Considering the fact that the latest instalment of the Dhoom series—Dhoom 3—has turned into a blockbuster, chances are many of you would have watched the movie. Now, all movies of the Dhoom series have one thing in common—chase scenes on fast and powerful motorcycles. While Dhoom 1 featured the Suzuki Hayabusa, the Suzuki GSX-R600 and the Suzuki Bandit motorcycles; Dhoom 2 had the guys racing on the Suzuki Bandit, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the Suzuki GSR600. For Dhoom 3, the producers tied up with BMW Motorrad and used the BMW S1000RR and the BMW K1300R models.
In Dhoom 3, protagonist Aamir Khan performs some unbelievable stunts with his BMW K1300R—turning his motorcycle into a jet ski in one scene, and using rocket propulsion to escape in another. Now, we understand that, with today’s machines, such stunts are not possible. But the movie also showcases the usual strengths of both the BMW S1000RR and BMW K1300R models. Let’s try and deconstruct both these bikes.
The BMW S1000RR
Called the “superbike without compromise”, the S1000RR, according to BMW Motorrad, is known for its sharp handling coupled with extreme ride stability, powerful engine performance and perfect everyday utility. With its aluminium frame, radical braking system and dynamic tail-up-nose-down design, S1000RR does exemplify undiluted racing power.
It is powered by a water-cooled, four-stroke, four-cylinder 999-cc engine that produces a maximum output of 193bhp@13,000rpm and a torque of 112Nm@9,750rpm. It has a maximum speed of over 200 kmph and, understandably, consumes a lot of fuel—the company-claimed fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 kmph is 5.7 litres, which means close to 17 kmpl. The S1000RR is 2,056 mm long, 826 mm wide and has a wheelbase of 1,432 mm. A road-ready, fully-fuelled S1000RR weighs 204 kg. To control its mammoth performance, it comes equipped with a front dual disc brake and a rear single disc.
The BMW K1300R
“Acceleration even at standstill” would be the correct way to describe the K1300R. It is one of the most powerful models in its segment and, according to the company, this bike meets the most exacting demands in terms of riding dynamics. Its muscular front end and slim, sporty rear section particularly stand out. A naked bike, the K1300R is among the finest lookers on two wheels. It is powered by a water-cooled, four-stroke, four-cylinder 1,293-cc engine that produces a maximum output of 173bhp@9,250rpm and a