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BMW Introduces M 1000 RR (with video)

BMW has introduced its first M-branded motorcycle, the M 1000 RR, that makes 212 horsepower in a machine weighing just 423 pounds. The new bike is clearly intended to homologate for racing several changes from the standard superbike.

Detailed in the press release below, this new exclusive model includes carbon fiber wheels, BMW-branded M brakes, titanium connecting rods and valves, modified chassis geometry and swingarm pivot with extended adjustability. This is just a start of the list of trick features … you can even pay a bit more for the “M competition package”. No word yet on U.S. pricing, but surely it will be very expensive. Here is the press release from BMW, followed by a video:

The new BMW M RR: Pure racing technology for the highest performance requirements in motor sports and on the road.

BMW Motorrad already introduced the successful M vehicle offer strategy at the end of 2018 for motorcycles and has been offering M optional equipment and M performance parts ever since. With the new BMW M 1000 RR – in the following referred to as M RR in short – the first M model from BMW Motorrad based on the S 1000 RR (RR for short) is now celebrating its world premiere. BMW Motorrad follows the philosophy of the strongest letter in the world: M stands worldwide for success in motor racing and the fascination of high-performance BMW models and is aimed at customers with particularly high demands relating to performance, exclusiveness and individuality.

With an engine output of 156 kW (212 HP), a DIN vehicle kerb weight of only 192 kg and a suspension and aerodynamics designed for maximum race track performance, the new M RR meets the main expectations in the top segment of Superbikes.

M RR four-cylinder engine based on the RR engine for racing sport. More peak power and increased maximum engine speed.

The new M RR uses a water-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine based on the RR power train with BMW ShiftCam technology for varying valve timing and valve lift that has been modified comprehensively in the direction of a racing sport engine. It achieves its peak output of 156 kW (212 HP) at 14,500 rpm. The maximum torque of 113 Nm is applied at 11,000 rpm. In addition to a maximum speed increased to 15,100 rpm, the M RR engine has extensive technical optimisations such as new 2-ring forged pistons from Mahle, adapted combustion chambers, compression increased to 13.5, longer and lighter titanium connecting rods from Pankl, slimmer and lighter rocker arms, fully machined intake ports with new duct geometry as well as optimisations on camshafts and intake area. The lightweight exhaust system is also made of titanium. The new M RR engine is even more powerful than the RR power train in the range from 6,000 rpm to 15,100 rpm, a range that is particularly relevant for race track driving dynamics, but without losing its qualities as a fascinating source of power for sporty driving on country roads.

M winglets and high windscreen: Braking later and accelerating earlier thanks to the aerodynamic downforce without any reduction in maximum speed.

The aerodynamics were a decisive point in the technical specifications for development work of the M RR. In addition to a maximum speed that is as high as possible and absolutely necessary for winning races, there was another objective in the technical specifications of the M RR: to establish the best possible contact of the wheels with the road – especially when accelerating. The M winglets on the trim front, which were developed during intensive testing on the race track and in the BMW Group’s wind tunnel and are made of clear-coat carbon, take this into account as they produce aerodynamic downforce and thus additional wheel loads according to the speed. The additional wheel load on the front wheel counteracts wheelie inclination, traction control regulates less, more driving power is converted into acceleration and the driver achieves faster lap times. The effect of the winglets is also noticeable in curves and when braking, the downforce allows later braking and ensures increased cornering stability.

Chassis design trimmed for race track use with modified geometry, optimised wheel load distribution and extended adjustability of the swinging arm pivot point.

The chassis of the new M RR is based on the RR with the bridge frame made of aluminium at its centrepiece. It has an optimised upside-down fork as well as a revised central spring strut with blue spring and Full Floater Pro kinematics. The primary objective of the chassis design was to achieve the best possible lap times on the race track. The chassis of the M RR is therefore uncompromisingly designed for the race track, but also convinces with qualities for country roads. Special attention was paid to optimising drivability, the braking and anti-squat control as well as the best possible feeling of the driver for the front and rear wheel.

M brakes for the first time at BMW Motorrad as well as M carbon wheels as standard.

With the new M RR, there is a BMW motorcycle with an M brake for the first time – like the M vehicles of BMW M GmbH. It was developed directly from the experience with the racing brakes of BMW Motorrad company racing machines in the Superbike World Championship and provides maximum fading stability and controllability. Externally, the M brake callipers have a blue anodised coating in combination with the M logo. With the M carbon wheels, the new M RR has more high-tech components for maximum performance on the race track and road.

Instrument cluster with perfectly readable 6.5-inch TFT display and OBD interface that can be used with activation code for the M GPS data logger and M GPS laptrigger.

The instrument cluster of the new M RR has the same basic design as the RR and has an M start animation. As part of the optional equipment, an activation code (contents of M competition package) can be used to provide comprehensive data material for the use of the M GPS laptrigger and M GPS data logger (Original BMW Motorrad Accessories) via the OBD interface of the instrument cluster.

Born for racing: M design and dynamic form language of the M RR indicate ultimate race track performance.

The new M RR emphasises its racing genes with the light white solid paint/M Sport colour scheme in the basic colours light blue, dark blue and red. Further features of the M RR are the engine covers in granite grey and the fuel filler cap painted black.

Uncompromising in design and technology: The M RR with M competition package.

For those who are still not satisfied with the new M RR in standard trim, the M competition package provides a fascinating mixture of classy components for the racing technology gourmet and the aesthete at the same time. In addition to the M GPS laptrigger software and the corresponding activation code, the M competition package also includes the M milled parts package, the M carbon package as well as a silver 220 g lighter swinging arm, the friction-optimised, maintenance-free and DLC-coated M Endurance chain and the passenger package including tail-hump cover.

The highlights of the new BMW M 1000 RR.

• M RR four-cylinder engine based on the RR engine for racing sport. Even more peak power, higher torque in the medium range and 500 rpm more maximum speed.

• 156 kW output at 14 500 rpm and thus 4 kW more than in the RR. Maximum torque of 113 Nm at 11 000 rpm.

• New 2-ring forged piston 12 g lighter, adapted combustion chamber and compression increased to 13.5. In addition, slimmer and lighter rocker arms.

• Fully machined intake ports with new duct geometry and BMW ShiftCam technology for varying the valve control time and valve lift.

• Titanium valves, on the exhaust side with new spring assembly, slimmer and 6 % lighter rocker arms and optimised camshafts.

• Very light, compact engine block with longer and 85 g lighter titanium connecting rods from Pankl for reduced friction power and less weight.

• Anti-hopping clutch without self-reinforcing for optimum Launch Control.

• Optimised differentiated intake system with shorter intake funnels for optimised gas exchange at high rotational speeds.

• New, 3,657 g lighter exhaust system with exhaust manifold, front silencer and rear silencer made of titanium.

• M winglets and high windscreen: Braking later and accelerating earlier and more stability when cornering thanks to the aerodynamic downforce without any reduction in maximum speed.

• “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic”, “Race”“ and “Race Pro1-3” riding modes and the latest generation of the Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and DTC wheelie function with 6-axle sensor box.

• Two adjustable characteristic throttle curves for optimum response characteristics. Engine brake with threefold adjustable engine drag torque in “Race Pro” mode.

• Shift assistant Pro for shifting gears up and down without clutch. Simple reversibility of the shift pattern for race track use.

• Launch Control for perfect race starts and Pit-Lane-Limiter for precise speed in the pit lane.

• Hill Start Control Pro for convenient starting on slopes.

• Chassis design trimmed for race track use with modified geometry, optimised wheel load distribution and extended adjustability of the swinging arm pivot point.

• Optimised upside-down fork and revised central spring strut with Full Floater Pro kinematics.

• M brakes for the first time at BMW Motorrad: The M RR with maximum braking performance for the race track.

• M carbon wheels: Classy high-tech components for maximum performance on race track and road.

• Instrument cluster with large, perfectly readable 6.5-inch TFT display, starting animation with M logo and OBD interface that can be used with activation code for the M GPS data logger and M GPS laptrigger.

• Lightweight M battery, USB charging socket in the rear, powerful integrated LED light units and heated grips.

• M design and dynamic form language indicate ultimate race track performance.

• M competition package with M GPS laptrigger and activation code, M milled parts package, M carbon package, silver, 220 g lighter swinging arm, DLC-coated M endurance chain and passenger package including tail-hump cover.

• Comprehensive optional accessories and optional equipment ex works.


  1. Jan J says:

    Being Honest….. That bike is way more than I could EVER handle

  2. PBrasseur says:

    A beautiful thing.

    Of course it makes absolutely no sense for the street, but who cares!

  3. joe b says:

    most everyone who visits here, would either love this, or not see its for them. the few people who would buy this, dont visit here, me thinks? I’m sure it would be a nice ride, on this up to Newcomb’s, Bodfish-Caliente, in my dreams…

  4. jimjim says:

    Not sure how well my Nomar tire changer will do with carbon fiber wheels 🙂

  5. Dave says:

    Love it!
    Why not push the envelope? I won’t buy one but sure would love to have one. So much Engineering and development, BMW should be proud of its accomplishments. In the near future electrics will crush ICE motorcycles and this will become quaint. But until then keep them coming.

  6. motorhead says:

    How many other bikes have these cool little winglets that put down force on the front end at high speeds?
    Wait, answered my own question:

  7. todd says:

    I’m just happy that Honda is bringing the Trail125 to market.

  8. Ed says:

    If I was a betting man, I’d bet the Bimota Tesi H2 is only 10% more $ than this bike. I’d damn sure rather have the Bimota. Just sayin’

  9. Ed says:

    Seems odd that for all the racing talk of this bike there is no drilled/wired fasteners, which is what I expected to see when I started reading this article.

    • guu says:

      All of the relevant bolts will be swapped for titanium before these bikes hit the track. Of course a true halo bike would have titanium bolts stock.

  10. walter mark boulware says:

    What price = Glory?? Any guesses…….$20k……$25k……$30k??

    • Peter D Jensen says:

      Multiply that by 3-5 times I think. I’d be shocked if its less than $60K. Hondas halo bike, the RC211V was $180K.

      • Curtis says:

        The HP4 race, with extensive carbon fiber and a motor which was, from what I understand, built to about the level of an endurance racer, was $78k new. I’d think/hope this M bike is way below that.
        Edit: I just found a used HP4 race for $56k, having only 100 track miles on it. If the new M is over 40 grand, it’s not worth it.

  11. VFR_MANE says:

    Ah ’tis the golden age of internal combustion. Savor the moment.

  12. guu says:

    Marzocchi fork is a surprise!

    • Bob Krzeszkiewicz says:

      It is. I had a Marzocchi on my CFR450X and it was a much better fork than the Showa Honda supplied. For the same cost to modify the Showa as it was to buy the Marzocchi, it was a good deal and I sold off the Showas, so I made out. In the end, I used the travel better and the damping was much more appropriate for XC.

      I had a Marzocchi on a mountain bike 20 years or so ago and it was also a good XC fork.

  13. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    When will cartoon styling of scary evil eyes headlights stop, especially on a severely high performance machine that no transformer gen kid could ride or afford. The most important characteristic of a headlight, no matter the point source, is reflector size and contour. Granted this bike will seldom be ridden fast at night, but still the cartoon eyes do not contribute to the race cred look, or functionality.

  14. Harry says:

    One buys a bike for many reasons, affordability, power requirements, type or style of riding. I ride occasionally with a neighbor and his Harley. My neighbor likes to look around, see the sights, not interested in anything else.

    In my younger days owned a 2003 (new) Yamaha YZF600R. Rode it up to Alaska (Anchorage/Denali/Fairbanks). Spent 3 glorious days cruising the Alcan highway at 110 mph. Owned a 2001 Suzuki SV650S when it was stolen in South Carolina on a tour to Florida. Owned a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R600. Mentioned earlier my 2 speeding tickets on the GSX. Now downsized to a Kawasaki Ninja 400. Enjoyed every bike. Couldn’t see the need for a liter bike. Made many trips from coast to coast. Still remember one really bad accident I came across in Utah. Got there probably 15 minutes after the accident, the guy tore his arm completely off.

    But, to my mind, why does anyone need a 212 HP machine that weighs 423 pounds on the street? Think it might be a little overkill?

    • Lynchenstein says:

      Homologation. Nobody needs this except BMW, so they can compete with this bike.

      • Bob Krzeszkiewicz says:

        I’m of the frame of mind these days that a company could just pay a couple top riders to ride a track full out all year long to abuse a new bike to test performance and long term durability if the main goal is to make money by selling street bikes. This way, there’s no limits to testing and penalties to riders and teams. I no longer believe that a company must race to improve the breed. It’s easier than in decades past to improve technology and materials and design.

        The only reason for a factory to be involved in racing anymore is simply because they want to race. Kawasaki hasn’t been in MotoGP for a long time but they build what is arguably the best bike in WSB despite the Rea factor. And everyone builds a road bike that is fantastic in some way to whoever prefers one over another. To the best of my knowledge, no one races adv bikes and cruisers and there’s a lot of really good ones out there that serve their intended purpose.

        But I do still enjoy watching the races no matter what.

    • wjf says:

      i don’t get out of bed for anything less than 200 hp

  15. Jim says:

    I need a kleenex.

  16. Glenn says:

    I love that the manufacturers are all building these extreme superbikes again. I’m not shopping in this market, but being a spectator to Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Ducati, Aprillia, and now BMW all offering an over-the-top premium option makes me smile.

    • FNFAL says:

      Indeed, love’em or hate’em, these hyper-bikes raise the bar for all, as this content trickles-down to the “every-man bikes” a few years from now.

  17. Tom R says:

    BMW figuring that M = $$$, now with 2 wheels instead of 4.

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