BMW M1000R (2023 - on) Review


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

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 207 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Medium (439 lbs / 199 kg)


New £19,480
Used £17,000

Overall rating

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

The M1000R is BMW's flagship super naked, based on their homologation superbike but fitted with flat bars and missing its front fairing.

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.

Watch: BMW M1000R video review

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…


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 naked 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

We're running the BMW M1000R as part of the 2023 MCN fleet and Ben Clarke has been getting to grips with it on UK roads. He said: "It is devastatingly, mind-bendingly, pant-wettingly fast.

"Slower-moving traffic (everything else on the road, really) can be dispatched without troubling the gearbox thanks to the low-rev torque of the ShiftCam engine. But on most roads and in real-world situations, this engine is so unflustered that when you do stretch its legs the available revs feel infinite.

"It's a bit vibey and you sometimes need to adjust your cruising speed to ride around it but a few mph in either direction sorts the problem."

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.

Software and electronics are all tried and tested across plenty of other models and so they shouldn't provide any issues despite their complexity, either.

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 or Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory which are both arguably more characterful thanks to their respective V-twin and V4 engines. The revamped Triumph Speed Triple RS and R1-based Yamaha MT-10 SP are also cheaper, 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



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.

The M1000R uses BMW's familiar TFT software that uses your phone to provide turn-by-turn navigation through the dash including a handy function that lets you decide between the fastest, most economical or three levels of winding route. The quickshifter/autoblipper is incredibly precise and fires you through the gears like a racebike.

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


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 £117
Annual service cost -
New price £19,480
Used price £17,000
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


Owners' reviews for the BMW M1000R (2023 - on)

2 owners have reviewed their BMW M1000R (2023 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BMW M1000R (2023 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
5 out of 5 M1000R a game changer in the sporty bike segment
19 February 2024 by Marty madden

Version: Competition

Year: 2023

In over 30 yrs riding bikes this is hands down the most premium bike I’ve ever owned…. The handling the power the fit and finish ….. a bike is only as good at how it makes you feel.. and without doubt the M1000R makes me feel alive, connected with the road.. clinical but still have character… love it

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brakes are to die for power and feel in bucket loads.. although the suspension is firm it’s not a bumpy ride, the bike just deals with bumpy roads

Engine 5 out of 5

Intense… over 200bhp it’s smooth as silk bags and bags of grunt and surprisingly torquey low down for a 4 cylinder.. power is predictable and so tame round town…

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Can’t comment on service cost yet as not had it a year

Equipment 5 out of 5

For what it is (a naked) it’s loaded with every electronic gizmo I could as for and they all work not just a gimmic.. having the ability to user configure up to 3 rider modes is a very welcome addition

Buying experience: It was a dealer bought bike… because I live on Isle of Man the dealer arranged delivery and was seamless and easy… £24,980 was the price I paid £22,995 pre reg

5 out of 5
23 October 2023 by Vlad

Year: 2023

One of the best bike I've ever had, insane power and quality brakes. Suspension works fantastic even on bad roads if you use the bike in ROAD-Mode. I did not use the DYNAMIC or RACE, make no sense on street, only customize RACE PRO for a long wheelie. I heard a lot about wings, that are not good for wheelies, the bike run easy in second gear until 200km/h in one wheel, so you won't understand if you don't own it. PROS: -brakes and suspension -forged wheels -top electronics -smooth quick shifter CONS: -consumption 8-10 l/100km -it gets very hot

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

As I say, brakes are top quality and are combinated if you use the front it works also the rear

Engine 5 out of 5

Power delivery is like an Aircraft, i love it

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Is made with quality like BMW, I didn't notice something bad

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Depending for country and how much you enjoy the bike. In my country a simple oil change plus filter is around 180€ on Bmw dealer. Tires are soft and the rear one can be done in 4000km, so maybe you need twice a year. Price in my country->250€/rear tire

Equipment 5 out of 5
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