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Second M model from BMW Motorrad

October 12, 2022

M brand strategy for motorcycles

In late 2018, BMW Motorrad introduced the M brand strategy famed from BMW cars to motorcycles, initially in the form of special M equipment and M Performance Parts and then with a dedicated M model: the M 1000 RR. The M 1000 R is now experiencing its world premiere as BMW Motorrad’s second M model: the M Roadster. The Dutch starting price of the BMW M 1000 R is €25,500, and the bike will be available in the Netherlands from early 2023.

45 hp more than BMW S 1000 R

The liquid-cooled 4-cylinder in-line engine is based on that of the BMW S 1000 RR. The powerplant delivers a maximum output of 154 kW (210 hp) at 13,750 rpm, 33 kW (45 hp) more than in the S 1000 R. Maximum torque is 113 Nm at 11,000 rpm (S 1000 R: 114 Nm at 9,250 rpm). Compared to the S 1000 R, the M R offers a higher maximum rpm of 14,600 rpm. Due to a larger front sprocket with 47 teeth (S 1000 R: 45 teeth), the final transmission is shorter. In addition, the gear ratios of the 4th, 5th and 6th gears are also shorter. It results in more powerful throttle response and brighter acceleration.

Air resistance reduced

Aerodynamics played an important role in developing the M R. The M winglets on the front side panels ensure the best possible driving stability at high speed. Even at 160 km/h the effect is noticeable. Front wheel downforce actually increases by 11 kg at 220 km/h.

Adjustable suspension and damping

The M R features adjustable suspension and damping, a steering damper, a milled handlebar clamp, wide tubular handlebars with laser-engraved ‘BMW M 1000 R’ lettering and mirrors on the handlebar ends. The aluminum bridge frame of the S 1000 R was the starting point for the M R. The M R further features an all-black upside-down front fork with 45 mm diameter suspension legs, equipped with so-called closed cartridges with separate hydraulic damping functions. Another new feature of the M R is the individually adjustable spring rate of the front fork via the standard Dynamic Damper Control (DDC).

Experience of World Superbike Championship

After the M 1000 RR, the M R is the second BMW motorcycle with an M braking system. It incorporates the experience gained from BMW Motorrad’s factory racers in the World Superbike Championship. The M calipers stand out with a blue coating and the famous M logo. With two 320 mm diameter and 5 mm thick brake discs at the front, black anodized aluminum brake disc carriers and a radial brake pump, this braking system is leading the way for street-legal motorcycles. The new M R comes standard with very light wheels made of forged aluminum. The optional M Competition Package offers even lighter M Carbon wheels with specially designed rim tapes.

Controlled brake drifts

The new Brake Slide Assist allows you to allow controlled brake drifts during cornering. As you sometimes see with drivers on the track. There are more circuit-worthy elements such as the layout of the instrumentation. With the M R, this shows similarities to that of the M RR, such as an M start animation on contact. The enlarged display of the red zone during the warm-up phase in the tachometer is a new feature. Optional driving and engine data can be used via the M GPS Laptrigger and the M GPS Datalogger.

M Performance for a little extra

The performance-oriented look of the new M R is also reflected in the color schemes. You can choose Lightwhite non-metallic/M Motorsport color scheme with the base variant of the M R, while the Blackstorm metallic/M Motorsport color scheme is part of the M Competition Package. The M Competition Package offers a fascinating mix of refined components for racing technology enthusiasts and for more aesthetics-oriented riders. The package also includes M Carbon wheels, M footpegs and numerous carbon made parts such as rear fender and front fender, chain guard, tank panels, airbox panel, wind deflector and sprocket cover. An M rear buddyseat cover panel and milled M passenger footrests are also part of the Package.

Highlights of the new BMW M 1000 R

– M RR Shift Cam engine, output 154 kW (210 hp) at 13,750 rpm and thus 33 kW (45 hp) more than in the S 1000 R. Maximum torque of 113 Nm at 11,000 rpm (S 1000 R: 114 Nm at 9,250 rpm).
– Shorter final gearing (sprocket with 47 teeth instead of 45).
|- Shorter gear ratios for 4th, 5th and 6th gears.
– Optimized intake system with variable intake channels for improved flow at high rpm.
– Titanium muffler.
– M Endurance chain.
– Driving modes Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race and Race Pro1- 3 as well as the latest generation of
Dynamic Traction Control DTC and DTC wheelie function controlled by 6-axis IMU.
– Three customizable throttle response characteristics possible for optimal response. Engine Brake now with three settings for the degree of engine brake in Race Pro mode.
– Brake Slide Assist for controlled brake drifts.
– Shift Assistant Pro for quick upshifts and downshifts without using the clutch. Easy to reverse shift pattern for track use.
– Launch Control for perfect race starts and Pit Lane Limiter for maintaining the prescribed speed in the pit lane.
– Hill Start Control Pro for comfortable pulling away on a slope.
– M winglets and wind deflectors: later braking before a turn and earlier acceleration when accelerating out, plus more stability at high speed thanks to more downforce.
– Engine spoiler.
– Upside-down front fork in All black design with adjustable suspension base via the standard DDC.
– M braking system for the first time on a dynamic roadster from BMW Motorrad: the M R offers maximum braking power under all conditions.
– Forged aluminum wheels.
– M Carbon wheels with M rim tape and M lettering: high-quality high-tech components for maximum performance as part of the M Competition Package.
– M clutch and brake lever.
– Adjustable steering damper.
– Milled handlebar clamp.
– Compared to the S 1000 R, a wider tubular handlebar with laser-engraved letters “BMW M 1000 R.
– Mirrors on handlebar ends.
– Headlight with illuminated M logo.
– Short license plate holder.
– Instrument cluster with large, perfectly readable 6.5-inch TFT display, start-up animation with M logo and OBD interface for M GPS Datalogger and M GPS Laptrigger via an activation code.
– Tachometer (red area) display in new design.
– Lightweight battery, rear USB charging point, powerful LED lighting units, electronic cruise control and heated grips.
– Keyless Ride Light (for ignition only).
– M Design and dynamic design language as the hallmark of ultimate performance-oriented roadster.
– M Competition Package.
– RDC standard.
– Extensive range of optional accessories.