Bikes leveled up

For a few years now, BMW has been teasing of the arrival of its first M Performance motorcycle. We first got a hint of it when the brand began offering M Performance parts for motorcycles. Now, we have the first factory-built fully M Performance motorcycle, the M 1000 RR.

Just like what the M3, M4, and M5 are to the regular 3, 4, and 5 series models, the M 1000 RR is the higher performance version of the S 1000 RR it is based on. Where does it sit on the lineup? The M 1000 RR is comfortably in between the S 1000 RR and the ultra-exclusive, track-only HP4 Race.

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Let’s get to the meat first. The M 1000 RR is powered by a water-cooled four-cylinder inline engine that produces 212 Hp at 14,500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm.

Thanks to improvements like a higher compression ratio, 2-ring forged pistons, titanium valves, titanium connecting rods and fully machined intake ports, the redline is now at a higher 15,100 rpm.

To help put all this extra power to the ground, BMW has also paid attention to its aerodynamics, adding M winglets on the front, for more downforce not just on straights but also during braking and cornering.

It’s built on a lightweight but rigid chassis, made of an aluminum bridge frame and a Marzocchi upside-down fork. It also comes with a lightweight M battery. All this amounts to an incredibly light curb weight of just kerb weight of just 192 kg.

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Bringing it to a stop are M brake calipers actually made by Nissin. They’re distinctly painted in M Performance blue. The bike rolls on M carbon wheels for more weight savings. It’s shod on Dunlop tires with a distinctly U-shaped profile, designed for the more aggressive lean angles of track days.

Despite the high-performance parts, BMW has made managing this machine is easy. The rider gets a 6.5-inch TFT display. It comes with 7 built-in ride modes: Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race and Race Pro1-3. They’re paired with the latest generation of Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and DTC wheelie function with 6-axis sensor box.

There’s a whole suite of gadgets of features made just for the race track. It has a built-in GPS system that works in tandem with an M GPS data logger and M GPS laptrigger. This means that, with some programming, it can bet set to record your lap times every time you cross the line at our local tracks.

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It also comes with tech toys like Launch Control for perfect race starts and a Pit-Lane-Limiter for precise to bring it within acceptable speeds while in the pit lane. There’s also shift assistant Pro for shifting gears up and down without a clutch. Best of all, it also comes with an ingenious shift lever design. By simply transferring the actuator, it can be switched from a 1 Down, 5 Up configuration to the preferred 1 Up, 5 Down setup for racing.

The best part is that this bike is very street legal. Expect the same conveniences for on-road cruising like powerful LED light, a USB charging socket in the rear, electronic adaptive cruise control (which slows down when there’s traffic ahead), and heated grips. There’s also Hill Start Control Pro for convenient starting on slopes.

As expected of BMW, there’s also a long list of optional accessories that are standard in the Philippine model, from carbon fiber fairings to even an M Endurance chain. It also has racing-grade brake and clutch levers that pivot upward in the event of a crash to prevent damage. Some mild crash guards are also fitted on critical parts of the bike.

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The BMW M 1000 RR is priced at PhP2,995,000. It’s only available on indent order basis. Interested parties should contact their nearest BMW Motorrad dealer.

With BMW’s cars, the M Performance name is already synonymous with high performance models. The arrival of the first M 1000 RR shows that the same can certainly be applied to its motorcycles. If this is any indication of things to come, the future looks very exciting indeed.

M 900 R? Maybe. M 1250 GS? Possibly.