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The 2017 BMW S1000RR HP4 Race Concept

While it certainly won’t beat Ducati’s 1299 Superleggera in terms of overall weight, BMW Motorrad’s all-new premium race machine concept is certainly a lightweight beast. As you can see, BMW hasn’t been stingy with the carbon fiber here, and almost every inch of it is bedazzled in the ultra-strong and ultra-light weave.

This is very much only a prototype though, but we expect that something derived from this will be making an appearance in the latter half of 2017. Whether it will be a dedicated track-only bike, or whether it will be given the all-clear for street use remains to be seen. Until then, all we can really do is drool over the pictures and pick apart the details that we can see. Recently unveiled at Milan’s EICMA show, here’s what a premium version of the S1000RR could look like…

The body is built around a rather interesting twin-spar frame built entirely from carbon fiber, in a very similar was to Ducati’s 1299 Superleggera, but even though it’s no longer a unique feature, it’s still one of only two possible production motorcycles to have such a thing. The lightweight frame is complimented with the full carbon fiber works, including carbon fiber wheels, and carbon fiber fairings.

With the S1000RR HP4 Race benefitting from some serious weight reduction, you can bet that BMW will have put a lot of effort into the engine, however, we have no details on that. What we can see is that the HP4 Race Concept comes equipped with Ohlins FGR forks (and a predicted Ohlins spring at the rear), an Akrapovic exhaust system, and Brembo brakes. Again, we know nothing about any engine upgrades, or have any idea what kind of rider aids have been installed, but we bet they’ll be pretty impressive.

When compared with the Ducati 1299 Superleggera, the HP4 Race seems a little disappointing – but when you consider what a hard act the Superleggera was to follow, BMW have done a tip top job. Hopefully, when we learn more about it next year, it won’t be overshadowed. And maybe we can have some color on their too? The exposed carbon trim is fantastic, but it looks a little over-the-top in places, wouldn’t you say?

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Joe Appleton
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I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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