0 to 160 psi and a bright LED work light. In the garage, A helmet holder keeps helmets secure and out of the way with its rigid steel hook, durable electro-coated finish and soft rubber edges to protect the helmet’s finish. Give away storage space with the Onyx Premium Luggage Day Bag this is the ideal size for a day trip. Between the rides Premium indoor motorcycle cover protects a bike from dust and scratches, while its breathable, luxuriously soft microfiber helps minimize corrosion during short or long-term storage.

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There’s always that one friend or family member who has everything under the sun. Instead of finding the perfect physical item this year, give them an adventurous experience they will remember for years to come. That Harley-Davidson Riding Academy course for new riders is a unique option that allows the adventure seeker in your life to confidently ride two wheels in just one weekend. Available at select Harley-Davidson dealerships across the United States, the New Rider Course provides you with expert instruction from Harley-Davidson Certified Instructors. send in digital gift card by email or by plastic card with flexible delivery options. It’s a gift that passes on – endless miles, adventures and memories.

Check out the full guide for more gifting inspiration on-line or in an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer close to you In addition, 10% of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of items purchased from The Wounded Warrior Project Collection will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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MotoGP: ‘Playing with Four [Ducati] Teams is Not an Ideal Situation’

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This year showed a lot of red the MotoGP grid.

Between Ducati’s factory team, Pramac Racing, Gresini race and the VR46 Racing teamEight riders were rolled onto the grid – and that was Sheer numbers paid off for the Bologna-based bike brandDucati’s sporting director for the Corse team doesn’t think a third of the Grand Prix grid will rev up Ducati is an ideal situation “medium or long term”.

Ducaati's MotoGP team bike[s].  Media sourced from Asphalt & Rubber.
Ducati’s MotoGP team bike[s]. Media sourced from Asphalt & Rubber.

“Playing with four teams is not an ideal situation” admits Paolo Ciabatti www.speedweek.com (quoted via motorcycling).

It’s not just the game’s monopoly either; Because each racer needs an extra bike, Ducati had to shell out pennies to create 16 bikes for the 2022 season.

Ducaati's MotoGP team bike[s].  Media is from MCN.
Ducati’s MotoGP team bike[s]. Media is from MCN.

With Ducati’s teams likely to be running in a similar fashion until their deals are finalized in late 2024, we look forward to seeing how the Italians approach next season’s shenanigans.

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Drop a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always – stay safe on the Twisties.

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New Track-Only KTM RC8C Sells Out in Just Over 2 Minutes

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You heard me right.

From 2 minutes and 38 seconds after the debut of KTM’s new limited edition track-only supersport hoonerthe whole year 2023 KTM RC8C Fleet sold out.

All 200 units can be accounted for, but hey – there is still a waiting list (should any fool decide to let go of their cutting edge piece of beauty, which we think is unlikely).

KTM's 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes.  Media sourced from KTM.
KTM’s 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes. Media sourced from KTM.

According to the report of motorcyclingthe Austrians used their digital sales platform “to offer buyers a direct way to secure their bike once sales open.”

Of those who have used the platform, 30 lucky riders have signed up for a KTM handover event in Valencia, Spain, where they will receive their beloved bike along with the experience of a lifetime.

So what’s the point? the 2023 KTM RC 8Cyou ask?

KTM's 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes.  Media sourced from KTM.
KTM’s 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes. Media sourced from KTM.

Let’s start with the fact that this pure racing monster was developed in cooperation with Kramer Motorcycles. Kramer only makes purpose-built competition machines for the competition circuit, so you know you’re getting a machine that’s as high quality as it is serious.

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Added to this is the fact that “The KTM RC 8C features high-end, high-performance racing components with an upgraded LC8c stock engine for easier maintenance and parts availability.” and you’re fluent in the language of track days, where the RC 8C will be more than capable of presenting itself “Highest performance and handling without the need for overly sophisticated electronics.”

KTM's 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes.  Media sourced from KTM.
KTM’s 2023 RC 8C, which sold out in just over 2 minutes. Media sourced from KTM.

Stay tuned as we see people trying out these bikes – it will be worth it, that’s for sure.

Drop a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always – stay safe on the Twisties.

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