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2023 BMW S 1000 RR

BMW continues to fine-tune its ultra-capable S 1000 RR. Updated for 2023, the bike is even more track focused, with updates to the chassis, engine, and aerodynamics.

BMW continues to fine-tune its ultra-capable S 1000 RR. Updated for 2023, the bike is even more track focused, with updates to the chassis, engine, and aerodynamics. (BMW/)


  • Advanced aerodynamics package
  • Enhanced electronic rider aids
  • Balanced, planted chassis


  • Power restrictions in US trim
  • Want the M Package in black? Sorry, no can do.
  • Premium Package required for Ride Modes Pro
  • Costs increase with each package upgrade

BMW is all about options! Multiple packages are available with upgraded hardware, for those who want the best BMW has to offer.

BMW is all about options! Multiple packages are available with upgraded hardware, for those who want the best BMW has to offer. (BMW/)


Buyers shopping for a track-ready, inline-four-powered sportbike with a ton of features, every electronic bell and whistle in the book, and a chassis with premium components have to consider the S 1000 RR. Combine superb on-track performance with a surprisingly accomodating rider triangle and you have a superbike that’s equally capable on the street or track.


BMW’s S 1000 RR has been at the forefront of the superbike category since bursting onto the scene in 2009, and despite competition from a variety of open-class models, constant refinement has kept BMW near the front. The bike is popularly known for its stable chassis, potent inline-four engine, and expansive suite of electronic rider aids.

The latter is important to consider, as BMW prides itself on offering the most advanced electronics package for a mass-produced sportbike. The company worked diligently to refine the systems, enabling riders to go faster, and be safer, through modern ABS, traction control, engine-brake, and more. Available Dynamic Damping Control makes setting the bike up for the track that much easier, while enabling it to work well in varying conditions.

Race results might now always prove how capable the bike is, but rest assured, this is one of the most potent superbikes currently available.

M 1000 RR–inspired winglets are part of the S model’s advanced aerodynamics package.

M 1000 RR–inspired winglets are part of the S model’s advanced aerodynamics package. (BMW/)

Updates for 2023

The 2023 S 1000 RR borrows much of its technology from the up-spec M 1000 RR, while still managing costs and expectations of a “base model.”

M 1000 RR–inspired winglets are the first thing you’ll notice, this latest design offering up to 22 pounds of front-end downforce at high speed. Further back, and perhaps less obvious, is a tailsection with less bodywork than earlier models, the current design giving the impression that the bike’s mass is packed around its front wheel.

The frame uses the same general layout as before, but BMW added more holes in the four die-cast alloy members that make up the chassis, allowing it to flex more than the previous version. The geometry is also new, with a 0.5-degree decrease in steering-head angle, now set at 23.6 degrees rather than 23.1 degrees. Alongside new triple clamps with 3mm less offset, the change increases trail from 3.7 inches to 3.9 inches and stretches the wheelbase from 56.7 inches to 57.4.

The adjustable swingarm pivot previously found on the M Chassis Kit is standard for 2023, allowing more range to tune the chassis to rider tastes, while a height-adjustable linkage for the shock has been added. Additional changes include a one-tooth-larger, 46-tooth rear sprocket that reduces the final drive ratio and improves acceleration.

US-bound S 1000 RR’s are claimed to make the same power as before, but do have some changes. Intake port geometry is based on the M 1000 RR, there’s a new airbox, and the variable-height intake funnels are shortened.

Key electronic updates include the addition of a Slide Control function, BMW’s new steering-angle sensor feeding information to the traction-control system and allowing it to estimate the drift angle of the bike. Brake Slide Assist has also been added to ABS Pro, and enables the rear wheel to step further out under braking. Shift Assistant Pro has been updated for improved shifts, and other small changes have been incorporated, like the move to a lightweight battery and new wiring harness that makes it easier to remove the license plate bracket.

There’s a little bit of caveat with the color choices on the 2023 S 1000 RR, as not all are available with all the packages that you may want to upgrade to. If you really want the M Package, the only option is to get the bike in the M Motorsport red, white, and blues (yes two shades). If you want the Style Passion Red or Black Storm Metallic paint, you’ll have to add some of the accessories and features piecemeal. For instance, if you want the carbon fiber wheels, that option doesn’t exist outside of the M Package and you’ll have to take the forged-aluminum units. But that’s pretty much the one option you can’t get separately.

Despite its incredible performance, the S 1000 RR is a surprisingly easy motorcycle to hustle around a racetrack.

Despite its incredible performance, the S 1000 RR is a surprisingly easy motorcycle to hustle around a racetrack. (BMW/)

Pricing and Variants

The base-model S 1000 RR is available in Black Storm Metallic for $17,895 and Style Passion Red for $18,270, plus destination and handling fees. There’s more to the story, however, as BMW offers three separate packages for potential customers, and each adds to the price tag.

BMW’s M Package adds $4,495 and includes the following: M paintwork, M footrest system, black fuel filler cap, M Carbon wheels with M tapes, M lettering and new clear coat, and M sports seat. As an alternative to the M Carbon wheels, the customer can also choose the M forged wheels.

The Premium Package is another $2,340 and includes: M Titanium Exhaust System, heated grips, M Endurance Chain, Cruise Control, Ride Modes Pro, and Dynamic Damping Control.

Finally, BMW’s Carbon Package adds a handful of stylish, lightweight bits for an additional $1,995.

The S 1000 RR feels right at home on the racetrack. Credit BMW’s continued efforts to refine the chassis, which was upgraded for 2023 and provides a great balance between nimble handling and stable, planted feel.

The S 1000 RR feels right at home on the racetrack. Credit BMW’s continued efforts to refine the chassis, which was upgraded for 2023 and provides a great balance between nimble handling and stable, planted feel. (BMW/)


BMW might be at the forefront of the superbike category, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its fair share of competition.

Starting with the European competition you have the Aprilia RSV4 1100 ($18,999) and RSV4 1100 Factory ($25,999). Meanwhile, Ducati has the Panigale V4 ($23,895), Panigale V4 S ($30,695), Panigale V4 SP2 ($39,500), and Panigale V4 R ($44,995).

Japanese manufacturers have their own lineup of base and up-spec models. Honda has the CBR1000RR ($16,599) and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP ($28,900), while Kawasaki offers up the Ninja ZX-10R ($17,399) and ZX-10RR ($29,699), Suzuki has the GSX-R1000 ($16,149) and $18,199 GSX-R1000R ($18,199), plus Yamaha sells the incredibly capable YZF-R1 ($17,999) and YZF-R1M ($26,999).

Riders will have a love/hate relationship with the S 1000 RR’s engine. There’s no denying the incredible performance, but emissions regulations mean US-bound S 1000 RR’s don’t produce the same power as their European counterparts.

Riders will have a love/hate relationship with the S 1000 RR’s engine. There’s no denying the incredible performance, but emissions regulations mean US-bound S 1000 RR’s don’t produce the same power as their European counterparts. (BMW/)

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The S 1000 RR has a liquid-cooled 999cc inline-four, with DOHC and four valves per cylinder. Bore and stroke measure 80.0 by 49.7mm with the compression ratio measuring 13.3:1. Power is rated at a claimed 205 hp at 13,000 rpm, with 83 lb.-ft. of peak torque coming at 11,000 rpm. Redline is set at 14,600 rpm.

In Cycle World’s 2023 S 1000 RR First Ride, Blake Conner said: “There is no question that the S 1000 RR is a total beast, providing acceleration that only a few production bikes on the planet can match, but at the same time, I was instantly blown away by the bike’s composure.”

It’s true that BMW has struggled to keep US-bound S 1000 RR’s on par with the European variants when it comes to power, and this is certainly something to consider if your focus is on peak horsepower and torque figures. There’s some comfort, however, in knowing what the hardware is capable of.


The well-sorted frame, which is constructed with four gravity die-cast pieces that are welded together and then use the engine as a stressed member, gives the S 1000 RR all of the traits needed for fast laps around the racetrack. Steering is quick (especially when equipped with the ultralightweight carbon wheels), but the bike doesn’t feel knifelike or require extra care as you flick it through a tight section of corners. It’s planted and confidence inspiring, which is all you can expect from a superbike capable of lap-record pace.

Suspension is provided by a 45mm upside-down Marzocchi fork in the front and a linked monoshock of the same make at the rear; both are fully adjustable. The optional Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) is part of the Premium Package. The system takes information from the selected ride mode and determines the ideal compression and rebound settings for the selected choice.

Now more than ever, there is a lot of adjustment in the BMW chassis, and riders who enjoy fine-tuning the setup will appreciate all of the options within the S 1000 RR’s hardware.

Four-piston calipers bite on 320mm steel discs. Bigger news is that Brake Slide Assist has been added to the ABS Pro system. Brake Slide Assist enables the rider to set a specific drift angle while sliding into corners.

Four-piston calipers bite on 320mm steel discs. Bigger news is that Brake Slide Assist has been added to the ABS Pro system. Brake Slide Assist enables the rider to set a specific drift angle while sliding into corners. (BMW/)


The bike uses a pair of radial-mount Nissin four-piston calipers up front biting on 320mm rotors, while a single-piston Brembo caliper and 220mm disc reside out back.

Out on the track and with up-spec ABS Pro Slick mode at work with the front tire squirming on some minor undulations, the bike’s rear end follows in line precisely with the combo of the electronics and slipper clutch working perfectly.

The brakes are a nice balance of aggressive stopping performance and controlled power. They have great bite without the sharp sensation that requires extra focus as you transition to the brakes after a long straightaway. Some may be frustrated with having to upgrade to Ride Modes Pro to access the latest-generation rider-aid software, but doing so really pays off when hitting the track.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

We’ve yet to put the S 1000 RR through our testing routine in the US.

The current-generation S 1000RR’s tailsection has less bodywork than earlier models.

The current-generation S 1000RR’s tailsection has less bodywork than earlier models. (BMW/)

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

The S 1000 RR is a full-on track-ready sportbike, so you have to expect that the ergonomics are focused for that task. There are a few options that can help you get more comfortable, including three seat options: a high, low, and standard. You can also opt for BMW’s adjustable M Billet rearsets to further refine your seating position.

Even without the accessories, and considering its racetrack roots, the S 1000 RR is a relatively accommodating motorcycle for most riders. Other superbikes, such as the Ducati Panigale, feel incredibly aggressive from an ergonomics point of view, while the BMW has some room in the seat to move around, and doesn’t put a ton of weight on your wrists.

The RR comes standard with the four modes: Rain, Road, Dynamic, and Race. Optional “Pro modes” offer Race Pro 1, Race Pro 2, and Race Pro 3.

The RR comes standard with the four modes: Rain, Road, Dynamic, and Race. Optional “Pro modes” offer Race Pro 1, Race Pro 2, and Race Pro 3. (BMW/)


Standard features include: BMW Motorrad ABS, ABS Pro, Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Start Control, Gear Shift Assist Pro, ride modes, and Hill Start Control. If the buyer intends to ride on track, there are some additional and new features that are included in the optional Premium Package ($2,340), such as: Ride Modes Pro, Dynamic Damping Control, Pit Lane Limiter, and Launch Control, while heated grips and cruise control are also in the pack.

Within the new Ride Modes Pro tier, extensions were created to further enhance the track rider’s experience. First up is Slide Control that is associated with the DTC system and determines how much the bike can step out while sliding. On the braking side, there are multiple new systems. The first is tied to the engine brake system and called Brake Slide Assist, which allows the rider to step out and slide the rear end of the bike into the corner. There is also a new ABS Pro “Slick” setting, which is part of the Riding Modes Pro option and takes into account the use of slick tires.

The rider interface features a 6.5-inch full color TFT display. All lighting is LED. The optional DDC suspension as mentioned above features damping circuits that are tied to the chosen ride mode.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

BMW offers a three-year or 36,000-mile warranty for the S 1000 RR.


From our firsthand experience, fit and finish on the S 1000 RR is excellent. The extensive three-year warranty only boosts confidence in the machine.

2023 BMW S 1000 RR Specs

MSRP: $17,895 (base)
Engine: DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 16 valves
Displacement: 999cc
Bore x Stroke: 80.0 x 49.7mm
Compression Ratio: 13.3:1
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Claimed Horsepower: 205.0 hp @ 13,500 rpm
Claimed Torque: 83.0 lb.-ft. @ 11,000 rpm
Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection w/ 48mm throttle bodies
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc back-torque-limiting; cable operation
Engine Management/Ignition: Ride-by-wire/TCI
Frame: Twin-spar aluminum
Front Suspension: 45mm Marzocchi inverted fork, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel / DDC
Rear Suspension: Marzocchi shock, fully adjustable; 4.6 in. travel / DDC
Front Brake: Nissin 4-piston Monoblock calipers, dual 320mm discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake: Nissin 1-piston slide-pin caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels: Front/Rear: Cast aluminum; 17 x 3.50 in. / 17 x 6.00 in. / M Carbon Fiber
Tires: Front/Rear: 120/70ZR-17 / 190/55ZR-17 (200/55ZR-17 M wheel)
Rake/Trail: 23.6°/4.0 in.
Wheelbase: 57.3 in.
Ground Clearance: 4.7 in.
Seat Height: 32.8 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight: 434 lb. (427 lb. M Package)
Contact: bmwmotorcycles.com

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Review: BMW S 1000 R M-Sport

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.

BMW S 1000 R M tech specs

  • Price: $31,990 + ORC
  • Warranty: 2 years/unlimited km.
  • Engine: water-cooled, 999cc, in-line four-cylinder.
  • Power: 121kW @ 11,000rpm
  • Torque: 114Nm @ 9250rpm.
  • Gearbox: 6-speed, chain drive.
  • Weight: 194kg.
  • Suspension front/rear: 45mm upside-down fork, fully adjustable, 120mm travel; rear shock with compression and damping adjustment and semi-active preload, 117mm travel.
  • Brakes front/rear: 320mm discs with four-piston fixed caliper; 220mm disc with one-piston floating caliper , ABS Pro.
  • Dimensions: 2090mm (L); 812mm (W); 1115mm (H); 1450mm (WB); 830mm (S)

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

A record sales year for BMW Motorrad across the globe

2021 BMW Motorrad Sales Figures

BMW Motorrad finished the year with a record sales result despite major logistical challenges stemming from the global pandemic. With 194,261 units (+14.8%), 2021 (previous year: 169,272), was the best year since BMW Motorrad was founded

Europe showed strong sales growth in 2021. Italy (16,034 units / +15.2 %), Spain (12,616 units / +14.4 %) and France (19,887 units / +13.4 %) were the most important growth drivers and able to continuously increase their sales figures.  In total, 9,100 more vehicles were delivered in Europe, than in the previous year.

Germany remains by far the largest single market for BMW Motorrad. With 25,972 units sold, BMW Motorrad will again defend its position as the most successful motorcycle manufacturer in the German market in 2021.

The UK’s exit from the EU had no significant impact on BMW sales. With an increase of 26.6% and sales of 9,263 units in Great Britain/Ireland (previous year 7,315 units), the British market is stronger than ever before.

BMW is also continuing to expand in the Asian market. China (14,309 units / +21.4%) is one of the strongest growth and volume markets in Asia with double-digit growth. India continues to develop strongly, posting significant growth of 102.5% and 5,191 units.  In Australia BMW sales were up a sight 0.5 per cent to 2891.

The market in the USA developed very positively for BMW Motorrad in 2021. With 16,030 motorcycles and scooters sold (previous year: 12,135 units), BMW Motorrad achieved an impressive +32.1% growth in the USA.

Sales in Brazil are not growing quite as fast, but they are increasing steadily. With 11,150 vehicles sold (previous year: 10,707 units) and a growth of +4.1%, the South American market is among the top 7 BMW Motorrad markets in 2021.

Sales of the traditionally strong R Series increased significantly overall. Thanks to the new top-of-the-line R 1250 RT tourer and the four emotional BMW cruisers from the R18 model family, sales figures in the flat-twin boxer segment once again grew strongly, accounting for around half of the total 194,261 vehicles sold.

A total of over 60,000 units of the two touring enduros R 1250 GS and GS Adventure alone, were delivered to customers in 2021.  In Australia sales of both the R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure models were also up, with 821 sales registered.

In the big-bore Supersports market BMW performs very strongly in Australia with the S 1000 RR the #1 selling sportsbike in Australia by a considerable margin.  The S 1000 XR and F 900 XR sport-touring models also sold well in Australia.

The BMW M 1000 RR was the first true M motorcycle from BMW Motorrad to enter the market in 2021 and 1070 units of the model were sold globally.

Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad

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 six-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.

Source: MCNews.com.au

BMW unveil two new R 18 specials at Verona Motor Bike Expo

BMW R 18 M and BMW R 18 Aurora

These two custom motorcycles borne from the bones of BMW’s R 18 are the result of a collaboration of BMW Motorrad Italy and two different customisers.

BMW R 18 M

The R 18 M is a project developed by Italian Magazine LowRide and created by American Dreams.

The R 18 Aurora, was created by Garage 221 that was engaged by BMW Motorrad Roma.

BMW R 18 M

M is the letter that distinguished the sport versions of BMW four-wheeled models, and today it also includes two-wheeled vehicles.

BMW R 18 M

The source of inspiration for the BMW R 18 M project by the editorial staff of LowRide is the following: the idea is to give the BMW Cruiser a more streamlined and sportier look, avoiding exaggerations and especially without forgetting the reference to the BMW R 18 retro lines.

BMW R 18 M

Stability, long wheelbase and readiness of the 1800 cc big boxer instigate lightning starts and deserve, in our opinion, a sporty and retro look. In the R 18 M design, we find suggestions from BMW Motorrad tradition and cues from the four-wheelers: M stands for Motorsport” as Giuseppe Roncen, director of LowRide and a great expert of the world of specials, described the BMW R 18 M project.

BMW R 18 M

The work has focused on chassis, suspension set-up, bodywork, and accessories, leaving mechanics and electronics unchanged as the natural strengths of the R 18.

Lightened and with a different riding position, the BMW R 18 M promises to be even more fun to ride: “We remain curious to experience its potential. Significantly lightened, the bike should also be easy to handle due to its riding position, which is more compact and forward loaded, without exaggeration.

BMW R 18 M

The R 18 M project was made possible by BMW Italia and was born in the wake of the emotions that this bike can give: a fun cruiser, powerful and lively, with a big heart and an infinite torque.

LowRide has involved some of the best Italian craftsmanship and companies specialised in the sector.

The realisation of the sketches was entrusted to designer Oberdan Bezzi, already a partner of LowRide in the past. He has managed to make it an exciting power cruiser without upsetting the essence of the BMW R 18.

BMW R 18 M

American Dreams handled the assembly and coordinated the work; Elaboratorio, specialising in prototyping and modeling, created tail, tip and fiberglass windshield from scratch.

BMW R 18 M

Carbon Italy handled the head covers, intake ducts, and other carbon fiber details.

BMW R 18 M

The short exhaust pipe, designed to make the line more compact and allow greater lean angles, bears the signature of ER Exhaust Revolution.

The short exhaust pipes also give greater prominence to the splendid uncovered nickel-plated shaft, an evocative detail that deserves to be highlighted.

BMW R 18 M

L.R. Leather covered the saddle in leather, while the paintwork was entrusted to Dox Art Factory.

BMW R 18 M

Rizoma provided mirrors, grips, and universal indicators for the accessories, perfectly in line with the bike’s character.

BMW R 18 Aurora

The idea and desire of Garage 221 to create a custom bike based on the BMW R 18 found its origins a while ago, at the presentation of the bike at EICMA 2019.

BMW R 18 Aurora

The lines of the new BMW cruiser, innovative and at the same time faithfully traditional, deserved “complementary elements and an even more Heritage spirit, starting from the soft lines of the tank to the characteristic shapes of the boxer,” in the opinion of Pier Francesco Marchio of Garage 221.

The project initially focused on the study of the different sections of the bike, keeping in mind the need to connect the new elements in a unique harmony of lines, taking inspiration from the cruisers of the 1970s, which have always particularly involved Pier Francesco “for their impressive aesthetic fluidity.”

BMW R 18 Aurora

Distinctive elements of the BMW R 18 Aurora by Garage 221 are the wraparound fenders and adherent to the wheel, like the “batwing”, to leave space and thus highlight the central area of the bike.

BMW R 18 Aurora

The modifications that led to the R 18 Aurora stem from Garage 221’s experience in the BMW world and indeed all used elements come from other models of BMW Motorrad.

BMW R 18 Aurora

The saddle was borrowed in its entirety from a BMW 1200 C of 2005, the Batwing supports were made using the supports for indicators of a BMW R 100 of 1982 and a part of the rear frame of a BMW K 75 of 1991.

BMW R 18 Aurora

Even for the colour of the body, the code of a 1983 BMW RT 100 was taken as a reference, customising the graphics in its shades and intensity.

BMW R 18 Aurora

The front and rear fender supports, saddle supports, and license plate holder arms are entirely hand-made.

BMW R 18 Aurora

The exhaust pipes were made in collaboration with Leo Vince, for an even more full-bodied and captivating exhaust note. Their design has been specifically studied to give a very personal and muscular line to the central part of the R 18.

BMW R 18 Aurora

The R 18 Aurora’s oil cooler grille gives a classy natural touch, inspired by the grille of BMW’s cars from the 1960s.

BMW R 18 Aurora

It was a lot of hard work,” said Pier Francesco, “but the result is truly stunning. The textured paintwork of the cylinder head covers, the injection housings, the central crankcase and our oil cooler grille make everything look homogeneous, creating a unique effect with the cylinder block and the bevel gear.

BMW R 18 Aurora
BMW R 18 Aurora
BMW R 18 Aurora

Source: MCNews.com.au

BMW launch new SoulFuel Escape guided motorcycle tours

BMW Motorrad Australia
‘SoulFuel Escape’

BMW are offering motorcyclists a chance to join them on a 4-day / 5-night Roadtrip on a BMW R 18 or R nineT, with a relaxed motorcycle touring experience while exploring some of the best regions of Australia.

Ride your own R 18 or R nineT or hire a bike from the R 18 range to discover heritage road cruising at its finest.

Enjoy a reprieve from the daily grind with an event designed to transport you to back to the basics, with nothing but a motorcycle and the road ahead on your mind.

Taking in incredible scenery, fantastic riding, and a bunch of great experiences along the way – this is the perfect event to discover the R 18 range for new customers or stretch the legs on your current BMW heritage bike.

The Motodevelopment team behind the iconic BMW Safari events have prepared a fantastic route for our first event, cruising from the Hawkesbury Valley & Bathurst up through the Hunter Valley to Port Macquarie from the 2nd – 6th March 2022.

BMW’s first SoulFuel Escape will have a limited capacity with 12 x R 18 Bike Hire places and 18 places for customers riding their own R 18 or R nineT.

Bookings go on sale Thursday 27th January at 9am AEDT


The Details:

  • The SoulFuel Escape – A BMW Motorrad Heritage Bike Roadtrip
  • Event #1 NSW – Windsor > Port Macquarie 2nd – 6th March
  • 4 Days Riding / 5 Nights’ Accommodation + Experiences along the way
  • 30 Customers (12 x R 18 Hire Bike Places / 18 x Owned R 18 or R nineT Places)
  • Guided Road Motorcycle Touring with Motodevelopment
  • Bookings Live from Thursday 27th January at 9am

The Route:

  • Day 1 – Windsor > Bathurst
  • Day 2 – Bathurst > Hunter Valley
  • Day 3 – Hunter Valley > Tamworth
  • Day 4 – Tamworth > Port Macquarie


  • Single Package: $3,999
  • 2-Up Package: $4,899

Package Inclusions:

  • 5 Nights of Premium Accommodation
  • Daily Planned Routes with Lead & Sweep Riders
  • Full Event Support including Tech & Luggage Transfer
  • Personalised Event Rider Pack
  • All Breakfasts & Dinners Included
  • 2 Custom Experience Activities

Bike Hire

4 Day Bike Hire Cost = $1,000. Available fleet for Event #1 will include

  • 3 x BMW R 18
  • 3 x BMW R 18 Classic
  • 3 x BMW R 18 B
  • 3 x BMW R 18 Transcontinental

Bookings go on sale Thursday 27th January at 9am AEDT

Source: MCNews.com.au

Australian BMW GS Safaris announced

Over more than 40 years, BMW Motorrad in Australia has offered riding safaris for road, dirt and extreme off-road situations.

Last year, the GS Safari headed to Far North Queensland while the more extreme Enduro Safari headed west from Longreach.

In 2022, both five-day safaris return to Tasmania for the first time in eight years with registrations open from 18 January at 9am AEDT.

Click here for the GS Safari and Enduro Safari.

The reason they announce the exact time for the opening of online registrations is that the capped events are so popular, they usually sell out within hours or even minutes.

Both will start in Hobart and feature a variety of twisty bitumen roads that rival the best in Australia as well as some dirt roads.

However, the Enduro will include more dirt and a lot of technical off-road terrain.

Touratech Desierto5 fairing for BMW R 12100 GSv

Also, attendees in the Enduro event must first complete their two-day BMW Off Road Training Pre-Safari course, located not far from Hobart.

I’ve participated in several TS (road only), GS and GS Enduro safaris over the years and found them to be well-organised events.

Fees cover route notes, welcome and farewell dinners, baggage back-up, expert advice, recovery vehicles and discounts on accommodation.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

BMW ConnectedRide Cradle offers all-in-one mobile solution

BMW ConnectedRide Cradle

For riders who don’t want to invest in a full independent navigation system, with all the ensuing costs, BMW have released the ConnectedRide Cradle, designed to mount a variety of smartphones and offering a host of extra features.

BMW ConnectedRide Cradle

The ConnectedRide Cradle serves not only as a simple cradle but also offers a navigation map and vehicle data such as lean angle, acceleration, deceleration and much more can be displayed via the BMW Motorrad Connected App using the Multi-Controller.

Thanks to individually adjustable side clamps, the ConnectedRide Cradle is suitable for many different smartphone sizes and charges the smartphone inductively according to the Qi standard with a maximum of 7.5W or wired via a USB-C connection with a maximum of 7.5W (1.5A at 5V). An LED charging indicator (can be switched off) provides information about the phone’s charging status.

BMW ConnectedRide Cradle

For security, the ConnectedRide Cradle can be locked to the motorcycle’s holder, if the holder supports this.

The ConnectedRide Cradle can also be used on older BMW Motorrad models (e.g. BMW R 1200 GS K50) and fits all BMW Motorrad models equipped with the optional equipment “Preparation for navigation system (option 272)” – as well as models equipped with Multi-Controller and the option of retrofitting the navigation preparation via the BMW Motorrad workshop system (except R 1200 RT, R 1250 RT, K 1600 models).

BMW ConnectedRide Cradle

On older motorcycles without a TFT instrument cluster, operation is possible via the control element of the “Preparation for navigation unit SA 272”. The prerequisite for displaying vehicle data is “On-board computer Pro (option 221)”. The ConnectedRide Cradle cannot be used with the Navigator 4-Button Mount Cradle.

In order to be able to fully use the functions described, the BMW Motorrad Connected App version 4.0 or higher must be used. BMW Motorrad recommends that you always install the latest updates to ensure proper functioning.

A Bluetooth connection is required to enable the app to be controlled via the motorcycle’s navigation preparation control element. The smartphone must be equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy version 4.2 at least in order to comply with the security requirements (LE Secure Connections) for the connection. Smartphones with older Bluetooth versions are therefore not supported.

BMW ConnectedRide Cradle

Bluetooth pairing takes place within the BMW Motorrad Connected App and is only required once during initial setup.

The following smartphones fit in the ConnectedRide Cradle:

  • All mobile phones with the following dimensions:
    • Minimum 130,1×65, 5×6.9mm; maximum 162.5×78,1×8.8mm.
  • The following mobile phones for example.
    • Apple: iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE 2, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
    • Samsung: Galaxy A3, Galaxy A8, Galaxy A8 Plus, Galaxy A9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Tipp: Insertion into the ConnectedRide Cradle with the camera module at the bottom right), Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
    • Huawei: P20, P30
    • Google: Pixel 2 XL
    • HTC: U11

Source: MCNews.com.au

BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter Production Begins

Earlier this year, BMW Motorrad unveiled the CE-04 scooter — the manufacturer’s first production electric two-wheeler. This week, it announced that it has begun production for the model and that it won’t be long before we see the CE-04 out on the streets. 

The CE-04 was first showcased as the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 concept in 2020. Little has changed with regard to its futuristic, unconventional design in the transition from prototype to production spec. It’s unlike most other scooters on the market and may not appeal to everyone. However, its unique design is quite functional, and BMW has incorporated storage compartments on the inner side of the front apron and the side of the scooter. 

Powering the CE 04 is a motor rated for 15kW (20hp) with a maximum output of 31KW (42hp). This is good enough to propel the scooter from 0-50kph (31mph) in 2.6s and a top speed of 120kph (74.5mph). An 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery powers the motor and enables a claimed maximum range of 130km with a full charge. 

The CE 04 also features a comprehensive electronics package that includes Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), a reverse gear, and three riding modes — Eco, Road, and Rain. You can toggle between modes and access other data via a 10.25-inch, high-res TFT display that features integrated navigation and smartphone connectivity. 

Rider on 2022 Triumph Speed Triple RR with red fairing

In July, BMW revealed that prices for the CE-04 will start at £11,700 ($16,191) in the UK. Interested customers in the US will be able to get their hands on one for a lot less, with prices starting at $11,795. Prices for Australia have been revealed as well with the base model priced at 20,350 AUD. 

BMW CE 04 parked in front of a building

This is a radical scooter, and with production now in full swing, deliveries should be underway in early 2022. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

BMW K 1600 model line-up scores great new TFT display and bit more poke

2022 BMW K1600 range

2022 BMW K1600 range

Many had feared that Euro5 emissions and noise legislation might sound the death nell of BMW’s awesome K series six-cylinder platform but BMW confirmed today that they have made the necessary changes in order to achieve the certification that guarantees the dynasty will continue.

Euro5 and a little more poke…

Not only is the engine now burning cleaner than ever but it has actually scored a performance boost along the way. An extra 5 Nm of torque is certainly better than going backwards and while peak power remains the same at 160 horsepower, it is reached 1000 rpm sooner than before.  180 Nm at 5250 rpm and 160 hp at 6750 rpm are the quoted figures. 

2022 BMW K 1600 B

An updated ECU, two knock sensors and an extra two broadband lambda probes helped get the 1649 cc straight six over the EU-5 line. Engine drag torque control (MSR) is now across the line-up for 2022 and the engine can now better cope with lower octane fuels when required. 

BMW K 1600 GTL

The K bike line-up includes the surprisingly agile K 1600 GT, the K 1600 GTL full dress tourer, the K 1600 B is the bagger of the brood while the K 1600 Grand America is big daddy. The most affordable model in the range is also our pick of the litter, the K 1600 GT is priced from $41,120 +ORC.

2022 BMW K 1600 GT

The ‘Next Generation’ Dynamic ESA electronic suspension has been updated and takes its cues from a new six-axis sensor along with two displacement sensors at the front and rear of the motorcycle.

New screen across the range

The headlight is now all LED but the big news on the specification front for me is the new 10.25-inch TFT colour display with integrated map navigation and connectivity as standard across the four model K 1600 range. It is a high-definition 1920 x 720 pixel screen covered by hardened glass.

2022 BMW K 1600 Grand America

An upgraded audio system becomes available on the GTL and Grand America but we are unsure as yet if this new Audio System 2.0 will be standard or optional in the Australian market. 

2022 BMW K 1600 B

A smartphone can be safely accommodated in a splash-proof and  electrically ventilated storage compartment above the TFT display, and its battery can be kept topped up via a USB-C connection.

2022 BMW K 1600 B and Grand America

New Option 719 variants are added to the range with a ‘Midnight’ option on the K 1600 B and Grand America models in which a Meteoric Dust II metallic with the “Galaxy” theme is depicted using a water transfer printing method.

2022 BMW K 1600 B and Grand America

The new K 1600 range is scheduled to arrive in Australia in the first quarter of 2022. 

2022 BMW K 1600 GTL

K 1600 GT: $41,120 +OR
Australian Standard Specification

  • 1,649cc 6-cylinder inline cross engine (12.2:1 compression, EU5, 118kW @ 5,250 rpm, 180Nm at 5,250 rpm, Shaft Drive, Anti-hopping Clutch, Powertrain Black)
  • Comfort Package (Keyless Ride, Gear shift assistant Pro, Central locking system, Anti-theft alarm system)
  • Touring Package (Audio System ECE, LED additional Fog Light, Engine Protection Bar)
  • Radio software OCE
  • Daytime Riding Light
  • Cast aluminium wheels
  • BMW Motorrad Integral ABS
  • ABS Pro
  • BMW Motorrad Duolever
  • BMW Motorrad Paralever
  • Dynamic ESA
  • Hill Start Control Pro
  • DTC (Dynamic Traction Control)
  • Steering Stabiliser
  • Tyre Pressure Control
  • Steering stabiliser
  • Revolution counter
  • Electronic Immobiliser
  • Colour TFT 10.25″ Screen with Connectivity
  • Floor Lighting
  • Audio System ECE
  • Heated Grips
  • Comfort turn indicator
  • LED Headlight and Taillight
  • Multi-Controller
  • Adaptive Headlight
  • Configurable Function Buttons
  • Seat Heating
  • 12V socket
  • Cruise control
  • Riding modes
  • Centre stand
  • Integral Panniers (removable)
  • Adjustable windscreen (electric)
  • Two-Tone Fanfare Horn
  • Luggage Rack
  • Adjustable Clutch/Handbrake Lever
  • Reversing Aid
  • Smartphone Tray with USB port
  • Lockable Storage Compartments
  • Seat height: 810/830mm
  • Finished in Black Storm Metallic
  • Seat Low (780/800mm): No cost option
  • Option 719 Forged Wheels Classic: $2500
  • Option 719 Seat Bench: $350
2022 BMW K 1600 GT Sport

K 1600 GT Sport: $41,920 +ORC

Includes all standard specification and optional equipment from the K 1600 GT but is finished in Light White/Racing Blue Metallic/Racing Red.

2022 BMW K 1600 GT Sport with optional Akrapovic mufflers

K 1600 GT Option 719: $44,080 +ORC

Includes all standard specification and optional equipment from the K 1600 GT but is finished in Option 719 Mineral white metallic.

2022 BMW K 1600 GT Option 719 with optional seat

K 1600 B: $41,125 +ORC

Includes all standard specification from the K 1600 GT but can be optioned at no cost in the following finishes:

  • Black Storm Metallic
  • Option 719 Meteoric Dust Metallic
  • Manhattan Metallic Matt
2022 BMW K 1600 B
  • Compartment (replaces floorboard): No cost option
  • Tinted windshield: No cost option
  • Option 719 Forged Wheels Classic: $2500
  • Option 719 Seat Bench: $350
  • Special Model Midnight (Option 719 Seat Bench and Option 719 Meteoric Dust 2 Metallic): $3700

K 1600 B Grand America: $43,740 +ORC

Includes all standard specification from the K 1600 B and adds the following:

  • Windshield High
  • Additional audio system speakers
  • Top Case
2022 BMW K 1600 Grand America
  • Seat high (800mm): No cost option
  • Option 719 Forged Wheels Classic: $2500
  • Option 719 Seat Bench: $350

K 1600 GTL: $41,860 +ORC

Mirrors specification of K 1600 GT and finished exclusively in Black Storm Metallic.

  • Seat high (800mm): No cost option
  • Option 719 Forged Wheels Classic: $2500
  • Option 719 Seat Bench: $350
2022 BMW K 1600 GTL

K 1600 GTL Exclusive: $42,975

Mirrors specification and options of K 1600 GTL but finished exclusively in Gravity Blue Metallic.

K 1600 GTL Option 719: $44,860 +ORC

Mirrors specification and options of K 1600 GTL Exclusive but finished exclusively in Option 719 Mineral White Metallic.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Spoil dad with BMW inspired Father’s Day gifts!

BMW Motorrad Father’s Day gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so give your dad the ultimate gift from the BMW Motorrad lifestyle and accessories collections. With a wide range of BMW Motorrad rider wear, lifestyle and accessories to choose from, there’s something to suit every dad to help him ‘make life a ride’.

Speak to your local dealer today to find the perfect gift for your Dad, or check out BMW Motorrad’s Father’s Day suggestions at the BMW website.

BMW Black Collection Rucksacks – Large

The large Black Collection backpack is just the right size for longer tours and rides with a little more luggage. Rain showers are no problem for this bag thanks to its waterproof main compartment with an integrated laptop sleeve (up to 15″). The total volume can be expanded from 25 to 30 litres, with the bag available for $300.00 RRP in Black.

Black Collection Rucksacks (Large - left, Small - right)
BMW Black Collection Rucksacks (Large – left, Small – right)
  • Durable outer material made of tarpaulin and nylon
  • Volume: approx. 25 litres, expandable to 30 litres
  • Main compartment waterproof
  • Laptop compartment up to 15in, waterproof
  • Subdivided main compartment
  • Extension option (padded) for a helmet (up to size 61)
  • Four outside pockets
  • Inner mesh lining in the cover flap
  • Ergonomically shaped back section
  • Adjustable, padded and breathable shoulder straps
  • Adjustable chest strap
  • Removable, adjustable hip belt with two integrated zipped pockets
  • Carry handle on top and on the front outside pocket
  • Water-repellent, rubberised zip fasteners
  • Includes two additional fastening straps with push-in buckles for fastening to the motorcycle.
  • Reflective material on shoulder straps and BMW Motorrad reflective print on the front outer pocket.

BMW Black Collection Rucksacks – Small

The small Black Collection backpack is ideal for day trips and the daily commute, where less storage is necessary. Rain showers are no problem for this bag thanks to its waterproof main compartment with an integrated laptop sleeve (up to 15″). The back of the backpack features a pouch for stowing the shoulder straps. $235.00 RRP.

Black Collection Rucksacks - Small
BMW Black Collection Rucksacks – Small
  • Waterproof main compartment with roll closure
  • Paptop sleeve (up to 15″) and small inside pocket
  • Four outside pockets
  • Ergonomically shaped back section
  • Adjustable shoulder, chest and waist straps
  • Carry handle on the front and top
  • Reflective material on the shoulder straps, cover flap and front
  • BMW Motorrad lettering on the front
  • Durable outer material made of tarpaulin and nylon.
  • Inner lining: polyamide blend.
  • Weight: approx. 550 g.
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): approx. 40 x 30 x 16 cm.
  • Volume: approx. 20 litre

BMW Motorsport Helmet Bag

The Motorsport Helmet Bag is made from polyester in black with appliqués in white, red and blue and is ideal for transporting and storing dad’s helmet. The sturdy bottom protects the helmet when placing it on the floor while the air holes guarantee perfect air circulation. The soft fleece lining protects the helmet from scratches. $100.0 RRP.

BMW Motorsport Helmet Bag
BMW Motorsport Helmet Bag
  • Ideal for transporting and storing a helmet
  • Stable bottom with integrated air holes
  • Padded main compartment with long two-way zip
  • Soft fleece lining to protect helmet and visor from scratches
  • Sturdy carry handles and detachable shoulder strap
  • Functional polyester with a fabric-look finish, water-resistant and easy-care
  • Weight: 900 g
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): approx. 47 x 33 x 30 cm
  • Volume: approx. 23 litres

BMW Motorsport Hooded Jacket

The unisex Motorsport Hooded Jacket is made of a cotton, polyester blend, with roughened inner lining for comfort and warmth. The BMW Motorsport inspired design features logos and prints to convey that racing feel, perfect for the racing fanatic and is available in unisex sizes from XS to 3XL for $160.00 RRP.

BMW Motorsport Hooded Jacket
BMW Motorsport Hooded Jacket
  • Hooded jacket made of polyester (33%) and cotton (67%)
  • BMW logo, BMW M logo and prints such as BMW Motorrad Motorsport
  • Roughened inner lining for high wearing comfort
  • Full-length front zip.
  • Stretch waistband at sleeve end
  • Two kangaroo pockets with zip
  • Unisex sizes XS to 3XL

BMW Tyre Pressure Travel Set

It’s always better safe than sorry, especially on longer tours, and this is a great way of making sure dad doesn’t get caught out. The travel set in the practical storage bag includes a small digital measuring device for checking tyre pressure and CO2 cartridges for filling. This allows a possible pressure loss to be detected and compensated while on the road. In addition, the tyre pressure can be deliberately reduced prior to use in off-road conditions and brought back to the recommended value for subsequent use on the road.

Four measuring ranges to choose from (PSI, Bar, kg/cm², kPa) are features, with a valve head suitable for all valves (Schrader valve, French valve). Maximum measured pressure is 11 bar. The includes practical storage bag keeps things organised, with the four CO2 cartridges standard. The BMW Tyre Pressure Travel Set is available for $115.00 RRP.

BMW Tyre Pressure Travel Set
BMW Tyre Pressure Travel Set

BMW Logo Cap

This baseball cap is made of blue cotton with a curved brim is the perfect companion for dad’s leisure time (if he gets any!), with plenty of variable width adjustment included. The printed BMW logo on the front and the red accent strip on the edge of the brim are eye-catchers, perfect for a BMW aficionado. Fine details include the metal clip with BMW lettering and the printed BMW Motorrad logo on the back. The BMW Logo Cap is available for $45.00 RRP.

BMW Logo Cap
BMW Logo Cap
  • 5.5-panel baseball cap with curved brim
  • Printed BMW logo on the front
  • Infinitely variable width adjustment
  • Closure strap made of fabric with silver-coloured clip with BMW lettering
  • Printed BMW Motorrad lettering in blue on the back
  • Orange and red accent stripes embedded in the edge of the brim
  • Material: 100% cotton

Speak to your local dealer today to find the perfect gift for your Dad, or check out BMW Motorrad’s Father’s Day suggestions at the BMW website.

Source: MCNews.com.au