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2023 BMW M 1000 RR and M 1000 R first look

Oct 11, 2022

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. 

BMW M 1000 RR
BMW sprinkled a lot more pepper (and carbon fiber) on its top shelf sport model for 2023. BMW photo.

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. 

BMW M 1000 RR
The M 1000 RR gets almost every tech feature in BMW's catalog for endless adjustment and optimization. BMW photo.

“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 M 1000 RR
The new M RR is homologated for FIM Superstock and FIM Superbike World Championship racing. BMW is working on homologation for MotoAmerica’s Stock 1000 and Superbike classes. BMW photo.

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.

BMW M 1000 RR
Blackstorm Metallic is only available for the M Competition trim. BMW photo.

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. 

BMW M 1000 R
Here's the M 1000 R in Light White... BMW photo.

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.”

BMW M 1000 R
...and the view from the other side. BMW photo.

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.

BMW M 1000 R
A generous helping of anti-flight wings. BMW photo.

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.

BMW M 1000 R
The M 1000 R is BMW's most advanced naked model, and it offers more street bias than the M 1000 RR. BMW photo.

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
Price (MSRP) $32,995 $21,345
Engine 999 cc, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder 999 cc, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder
final drive
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
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