BMW wants to bring the prestige and performance of its M-series cars to the motorcycle world, and the 2021 M 1000 RR marked the first production M motorcycle. For 2023, the M 1000 RR gets some upgrades, and a new naked model called the M 1000 R joins Motorrad’s lineup as BMW’s M subbrand turns 50 years old.
2023 BMW M 1000 RR
The revised M 1000 RR gets a wide range of updates as it remains BMW’s flagship sport model. This literbike’s engine is the same as the last M RR, so most of the revisions come from aero testing in the wind tunnel.
The most obvious change is the new carbon fiber ducting around the front brakes, emphasized by the wild the “M Aero Wheel Covers” on the M 1000 RR M Competition (more on that later). Of course, the M winglets are carbon fiber, too, as are the stock wheels. Forged wheels are now an option if you’d rather not mess with carbon rims at tire changes. There’s a redesigned seat and tail section with the new M Endurance seat. BMW anticipates trackdays for M RR owners with quick disconnects for the license plate wiring.
“Thanks to countless hours in the wind tunnel as well as in road tests, we were able to considerably increase the top speed with unchanged engine output and at the same time significantly increase the downforce, also when banking in corners,” says Christian Gonschor, Project Management M 1000 RR. “Our development work will be rewarded with racing success."
BMW says downforce from its aero package is up 20% over last year’s bike (at speeds of 95 to 186 mph) without affecting top speed potential. Less tendency to wheelie means less intervention from the bike’s safety systems, and BMW says this benefits the rider with more confident handling and faster lap times. These motorcycles are meant for competition, even if customers choose not to use them for that purpose.
Speaking of competition, there’s a new M Competition Package that includes “M GPS Laptrigger… M milled parts package, M Carbon package, natural anodized swingarm, DLC-coated M Endurance chain, and pillion package including hump cover.” There is hardly a part of the M RR or the M RR M Competition that can’t be upgraded with carbon or M-branded parts.
The M RR will be available in Light White, and the M RR M Competition comes in Blackstorm Metallic.
2022 BMW M 1000 R
The M 1000 R, based closely on BMW’s S 1000 R naked, joins the M line for the first time in 2023. BMW says it is “the pinnacle of what is currently possible in the roadster segment.”
Using the same engine platform as the other S and M models, it produces 40 ponies more than the base S 1000 R for a claimed 205 horsepower and 83 foot-pounds of torque in a premium unfaired package. Redline is up to 14,600 rpm (from the S R’s 12,000 rpm), and revised ratios in the final drive and upper three gears help the bike pull harder at its new limits. BMW describes the M R’s engine as a blend of the S 1000 R’s bottom end grunt with the M RR’s surge at higher revs.
“The M 1000 R has been tuned to meet the specific requirements of a supersport roadster. The riding dynamics speak for themselves both on the country road and on the track," says Ralf Mölleken, Project Manager for four-cylinder models.
Like the M RR, most of the M R’s improvements over the base S model are external. There’s a titanium sport muffler (full titanium exhaust optional), new intake ducts, and the rider triangle now puts more weight over the front wheel. The M R’s aero package includes winglets and small deflectors for wind, a wider handlebar, M-series brakes, and optional M carbon wheels.
The M Competition Package is also available for the M R: M Carbon wheels, M Carbon covers all over the motorcycle, special wind deflectors, and an intricately adjustable foot control setup. Both the standard and M Competition versions of the M R get similar quick-disconnect lighting for easy track day conversions.
The M R is available in Light White for the standard model and Black Storm Metallic for the M Competition Package. The new M bikes and their M Competition variants are expected to arrive in the United States starting in January 2023.
|2023 BMW M 1000 RR||2023 BMW M 1000 R|
|Engine||999 cc, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder||999 cc, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder|
|Six-speed, chain||Six-speed, chain|
|Claimed horsepower||205 @ 13,000 rpm||205 @ 13,500 rpm|
|Claimed torque||83 foot-pounds @ 11,000 rpm||83 foot-pounds @ 11,000 rpm|
|Frame||Aluminum composite bridge||Aluminum composite bridge|
|Front suspension||45 mm fork, adjustable for preload, damping, and compression; 4.7 inches of travel||45 mm fork, adjustable for preload, damping, and compression; 4.7 inches of travel|
|Rear suspension||Monoshock, adjustable for preload, damping, and compression; 4.6 inches of travel||Monoshock, adjustable for preload, damping, and compression; 4.6 inches of travel|
|Front brake||Dual four-piston calipers, 320 mm discs, ABS||Dual four-piston calipers, 320 mm discs, ABS|
|Rear brake||Two-piston caliper, 220mm disc, ABS||Two-piston caliper, 220mm disc, ABS|
|Rake, trail||23.6 degrees, 3.9 inches||24 degrees, 3.8 inches|
|Wheelbase||57.4 inches||57.1 inches|
|Seat height||32.8 inches||33.1 inches|
|Fuel capacity||4.35 gallons||4.35 gallons|
|Tires||120/70ZR17 front, 200/55ZR17 rear||120/70ZR17 front, 200/55ZR17 rear|
|Claimed weight||423 pounds (curb)||438.7 pounds (curb)|
|Available||January 2023||January 2023|
|Warranty||36 months||36 months|