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BMW M1000RR is the first two-wheeled 'M' from Bavaria

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  • BMW M1000RR is the first two-wheeled 'M' from Bavaria

    We are all aware of the M series of cars from BMW and their prowess. And now, gear up for the M fury to make its way to motorcycles. BMW M1000RR has been officially announced. There have been some M enhancements to before, but not a full-fledged motorcycle. In essence, it means a lighter and more powerful S1000RR.

    As mentioned above, the cues for the M1000RR come from the S1000RR but it is not merely a styling exercise either. After all, the M badge means a lot to the folks in Bavaria. Visual enhancements include winglets made of clear-coat carbon fibre. The winglets help the motorcycle generate more downforce and put the power down more effectively by mitigating wheelies.

    Talking about the power, it has been bumped up to 212 bhp now. Not a considerable bump over the S1000RR when viewed alone, but with reduced weight and some more engineering finesse, it does seemingly make the the BMW M1000RR look like a significant step above the S1000RR. With all that, the BMW M1000RR is ready to be a full-fledged track weapon without losing its street-legalities. And yes, the claimed kerb weight is ~192 kg. Impressive.

    Most of us are aware of BMW Motorrad's exploits in WSBK and so, the services of Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty were essential in developing the M1000RR and bringing it very close to the WSBK-spec S1000RR. Also, the inputs from World Endurance racer Markus Reiterberger were also instrumental in the making of the BMW M1000RR. As a testament, Reiterberger lapped just 2.1010s behind Sykes and 1.590s behind Laverty who were riding their WSBK racebikes. Very impressive.

    In order to achieve the bump in power with the same mill from S1000RR, BMW had to put in quite a bit of work. The 999cc, liquid-cooled, inline-4 was already stretched thin with the power it makes in the S1000RR and so, it needed some elbow grease to pull this off. For the M1000RR, BMW added new two-ring forged pistons that were fortified with two additional crossbars in the box. Invariably, the new pistons are also lighter. The con-rods are now longer and lighter titanium ones as compared to the tempered steel ones in the S1000RR.

    All of this allowed BMW to run an even higher compression ratio (13.5.1 from 13.3.1) and increase maximum engine speed by 500 rpm (15,100 rpm from 14,600 rpm). BMW's variable-valve timing system or ShiftCam is also there (just like the S1000RR) but for the M1000RR, new exhaust valve spring assembly and slimmer, lighter rocker arms were used. The M1000RR also uses variable intake funnels with a servomotor adjusting the length of the funnels to optimize performance, especially at high engine speeds.

    With all that the engine now makes 212 bhp of power at 14,500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm. While the M1000RR still is a peaky machine, with the changes and ShiftCam tech, BMW claims a significant improvement in low and mid-range torque. BMW also designed a new titanium exhaust system for the M1000RR that employs two three-way catalytic converters. BMW claims the exhaust system weighs 7.8 kg as compared to S1000RR's 11.4 kg system.

    Predictably, the electronic suite is comprehensive. The M1000RR features 4 standard modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic, and Race) in addition to 3 configurable Race Pro modes. They modulate many aspects of the motorcycle such as the throttle response, ABS, traction control, engine braking level and wheelie control. Some other noteworthy features include pit lane limiter, Hill Start Control Pro and Shift Assistant (quickshifter) with both up and down functions. Those who fancy racetracks, the shit pattern can be converted to a reverse pattern (first gear up and then all the way down).

    A few changes have been made to the geometry as well. The rake is a little less aggressive at 23.6° (23.1° on the S1000RR) and the trail is now 99mm as compared to 94mm on the S1000RR. The wheelbase of the M1000RR is also increased to 1,458 mm as compared to 1,440 mm on the S1000RR. Also featured, of course, is a longer swingarm.

    Next up is suspension which has also undergone some changes. The rear has a revised monoshock with a new spring and a fine-tuned adjustment range. 45 mm forks perform duties on the front and on that front, the M1000RR is more or less similar to the S1000RR. The fork bridges are milled from solid aluminium and anodized black.

    The fork legs were also modified to hold BMW’s custom M-branded brake calipers. The radial-mount M callipers are Nissin brakes modified for improved performance and lighter weight. The calipers are paired with dual 320mm rotors that are slightly thicker than the S1000RR’s discs. BMW offers two versions of brake pads: one for regular road use and another made from a more track-focused compound. The rear wheel uses a two-piston fixed caliper with a 220mm disc.

    Moving on, carbon fibre wheels are standard on the BMW M1000RR which reduce the rotational and unsprung mass therefore enhancing agility. Finally, in regular BMW fashion, the M1000RR comes with quite a few packages. The M Competition package adds a GPS-powered lap-trigger, silver anodized aluminium swingarm, maintenance-free M endurance chain, and a passenger seating, pegs and seat cover. The M billet pack includes upgraded levers, footpegs, engine protectors and a brake lever guard. The M carbon package adds clear coated carbon wheels covers, chain guard and side tank covers.

    Now that we have listed out all the specialities of the BMW M1000RR, let's put the brass tacks on the table and talk pricing. It has not been announced yet but some outlets suggest a $31,380 price tag and the direct conversion means around INR 23.4 lacs. But as always, it is a direct conversion and too good to be true. At any rate, the BMW M1000RR seems like a good deal for those who'd frequent racetracks and like to be able to race on a Sunday and ride to work on Monday on the same machine.

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    Re: BMW M1000RR is the first two-wheeled 'M' from Bavaria

    Indeed one awesome feat on Euro 5/6 level.
    Imagine what they could've done on Euro 3 and Euro 2 levels, I wish this would've been possible.

    But in face of competition like Ducati, this was almost a given for survival.. Although a custom exhaust package from the company itself, for trackdays would be great.

    Markus, with whom I incidentally share the birthdate if not year, did a good job on the lap timings. A streetbike within 1-2 seconds of WSbk machines is awesome, although too unbelievable.
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      Re: BMW M1000RR is the first two-wheeled 'M' from Bavaria

      It would be great to see this fight out against Ducati's Superleggera V4, though my mind tells me that the Ducati would come out on top. Eagerly waiting for the prominent publications of the world to have this staged
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