With the bike’s larger siblings – the S1000R, S1000RR and M1000RR – rolling their tongues while inspiring the motorcycle community’s hooners to no end, it’s little wonder that BMW has chosen to feed a demand for a bike that shows off beautiful blue Bavarian bloodlines, yet stays more modest in the checkbooks (fingers crossed).
It will Have a Single-Cylinder Engine
A peashooter ‘RR’ for BMW??
Word is that this puchy piece of pretty will have the same engine as BMW’s G 310 R – the first BMW roadster under 500 cc.
The end result? A beautifully-liveried bike that will likely run a tad hot near the leggies.
We also have a few interesting comments below the Youtube vid, one of which was particularly worth a gander:
BMW should use a two-cylinder engine instead of that one cylinder. If… they use that single cylinder then BMW should retune it to make at least 40 hp power…[otherwise] what is the point of making a new bike with a high price where KTM offers the best package?
The Ninja, R3, Benelli…these overpriced bikes get [sales] because they are more powerful at top speed and have a smoother and better sounding two-cylinder engine.
BMW should notice this issue.
Unfortunately, despite the hype this bike is getting, we’re looking at an India-based debut only…for now.
What is your opinion on the incubating BMW 310 RR? Drop a comment down below, and as always – stay safe on the twisties.
BMW has announced its M 1000 RR 50 Years M anniversary edition, a higher-end evolution of the formidable S 1000 RR. The new model celebrates the 50th anniversary of BMW’s vaunted M performance sub-brand, featuring several notable upgrades over the standard RR. It includes carbon-fiber wheels, a lighter silver-anodized aluminum swingarm with an adjustable pivot, a GPS-based data logger, and a lightweight lithium-ion battery, as well as a taller windscreen and several billet-aluminum and carbon-fiber parts.
The new M boasts a 205-hp inline-Four engine and a 189-mph top speed. It weighs 423 lbs when fully fueled, and retails for $36,995 in its special Sao Paulo Yellow anniversary edition. More information in the press release below.
To mark the 50th anniversary of BMW M GmbH, founded in 1972 as BMW Motorsport GmbH, BMW Motorrad presents the M 1000 RR 50 Years M anniversary edition in Sao Paulo Yellow with historic 50 years BMW M badging. This striking combination pays homage to the spirit from almost 100 years of BMW Motorrad production and from 50 years of BMW M vehicles. To get the anniversary edition, the M 1000 RR should be equipped with the optional 50 Years ///M Package. In addition to the extensive use of M milled aluminum and M carbon parts, this package features a lighter silver anodized aluminum swingarm, M GPS lap trigger unlock software as well as the M endurance chain and passenger seat and seat cover.
The M 1000 RR can also be ordered in non-anniversary guise by selecting the Light White / M Motorsport Competition Package.
M – The Most Powerful Letter in the World
At the end of 2018, BMW Motorrad unveiled M special equipment and M Performance parts for selected existing motorcycle models. The M 1000 RR, the first BMW motorcycle to bear the M brand name made its world debut in September of 2020.
The letter M is synonymous worldwide with racing success as well as with high performance BMW vehicles aimed at customers with high demands for performance, exclusivity and individuality. The BMW M 1000 RR delivers on all of these expectations and continues the racing tradition of BMW M by being the base bike for the BMW Motorrad World Superbike Team since 2021 as well as being used by many race teams around the world.
BMW Motorsport GmbH and BMW M GmbH
BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded in 1972 with the idea of uniting all BMW motorsport activities under one roof and consolidating the construction of high-performance race cars and race engines. The BMW 3.0 CSL (CSL = Coupe Sport Light) made its debut as the first race car from BMW Motorsport GmbH in 1973. On the occasion of the foundation of BMW Motorsport GmbH, Robert A. Lutz, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Sales in 1972, stated: “A company is like a human being. If it does sports, it stays fit, enthusiastic, more effective and powerful.”
The BMW 3.0 CSL made its debut in the European Touring Car Championship in 1973 sporting the three defining BMW Motorsport colors of blue, violet and red on a snow-white background. Today’s updated Motorsport colors of are Blue – Dark Blue and Red.
This legendary color combination could be found on BMW M street vehicles which appeared in the second half of the 1970s as well as on successful race cars. Iconic cars such as the 1978 BMW M1 and the Brabham BMW with which Nelson Piquet won the 1983 Formula 1 World Championship.
From Isle of Man to Dakar – BMW Motorrad and motorsports
Racing success was not the exclusive realm of four-wheeled BMW vehicles however. Innovation stems from motorsport and this was especially true in the early decades. Legendary names from those early years include Ernst Jakob Henne who set no less than 76 world land speed records between 1929 and 1937 on supercharged BMW motorcycles and Georg “Schorsch” Meier who won the 1939 Senior Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man on his 500cc supercharged BMW.
In 1976, exactly 37 years later, Helmut Dähn and Hans Otto Butenuth celebrated fifth place in the Isle of Man Production TT class. They had actually set the fastest time on their BMW R 90 S but due to handicap rules, they were listed in fifth place behind two 250cc and two 500cc motorcycles. Nevertheless, given the fastest time, this fifth place was celebrated like a victory.
74 years after “Schorsch” Meier’s success in the Senior TT, Michael Dunlop rode his BMW S 1000 RR to victory in the 2014 Isle of Man TT Superbike race. In the following years, the RR would go on to leave its unmistakable mark on the TT with more victories.
BMW M colors would also be represented in off-road conditions such as the Paris-Dakar rallies of the early 1980s which were dominated by BMW GS factory riders Hubert Auriol and Gaston Rahier.
Like no other BMW motorcycles, the M 1000 RR 50 Years M model carries all of this historic motorsport DNA within it.
MSRP of $36,995 plus $645 Destination.
$32,495 plus the required $4,500 50 Years ///M Package.
BMW Motorrad Race ABS and ABS Pro
7 riding modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race, Race Pro 1-3)
Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) +/- Shift
Hill Start Control (HSC) Pro
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
Shift Assist Pro
LED-Headlight, Taillight and Turn Signals
M Lightweight Battery,
M Chassis Kit with rear height adjustment and swingarm pivot
50 Years ///M Package (optional)
Sao Paulo Yellow
50 Years M Anniversary badges
M GPS Lap Timer trigger software
Rear seat cover and passenger kit
M Carbon Package – Carbon front and rear fenders, Upper fairing side panels, Left and right carbon tank covers, Carbon chain guard and sprocket cover.
M Billet Pack – Billet aluminum engine protectors, folding brake and clutch levers, M rider’s rearsets, front brake lever guard.
Clear anodized swingarm
M Endurance chain
Water-cooled, inline 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, four titanium valves per cylinder, BMW ShiftCam
BMW Australia has issued a safety recall for their 2018-2020 K1600 over an issue which could the back end to drop.
The official notice says a manufacturer defect in the pivot struts that connect the rear suspension to the frame may break.
It sounds pretty catastrophic and dangerous to us, but you have to admit, the wording of the recall notice is a little twee given the gravity of the situation.
“This could cause the rear of the bike to drop on to the tyre, resulting in heavy deceleration of the rear wheel and instability for the rider,” the notice says.
“Heavy deceleration and instability could cause the rider to lose control and potentially crash resulting in serious injury or death.”
Owners should contact their BMW Motorrad dealer for the replacement of the pivot strut free of charge or contact BMW Group Customer Interaction Centre using [email protected] or by phone on 1800 813 299.
VINs (Vehicle identification numbers) of the 106 affected bikes can be downloaded here and here.
This is the first recall for BMW Australia this year after three recalls last year when there were 46 safety recalls, the highest number monitored since 2009.
For more than two decades BMW Motorrad Australia has been operating road and off-road tours for customers, called safaris.
A fe years ago they split the GS Safari into a road/off-road tour and a hardcore off-road tour with special training requirements.
This year they also added a special “cruisy” safari option called the ‘SoulFuel Escape’ earlier this month for owners of their new R 18 cruisers and R nineT naked bikes.
But for the hardcore off-roading fan, the S Enduro Safari is the peak of adventure, challenge and fun.
The 2022 BMW GS Safari Enduro begins with our Pre-Safari dinner at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in the Central West NSW Town of Dubbo and ends seven days later in South Australia’s wine country at the Barossa Valley.
The mainly off-road route includes three days riding around the Flinders Ranges, including Wilpena Pound, Cameron Corner, Strezlecki Track, White Cliffs, Tibooburra and Arkaroola, staying two nights at Arkaroola Village.
The event is open only to skilled GS riders and you can sharpen your skills at a two-Day BMW GS Off Road Training Pre-Safari course, in Dubbo, before the Safari.
Ridewrs will need to be able to ride these big Bismarks through sand, so only the skilled and brave need apply.
Riders will be tackled with support vehicles and a luggage truck.
Registrations open on April 21, but you better be quick as places are limited and they go quickly. Click here to register.
Many auto companies have motorsport editions of their production vehicles with an host of modifications and sporty extras.
Mercedes has AMG, Toyota has TRD, while Holden had HSV until 2020 and Ford stopped their FPV range in 2014.
BMW’s “M” for “Motorsport” started as a purely racing venture in the 1960s but gradually began spreading to production models.
The M model code stood for performance with more powerful engines, better suspension and brakes, plus styling touches including M badging featuring the iconic light blue, dark blue and red stripes.
Now BMW has extended its M range from cars to motorcycles, first with the S 1000 RR M sports bike in 2018 and the S 1000 R M-Sport street fighter in 2022.
Some critics claim the performance features of M badged cars has been lacking in recent years and that the badging has become a cynical styling exercise.
In the motorcycle division, BMW M badging on the S 1000 RR means special paint, carbon fibre wheels, a lighter battery, a sport seat, and rear ride height adjustability.
No changes to engine, brakes or suspension, although it has to be said that the S 1000 RR is already a potent performer.
Now the S 1000 R gets a similar M treatment with carbon fibre wheels and highlights, BMW’s quick shift pro, Akrapovič exhaust, endurance chain, lightweight battery, extra screen info and M badging. It’s also about 5kg lighter than the standard model at a lithe 194kg.
The “base model” S 1000 R costs $20,650 (plus on-road costs), the S 1000 R Sport is $24,390, S 1000 R Race costs $26,890 and the M, which is based on the Sport, costs $31,990.
Considering aftermarket carbon-fibre wheels would cost about $5000, an Akrapovič exhaust is about $1700 and the lighter battery and endurance chain add a few hundred dollars more, the premium for the M over the Sport is about right.
Besides, you will have a bike that is rare and exclusive.
You will also have a bike that you can ride to the track on Sunday to unleash its enormous performance potential, then commute to work on Monday.
Unlike many performance bikes which are unrideable unless you are on the limit, this has excellent real-world road manners, agile yet forgiving ride characteristics and a smooth and faultless transmission with anti-hopping clutch.
The R version of the sportsbike’s water-cooled four-cylinder in-line 999cc engine is “downtuned” from 152kW at 13,500 revs to 121kW with just 1Nm more of torque at 114Nm.
It’s a mechanically quiet, but stirring unit that spins up quickly and smoothly with plenty of meat right throughout the range and an unbelievably dizzying response once it revs above 7000.
Riders can chose from four engine modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic and Dynamics Pro) to compliment terrain and riding style.
The electronics package is complemented by Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) so you can harness the brute power without drama.
And for those who want to tour the countryside in Road mode at a more sedate and comfortable scenery-watching pace, there is cruise control, hand warmers, self-cancelling indicators and semi-active suspension which you can adjust for pillion and rider behaviour.
Rounding out the suite of high tech are LED lighting, keyless ignition, tyre pressure monitor and the motorcycle version of BMW’s iDrive with a rotating ring controller on the left handlebar.
It allows the rider to scroll through and modify so many of the parameters of the bike, check on its status and even engage a pit-lane limiter and lap timer for track days.
You can also modify the look and info of the large iPad-style TFT screen which is one of the biggest and clearest on any motorcycle I’ve ridden with hardly any annoying glare from the sun. Why can’t all motorcycle screens be as good?
The 2022 S 1000 R range already features many updates that make it a better performer, including lighter drive and chassis, engine drag torque control (MSR) to prevent rear-wheel lock-ups under downshifts and improved suspension with Flex Frame construction.
But it is the carbon fibre wheels which make the biggest difference in the M model.
If you’ve never ridden a bike with these lightweight cannon fibre wheels, you are missing a treat.
They not only look superb, but affect so much of the bike’s performance.
With less weight, there is less inertia which means faster acceleration, quicker stopping times, lighter and more accurate steering, plus faster change of direction.
The suspension also works better because there is less mass for the springs and shock absorbers to deal with.
So it rides the bumps easier and is more efficient at keeping the wheels on the road over corrugations.
It’s not a plush ride, though. After all, this is a thoroughbred sporting machine, so the ride is firm, yet fair.
So is the M sport seat. It’s good for a tank full of fuel (16.5 litres at 6.2L/100km) by which stage you will want to stretch and massage your buttocks.
The ride position is less aggressive than the RR thanks to the wide bars which have a slight downward bend and are not too wide for lane filtering duties.
That’s what makes this bike a great allrounder for those who want a track-day tool that can also handle a weekend ride through the back roads and the daily commute.
While BMW Motorrad set a record sales year in 2021 with a massive 14.8% increase, Australia’s performance was up only marginally.
According to BMW Motorrad Australia, they sold 2512 motorcycles and scooters to the end of December which was a 0.8% increase on 2020.
Globally, BMW Motorrad sold 194,261 motorcycles and scooters which was up 24,989 up on the previous year.
Understandably, the German company’s best performer which remains the largest market with 25,972 sales and leading the brand in its home.
Next best is Italy with 16,034 (15.2%), just one ahead of the USA which witnessed 32.1% growth.
But the biggest improver was India with a whopping 102.5% increase to 5191.
Other notable improvements were China which was up 21.4% to 14,309, Spain (12,616, 14.4 %) and France (19,887,13.4%).
BMW Motorrad claims the UK’s exit from the EU had no significant impact on their sales with an increase of 26.6% and sales of 9263 in Great Britain/Ireland compared with 7315 the previous year.
Boxer models remain the driving force for the company with sales of more than 60,000 R 1250 GS and GS Adventure alone and R models accounting for half of the company’s sales.
BMW Motorrad boss Markus Schramm says he is proud of the results.
“It’s precisely in times of crisis where you can see how well a team sticks together,” he says.
“I look forward to 2022 with great confidence as we start the year with what is sure to be the strongest product offering ever.
“Our four cruiser models from the BMW R 18 model family are entering their first full year of sales together.
“In addition, in the first few months of 2022 alone, the market launches of the all-electric BMW CE 04 and our four superior 6-cylinder models K 1600 GT/GTL/B and Grand America, which have been further improved in all respects, are absolute highlights in our range and will generate a further sales drive in the first half of the year.
“We also have a lot planned for the second half of 2022, so our customers and fans are in store for a number of surprises.”
I cannot understand why it hasn’t happened sooner, but BMW Motorrad is only now applying for a patent of a design for a seat that can be adjusted for width as well as height.
As far as I’m concerned, the riding comfort of a motorcycle is one of the most important facets of a motorcycle.
It contributes to your enjoyment, your ability to travel long distance and even primary safety. After all, you are a lot more alert and a better rider if you aren’t squirming around in your seat distracted by the pain in your butt.
All motorcycle seats are a compromise in height and with and comfort.
Soft, wide seats may be comfortable on a touring bike, but they don’t connect you with the bike the way a slimmer and harder seat on a sportsbike can.
And adventure bikes need to be narrow so you can stand up without having to have bowed legs.
Stock seats on motorcycles are usually quite uncomfortable, yet even aftermarket seats don’t address the problem of adjustment.
BMW’s patent-pending design is a quite simple solution to an age-old problem.
It consists of two separate parts underneath the seat cover that are on sliding brackets.
The application, issued through the US Patent Office, doesn’t say how the parts will be adjusted.
Hopefully it is a simple lock that can be adjusted by hand.
BMW has just announced the 2022 Performance Academy. The four-level track school will feature some of the fastest riders in the world as your coaches. It doesn’t matter how skilled a rider you already are; you’re very likely to benefit from a day here. The academy will take place at the Anglesey circuit in North Wales, with prices starting at £649 — including the rental cost of a BMW motorcycle for the day.
The fleet of bikes will include the M 1000 RR, S 1000 RR, S 1000 R, and F 900 R. BMW has decided to limit the number of participants to benefit from more one-on-one time with the coaches. The team of trainers includes current or ex-British Superbike Championship racers who raced on a BMW motorcycle at some point in their careers.
The four levels each cater to a different skill level. Level 1 is for those just getting into track riding, while Levels 2 and 3 incorporate a little more technical skills and real-time feedback via Bluetooth communication systems. Level 4 includes track time on the M 1000 RR with individual attention from the coaches.
BMW Motorrad UK National Marketing and PR Manager Scott Grimsdall said, “We wanted to keep the school quite intimate and the groups relatively small to deliver a premium yet relaxed and supportive experience. Every rider will benefit from quality time with the instructors.”
VisorDown mentions in its report that the Anglesey circuit in North Wales will act as an ideal training ground for the riders. The track is a “flowing yet technical track suitable for all levels, featuring a variety of sweeping corners, hairpins, and changes of elevation to maximize the learning experience.”