When it comes to out-and-out naked road bike performance, the S1000R is the bike in BMW’s roster that tends to hog the headlines. The R9T can tend to be pigeonholed as the form-over-function option for heritage honchos on the cafe run, but the performance potential is there, in its DNA. We’ve been spending a few long evenings and early starts at the track with our Gen 3 R9T race bike, finding out just how far we can take it. And we’ve not been alone – the team of former MotoGP and WSBK electronic engineers at RS2E have been lending us their expertise too. The end result is a machine that gives the S1000R more than a run for its money – it’s taken the money, run off and spent it at the Bike Shed bar.
The first thing you’ll notice when you start up a Gen3 R9T post-transformation, is the decreased cold idle revs as the bike warms up. Yep, that’s right – they’re not there. Heading out on an early morning rip doesn’t have to prompt twitching curtains and tutting from the neighbours, even with that anti-social silencer you promised you’d get round to changing. Swing your leg over and roll up the road, you’ll pick up on the next major change. Throttle response is now much swifter and there’s an extra bit of kick when you flick your wrist too, thanks to the increased torque. Work your way up through the rev range and clutchless shifts reward you with a pop and a burble of appreciation.
It’s not all speed and noise though, we can tweak the engine performance to suit your needs. Mega rain mode, anti-wheelie trackday control, full flat track freedom – you name it. If you’re running an aftermarket exhaust system, we’ll tune the upgrade to match the gas flow there too. The end result will be your bike as you love it, only more.
We can perform this mod on any Gen 3, fly-by-wire R9T. And, as the job is pretty consistent no matter what tweaks you’ve already made, we’re introducing the Electronics Packages as the first of our flat-rate workshop jobs. Three versions, from simply editing the electronic side to the full air-flow accessory set.