BMW M 1000RR breaks cover

BMW M 1000RR, the first M motorcycle revealed

Reuben Van Niekerk
New model
BMW Mottorad

BMW’s from the M division have gained legendary status over the years, offering customers motorsport inspired performance that is useable on the street. Initially reserved for select models, this treatment has spread through their automobile line up and now it has reached the Motorrad division too.


Since 2018 BMW Motorrad has been offering M optional equipment and M performance parts for selected models in their Motorrad line up, now the first M model from BMW Motorrad has been revealed. The BMW M 1000 RR is based on the S 1000 RR and is aimed at customers with particularly high demands relating to performance, exclusiveness and individuality.


Extensive engine refinements

With an engine output of 156kW (212hp), a kerb weight of 192kg and suspension and aerodynamics designed for maximum racetrack performance, the new M RR meets the expectations of the most discerning customers in the superbike segment.


The M RR utilises a water cooled four-cylinder in-line engine based on the RR powertrain while BMW ShiftCam technology for varying valve timing and valve lift has been modified comprehensively to give the engine a much sportier character. The engine achieves its peak power of 156kW (21hp) at 14 500 rev/min and 113Nm at 11 000 rev/min. Maximum engine speed has been increased to 15 000 rev/min. These improvements are thanks to uprated hardware such as two-ring forged pistons from Mahle, adapted combustion chambers, a compression ratio increased to 13.5, longer and lighter titanium connecting rods from Pankl, slimmer and lighter rocker arms, titanium exhaust valves, fully machined intake ports with new duct geometry as well as optimisations to the camshaft and intake area. Burnt gases now leave the engine through a lightweight exhaust system made from titanium.


The engine of the M RR is especially powerful between 6 000rev/min and 15 100rev/min, a range that is particularly relevant for racetrack performance. In Race Pro mode the throttle curves are adjustable for responsiveness and engine braking.


Shift assistant Pro aids with the shifting of gears up and down without a clutch while the shift pattern can be reversed for racetrack use. Launch control is perfect for race starts and a pit lane limiter ensures that the rider adheres to the speed limit when entering the pits.


Aero is everything

Later braking and earlier acceleration are possible thanks to additional down force generated by parts like the M winglets on the front fairing and a higher screen.


Chassis trimmed for racetrack use

The chassis is based on that of the RR with the bridge frame made of aluminium as its centrepiece and features an optimised upside-down fork as well as revised central spring strut with blue spring and Full Floater Pro kinematics. Special attention was paid to optimising drivability, braking, anti-squat control and rider feeling over the front and rear wheel.


Stopping power

Following experience gained in the World Superbike Championship this model is fitted with M brakes that offer maximum resistance to fading, the M brake callipers feature a blue anodised coating in combination with the M logo. The advanced braking system is paired with a set of M carbon wheels as standard fitment.


The gadgets

The instrument cluster features a perfectly readable 6.5-inch TFT display from where the Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race modes can be controlled as well as the latest generation Dynamic Traction Control and DTC wheelie function. In conjunction with an OBD interface this display can be used as an M GPS data logger and M GPS laptrigger.


Looking the part

The new M RR emphasises its racing genes with the light white solid paint and M Sport colour scheme in basic colours light blue, dark blue and red.


Competition package

For those not satisfied with the M RR in standard trim, the M competition package adds the M GPS laptrigger software and corresponding activation code as well as the M milled parts package, the M carbon package, a 220g lighter swingarm and the friction optimised, maintenance free DLC coated M Endurance chain and the passenger package including tail-hump cover.


When will it be available?

The BMW M 1000RR is expected to go on sale in South Africa early in 2021.