The BMW S1000RR won our prestigious 2010 Superbike Smackdown VII Track and 2010 Superbike Smackdown VII Street shootouts against no less than eight of the fastest, most agile production motorcycles on earth. The Beemer shocked us with the psychotic top-end power of its 999cc Inline-Four that pumps out nearly 20 rear horsepower more than the closest competitor (Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R). But just as impressive was how proficient the Beemer’s chassis and electronics package controlled each one of those 182 horses.
The S1000RR steers with a spirited level of agility, yet is stable and has well thought out ergonomics and extremely powerful brakes. It also seamlessly melds an advanced multi-mode traction control and anti-lock brake system that allows the rider to explore its outrageous performance in a safer manner (see Innovation Award).
But the real kicker is that BMW was able to do all this while still carrying a competitive price tag that is only $400 (base model) more expensive than the 2008 and 2009 Sportbike of the Year. It’s these reasons why the $13,800 BMW S1000RR is Motorcycle USA's selection of 2010 Sportbike of the Year.