2023 BMW S 1000 RR First Trip


The Almeria Circuit in southeastern Spain has just about every type of corner and is an ideal place to test an open-class sportbike.

The Almeria Circuit in southeastern Spain has nearly each kind of nook and is a perfect place to check an open-class sportbike. (BMW/)

As I used to be driving alongside, I considered Muhammad Ali’s often-quoted saying “Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee.” Which was his personal description of his combating model. These phrases actually sum up BMW’s newest four-cylinder racetrack cruise missile. The brand new S 1000 RR’s superb electronics present the composure to drift round a observe, whereas the engine’s uncooked brute energy delivers the sting.

It was simply greater than a decade in the past that we right here at Cycle World acquired our first actually massive dose of driving bikes outfitted with digital driving aids. Within the August 2011 situation of the journal, we pitted the Aprilia RSV4 Manufacturing facility, BMW S 1000 RR, Ducati 1198, and Kawasaki ZX-10R in opposition to one another in “Digital Warfare.” It was an eye-opener. As the primary actual era of bikes as such outfitted, it was a studying curve for us, whereas we tried to wrap our heads round if this was expertise we actually wanted.

The 2023 BMW S 1000 RR was bred for the racetrack.

The 2023 BMW S 1000 RR was bred for the racetrack. (BMW/)

“Confidence breeds pace. Traction builds confidence.” That was the opening line to that story that I penned, and rings much more true right this moment than again then. It ought to now not be a secret that we will all profit from right this moment’s digital rider aids. All these years in the past, these methods had been of their infancy, however the writing was on the wall, the digital age had arrived.

Except you’re a A-plus pro-level rider, managing traction on 200-plus horsepower trackbikes is unquestionably made simpler by fashionable engine administration. Working example, the brand-new 2023 BMW S 1000 RR, which has acquired a bunch of updates and new additions that had been conceived to make the rider higher capable of extract extra efficiency with out compromising security. That provides as much as faster lap instances at trackdays, and extra assured driving on the road. However the brand new RR will get a bunch of different adjustments designed to work in live performance with them to make this the most effective commonplace RR up to now.

For 2023, the S 1000 RR will get upgrades to the chassis and suspension, will get new M-style aero winglets, and a few new digital help methods to additional improve the suite of rider aids. Many of those upgrades have trickled down from the homologation-special M 1000 RR, passing expertise down by the lineup that was beforehand unavailable with out spending a major amount of cash.

For 2023, the S 1000 RR gets a host of updates and refinements, many of them passed down from the homologation-special M 1000 RR.

For 2023, the S 1000 RR will get a bunch of updates and refinements, lots of them handed down from the homologation-special M 1000 RR. (BMW/)


Let’s begin on the coronary heart of this beast, as a result of the RR’s potent engine is actually what makes this bike so particular. When the S 1000 RR first got here out again in 2009, it despatched shock waves by the category. And whereas peak energy output hasn’t grown in leaps and bounds since, emissions laws have, that means that even to take care of that roughly 180 rear-wheel horsepower, BMW has needed to pull out all of its technological know-how simply to remain stage with the previous. However one of many advantages of launching out of the gate with massive energy again in 2009 is that the engine has been on a decade-long refinement cycle, and actually hasn’t wanted a complete overhaul.

The S 1000 RR’s engine is a stressed member of the chassis and sits in the frame tilted 32 degrees forward.

The S 1000 RR’s engine is a careworn member of the chassis and sits within the body tilted 32 levels ahead. (BMW/)

Though the bottom structure retains the identical 80.0 x 49.7mm bore and stroke measurements and 999cc displacement as again in 2009, the compression ratio has crept as much as 13.3:1 from 13.0:1. Over time the throttle our bodies have grown from 45 to 48mm, and the valve practice now has BMW’s ShiftCam variable consumption cam management. Clearly there’s much more to it than that, however the newest M 1000 RR that we placed on the Cycle World dyno produced 179.2 hp at 13,960 rpm, and 76.3 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 9,480 rpm on the rear wheel, and has equivalent claimed-crankshaft horsepower as this new S 1000 RR. Apparently, our 2011 mannequin from that check made 179.5 hp at 12,760 rpm and 79.1 lb.-ft. at 10,610 rpm.

Part of the Premium Package is the glorious sounding Akrapovič titanium silencer.

A part of the Premium Bundle is the fantastic sounding Akrapovič titanium silencer. (BMW/)

Adjustments for 2023 embrace a brand new airbox with shorter variable-intake funnels borrowed from the M 1000 RR and are optimized for top-end efficiency above 11,900 when they’re decreased in size to extend consumption velocity. The cylinder head’s consumption ports have been revised and likewise aligned with the M’s head. Not like the milled ports on the M, the S will get forged surfaces. Included in our bike’s Premium Bundle was the Akrapovič M titanium exhaust silencer (you’ve acquired to listen to it!). Though it doesn’t sound like a lot, final-drive gearing is altered with an additional tooth on the rear sprocket as much as 46 from 45. Energy passes by a moist slipper clutch and six-speed transmission.


Like different elements of the S 1000 RR, the electronics bundle has developed over time, benefiting from the march of expertise and boosted by information gained in Superbike racing across the globe. It’s additionally maybe essentially the most intimidating side of the bike, till you sit down and educate your self the right way to navigate the menus, and find out how numerous methods react when driving.

A view of the command center. On the left bar are controls like the click wheel and toggle switches for navigating menus and for changing DTC settings on the fly.

A view of the command heart. On the left bar are controls like the press wheel and toggle switches for navigating menus and for altering DTC settings on the fly. (BMW/)

Earlier than we get into specifics, let’s do a fast rundown of what digital methods the S 1000 RR has on it. Normal options embrace: Integral ABS (with Race ABS, ABS Professional), Dynamic Brake Management, Dynamic ESA, Dynamic Traction Management, Hill Begin Management, Gear Shift Help Professional, experience modes, Torque Management Help, and an Digital Immobilizer. If the client intends to experience on observe, there are some extra and new options which might be included within the non-obligatory Premium Bundle ($3,890), comparable to: Trip Modes Professional, Dynamic Damping Management, Pit Lane Limiter, and Launch Management, whereas heated grips and cruise management are additionally within the pack.

Included as standard is the Gear Shift Assist Pro that allows clutchless up- and downshifts. Look closely and you can also see how the shift shaft can easily be moved to change the shift pattern from standard to reverse. The shaft is set for standard shift in this photo.

Included as commonplace is the Gear Shift Help Professional that permits clutchless up- and downshifts. Look intently and you may also see how the shift shaft can simply be moved to vary the shift sample from commonplace to reverse. The shaft is ready for normal shift on this picture. (BMW/)

Inside the new Trip Modes Professional tier, there are some new extensions that had been created to additional improve the observe rider’s expertise. First up is Slide Management that’s related to the DTC system. Principally Slide Management permits powerslides exiting corners on the throttle. Two drift angles are saved within the system, and when the slip angle arrives at these presets (relying on the TC setting), the DTC system intervenes to maintain the slide from snapping out too far sideways.

On the braking aspect, there are a number of new methods. The primary which is tied to the engine drag torque management (MSR)—digital engine-braking management—referred to as Brake Slide Help, which permits the rider to step out and slide the rear finish of the bike into the nook. Just like the model for corner-exit acceleration, this technique permits preset drift angles decided by a steering-angle sensor and rear-wheel slip, after which permits the predetermined angles to be achieved earlier than intervention (MSR determines the angle of slip). Moreover, there are just a few different new settings, the ABS Professional now has a “Slick” tire setting that has an much more aggressive algorithm for the lean-sensitive ABS on observe. Lastly, there’s a new Stoppie characteristic that may enable the ABS to allow rear-wheel elevate in a managed method because the bike is decelerating aggressively.

This shock is the DDC version with electronic damping.

This shock is the DDC model with digital damping. (BMW/)

We’ll speak extra in regards to the semi-active suspension beneath, however there are some extra issues it is advisable to learn about when it comes to experience modes. The usual mannequin trim comes with 4 modes, together with: Rain, smooth throttle response and decreased torque; Highway, direct throttle response and decreased torque in decrease gears; Dynamic, direct response and most torque in all gears; Race, direct response and max torque in all gears. Improve to Trip Modes Professional and there are three extra modes, Race Professional 1 by 3, that enable complete customization of all parameters together with energy, throttle response, engine-braking, wheelie, DTC, DDC, and ABS settings. Most significantly, in these latter modes, the rider can then use the left-handlebar-mounted DTC change to vary these settings on the fly.

The 6.5-inch TFT display can be changed to multiple views.

The 6.5-inch TFT show might be modified to a number of views. (BMW/)

You’ve most likely gathered by now that with so many digital options to select from, {that a} well-designed interface is critical to navigate the menus. The big 6.5-inch full-color TFT show not solely helps you just do that, but it surely additionally offers you the choice to select from 4 completely different layouts with numerous displayed data relying in your choice. For road driving you’ll be able to choose an possibility that shows regular information just like the odometer, tripmeter, and gadgets like that. For the observe you may want a bigger tachometer and lap timer to be seen. There must be an possibility for almost any scenario, and if you wish to completely geek out, you’ll be able to show an nearly overwhelming quantity of information to evaluation later.

Another track-oriented view.

One other track-oriented view. (BMW/)

A minimalist view with bar graph tach.

A minimalist view with bar graph tach. (BMW/)


As talked about, the S 1000 RR additionally has some fairly massive adjustments to the chassis. The aluminum bridge “Flex Body” has been additional developed to optimize lateral flexibility for higher compliance over tough surfaces. The body is constructed with 4 gravity die-cast items which might be welded collectively after which use the engine as a careworn member. New openings within the aspect spars create the specified flex that engineers had been searching for.

Extra apparent adjustments come within the type of revised chassis geometry. Rake has been mellowed out barely altering from 23.1 levels to a slacker 23.6, whereas path has elevated from 3.7 inches to 4.0. Together with all of these adjustments comes a 0.7-inch longer wheelbase that now measures 57.4 inches. One other cool characteristic for observe riders and racers is that the body will get the M Chassis Package, which permits the swingarm pivot to be adjusted for various geometry choices.

Shock height is adjustable on the S 1000 RR for better track settings, while revisions for easier wheel removal have been applied.

Shock peak is adjustable on the S 1000 RR for higher observe settings, whereas revisions for simpler wheel elimination have been utilized. (BMW/)

The swingarm itself is made out of gravity-cast aluminum and permits the shock peak to be altered. Different adjustments had been made to make elimination of the rear wheel simpler. The rear wheel’s axle bushing on the caliper aspect is mounted so it received’t fall out throughout a wheel change, whereas the rear brake pads and brake anchor plate are chamfered for higher wheel ingress.

The M Chassis Kit allows adjustment of the swingarm pivot point.

The M Chassis Package permits adjustment of the swingarm pivot level. (BMW/)

Suspension is offered by a 45mm upside-down Marzocchi fork within the entrance, and a linked monoshock of the identical make on the rear; each are totally adjustable. Our bikes on the press launch had been fitted with the non-obligatory Dynamic Damping Management (DDC) that’s a part of the Premium Bundle. The system takes info from the chosen experience mode and determines the best compression and rebound settings for the chosen selection. With that very same bundle nevertheless is Trip Modes Professional, which additionally lets you go in and alter damping settings within the Race Professional modes. Preload remains to be set manually. Wheel journey measures 4.7 inches entrance and 4.6 inches on the rear.

Nissin radial-mount, four-piston caliper with 320mm discs are fitted up front, and are amazing.

Nissin radial-mount, four-piston caliper with 320mm discs are fitted up entrance, and are superb. (BMW/)

We’ve already gone into the digital elements of the RR’s braking system, however from a {hardware} standpoint, the bike makes use of a pair blue-anodized, radial-mount Nissin four-piston calipers up entrance biting down on 320mm rotors, whereas a single-piston Brembo caliper and 220mm disc reside out again. Our bike was fitted with commonplace brake and clutch levers, however there are some actually trick billet-aluminum levers obtainable within the M Billet Bundle ($475).

These trick billet aluminum rearsets are part of the M Package.

These trick billet aluminum rearsets are a part of the M Bundle. (BMW/)

Normal wheels are die-cast aluminum, however if you go for the M Bundle ($2,495) you’ll be able to select from both cast aluminum or carbon fiber wheels (similar value). Our testbike for this intro was fitted with the fantastically completed carbon wheels, which even have the M Motorsport livery across the edges. One other piece of the M Bundle that makes an prompt affect is the light-weight M lithium battery, which knocks fairly just a few kilos off and advantages dealing with. Included within the M Bundle are the billet totally adjustable splined rearsets, that are tremendous trick in look and provide a ton of choices for peg placement. Those that wish to change the shift sample from one down/5 as much as reverse shift for the observe will like that it actually takes 5 seconds and one bolt to take action.

Buyers upgrading to the M Package can choose from these beautiful carbon fiber wheels or forged aluminum.

Patrons upgrading to the M Bundle can select from these lovely carbon fiber wheels or cast aluminum. (BMW/)


One of many very first issues that you simply discover when seeing the brand new RR are the pair of aero winglets which have sprouted from the entrance fairing. Just like the M 1000 RR’s, from which they’re derived, the winglets are integrated for improved efficiency and never only a visible novelty. On the racetrack, wheelies hamper drive, and with a lot energy on faucet, taming them with electronics has been one of many solely choices, which additional reduces acceleration. However BMW has utilized the teachings discovered in World Superbike racing and transferred it to the track-oriented RR, as properly. At pace the winglets can generate as a lot as 22 kilos of downforce on the entrance finish and due to this fact reduces the quantity of DTC/DWC that must be used.

Handed down from the M 1000 RR, the new S 1000 RR gets aerodynamic winglets that provide up to 22 pounds of downforce at speed.

Handed down from the M 1000 RR, the brand new S 1000 RR will get aerodynamic winglets that present as much as 22 kilos of downforce at pace. (BMW/)

Not solely has the entrance of the bike acquired enhancements, the tailsection has been revised and incorporates a new pillion-seat cowl. One other cool change is that the brand new shorter license-plate bracket, which additionally incorporates the flip indicators (that pair as much as act because the taillight and pulse underneath laborious braking) might be cleanly and rapidly unplugged and eliminated for trackdays.

Long gone are the asymmetrical headlights of old, but time and styling must march on.

Lengthy gone are the asymmetrical headlights of previous, however time and styling should march on. (BMW/)

Driving Impression

The day earlier than our observe periods across the Almeria Circuit in southeastern Spain on the S 1000 RR, we had been fortunate sufficient to spin just a few laps on BMW’s new M 1000 R (story coming quickly) to get familiarized. What’s perfect in regards to the circuit is that it has a little bit of every little thing, together with quite a lot of quick sweepers, a good chicane, cambered turns, just a few off-camber curves, and a near-kilometer-long again straight to essentially get a way of the RR’s pace.

After pulling the tire heaters off of the Bridgestone Racing Battlax VO2 slicks BMW had mounted for the check, I headed out for a handful of laps behind BMW’s Nate Kern to get reacquainted with the right racing line. With 5 periods deliberate for the day, there was loads of time to fiddle with settings, construct confidence, after which enable the electronics to do their job.

It doesn’t take long to realize that the S 1000 RR makes going “fast” easy.

It doesn’t take lengthy to comprehend that the S 1000 RR makes going “quick” simple. (BMW/)

Even after my first session, through which I used to be clearly nonetheless not even near being up to the mark, I pulled again into the pits feeling contemporary and relaxed. There is no such thing as a query that the S 1000 RR is a complete beast, offering acceleration that only some manufacturing bikes on the planet can match, however on the similar time, I used to be immediately blown away by the bike’s composure. As I began to get right into a groove and push my braking marker deeper into the right-hander off the again straight, routinely seeing round 280 kph (175-ish), I noticed how relaxed I used to be snugged in behind the tall windscreen bubble.

Every lap I might work on selecting up the throttle sooner and trusting my DTC setting, after which simply staring on the sprint ready for the shift gentle and timing my upshifts to perfection with the quickshifter. Not solely was the bike the epitome of stability at pace (winglets at work?), however underneath laborious braking whereas making three downshifts for the nook, the RR was amazingly predictable and steady. I might vaguely really feel the ABS, set in ABS Professional Slick mode, at work at instances with the entrance tire squirming on some minor undulations, however the bike’s rear finish adopted in line exactly with the combo of the electronics and slipper clutch working completely.

On the different finish of the spectrum at Almeria is the tight chicane that precedes the again straight by just a few corners. The nook main into the chicane is an off-camber left over an increase, which took a little bit of time to totally really feel assured by. The fast left/proper flick by the chicane required lots much less effort than I anticipated, most definitely aided by the ultralightweight carbon wheels. On method you need to let the bike run out to the proper whereas trail-braking as you exit the rise, after which flick it in. As soon as I trusted the grip throughout the chicane’s paint, I began pushing a bit more durable every lap. The bike might have cared much less, and clearly wished somebody sooner was behind the bars to problem it a bit extra.

I tried a session without ABS, and decided that it wasn’t for me! Back to ABS Slick mode.

I attempted a session with out ABS, and determined that it wasn’t for me! Again to ABS Slick mode. (BMW/)

Because the day progressed, I began messing with the settings a bit extra. I performed with DTC settings, which might be carried out on the fly within the Race Professional experience modes. I then tried a session with the ABS off, which solely messed with my head, as I had felt the ABS in motion in an earlier session. To be sincere, the ABS and its Slick setting was by no means intrusive at pace. Possibly Canadian Superbike champ Ben Younger or former World Superbike rider Brett McCormick, who had been on observe as properly, can do with out, however not me. ABS again on. Mixed with the superior energy and really feel of the Nissin brakes I wasn’t going to brake any more durable or any later. As a be aware, the one two locations on the observe the place I didn’t use only a single finger on the entrance brake lever was into flip 1, and into the nook off the again straight, the place I added one other digit. No Brembo Stylemas wanted.

As a lot as I’m old-school and luxuriate in organising a motorbike’s suspension and fine-tuning it to perfection, I’ve to say that simply driving the factor and barely placing a thought towards that’s form of good. BMW’s check riders put base settings on my bike, that I shared with one other rider all through the day, that neither considered one of us ever touched. In actuality, as soon as the preload is within the ballpark, the DDC does the remainder, and I’ve to say that I didn’t have a single grievance. It’s simply one other characteristic that permits the rider to deal with the driving and never having to micromanage suspension settings.

Do the winglets work? I’m going to have to trust BMW’s development team on that one, but they assured me that they wouldn’t be there if they didn’t work.

Do the winglets work? I’m going to need to belief BMW’s improvement group on that one, however they assured me that they wouldn’t be there in the event that they didn’t work. (BMW/)

Later within the day as the wonderful Bridgestone slicks began to point out indicators that they’d served their helpful obligation, I used to be capable of lastly get a way of the Slide Management in motion. Exiting the right-hander onto the again straight in second gear and with the DTC at -2 (settings vary from -7 to +7), with the tire getting a bit shabby, I spent the session working up the heart to essentially whack the throttle open on the apex and see if I acquired catapulted into the orchards adjoining to the observe, or not. I didn’t, and acquired a pleasant sensation that Kern had described because the rear tire stepping out only a contact and catching a berm that retains it from stepping out an excessive amount of and easily drives ahead. As a man who spends numerous time off-road, I want I might have had the arrogance to do this earlier within the day. So enjoyable.


So flashing again to the assertion: “Confidence breeds pace. Traction builds confidence,” I’m a lot extra satisfied of this now than after I wrote the “Digital Warfare” story greater than a decade in the past. Again in 2011, I used to be driving on observe on a much more frequent foundation, and even examined each World Superbike on the finish of the season at Portimão together with Leon Haslam’s S 1000 RR. However after a silly five-year hiatus from Cycle World driving primarily enduros and streetbikes, getting again on observe on a liter-class sportbike ought to have been a re-babtism of fireplace. It wasn’t in any respect. I’m positively in want of much more observe time to really feel something like I did 5 or 6 years in the past, however I actually didn’t assume that the BMW was going to be really easy to experience.

All through the day at Almeria, I believed lengthy and laborious about what the rear tire was doing, what the entrance tire was coping with, and if there was any likelihood that I used to be at present able to beating the methods in the event that they had been all disabled. You possibly can simply guess that I’m going to say, no. I could also be observe rusty, however I even have spun laps on racetracks around the globe for greater than 25 years. I’m not saying that any ol’ Joe can soar on a 200-plus horsepower S 1000 RR and really feel assured and relaxed instantly, however for skilled riders it’s one hell of a wonderful bike that provides a stage of refinement, efficiency, and pace that breeds confidence far faster than I might have imagined. Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee? Most positively.

2023 S 1000 RR at Almeria.

2023 S 1000 RR at Almeria. (BMW/)

2023 BMW S 1000 RR.

2023 BMW S 1000 RR. (BMW/)

The M Package includes a lightweight lithium battery.

The M Bundle features a light-weight lithium battery. (BMW/)

2023 BMW S 1000 RR In Racing Red.

2023 BMW S 1000 RR In Racing Pink. (BMW/)

2023 S 1000 RR in Black Storm Metallic.

2023 S 1000 RR in Black Storm Metallic. (BMW/)

2023 BMW S 1000 RR Specs

MSRP: $17,895 / $23,425 (as examined)
Engine: DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 16 valves
Displacement: 999cc
Bore x Stroke: 80.0 x 49.7mm
Compression Ratio: 13.3:1
Transmission/Ultimate Drive: 6-speed/chain
Claimed Horsepower: 205.0 hp @ 13,500 rpm
Claimed Torque: 83.0 lb.-ft. @ 11,000 rpm
Gasoline System: Digital gasoline injection w/ 48mm throttle our bodies
Clutch: Moist, multi-disc back-torque-limiting; cable operation
Engine Administration/Ignition: Trip-by-wire/TCI
Body: Twin-spar aluminum
Entrance Suspension: 45mm Marzocchi inverted fork, totally adjustable; 4.7 in. journey / DDC
Rear Suspension: Marzocchi shock, totally adjustable; 4.6 in. journey / DDC
Entrance Brake: Nissin 4-piston Monoblock calipers, twin 320mm discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake: Nissin 1-piston slide-pin caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels: Entrance/Rear: Forged aluminum; 17 x 3.50 in. / 17 x 6.00 in. / M Carbon Fiber
Tires: Entrance/Rear: 120/70ZR-17 / 190/55ZR-17 (200/55ZR-17 M wheel)
Rake/Path: 23.6°/4.0 in.
Wheelbase: 57.3 in.
Floor Clearance: 4.7 in.
Seat Top: 32.8 in.
Gasoline Capability: 4.4 gal.
Claimed Moist Weight: 434 lb. (427 lb. M Bundle)
Contact: bmwmotorcycles.com


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