2023 BMW M 1000 R First Journey

The M 1000 R is easily the most potent naked roadster BMW has ever built.

The M 1000 R is well probably the most potent bare roadster BMW has ever constructed. (BMW/)

With out pointing the finger, OEMs have been responsible of dumbing down their bare sportbikes from the fashions they’re based mostly on for ages. And all through these years, true sportbike lovers have understandably bitched and moaned about it. Give us every little thing you’ve acquired! However in recent times, just a few exceptions stand out, together with the KTM Tremendous 1290 Duke R (which to be honest isn’t repli-racer based mostly) and the Ducati Streetfighter V4; each are bikes which can be unabashedly gnarly. To not take the beans out of BMW, however the usual S 1000 R, regardless of making a claimed 165 hp, is just not in the identical league as its sibling S 1000 RR; the absolutely faired RR now makes a claimed 205 hp.

Nonetheless, BMW had an answer. Its engineers stated on the press launch in Almeria, Spain, that the one largest issue holding them again from unleashing the inline-four within the S 1000 R to its full potential was lack of weight and aero on the entrance finish. They will need to have had nightmares about patrons looping wheelies over backward…

The reply? Winglets. Sure, these MotoGP-looking wings on the entrance of the brand new M 1000 R create sufficient downforce that BMW felt it may uncork the engine and ship the 4’s full neck-wrenching efficiency on a unadorned. And holy crap, did they ever. So, primarily, you get an S 1000 R that’s “on the juice.” One that’s outfitted with trick chassis components, and a ton of fancy M components that make the bike worthy of that well-known motorsport letter.

2023 BMW M 1000 R out in the wilds of Almeria, Spain.

2023 BMW M 1000 R out within the wilds of Almeria, Spain. (BMW/)

The M 1000 R is BMW’s second mannequin to hold an “M’’ badge following the M 1000 RR that was first unleashed in 2019. BMW doesn’t slap that on any ol’ bike; the brand new M R is an unique and potent interpretation of its bare roadster, meant to offer insane efficiency with racebike-like parts and electronics.


We don’t need to undersell the chassis on the M R, because it’s fairly phenomenal, however there is no such thing as a denying that the massive information right here is the loopy energy supplied by the liquid-cooled 999cc inline-four that’s practically equivalent to the RR’s. Like its absolutely dressed housemate, bore and stroke measure 80.0 x 49.7mm—simply as on the usual S R. The most important variations between the bottom S mannequin and this M model are that the compression ratio has been bumped from 12.5:1 to the identical 13.3:1 discovered on the brand new RR, and redline has been elevated from 12,000 to 14,600 rpm.

The M 1000 R puts the 999cc inline-four on display, unlike its stablemate the S 1000 RR.

The M 1000 R places the 999cc inline-four on show, in contrast to its stablemate the S 1000 RR. (BMW/)

In contrast to just about each Japanese competitor within the naked-bike class, the engine on this M 1000 R is identical technology and an nearly equivalent model of its donor; we’ll get to these few variations in a second. However just like the RR, this engine options ShiftCam variable valve timing, titanium valves on each the consumption and exhaust sides with ultralightweight cam followers actuating the valves. To maintain the width of the engine to a minimal, the camshafts are pushed instantly from the crankshaft with out an intermediate gear. The discount gear for the camshafts is within the cylinder head. Just like the RR, the airbox options new variable consumption funnels that shorten as much as enhance consumption velocity within the higher rpm vary and optimize energy throughout the rev vary. 4 48mm throttle our bodies feed combination to the engine. A titanium Akrapovič silencer is fitted as normal and sounds superb.

The titanium Akrapovič exhaust silencer not only looks fantastic, it sounds equally so.

The titanium Akrapovič exhaust silencer not solely appears to be like incredible, it sounds equally so. (BMW/)

Whereas the claimed horsepower on the S 1000 R is 165 at 11,000 rpm and 84 lb.-ft. of torque at 9,250 rpm, the M 1000 R cranks out a claimed 205 hp at 13,500 rpm and only a tad much less torque at 83 lb.-ft. at 11,000 rpm. For reference, our 2022 S 1000 R made 155.4 hp at 11,250 rpm and 79.9 lb.-ft. of torque at 9,300 rpm on the rear wheel on the Cycle World dyno.

Making that additional 40 hp really feel all of the stronger round city is totally different last gearing with a 47-tooth rear sprocket in comparison with the RR’s 46 and the S 1000 R’s 45. Inner transmission ratios are additionally modified with shorter fourth, fifth, and sixth-gear ratios. For the reason that M R has the identical redline because the RR, its prime pace is clearly gearing restricted to a claimed 174 mph in comparison with the later’s 188. Don’t fret, nevertheless, as I can assure that even 140-plus mph is an actual neck exercise. Just like the RR, the M R has a moist, multiplate slipper clutch with cable actuation.


For the reason that M 1000 R is definitely extra intently associated to the S 1000 RR than its stablemate the S 1000 R, the electronics bundle can also be loads nearer in spec to the brand new RR. However there are some key variations. Like the opposite bikes, the M comes with the 4 base modes: Rain, softer throttle response and diminished torque in decrease gears; Highway, optimum throttle response and diminished torque in decrease gears; Dynamic, optimum throttle response and diminished torque in decrease gears; and Race, optimum throttle response and most torque in all gears. In contrast to the RR, the M will get the Race Professional modes as normal, which provide three customizable modes, which may also be configured with a further throttle response known as Direct. When using a Race Professional mode, the rider can then modify the Dynamic Traction Management (DTC) on the fly from the left handlebar swap.

The 6.5-inch TFT display delivers information in a lot of different formats. You should find one you like.

The 6.5-inch TFT show delivers data in numerous totally different codecs. You must discover one you want. (BMW/)

That DTC is the newest six-axis system as discovered on the RR, which feeds the pc data on lean angle to additional refine the intervention for traction management, ABS, wheelie management, and Dynamic Engine Brake Management. Like the brand new RR, the M R will get the brand new Brake Slide Management extension of ABS, that permits the rider to hang around the rear finish beneath onerous braking and again the bike into the nook. The system makes use of the six-axis IMU’s data and sensors on the steering head and rear wheel to permit a preset drift angle to be allowed earlier than interrupting the enjoyable. The angle is preset and solely works in ABS Professional Setting 2. Different options embody Shift Assistant Professional, Launch Management, a Pit Lane Limiter, Hill Begin Management Professional, heated grips, and cruise management.

What’s lacking from the brand new RR’s electronics is Slide Management, which on the absolutely faired bike permits the rear finish to be drifted “on throttle” to preset angles. One other large addition is the Dynamic Damping Management (DDC) digital suspension, however we’ll tackle that under.

This display option was my preferred option while riding on the street. You can see your speed, DTC setting, mode, gear position, outside temp, a clock, and then some fun stuff like indicators of how much the DTC is being used, brake pressure, and max lean angle achieved.

This show choice was my most popular choice whereas driving on the road. You’ll be able to see your pace, DTC setting, mode, gear place, outdoors temp, a clock, after which some enjoyable stuff like indicators of how a lot the DTC is getting used, brake stress, and max lean angle achieved. (BMW/)

For track riding, this option keeps it simple.

For monitor driving, this feature retains it easy. (BMW/)

The 6.5-inch full-color TFT show is borrowed instantly from the M 1000 RR and provides 4 totally different show themes, permitting the rider to find out which kind of information is vital to them for the kind of driving at the moment being undertaken. For monitor periods, the rider can select a theme that’s weighted extra towards the tachometer, lap timer, and data pertinent to lapping. Whereas on the road the rider will seemingly need extra normal data together with tripmeters, odo, and so forth. However there are many choices to see solely what you really want for the state of affairs.

LED lighting is used all around with nice attention to detail like this M logo in the headlight nacelle.

LED lighting is used throughout with good consideration to element like this M emblem within the headlight nacelle. (BMW/)

A pleasant addition to the M 1000 R is using an ultralightweight 2.8-pound lithium battery as normal. There may be additionally a USB charging socket within the rear, whereas full LED lighting together with the rear flip indicators that additionally act because the brake lights and pulse beneath onerous braking. The complete rear license-plate bracket will be simply and cleanly eliminated for trackdays. In contrast to the S 1000 RR, the M R will get a key fob and push-button ignition as an alternative of a standard key.

The M 1000 R gets the Keyless Ride feature, unlike the S 1000 RR that gets a traditional key.

The M 1000 R will get the Keyless Journey function, in contrast to the S 1000 RR that will get a standard key. (BMW/)


The engine is arguably the star of the present on the M 1000 R, however the chassis is unquestionably fulfilling the position of the stunt double, doing a lot of the heavy lifting and getting much less of the credit score. However let’s make it possible for doesn’t occur, as the extent of parts bolted onto the M R are fairly excellent. In regards to the body, which is similar to that of the RR, with just a few exceptions. The primary body is identical Flex Body as used on the RR, assembled from 4 die-cast aluminum sections which can be welded collectively and have some areas with eliminated materials to create the flex that engineers have been in search of to permit higher dealing with compliance in live performance with the suspension. The engine is used as a pressured member and is tilted 32 levels ahead within the body.

The M’s swingarm is virtually identical to that of its sibling, the S 1000 RR. A single-piston Brembo caliper and 220mm disc sit atop.

The M’s swingarm is just about equivalent to that of its sibling, the S 1000 RR. A single-piston Brembo caliper and 220mm disc sit atop. (BMW/)

The place the chassis differs from the double R is that the M R doesn’t undertake the adjustable swingarm pivot level and doesn’t get the adjustable shock top function for rear experience top. In any other case the chassis is similar to RR’s and even incorporates a near-identical gravity-cast aluminum swingarm. Wheelbase measures 57.1 inches in comparison with the RR’s 57.3, whereas geometry numbers are additionally barely totally different with the M 1000 R’s rake set at 24 levels and with 3.8 inches of path (in comparison with the RR’s 23.6 levels, 4.0 inches). Totally fueled curb weight is only a contact greater than its faired sibling, tipping the scales with a full tank of gas at a claimed 439 kilos (go for the Carbon wheels and the M Competitors Bundle and that drops to 428).

The front of the M 1000 R is highlighted by the 45mm Marzocchi fork on which hangs blue-anodized Nissin radial-mount four-piston brake calipers pinching 320mm discs. The standard wheels on the M are forged aluminum units. Carbon fiber wheels are an option.

The entrance of the M 1000 R is highlighted by the 45mm Marzocchi fork on which hangs blue-anodized Nissin radial-mount four-piston brake calipers pinching 320mm discs. The usual wheels on the M are solid aluminum models. Carbon fiber wheels are an choice. (BMW/)

Normal Dynamic Damping Management (DDC) suspension is included on the M R, with a Marzocchi 45mm inverted fork up entrance and a linked monoshock out again. The fork is clamped by a milled billet-aluminum triple clamp (laser etched with the M 1000 R emblem) and topped with a black aluminum tubular moto-style handlebar (with billet aluminum bar-end mirrors) and tamed by an adjustable steering damper. As for the DDC, the suspension damping settings are tied to the 4 experience modes: Rain, Highway, Dynamic, and Race. In these normal modes there are preset damping settings, whereas the extra (included) Race Professional settings permit the rider to go in and individually tailor the settings to desire.

The DDC Marzocchi shock’s damping is controlled by the computer depending on the mode selected on the dash. Preload is still set manually.

The DDC Marzocchi shock’s damping is managed by the pc relying on the mode chosen on the sprint. Preload continues to be set manually. (BMW/)

Prime-end anodized Nissin radial-mount four-piston calipers and 320mm discs deal with braking responsibility within the entrance, whereas a single-piston Brembo caliper and 220mm disc reside within the rear. The M 1000 R comes with very nice solid aluminum wheels, however as talked about, if you’d like the carbon fiber wheels, they are often obtained by choosing the M Competitors Bundle ($4,995), which additionally consists of the M Carbon Bundle (bodywork) and M Billet Bundle that features rearsets. Tremendous-nice billet-aluminum levers are already included on the bike as normal.

Standard on the M 1000 R are these beautiful billet aluminum pivoting levers.

Normal on the M 1000 R are these stunning billet aluminum pivoting levers. (BMW/)


As we talked about above, one of many keys to having the ability to unleash the total efficiency of the inline-four engine in line with BMW engineers—with out having to “tune it for torque” and “real-world driving”—was the addition of the winglets. It won’t sound like loads, however BMW claims that at 136 mph the M’s wings present 22 kilos of downforce, which they felt was sufficient to take {the handcuffs} off the engine. Like the same wings on the RR, the aim is to scale back wheelies and supply stability, subsequently producing acceleration with much less digital intervention. Clearly, the main focus right here is for trackdays, which with the extent of parts the M 1000 R has, makes the bike completely suited to racetrack responsibility.

The winglets on the M 1000 R generate 22 pounds of downforce at 136 mph, which gave BMW the confidence to unleash the inline-four’s full 205 hp.

The winglets on the M 1000 R generate 22 kilos of downforce at 136 mph, which gave BMW the arrogance to unleash the inline-four’s full 205 hp. (BMW/)

Using Impression

At the start, the M 1000 R’s focus is as a streetbike, so BMW deliberate a 130-plus-mile road route within the mountains simply outdoors of Almeria, however which additionally included 5 laps on the Almeria racetrack, the place we’d be spending a full day lapping the S 1000 RR the next day. Our group of about eight pulled out of the resort on a cold morning subsequent to the Mediterranean Sea, shortly prompting the heated grips to be switched to broil.

The M 1000 R knows how to behave when necessary, but has nasty side just a few button clicks away.

The M 1000 R is aware of find out how to behave when vital, however has nasty facet just some button clicks away. (BMW/)

With chilly roads, chilly ambient temperatures, and chilly tires, the early morning was an excellent time to cycle by the modes and check out a few of the less-aggressive choices resembling Rain and Highway. The previous is good for moist roads, and for the reason that highway was dry, it wasn’t that a lot enjoyable, so I cycled by the maps and settled on Dynamic for our early morning experience. The truth is the BMW’s traction management and ABS are so dialed that limiting the facility supply nearly appears pointless. Even the “Optimum” throttle response feels completely progressive and predictable. It’s actually onerous to argue in opposition to actually good rider aids today, particularly whereas navigating slick European roundabouts which can be usually coated in a skinny layer of diesel.

Like so many open-class sportbikes with wonderful electronics, the M 1000 R will be something and every little thing you need it to be. You’ll be able to simply chug alongside in stop-and-go site visitors and by no means get the sensation that the bike is chomping on the bit to be unleashed; it by no means fights you with herky-jerky throttle response or driveline lash. It simply does the job. Leaving small villages heading into the mountains when the highway opens up, the M R involves life and provides you every little thing you ask for. The bike feels tremendous full of life, but in addition very composed. Nearly too composed, relying on the mode setting, by no means getting unruly, snapping out of form, or getting mild up entrance.

Billiard table smooth roads did little to challenge the DDC suspension.

Billiard desk easy roads did little to problem the DDC suspension. (BMW/)

After one in all our early morning picture places, our group began conferring with one another to determine find out how to flip off the wheelie management. After a little bit of clarification we discovered you can’t merely flip it off in one of many 4 normal modes, you need to entry one of many Race Professional modes that may be completely personalized. However the catch is that solely 4 modes will be lively at a time within the system, so that you first want to enter the menu and deselect one that you just gained’t be utilizing, like Rain, after which activate Race Professional 1. Then you’ll be able to configure that mode to your devious needs. Within the Race Professional modes you’ll be able to choose the extent of wheelie intervention, modify engine-braking, ABS, after which make the most of the left handlebar-mounted DTC swap on the fly.

With the coldest morning temps behind us and the solar warming the tarmac, the remainder of the experience could be ridden in variations of Race Professional 1 to three. I imply you’ll be able to’t critically suppose I’d be capable to restrain myself from screwing round on one of the crucial hooligan of hooligans bikes on the planet, proper? However even on this state of affairs, I at all times left ABS on and had a good quantity of TC dialed on, simply in case. All I actually needed was to have the ability to wheelie out of corners, and over rises within the highway. Purpose achieved. Though the bike is probably going much more environment friendly with it off, you simply can’t experience a motorcycle just like the M 1000 R with out eager to let the entrance finish fly occasionally.

Well, you can’t tell from this ridiculous German license plate, but the rear should be much cleaner with US-sized plates and with the taillight function being handled by the LED turn signals. They flash under very hard braking, which is cool.

Nicely, you’ll be able to’t inform from this ridiculous German license plate, however the rear needs to be a lot cleaner with US-sized plates and with the taillight perform being dealt with by the LED flip indicators. They flash beneath very onerous braking, which is cool. (BMW/)

Having been round Almeria’s block just a few occasions, I’d ridden lots of the roads on our route a number of occasions over time, however I positively don’t recall a greater bike for tackling them. A lot of the roads have a tremendous floor, with few potholes or dangerous pavement, whereas the corners appear at occasions by no means ending and site visitors was at a minimal, a real sportbike rider’s dream. The one factor you do have to take into accounts when switching right into a customized mode like Race Professional, is that your preliminary DDC damping settings are going to be on the agency facet. After all, you’ll be able to go in and customise them, however you aren’t going to have these preset damping fashions optimized to every mode.

I can see that on lots of America’s crappy mountain roads, you’d be higher off both selecting a mode like Dynamic and letting it optimize the suspension for you, or actually moving into the weeds and customizing the damping circuits on the sprint. An answer could be to determine which damping you want on your native roads and replicate them in one of many customized modes so you possibly can have the very best of each worlds: the facility, wheelie and DTC you need with softer damping.

As it’s, the M 1000 R’s chassis is totally superb. The bike’s dealing with is crisp and aggressive with the leverage afforded by the moto-style bar permitting you to simply flick the bike by tight corners and switchbacks. The upright seating place, snug seat, and good ergos for a sportbike additionally meant that I didn’t need to get off the factor; a protracted day within the saddle did little to hamper my enthusiasm.

Like the superb suspension and chassis, the brakes on the M are superb. The entrance Nissin brakes have a extremely progressive really feel and have been by no means grabby. As you apply extra stress to the lever the facility ramps up in a really managed method, and but the facility was stout sufficient that I hardly ever used multiple finger on the lever until I used to be whoain’ it down from triple-digit speeds. Even on the racetrack.

I’m a bit torn by the bar-end mirrors. On one hand, they provide a great rearward view, which is kind of the point, but at the same time California lane-splitters are going to be tagging car mirrors frequently.

I’m a bit torn by the bar-end mirrors. On one hand, they supply an awesome rearward view, which is sort of the purpose, however on the similar time California lane-splitters are going to be tagging automotive mirrors continuously. (BMW/)

Proper earlier than our lunch break, our group pulled into the Almeria circuit and have been allowed to tear off 5 laps across the monitor. Having made the selection to put on street-oriented Alpinestars gear for the highway experience, I used to be a little bit of a nervous nelly on the market. There’s a primary for every little thing, and for me it was positively the primary time I’d ever ridden round a racetrack with out leathers on. Hitting slightly below 150 mph on the near-kilometer lengthy again straight was for one factor an actual neck exercise, however when my thoughts began eager about if my armored Astars denims would possibly blow aside like tissue paper if I crashed, I pulled in a lap early. Clearly I’ve discovered from classes of the previous and perhaps, simply perhaps, developed a slight trace of maturity as I get into my mid-50s.

Both method, the purpose of the monitor was to permit us to get a way of how potent the M 1000 R is when really letting unfastened, one thing that basically isn’t attainable on the road in a “secure” method (yeah, yeah, I exploit the phrase secure, with my tongue in cheek).


After pulling again into the resort on the finish of the day, and taking the time to mirror on what had transpired, I noticed that BMW has constructed a really superb machine. The bike provides a stage of versatility that few sportbikes can match. If trackdays are your jam and also you hardly ever experience on the highway, then the RR is a more sensible choice and your neck will thanks. However if you happen to love getting out within the mountains and on curvy roads on a sportbike, the M 1000 R completely delivers. Trendy electronics actually permit this 205 hp beast to be as mellow and cuddly as a kitten round city or as depraved, highly effective, and quick as a tiger on monitor. Even higher is that these are simply the bookends of its efficiency, and you may dial in about every little thing in between with just a few flicks of the buttons.

The M 1000 R is simply one of the most insane nakeds currently sold, and by far BMW’s gnarliest roadster to date.

The M 1000 R is just one of the crucial insane nakeds at the moment offered, and by far BMW’s gnarliest roadster up to now. (BMW/)

For the reason that M is actually meant to be a streetbike that may fortunately do the occasional trackday, I’d personally forgo the M Competitors Bundle and save myself the $5K. The bike already comes with a ton of super-nice bits and items, will get all of the digital upgrades accessible, and comes normal with the DDC suspension. Ordering the bike like that brings the entire to $21,345 in comparison with the usual S 1000 R’s $14,640 sticker worth. Trying to choice a normal S R to get all these trick bits not solely finally ends up costing greater than the M R’s base worth, however you continue to gained’t get the latter’s engine, which is what this beast is actually all about. Taking a fast look on the competitors, the KTM 1290 Tremendous Duke R Evo is $20,399, the base-model Ducati Streetfighter V4 begins at $22,095 and climbs all the best way as much as $37,995 for the SP2 model, whereas the Aprilia Tuono V4 Manufacturing facility is $19,499. Clearly BMW nailed the worth, and gives a ton of options and worth, particularly as an up-spec M mannequin.

We absolutely anticipate that just a few of you will grumble that $20,000-plus nakeds are excessive, and they’re. However while you take a look at the non-Euro competitors, there isn’t a motorcycle available on the market that even stands an opportunity of hanging with the M 1000 R on the highway and particularly on the monitor. Nicely finished, BMW, properly finished; we’ll give up waving our finger at you now.

2023 BMW M 1000 R. When will we meet again, my friend?

2023 BMW M 1000 R. When will we meet once more, my pal? (BMW/)

2023 BMW M 1000 R Specs

MSRP: $21,345
Engine: DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 16 valves
Displacement: 999cc
Bore x Stroke: 80.0 x 49.7mm
Compression Ratio: 13.3:1
Transmission/Remaining Drive: 6-speed/chain
Claimed Horsepower: 205.0 hp @ 13,500 rpm
Claimed Torque: 83.0 lb.-ft. @ 11,000 rpm
Gas System: Digital gas injection w/ 48mm throttle our bodies
Clutch: Moist, multi-disc back-torque-limiting; cable operation
Engine Administration/Ignition: Journey-by-wire/TCI
Body: Twin-spar aluminum
Entrance Suspension: 45mm Marzocchi inverted fork, absolutely adjustable; 4.7 in. journey / DDC
Rear Suspension: Marzocchi shock, absolutely adjustable; 4.6 in. journey / DDC
Entrance Brake: Nissin 4-piston Monoblock calipers, twin 320mm discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake: Brembo 1-piston slide-pin caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels: Entrance/Rear: Solid aluminum; 17 x 3.50 in. / 17 x 6.00 in.
Tires: Entrance/Rear: 120/70ZR-17 / 200/55ZR-17
Rake/Path: 24.0°/3.8 in.
Wheelbase: 57.1 in.
Floor Clearance: N/A
Seat Top: 33.1 in.
Gas Capability: 4.4 gal.
Claimed Moist Weight: 439 lb. (428 lb. M Competitors Bundle)
Contact: bmwmotorcycles.com

2023 BMW M 1000 R pipeside.

2023 BMW M 1000 R pipeside. (BMW/)

2023 BMW M 1000 R.

2023 BMW M 1000 R. (BMW/)

2023 BMW M 1000 R tailsection.

2023 BMW M 1000 R tailsection. (BMW/)

2023 BMW M 1000 R front.

2023 BMW M 1000 R entrance. (BMW/)


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