2023 BMW M 1000 R First Experience Evaluation

BMW hasn’t detuned or remapped the S 1000 RR motor for the M model.

BMW hasn’t detuned or remapped the S 1000 RR motor for the M mannequin. (BMW/)

Just a few quick years in the past the idea of 200 hp bare bikes for the road appeared as pointless and unlikely as a perforated umbrella. However right here we’re in late 2022 and all of a sudden we discover ourselves with a small however burgeoning membership of fairing-free firebreathers able to laying a double century of horses to the pavement.

Ducati’s Streetfighter V4 and MV’s Brutale 1000 RR are each within the 200 hp membership, with Kawasaki’s supercharged Z H2 SE simply a few horsepower quick. Now BMW Motorrad has joined them with the astounding M 1000 R hyper-naked, a machine so succesful, so speedy, and, with a claimed 205 hp on faucet, so highly effective it will absolutely have competed in World Superbikes not so way back.

BMW already has its long-running, 165 hp S 1000 R bare, in fact, which in efficiency phrases sits within the subcategory of super-nakeds slightly below the firebreathers. To create its M, BMW has taken the brand new ShiftCam engine from the 2023 S 1000 RR superbike and inserted it into the S 1000 R’s bare chassis, that means it makes the identical energy and torque, and even shares the identical gearbox, because the track-focused RR.

Aerodynamic wings assist to suppress wheelies by including 24.3 kilos of downforce at 137 mph. New brakes, once more taken immediately from the S 1000 RR superbike, give improved braking. Chassis dimensions stay the identical because the Single R however the digital suspension (DDC Dynamic Damping Management) has been recalibrated to take care of the 40 hp improve in peak energy.

Digital rider aids additionally get a major improve and recalibration to take care of the improved engine and braking energy, and are linked to a six-axis IMU. New for the M 1000 R (and S 1000 RR) is the Brake Slide Help system, which permits some drift on nook entry earlier than the lean-sensitive ABS kicks in.

Transplanting the higher-revving ShiftCam engine from the most recent S 1000 RR into the M 1000 R means the bare M has a peak of 205 hp at 13,750 rpm, up from 165 hp for the usual S 1000 R. Peak torque is 83.3 lb.-ft. at 11,000 rpm, which is a fraction down on the 84 lb.-ft. that the S 1000 R manages at a considerably decrease 9,250 rpm, indicating the a lot racier nature of the brand new bike’s engine. There’s additionally an additional tooth on the rear sprocket to cut back the ultimate drive ratio.

The usual 165 hp S 1000 R motor is versatile and as properly suited to a commute into the town as it’s on a day on the racetrack. I used to be apprehensive that the M would lose that all-round usefulness, but it surely hasn’t. To make a 205 hp superbike engine user-friendly on the road is a giant ask, however BMW has managed it.

Fueling is clean, the facility supply is linear, and the quickshifter is mild and completely matched with every up-or-down change. Even in sixth gear the motor pulls effortlessly beneath 30 mph. It’s simple to neglect you’re sitting on high of an engine designed to win superbike races because it trickles with out fuss by way of site visitors or flows in a lazy gear too excessive by way of a neighborhood set of twisties.

The midrange is excellent. Peak torque is a fraction down and better within the rpm in comparison with the S 1000 R, however you’d be hard-pressed to inform. The M surges to eight,000 rpm and is totally satisfying to trip utilizing the center a part of the rev vary alone, short-shifting effortlessly by way of the slick and completely set-up quickshifter. In actual phrases, nothing has been misplaced within the transfer to the ShiftCam I4.

However—and let’s face it, you knew this was coming—from that sturdy however civilized midrange it revs wildly on to redline simply wanting 14,600 rpm. Change the driving mode to Race or Race Professional and at 9,000 rpm the M 1000 R morphs into a completely completely different beast. It revs so freely that it feels just like the engine is frictionless. A wall of frantic air grabs feverishly at your leathers, you bend your torso into some type of defensive tuck… And the velocity simply builds relentlessly.

Fortunately, BMW allowed us a handful of laps of the Almeria racetrack in southern Spain to expertise its full potential and, boy, does it ship. High velocity is a quoted 174 mph, 16 mph larger than the usual S 1000 R. On the finish of the lengthy again straight it was nonetheless accelerating, nonetheless steady as rock underneath its aero winglets, and feeling like it will hold driving ceaselessly. Or till my head blew off.

BMW claims the winglets produce 24.3 kilos of downforce at 220 kph (137 mph), and so they’re mounted on a substructure that transmits that drive into the chassis—and on observe you are feeling their presence, extremely steady.

BMW’s digital Dynamic Damping Management (DDC) is correlated to the bike’s driving modes—Street, Rain, Dynamic, Race, and Race Professional—to ship a trip biased towards consolation at one finish of the driving spectrum and stiffer observe settings on the different.

Every mode will also be tuned to fit your driving temper and street however I used to be comfortable utilizing the presets. On the street, you actually discover a distinction between the driving modes, which change the dealing with and character of the bike considerably. Street is clearly set for consolation; there’s extra motion and weight switch by way of the suspension working, whereas the trip high quality is supple and something however jarring.

As soon as into Dynamic mode you are feeling the distinction instantly because the suspension stiffens, including a level of tautness to the dealing with that’s ultimate for brisk, sporting days within the hills. For the observe, Race and Race Professional are optimized for slicks or track-biased rubber slightly than the Bridgestone RS11 tires fitted as customary. For almost all of this take a look at, I merely opted for the usual Dynamic mode, flicking to Street for city work.

These Bridgestones took some time to heat up and felt a bit uninteresting by way of suggestions however the M’s steering is mild and the hyper-naked flicks between lefts and rights like a dream, not only for a 205 hp machine however any sportbike in the marketplace. BMW has maintained the S 1000 R’s 439 kilos (moist), which is class-leading, and there’s real agility and sense of vitality within the M chassis. Solely Ducati’s dearer Streetfighter V4 SP is (just a few kilos) lighter, whereas the M is 88 kilos lighter than Kawasaki’s supercharged Z H2 SE.

The seat is firm-ish and sporty whereas the bars are barely wider than the bare R’s, sitting you in a extra aggressive stance, however the driving place just isn’t radical. When the street will get bumpy otherwise you’re settling in for some freeway miles, the suspension might be softened on the transfer (into Street or Rain mode) so as to add plushness to the trip.

Cruise management and three-stage heated grips are most welcome customary options whereas the R’s informative 6.5-inch sprint stays, with the BMW navigation wheel on the left facet. There’s additionally an non-compulsory race sprint, which clearly exhibits lean angle, brake strain, and TC intervention.

The addition of M brakes is among the most important upgrades that the M 1000 R will get over the lower-spec S mannequin, which is smart given its critical efficiency increase. On the street and particularly on observe the brakes really feel extremely sturdy. On the street you solely ever want one finger on the adjustable radial flip-up lever, designed to flip up and never snap in a low-speed crash. The brakes are supported by BMW’s lean-sensitive ABS Professional system, which options settings to go well with the completely different driving modes, and like the most recent S 1000 RR, the M 1000 R now advantages from the Brake Slide Help system that enables a preset drift angle to be launched. In idea, now you can drift safely into corners.

Apart from BSA (Brake Slide Help), there are such a lot of rider aids and choices we didn’t have sufficient time on the take a look at day to strive all of them. However these we did play with labored to the best stage. Every part might be custom-made too, from Rain mode with excessive ranges of intervention to minimal rider aids and intervention with the ABS energetic on the entrance wheel solely. One button on the left bar cluster turns off the TC and anti-wheelie management permitting you to loft the entrance finish…do you have to want.

In conclusion, our all-too-brief trip revealed that the brand new M 1000 R makes startling, near being market-leading energy, whereas its digital package deal of rider aids and driving modes are each in depth and class-leading. Add correct and light-weight steering, agile dealing with, and superior braking energy—to not point out the M look and a excessive stage of end—and all of a sudden the 200 bhp bare membership appears to be like like an attention-grabbing place to be.

2023 BMW M 1000 R Technical Specs and Worth

PRICE $21,345
ENGINE 999cc, liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; 4 valves/cyl.
BORE x STROKE 80.0 x 49.7mm
FUEL DELIVERY Gas injection
CLUTCH Multiplate slipper, self-reinforcing
FRAME Aluminum, engine load bearing
FRONT SUSPENSION 45mm upside-down fork, absolutely adjustable, non-compulsory digital; 4.7 in. journey
REAR SUSPENSION Single shock, absolutely adjustable, non-compulsory digital; 4.6 in. journey
FRONT BRAKES 4-piston Monoblock caliper, twin 320mm disc w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 1-piston Brembo floating caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Spoked; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 6 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Bridgestone Battlax RS-11; 120/70-17 / 200/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 24.2°/3.8 in.
WHEELBASE 57.3 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.6 in.
CONTACT bmwmotorcycles.com

The base S 1000 R is $13,945, compared to the M 1000 R at $21,345.

The bottom S 1000 R is $13,945, in comparison with the M 1000 R at $21,345. (BMW/)

The bike tested is the 210 hp European version, not the 205 hp US model. Power is slightly less due to noise regulations.

The bike examined is the 210 hp European model, not the 205 hp US mannequin. Energy is barely much less as a result of noise laws. (BMW/)

BMW’s most powerful naked bike to date, BMW’s stunning M 1000 R.

BMW’s strongest bare bike to this point, BMW’s beautiful M 1000 R. (BMW/)

Cruise control, heated grips, and an up-and-down quickshifter all come as standard (Shift Assistant Pro).

Cruise management, heated grips, and an up-and-down quickshifter all come as customary (Shift Assistant Professional). (BMW/)

We headed out to southern Spain to see if the BMW M 1000 R lives up to the hype.

We headed out to southern Spain to see if the BMW M 1000 R lives as much as the hype. (BMW/)

Final gearing between the S 1000 RR and M 1000 R is different, a slightly larger sprocket on the M. Compared to the standard S 1000 R, fourth, fifth, and sixth gear ratio are shorter.

Closing gearing between the S 1000 RR and M 1000 R is completely different, a barely bigger sprocket on the M. In comparison with the usual S 1000 R, fourth, fifth, and sixth gear ratio are shorter. (BMW/)

BMW allowed us a few laps of the Almeria racetrack in southern Spain to experience the full potential of that engine (not pictured).

BMW allowed us just a few laps of the Almeria racetrack in southern Spain to expertise the total potential of that engine (not pictured). (BMW/)

During the test I managed 36.1 mpg (US), similar to the economy of the S 1000 R.

In the course of the take a look at I managed 36.1 mpg (US), just like the financial system of the S 1000 R. (BMW/)

The same informative 6.5-inch dash remains, with the BMW navigation wheel on the left side.

The identical informative 6.5-inch sprint stays, with the BMW navigation wheel on the left facet. (BMW/)

Conditions were cool, the three-stage heated grips were used in the morning.

Situations have been cool, the three-stage heated grips have been used within the morning. (BMW/)

The Shift Assistant Pro quickshifter, which works on both up and down changes, is standard and can easily be reversed into a race pattern, with first gear up and the rest down.

The Shift Assistant Professional quickshifter, which works on each up and down adjustments, is customary and may simply be reversed right into a race sample, with first gear up and the remaining down. (BMW/)

The roads in southern Spain were cold and far from perfect. The Bridgestones took a while to warm up and didn’t offer the feedback that translated into confidence.

The roads in southern Spain have been chilly and much from excellent. The Bridgestones took some time to heat up and didn’t provide the suggestions that translated into confidence. (BMW/)