But “an RR is below the body,” reminds Alexander Buckan, BMW Motorrad Designer, and that becomes immediately clear the second you roll the S 1000 R’s throttle back. The throttle is smooth and the fueling is spotless, but the bike barks loudly with each additional rpm. It’s viscerally exciting, and only more so as you click through the gears. Think the RR pulled hard? Imagine first-, second-, and third-gear wheelies that are accomplished with less than a flick to the one-piece handlebar. Such is reality with the R thanks to that abundance of low-end torque. And it’s no slouch up top, either; I made it to fifth gear before scaring myself, and had plenty of revs in reserve.