Table of contents:
- BMW M 1000 RR: the first BMW Motorsport motorcycle
- Racing rage for a 212 hp engine
- Unpublished cycle part for the M 1000 RR
- BMW M 1000 RR 2021 - Technical sheet
The hypervitamin sports bike segment is on the rise. With the Superbike World Championship attracting more and more followers, the brands are striving to offer solvent bases with highly performing street bikes.
In case the BMW S 1000 RR and its 207 CV were not enough, two years after its presentation we received the BMW M 1000 RR. Yes, the first BMW motorcycle to change its name to proudly wear the M, which identifies it as an exceptional work of BMW Motorsport. And is that this German comes armed to the teeth.
BMW M 1000 RR: the first BMW Motorsport motorcycle
Ducati Panigale V4, Honda CBR1000RR-R, Aprilia RSV1100 Factory… and now the BMW M 1000 RR. The German house has decided to enter the select but increasingly large conclave of the supercars with spoilers on your body.
The evolution of the Munich Superbike is obvious: they want to have an even more performance motorcycle to homologate for the WSBK, and that is also equipped with aerodynamic appendages and a lower starting weight with which to race in the series derived motorcycle championship.
Thus, the BMW M 1000 RR may look like another S 1000 RR, but it is not. To begin with, his entire body is dressed in a carbon fiber tailored suit. As it could not be otherwise, its body will be dressed in the BMW M colors: red and two blue. A livery that leaves no room for doubt: it is a motorcycle for racing.
Obviously, what stands out the most in the set are the wings that protrude from the front and give the M 1000 RR a downforce on the front axle of up to 16.3 kg at 300 km / h. This way both wheels tread better, the antiwheelie does not have to come into action as often and the traction control has less work, so there is more power applied on the asphalt.
Outwardly the set is complemented by a higher cupola. The front indicators are integrated into the mirrors and the dipped and brake lights are housed within the rear indicators that can be quickly removed together with the license plate holder.
Racing rage for a 212 hp engine
The standard ShiftCam variable valve timing engine has remained the basis, but they have been used racing specs to completely revamp it for circuit-focused use. This is the same block of four cylinders in line with 999 cubic centimeters to which the compression ratio has been increased to 13.5: 1.
The result is a machine that spins higher revs and delivers a maximum power of 212 hp at 14,500 rpm and 113 Nm at 11,000 rpm, against the 207 hp at 13,500 and 113 Nm at 10,500 rpm. The change of character is substantial with less delivery in the lower zone but with more forceful means and a more stretched-out regime.
Internal changes include Mahle forged pistons reinforced and 12 grams lighter, redesigned intake ports, perforated titanium valves, 0.45-gram lighter rocker arms and new camshafts. Also new are Pankl titanium cranks instead of hardened steel, helping to reduce weight by 340 grams, 85 per crank.
The changes continue with a lubrication that is carried out by means of dry sump and the slipper clutch is specific, mechanically actuated, shorter final transmission, intake with shorter variable intake nozzles and all finished off by a new exhaust line signed by Akrapovic in titanium which despite the three-way catalyst is 3,657 grams lighter.
It was to be expected, but the electronics in charge of managing the engine have also received a specific calibration for their new capabilities. Thus, the M 1000 RR uses Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race and Race 1-3 driving modes, as well as state-of-the-art dynamic traction control, engine brake regulation and antiwheelie. All commanded by a six-axis inertial measurement platform.
The list of standard goodies is expanded with Shift Assist Pro to forget about the clutch both up and down gear, Launch control, speed limiter for the pit lane or hill start assistant.
Unpublished cycle part for the M 1000 RR
Being a racing bike, the cycle part could not remain unaltered, so BMW Motorrad has strived to create an even more spectacular beast on paper. The frame is the same double aluminum beam It is made up of four welded elements that use the engine as a supporting element, and is finished off with an aluminum tube subframe.
The suspension scheme has remained on paper, but when we get closer we find a retouched set. The 45mm diameter closed cartridge Marzocchi inverted front fork is clamped with new machined triple clamping posts. It is complemented by a rear monoshock anchored to a swingarm which is 11.7mm longer. The result is an extended wheelbase to 1,457 mm, while keeping the swingarm axis adjustable. Both suspensions are fully adjustable.
These new geometries are designed to provide greater poise without sacrificing sharp agility thanks to a 192 kg curb weight, identical to the S 1000 RR, but with a lower center of gravity thanks to weight savings on key elements. The weight distribution has also changed, and now the front wheel goes from supporting 53.8% of the weight to 52.1%.
The cycle part is finished off with a new brake system equipped with 320mm diameter 0.5mm narrower front discs bitten by calipers signed by BMW M for the first time. They are developed in-house and in collaboration with Nissin, they are radial and have four pistons. A 10mm wider 220mm disc is used on the rear axle. Both trains are commanded by the specific Race ABS Pro anti-lock system.
But if there is an icing on this motorcycle cake, it could not be other than the carbon fiber rims that we were able to test already mounted on the S 1000 RR and that give the supercar an exceptional behavior when entering the curves. They are overall 1.7 kg lighter than the aluminum rims on the S 1000 RR. Now, they are optional.
As for the electronics section, the BMW M 1000 RR continues to offer a wide range of capabilities. The dashboard is the same 6.5 inch TFT drive Packed with information, the battery is the lightweight 1,288 gram M unit and the gadgets are complemented by a rear USB port, adaptive cruise control and heated grips.
The optional equipment complies with an almost infinite list developed by BMW Motorrad, offering from engine packages, Superstock and Superbike electronics kit, exhaust race, specific seat or racing body for those who want the M 1000 RR for competition.
There will be different closed equipment packages:
- Competition M Package: Silver anodized aluminum swingarm, M GPS transponder, M Endurance chain, and rear seat and footrest suppression.
- M Billet Package- Machined brake and clutch levers, footpegs, brake guard and engine guards.
- M Carbon Package: carbon covers for the rims, sprocket, chain guard, side fairings and tank.
- Passenger package: passenger seat, seat cover and rear footpegs.
In addition, the list of equipment is extended with M elements such as alarm, telemetry, transmission, axle protectors, intake cover, carbon rims, trims, different seats, remote brake regulation, chain tensioners, stand, oil filler neck, cover, forged wheels or heaters.
We still do not know when the BMW M 1000 RR will be available or at what price, but we do know that it will be a motorcycle that should arrive in early 2021 in one print run. not less than 500 units to meet WSBK requirements.
BMW M 1000 RR 2021 - Technical sheet
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