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BMW marks 50 years of racing with special M 1000 RR edition

May 19, 2022

BMW is marking the 50th anniversary of its racing division with a special edition of its M 1000 RR flagship sport bike with special badging and extra bling.

I'm more of the "I didn't know BMW made cars until I passed one" crowd myself, but I do realize that there's a deep well of affection in some quarters for the performance and, in some cases, exclusivity of BMW's M car models. BMW Motorrad is trying to capitalize on that. In recent years, BMW shifted from its HP designation for its high-performance, exclusive motorcycle models to the same M designation it uses on the parent company's cars.

BMW M 1000 RR 50 Years edition
2022 BMW M 1000 RR 50 Years M. BMW photo.

The M 1000 RR debuted in 2020 and was the first motorcycle to use BMW's M designation. The M 1000 RR already comes loaded with performance features aimed at both the street and the track. There's everything from cruise control and heated grips to a pitlane speed limiter and launch control. It also has seven riding modes and multiple electronic riding aids. The 50 Years ///M Package adds the exclusive Sao Paulo Yellow paint, anniversary badges, M GPS Lap Timer trigger software, the carbon package that uses carbon fiber for the fenders and some fairing panels, and the M Billet Pack with billet aluminum pieces, among other add-ons.

Motorcycle and two race cars
The special edition M 1000 RR with two cars from BMW's racing heritage, a 1973 3.0 CSL that was one of the first race cars built after the racing division was created in 1972, and a BMW M1 Procar. BMW photo.

BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded in 1972 to consolidate BMW's racing efforts. Since then, BMW has found success in everything from Formula One to the Paris-Dakar Rally to winning the first AMA Superbike Championship in 1976.

The M 1000 RR 50 Years M package should be available from dealers later this year and the U.S. price is $36,995.

BMW M 1000 RR 50 Years
2022 BMW M 1000 RR 50 Years M. BMW photo.

2022 BMW M 1000 RR 50 Years
Price (MSRP) $36,995
Engine 999 cc, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder with four valves per cylinder
Transmission,
final drive
Six-speed, chain
Claimed horsepower 205 @ 13,000 rpm
Claimed torque 83 foot-pounds @ 11,000 rpm
Frame Aluminum bridge-type
Front suspension 45 mm inverted fork, adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping; 4.7 inches of travel
Rear suspension Single shock adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping; 4.6 inches of travel
Front brake Dual four-piston calipers, 320 mm discs with ABS
Rear brake Two-piston caliper, 220 mm disc with ABS
Rake, trail 23.6 degrees, 3.9 inches
Wheelbase 57.4 inches
Seat height 32.8 inches
Fuel capacity 4.4 gallons
Tires 120/70ZR17 front, 200/55ZR17 rear
Claimed weight 423 pounds wet
Available Third quarter 2022
Warranty 36 months or 36,000 miles
More info bmwmotorcycles.com