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  • Sachin Sen

BMW M 1000 RR and M 1000 R

After launching the 2023 S 1000 RR only a few days back, BMW has now launched not one but two M Motorsport versions of their flagship superbike and streetfighter, called M 1000 RR and M 1000 R.

The M 1000 RR and the M 1000 R remain road-legal, but they get more dedicated performance-oriented parts that may or may not make them better performers on the road, but definitely on a racetrack.

However, after introducing the M version in motorcycles, with the M 1000 RR, for the first time toward the end of 2018, it is the first time that the naked S 1000 R is getting the M treatment. And rightly, it deserves a little more attention in this article.

M 1000 R (M R)

BMW M 1000 R (M R)

Much more powerful than the S 1000 R, the M R gets the engine based on the S 1000 RR, which means that it has the ShiftCam variable valve timing and makes 210 PS of power at 13,750 RPM and 113 NM of torque at 11,000 RPM. The bike has a shorter secondary gear ratio due to the larger 47 teeth rear sprocket (compared to S 1000 R’s 45 teeth sprocket). Also, the 4th, 5th, and 6th gears are also shorter for harder acceleration and more traction.

More power essentially brings more speed and performance, and being a naked, it is vital that the front end remains as much planted as possible. And so, the M R gets winglets attached to the front side panels on both sides. At the speed of 220 kph, the winglets generate 11 kg of downforce on the front end, creating more high-speed stability, and enabling even more late braking going into a corner and earlier acceleration while coming out of it.

On the chassis front, while the main frame is from the S 1000 R, the front 45 mm upside-down forks feature electronic adjustment (Dynamic Damping Control) with complete adjustability. Of course, the rear monoshock gets the Dynamic Damping Control as well.

The braking setup is as premium as everything else given the M brakes! Consisting of 5 mm thick discs, with 320 mm of diameter, and a new radial hand brake pump, as well as the standard forged aluminium wheels (optional carbon wheels with M competition package), the M R delivers possibly one of the safest and one of the best braking performance, on the road and on track.

BMW M 1000 R (M R)

Then, there are several electronic riding functions to enable safe, fast, and even more engaging riding experience in all conditions. There are riding modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race, and Race Pro 1-3), Launch Control, and latest generation Dynamic Traction Control and Wheelie Control with 6-axis IMU. And just like the 2023 S 1000 RR, there is Brake Slide Control as well as three levels of Engine Brake control. For seamless upshifts and downshifts, there is Shift Assist Pro. The rear Akrapovic silencer is made of titanium.

Adding to the premiumness of the motorcycle are the keyless ignition, which, interestingly, the M 1000 RR doesn’t get, and a 6.5-inch TFT screen.

M 1000 RR (M RR)

BMW M 1000 RR (M RR)

The M 1000 RR, or the M RR in short, is also instantly distinguishable from the S 1000 RR due to the carbon fibre bodywork (fairing, winglets, and front mudguard). Optionally, you can opt for the M competition package that offers M carbon wheel covers as well as M carbon wheels, among other more premium things.

The winglets, made entirely of carbon fibre, add up to 22.6 kg of aerodynamic downforce at 300 kph, while up to 6.5 kg of downforce while leaning (depending on speed and lean angle). The engine makes more power than the new S 1000 RR at 212 PS at 14,500 RPM and 113 NM of torque at 11,000 RPM. Combined with more efficient aerodynamic bodywork, the top speed of the M RR is up to 314 kph.

BMW M 1000 RR (M RR)

Like the M R, the M RR gets several riding modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race, and Race Pro 1-3), pitlane limiter, Launch Control, Wheelie Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Slide Control, and Shift Assist Pro. And it doesn’t come without the M chassis kit: raised tail section, and a swing-arm adjustment pivot. The M brake package is further enhanced by ABS Pro available for Rain, Road, and Dynamic riding modes. The ABS Pro is not available for Race and Race Pro 1-3 riding modes.


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