ALL IN A DAY'S WORK:
How do the new 2015s stack up?
On the street, performance can be a subjective thing. But not at the Dragway. This past Wednesday, MAX BMW filled our vans with the latest 2015 models to do some performance benchmarking at the New England Dragway in Epping, NH. Most of the BMWs were stock, but we also brought along a couple of tuned S-bikes for some head-to-head comparison.
The afternoon was consistently sunny with air temperatures around 90 (though it felt much hotter on the track itself) and we got to share the lane with some high horsepower cars and trucks who were also there to test:
Every bike got a minimum of 3 timed runs on the 1/4 mile strip and for each run we used the same rider: Chris "Teach" McNeil. In addition to the data from the timing system, we also recorded some of Teach's observations about each bike. This information will be helpful as we engineer our own MAX BMW performance packages for the 2015 models. We are particularly excited to see what we will be able to do with the S1000 R.
Here's the tale of the tickets:
Then We Got S-shut Down
See those asterisks on the list above? Even though we had prepared the tuned bikes both for speed and to meet the dragway regulations for safety, it turns out that it is possible to go "too fast". Our speeds were too high and times were too low on the S bikes to be allowed more than one run without an NHRA license. We stopped by the timing tower before leaving the dragway and picked up our applications. We will get our licenses and be back for further testing and report the data!
We will be back!
In the meantime, check out the video of the S1000 RR with MAX BMW Stage One Tune and Full Akropovic Exhaust running the 9.914 s 1/4 mile.