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.
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.
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.
|2022 BMW M 1000 RR 50 Years|
|Engine||999 cc, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder with four valves per cylinder|
|Claimed horsepower||205 @ 13,000 rpm|
|Claimed torque||83 foot-pounds @ 11,000 rpm|
|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|
|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|