BMW M1000R (2023 - on) Review

Highlights

  • 207bhp S1000RR ShiftCam engine
  • Wings for extra downforce
  • Forged ali wheels and M brakes

At a glance

Power: 207 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Medium (439 lbs / 199 kg)

Prices

New £19,480
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

BMW released its updated and much anticipated S1000R super naked in 2021, but it slipped in under the radar for some, simply because of the amount of power it made.

Many were expecting it to have the full-fat engine from the S1000RR superbike, complete with its variable valve timing Shift Cam system, but instead it was tamed.

Producing ‘just’ 163bhp from its 999cc inline four-cylinder engine and without its dancing inlet cam, the S1000R is one of the least powerful new super nakeds you can buy, especially compared to Ducati Streetfighter V4s and MV Agusta Brutale 1000RRs of the world.

BMW M1000R on the road

But it’s precisely because it doesn’t have silly amounts of power, the S1000R is a superb real-world machine with more than enough in reserve for the road and even trackdays.

It’s more usable and fun than a 200bhp monster for day-to-day riding and comes with all the good stuff we’ve now come to expect from BMW sportsbikes, from a beautiful dash display to cutting edge electronics, sharp handling, heated grips and cruise control.

It might have been conceived for the track but the M1000R is as flexible, forgiving and easy to ride as the less powerful S1000R. That’s quite a trick for a 207bhp monster that turns into a wild-eyed superbike at high revs with handling to match, but the engine lacks a bit of character, you won’t feel any benefit from the wings on the road and tyres take time to warm up.

For everyday riding the cheaper S1000R is every bit as good, but BMW must be saluted for producing the first 200bhp-plus motorcycle that’s a joy to ride at any speed.

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Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Like the S1000R, the M uses a superbike derived cast ali chassis and semi-active Marzocchi forks and rear shock. Front springs are slightly tougher and compression damping settings stronger, giving a firmer ride and more track ability, but despite its racier set-up it’s easy to get the suspension dialled in just-so, via the riding modes.

BMW M1000R right side

Steering is light and accurate, the steering damper is now adjustable and wider bars make the BMW easier to muscle at speed, once the standard Bridgestone RS11 tyres get up temperature…which take a while on cold roads.

Nissin four-piston radial monobloc calipers and radial master cylinder come from the M1000RR and new S1000R. They’re powerful with a solid lever feel. BMW claim 11kg of downforce at 136mph from its new aero. They make little difference on the road, but bikes with wings are harder to steer on one wheel…

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

They didn’t need to, but BMW decided to join the 200bhp race anyway…and then some. The 2023 M1000R (their second M bike) is an S1000R with wings, a stack of M goodies and powered by the ‘23 207bhp S1000RR engine. That makes it the most powerful super nakeds around right now.

Not only does the M1000R make 44bhp than the S1000R it’s revvier, too with peak power delivered at a heady 13,750rpm instead of 11,000rpm. As you’d expect there’s slightly less torque (just 1lb-ft), but it’s delivered it higher up the revs at 11,000rpm rather than 9250rpm.

Those are the kind of stats that would normally make for a peaky engine - a waste at anything less than track speeds (the case for every other 200bhp-plus superbike and super naked out there), but ShiftCam is the M1000R’s saviour. It gives you the best of both worlds: crazy power up top, big grunt down low and all delivered in one seamless swoop.

BMW M1000R left side on the road

Gearing is shorter by one tooth on the rear sprocket (from 46 to 47 teeth) compared to the S1000RR, for even more instant thrust out of corners.

For our mountain road ride in southern Spain at its world launch, the M1000R is as tractable, enjoyable and easy to use as an S1000R. 207bhp has never been as simple to administer, although the slightly buzzy inline four lacks the soul and aural drama of big twin, V4, crossplane crank, or triple.

In fact, the M doesn’t feel a whole lot different to the S at road speeds and it’s only when we spin a few laps at Almeria circuit and experience the brutal acceleration in the higher gears that you know you’re riding something insanely quick. BMW claims top speed is up from the S1000R’s 158mph to 174mph.

BMW M1000R wing

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Build quality is generally good, although not as lavishly detailed as some of its European rivals. There haven’t been any reported problems with the latest S1000R (which forms the base of the M1000R) although early ‘Gen 4’ S1000RR’s (which shares the M1000R’s engine), suffered mechanical problems and recalls, which seem to have been rectified now.

BMW M1000R turning left on the road

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The M1000R is cheaper than a Ducati Streetfighter V4S and MV Agusta Brutale 1000RR. It’s more expensive than a KTM 1290 Super Duke R, Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory, Triumph Speed Triple RS and Yamaha MT-10 SP, not to mention the standard £12,855 S1000R, or £14,735 S1000R Sport with its similar array of electronics and semi-active suspension.

BMW M1000R exhaust

 

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

Starting with the tasty equipment level of the S1000R Sport, the M1000R also has a new electronic rider aid to help you slide into corners on the brakes, a titanium Akrapovic end can, M Endurance chain, milled ali handlebar clamps, bar end mirrors, billet ali levers, belly pan, lightweight lithium battery, small number plate holder and, keyless ignition.

If the M1000R isn’t special enough the M Competition Package includes billet ali and carbon trinkets, carbon wheels and a black paint job for an extra £5500.

BMW M1000R dash

Specs

Engine size 999cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled 16v inline four-cylinder
Frame type Twin spar aluminium
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 199kg
Front suspension Marzocchi 43mm forks, semi-active damping, mechanically ad-justable preload
Rear suspension Marzocchi shock, semi-active damping, mechanically adjustable preload
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston radial Nissin calipers. Cornering ABS
Rear brake 220mm disc with single-piston caliper. Cornering ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 200/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Annual road tax £101
Annual service cost -
New price £19,480
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Three years

Top speed & performance

Max power 207 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 174 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 160 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2023: BMW M1000R introduced (press launch: end Nov ’22, southern Spain). Based on S1000R Sport with 2023 S1000RR engine, M/S1000RR brakes, forged ali wheels, revised electronics and M goodies as standard.

Other versions

None

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