2024 BMW S1000RR review: this is the easiest and comfiest of all the superbikes to ride fast


  • Power up from 204bhp to 207bhp
  • M1000RR-style wings
  • New electronics including slide control

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 3.4 out of 5 (3.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £480
Power: 204 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.4 in / 824 mm)
Weight: Medium (434 lbs / 197 kg)


New £17,150
Used £12,300 - £16,000

Overall rating

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

The BMW S1000RR is a superbike and the fourth generation of a machine that first arrived on the scene in 2010. At a time when its rivals could barely muster a rear-wheel 160bhp, the German wonder machine made 190bhp, had MotoGP-inspired electronics and race-ready handling - impressive for a company best known for sensible tourers and adventure bikes.

Refined in 2012 and updated in 2015, it’s a multiple TT winner, loved by racers and is the circuit weapon of choice for discerning track heads. Its long-awaited successor has been four years in the making and new from the ground-up.

From its sultry looks and electronic gadgetry, to its fresh new easy feel, the BMW S1000RR is a major departure from the previous model. Only the name remains the same. Agile, accurate and refined, it handles like a lightweight 600cc supersport racer with the grunt of a V4 and the manic top end power of a competition superbike.

A tricky-to-reach back brake and its late arrival in dealers are the only niggles we can find. The old RR was rapid to the end, but with a decade’s worth of lessons learned from it, this latest BMW S1000RR takes the superbike game to the next level.

2019 BMW S1000RR was the best superbike around

Our testers rate the S1000RR so highly that it took the overall win the Best Sportsbike category of the 2020 MCN Awards.

Since then we've seen a raft of new competitors hit the roads, and it's not quite up there with the very best of the bunch in 2023, but it's still a simply stunning superbike.

And if you're looking for something even more special, you could also pop over to the BMW M1000RR review to see if the vastly more expensive homologation special is the better bike for you.

2019 BMW S1000RR video review

Join Neevesy for his thoughts on the S1000RR live from the launch.

BMW S1000RR update for 2021

In July 2020 BMW announced the changes for the 2021 S1000RR range, including a new blacked out paintjob called black storm metallic.

The new, stealthy look features a black subframe and plastics, with the only splash of colour coming from vivid red ‘RR’ decals on the fairing.

2021 BMW S1000RR with new black paintjob

The bike will also reach Euro5 homologation for the first time, having technically remained Euro4 until now.

You are also able to spec up your S1000RR with a raft of blingy parts from the M Sport catalogue. The M milled parts package gets you upgraded folding brake and clutch levers and protectors for them plus the footpegs and engine protectors from the M version.

You can also add a sports silencer, or the titanium exhaust from the M and real track enthusiasts can unlock the GPS-controlled Laptrigger function, too.

The new colour will replace racing red non metallic for the base model  S1000RR, and Hockenheim silver remains the other base option.

2021 also saw the introduction of a new range-topping homologation special called the BMW M1000RR. The M version has a stronger engine for race teams to tune more reliably and an aero pack. Due to its comparatively basic suspension (race teams chuck it in the bin anyway) the S1000RR is still a better option fro most road riders.

2023 BMW S1000RR: Moving the game on again

2023 BMW S1000RR static front three quarter

Although the 2019 BMW S1000RR was pretty much bang on, the 2023 model takes another step forward. It has more power, new electronics, including an advanced slide control system, stronger brakes, a flexier chassis with revised geometry and wings.

Its level is way beyond most of us could ever hope to exploit and to even begin to use its electrical wizardry to go fast will take some serious talent.

But thanks to its upgrades it’s not only a brutally quick superbike, but one with an even bigger safety margin on the road and track, especially on worn tyres.

It’s hard to say if it's dynamically better than the old one, but the engine, ride and electronics are all smoother, making it the easiest of all the superbikes to ride fast.

2023 BMW S1000RR on the road


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It should come as no surprise to learn the new RR’s extra power, uprated electronics, chassis changes and aero make little difference at normal speeds. It has a tougher character, though. The new electronic suspension settings are firmer, even in its soft ‘Road’ riding mode and the new brakes have race-grade power and feel with no ABS mush through the lever. And it goes without saying that with 207bhp, there’s never a shortage of power on the road. It’s a rocket ship, pure and simple.

The new RR has the taught feel of a superstock race bike out of the crate and feels sharper on the throttle and in corners than the first generation M1000RR. But despite the huge reserves of straight line and cornering performance available the ’23 S1000RR is as simple to manage on the road as it is on track. Electronics and wings keep the front wheel down under hard acceleration, the up/down quickshifter slices effortlessly through the gears, it’s always stable and knowing there’s has one of the best traction control systems in the business looking after you is a comfort with all that power on tap.

It's quick beyond comprehension, but never aggressive at road speeds. It’s also a BMW, which means it’s a sportsbike you can actually use on the road, even for long trips. The riding position is at the milder end of the race-rep scale, the tall screen cuts more quietly through the wind than an R1250GS and although the seat is on the firm side, it isn’t torturous. Heated grips, cruise control and a large colour dash with superb Bluetooth functions all take the sting out of life with a superbike on the road.

Nothing gets close to the BMW’s ability to be a track demon with such impeccable road manners.

Watch: 2023 BMW S1000RR video review

Ride quality & brakes

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

A new riding position is no less comfy than before, but the RR is more compact and airy-light, like a 600. It makes the old machine feel like a podgy tourer with a 20kg bag of spuds for an engine. Bars are splayed out further and you’re sat more in the RR, up against a taller, far slimmer tank.

All-up weight is reduced by 11kg (14.5kg for the M version) - the motor alone is 4kg lighter and the exhaust weighs less than the single cylinder BMW G310R’s. Steering is lighter, crisper and BMW claims improved rear tyre wear on track.

Gone is the old girder-stiff chassis that could make the S1000RR tricky to set up on track. A new ‘Flex Frame’ (with the engine as a stressed member), plush new Marzocchi semi-active suspension (replacing Sachs) and an underbraced swingarm, forcing the rear tyre harder into the tarmac on the gas, all give more feel and confidence.

Powerful new Hayes calipers have a friendlier initial bite than the old designer Brembos and show no sign of fade under hard use.

Riding the BMW S1000RR in the dry

BMW S1000RR in action at Jerez

Since the bike's initial wet weather launch, MCN also got the chance to ride it in the dry on Bridgestone S22 tyres at Jerez, Spain, as part of their own seperate launch.

This adds up to a significant leap forward in the handling department. The 2015 BMW S1000RR was a formidable track weapon, but pushed hard it would struggle to stay tight in a corner at full lean and be prone to understeer on a fast lap. It was never the easiest to set up for serious trackday work or racing, either.

Things couldn’t be more different now. Steering is racebike-crisp, light, accurate and even on the S22 street tyres we’ve tested the BMW on in the dry at Jerez (we’ve also ridden in in the wet at Estoril), you’d swear you’re on hot, sticky slicks that just want to lean and turn. On hot sticky slicks the BMW is going to be sensational.

Being able to carve such effortlessly tight lines, you can attack corners faster, crack the throttle sooner on the exit and when you do the S1000RR treats you to another new trick – its advanced electronic riding aids.

BMW has refined its traction control to a pretty decent level since 2010, but this is next generation stuff. Now when the rear tyre slips the electronics holds it in place, but still lets you drive smoothly forward at a ferocious rate. It’s like riding up against a soft, silicone berm.

Electronics on road bikes generally slow you down on track (and you end up switching them off), but now on the S1000RR you can use them to go fast in safety. The same goes for the anti-wheelie, which was never refined enough to set quick lap time, but now the electronics let the front wheel gracefully hover over the tarmac while controlling the anger of 200-plus bhp.

New Hayes calipers have a friendlier initial bite than the old designer Brembos, but they’re every bit as powerful. Just like the old Brembos they fade to a point after a few laps, then stay at a consistent level, so you’re best off setting the brake lever span too far out to begin with.

BMW S1000RR: chassis technology deep dive

"The main aim was to develop further enhanced riding dynamics as well as significantly reducing weight, compared to the predecessor model. We were able to meet this target by means of the new main frame: the engine is now much more closely integrated as a load-bearing element, and there are a whole range of optimised details," explained Marcus Mund, Project Engineer Suspension.

Dubbed the 'Flex Frame', the concept behind the frame is similar to before; a structure of four cast aluminium elements welded together using the engine as a stressed member and integrated at a 32-degree tilt. But in order to save weight, the top tubes, steering head and engine mounts are reduced in mass, relying on the engine more for an increased load-bearing function but with special effort for the load paths to the engine being as short as possible.

2019 BMW S1000RR superbike review

The new frame also benefits from being as narrow as possible, reducing the width of the bike by up to 30mm. All of this also reduces the frame weight by 1.3kg, which contributes to the claimed 11kg weight reduction of the new bike.

The S1000RR also boasts a new swingarm now with under-slung bracing. Superbike racing S1000RRs (which are allowed aftermarket swingers) have been using under-slung bracing for years and there are a number of advantages to it. Firstly, when it comes to packaging, there is more space below the swingarm rather than above it and this means there is more flexibility with bracing design.

Secondly, the way they flex allows a reduction of lateral tyre contact patch movement during flex. The bracing below has also allowed more freedom in the placement of the damper and spring unit, which can now be further away from the engine unit for reduced heat transfer.

Amazingly, despite its complex structure, the new S1000RR’s swingarm is cast in one single piece before being machined for the chain adjusters and mounting points. It’s also 300g lighter than the previous bike’s swingarm.

BMW have also played with the new bike’s geometry, lengthening the wheelbase by 9mm to 1411mm (Superstock racers have traditionally pulled the wheel back as far as it can go for the same effect) in a bid to aid stability.

That extra wheelbase has allowed tighter, more extreme steering geometry as well, being 0.4 degrees steeper at 23.1 degrees while trail has been reduced to 93.9mm. All of which points to a machine that is lighter, more nimble and more stable all at the same time.

Join Neevesy for a hot lap of Jerez aboard the BMW S1000RR here:

2023 BMW S1000RR: Winging in the changes

The wings on the 2023 BMW S1000RR

For 2023 the S1000RR has four cut-outs in the cast aluminium frame to increase flex and the chassis geometry is tweaked with a longer rake, trail and wheelbase, less fork offset and more ride height. It’s hard to pinpoint the benefits in isolation, but the result is a snarling superbike that’s so stable at full lean you’re always left thinking you could’ve cornered faster. The test bike for this review is also fitted with optional carbon wheels. Nissin calipers replace the old Hayes items and offer incredible braking power and feel. A new adjustable engine brake control helps you enter corners smoothly without the rear wheel hopping and skipping, even with lean angle.

Wings are fitted to the S1000RR for the first time, two years after they appeared on the M1000RR. Not only do they give the BMW a new look, the extra push on the front end at high speed has various advantages. The most obvious is an anti-wheelie effect and with the aero working with the revised wheelie control strategies, the front wheel stays glued to the floor, even with the throttle to the stop. That makes it faster along the straights and less effort to control. The wings also add stability under braking and load the front through fast corners.

A new two-stage slide function takes data from a steering sensor clamped to the forks to help you drift out of corners if you’re brave enough. I can’t slide the rear like Redding, especially with the huge grip of the Bridgestone V02 slicks we’re on today, but if you’re obscenely talented and have the traction control turned right down, you can lean on the slide control to help you go faster. If you’re not, the electronics give you a bigger safety margin. The same sensor regulates the ABS and engine braking control to help you ‘back it in’ to corners.


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

BMW’s screaming 999cc inline four never lacked top end power, but the new slimmer, lighter-cranked motor revs harder and faster, head butting its redline with the savage alacrity of a pukka superbike engine.

The way it dispenses with straights, with a strange kind of violent calm, is a sign that few of its rivals, if any, will get close on the drag out of a corner. A lighter crank, hollowed-out intake valves and lary high rev inlet valve timing, helps it to a claimed 204bhp – stick a full race pipe on a you’re looking at over 215bhp.

With all its power stuffed at the top of the revs, the previous RR was a peaky devil, like a big supersport 600, but not any more. BMW’s new variable valve timing system (Shift Cam) laces the throttle response with the kind of mid-range grunt and broad spread of power that would make a V4 proud, especially between 4300rpm and 8000rpm.

Beneath the Shift Cam’s 9000rpm go-mental-threshold, BMW’s monster motor has a newfound level of smoothness and tractability, which can only be good news for S1000RR on the road.

Official MCN BMW S1000RR top speed test video and results

Venue: Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Leicestershire, UK

Weather conditions: cold, with damp patched 5mph headwind

Top speed: 185.01 mph


0-60mph: 3.29 secs

0-100mph: 5.98 secs

0-150mph: 10.42 secs

0-180mph: 20.13 secs

Standing quarter mile: 10.29 secs @ 150.69 mph

Top gear roll on 40mph-120mph: 8.04 secs

Fourth gear roll on 40-90mph: 3.82 secs

Braking 70mph-0: 3.55 secs in 52.08m

BMW S1000RR engine tech deep dive

BMW S1000RR engine

Valves have a hard life. Whacked open by a cam then slammed shut by a valve spring, on a high-performance motor such as the BMW S1000RR, the inlet and exhaust valves go through this cycle at an incredible rate.

At the old RR's redline of 14,200rpm, each valve opened and closed 118 times per second but for 2019 BMW have increased the limit on the new ShiftCam engine to 14,600rpm. To achieve this, while maintaining reliability, they’ve introduced a world-first in production bike design: hollow-bored titanium valves.

Lightweight titanium valves have been used in production sportsbikes for over 15 years because they are 40% lighter than steel, so reducing valve-train inertia and the possibility of valve-float at high revs. Hollow-boring takes this one stage further.

Reducing the mass of moving parts

"On a sportsbike motor you need to reduce the mass of the moving parts due to the fact you can see acceleration G-forces of 5000G acting on a valve," explains Karl Viktor Schaller, BMW Motorrad’s Head of Engineering.

"When you reduce a valve’s weight you can go higher with its acceleration. By using hollow-valve technology we have been able to raise the RR’s rev limit by 400rpm as
the valves are 10% lighter than normal titanium valves."

But what would have happened if BMW hadn’t used this technology? "The valves themselves are capable of withstanding these forces, however the critical area is the disc that retains the valve spring," says Schaller.

Launch control and a highly sophisticated engine help the BMW S1000RR perform every bit as well as you'd expect

Changing the production process 

"The valve has a groove machined into it that two wedges (known as collets) sit in to retain the disc. Under high acceleration, these wedges tend to be forced through the disc, causing the valve to fail."

To create this new valve, BMW have changed their production process. A standard valve is made in two parts (a stem and a base) and these two are then friction-welded together to create a valve. Now, in simple terms, BMW have hollowed out the valve stem before joining the two parts together.

"The size of the valve shaft is the same at 5mm but we take 2mm out of its centre through a secret process," says Schaller. "To be honest, when I first saw hollow-bored valves I thought 'This can’t work', but it is fantastic technology. Steel valves are for normal motorcycles, titanium is for sportsbikes and hollow-bore titanium for top-end sportsbikes such as the new S1000RR."

BMW S1000RR comes with launch control

Ever since the HP4, BMW has installed a launch control system to the S1000RR. This works by thumbing the starter button when in neutral at a standstill, which drops the rev limit to 9000rpm, allowing you to use full throttle but restrict engine output for a good start. It's not as quick as a properly good manual dash away from the line, but it does stop you from making an obviously bad start...

2023 BMW S1000RR engine changes

2023 BMW S1000RR engine

For 2023 BMW have lifted cylinder head from the M1000RR to boost power from 204bhp@13,500rpm to 207bhp@13,750rpm. Torque stays the same 83lb-ft, but peaks 500revs higher at 11,000rpm. The gearing is shorter by one tooth on the rear sprocket (up to 46) for even more punch off corners. Like before, it’s insanely quick at full throttle, but also friendly with serious grunt thanks to its variable valve ShiftCam system. Its new electronics help you use all that power to the full, with a plethora of refined riding modes, power settings and beautifully judged, lean-sensitive traction control.

Reliability & build quality

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

Early S1000RRs suffered minor engine and electronics problems, but they have been addressed by BMW over the years and all of those lessons learned have gone into creating the 2019 model. Dealer service is excellent, so even if there is recall, or warranty work to be done, it shouldn’t cause any major headaches.

Our BMW S1000RR owners' reviews show a mixed bag when it comes to reliability. Some are happy, while others state they've had serious problems. It's worth having a read through and going into any purchase with your eyes wide open.

Don't forget that you can learn a huge amount about the model's reliability in our BMW S1000RR long-term test review.

For a summary, check out Michael Neeves's video impressions of life with a 2019 BMW S1000RR here:

Value vs rivals

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

Superbikes have rocketed in price over the past few years, putting the base model out of reach for all but the lucky few, although PCP deals undoubtedly help. But the base S1000RR, Sport and M Package are comparable in price, or cheaper than their equivalent superbike counterparts from Italy (Ducati Panigale V4 S, Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory) and Japan (Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, Yamaha R1, Kawasaki ZX-10R).

If you're looking for a used BMW S1000RR for sale in the UK, check MCN Bikes for Sale first.

The verdict: BMW S1000RR vs Ducati Panigale V4 S vs Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP

BMW S1000RR vs Ducati Panigale V4 S vs Honda Fireblade SP

We pit the latest, fourth-generation S1000RR against two rivals with wings (Fireblade SP and Panigale V4 S), but the BMW does fire back with a raft of clever electronics. Its Marzocchi suspension doesn’t quite have the velvety ride of Öhlins, but the semi-active units are still as plush and controlled on a wet country road, as they are flat out on track. It doesn’t have Brembos, either, but own-brand Hayes calipers have more feel than the Blade’s brakes and are close to the race-level savagery of the Panigale’s.

Its big and brash colour dash is simple to operate and even has a built-in sat nav, working via an app on your phone. This M Package model comes with every conceivable option, including carbon fibre wheels, a lithium battery, heated grips and cruise control. Fit and finish is more business-like than its more lavish rivals.

Like the others it spews out over 200bhp, but thanks to its variable inlet cam timing it’s a Bavarian grunt-monster below 9000rpm. It makes the Blade feel like a highly-strung supersport racer at low revs and is more than a match for the Ducati anywhere in the revs. There’s always power when you need it and it’ll pull in top gear from as low as 4000rpm, like a big-cubed hyperbike. Venture past 9k and the S1000RR elegantly transforms into a rabid racer with savage acceleration to match.

Superbike group test video: Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP vs BMW S1000RR M vs Ducati Panigale V4S

2023 BMW S1000RR: Is it good value?

2023 BMW S1000RR Akrapovic exhaust

If you’re a serious trackday rider or racer who’ll upgrade to race suspension, the base S1000RR is the one to go for, but with its semi-active damping is the Sport model is the best of all worlds for the road and track. It’s cheaper than an Aprilia RSV4 Factory, Ducati Panigale V4S, Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR-R SP and Yamaha R1M. But knocking on the door of 20 grand, it’s still an expensive machine.


5 out of 5 (5/5)

Although the old S1000RR was first with the rider aids we know and (some of us) now love, its electronics have fallen behind its rivals in recent years. A new six-axis inertial measurement unit and electronic strategies are set to change all that.

Wheelie and traction control are separated for the first time and both offer refined control on track without being too intrusive and slowing you down. Dual throttle bodies are fitted to give WSB teams the chance to cut cylinders at full lean and over in the real world there’s heated grips, cruise control and now a hill hold system.

There’s so much going on with the RR’s new 6.5-inch colour dash it’s hard to get to know it properly in just a day. It’s easy enough to navigate, but there’s a lot of information, set-up menus and sub menus going on.

There are four displays to choose from and they’re large and clear to read on the move, showing revs/speed/lap time etc, but when you stop to fiddle you can fine tune everything from the traction/wheelie/launch/engine braking control, to customising riding modes (four standard and three optional ‘RACE Pro’ modes), setting the pitlane limiter parameters, engine power levels…the list goes on.

If you get BMW's free Motorrad Connected app you can connect via Bluetooth to the dash and have it give sat nav directions, too!

Ilmberger carbon upgrades for BMW S1000RR

BMW S1000RR Ilmberger carbonfibre parts

German carbon parts specialists, Ilmberger have launched a full set of replacement body panels for the 2019 BMW S1000RR. The new parts replace almost every piece of OEM plastic, giving a 70% weight saving and improved rigidity. All that bling doesn’t come cheap, though.

If you replace every panel you can, plus add the full selection of frame and engine guards you are looking at a cost of £8726. You can get a really clean, low-mileage 2013 S1000RR for that!

With a belly pan costing £714, side panels £446 each and rear hugger £312, it’s easy to see how the cost mounts up, but they do look really good. Ilmberger also make a range of race parts that blank off road features like headlights. For full details, visit the Performance Parts Ltd website.

Here’s the full list of parts used in our example:

  • Belly pan - £714
  • Rear fairing - £714
  • Front fairing - £446
  • Side fairing (L&R) - £892
  • Air intake - £357
  • Single seat - £357
  • Rear hugger - £312
  • Front mudguard - £268
  • Tank side panels (L&R) - £536
  • Rear undertray - £268
  • Badge holders (L&R) - £518
  • Seat unit (L&R) - £518
  • Number plate holder - £223
  • Tank cover - £223
  • Frame covers (L&R) - £392
  • Clutch cover - £178
  • Swing arm guards (L&R) - £356
  • Winglets (L&R) - £356
  • Ignition rotor cover - £169
  • Alternator cover - £161
  • Front sprocket cover - £161
  • Instrument cover - £143
  • Heel plates (L&R) - £250
  • Water pump cover - £89
  • Electrical cable cover - £125

2023 BMW S1000RR equipment

The screen on the 2023 BMW S1000RR

For 2023 the S1000RR gets a lightweight lithium battery, USB charging point, a new wiring loom for removing the smaller number plate holder, captive wheel spacers for easy rear wheel changing and a GoPro holder.

The nose and tail unit are reshaped, the screen is taller and then there are all those new electronics that would take a whole MCN to explain in all their silicon glory.

But in brief, as well has having traction/slide/engine braking and launch control, there’s even a function to control stoppies, so you can yank on the front brake and do your best Toprak impression.


Engine size 999cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 16v inline four
Frame type Aluminium twin spar, engine stressed member
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Seat height 824mm
Bike weight 197kg
Front suspension Marzocchi fully adjustable 45mm forks (DDC semi-active electronic damping, mechanically adjustable preload)
Rear suspension fully adjustable monoshock, 117mm travel
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston radial monobloc calipers. Cornering ABS
Rear brake 220mm rear disc with single-piston caliper. Cornering ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 44.1 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £480
New price £17,150
Used price £12,300 - £16,000
Insurance group 16 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Three years

Top speed & performance

Max power 204 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2010: BMW broke free of their pipe and slippers touring bike mould and produced the fastest, most powerful, technology packed S1000RR superbike the world had ever seen. 190bhp, razor-sharp handling, race grade Brembos, traction and wheelie control, rider modes and ABS. It took years for anyone to catch up.
  • 2012: Lots of detail changes came in the shape of more refined electronics, a lighter throttle, revised steering geometry, a new rear shock, steering damper, extra midrange grunt and more power in Rain mode.
  • 2013: A special HP4 version was produced alongside the standard S1000RR for just two years and was the first sportsbike to feature semi-active suspension (Sachs – similar to Ducati’s Skyhook set up). Weighing 9kg less than the S1000RR, it came with Brembo monoblocs, forged ali wheels, more sophisticated electronics, more midrange, full power in Rain mode and a 200-section rear Pirelli Super Corsa SP. HP4 Carbon version featured carbon fibre bodywork panels.
  • 2015: First major S1000RR update since the 2010 model, the bike gets a host of engine mods to give more power and torque. It also had a lighter frame, updated chassis geometry, suspension and electronics. Came with HP4 style electronic suspension and lightweight wheels as options.
  • 2017: Limited edition, uber expensive, track-only HP4 Race launched. 171kg and 215bhp with race engine and a frame, bodywork, sefl-supporting adjustable seat unit and wheels all from carbon fibre. Suter ali swingarm, 2D race dash, next generation electronic rider aids, WSB-spec Ohlins and Brembos.
  • 2019: This bike, and the first all-new S1000RR since its inception. Lighter, more powerful engine with Shift Cam variable inlet timing. Lighter chassis with engine as a stressed member, new geometry, suspension, wheels and electronics.
  • 2021: BMW S1000RR updated with Euro5 engine and new black paintscheme.
  • 2023: S1000RR updated with a more powerful engine, wings, stronger brakes, revised electronics including slide and engine braking control, new ABS settings for the track, built-in chassis flex, geometry tweaks, a new nose and tail unit and a host of detail changes.

Other versions

All S1000RRs share the same engine, chassis and basic electronics, starting with the £15k standard 2019 model. The BMW S1000RR M Sport had extra riding modes, rider aids, electronic suspension, heated grips, cruise control and the M Package test bike has carbon fibre wheels, slide control, a race seat, lithium battery, adjustable ride height and swing arm pivot, among a host of other goodies.

The 2023 BMW S1000RR consists of a £17,150 base model and the £18,610 Sport with semi-active suspension. The Sport used for this review is fitted with ‘M’, Dynamic and Race Packages bringing total to £23,955.

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Owners' reviews for the BMW S1000RR (2019 - on)

5 owners have reviewed their BMW S1000RR (2019 - 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 S1000RR (2019 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 (3.8/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Reliability & build quality: 3.4 out of 5 (3.4/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.4 out of 5 (3.4/5)
Equipment: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £480
5 out of 5 Best bike i have owned.
22 May 2023 by Vic manns

Version: M pakage

Year: 2020

Best bike l have ever owned. I have owned a few.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Its a very good all rounder. I do a high mileage so i can ride it all day because i am used to it. Some riders may think differently.

Engine 5 out of 5

All the power you need. Power delivery is smooth and it is a pleasure to ride. It is fast but very manageable as i said before it does everything very well.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No faults no problems. It does everything very well. Nice bike.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Bmw costs are high a little to high. I have a garage buisness my self so i am able to offset some of the regular costs by doing them myself.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The level of equipment standard on this bike being the M package is probably the best around Everything you could want. All the toys right down to the carbon wheels.

Buying experience: Bought from a dealer Rybrook wolverhampton. I paid the asking price £19,700.

3 out of 5 Amazing Bike - Lousy Aftercare
24 April 2023 by Willard White

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £200

These are fantastic bikes no doubt. Blisteringly quick acceleration, superb handling and with all the electronic assistance you could ever need. Arguably way to powerful for the road however, this is down to your choice of how you want to ride it. Despite all of the negative comments on comfort with the benefit of a comfort seat and a small soft seat bag for the essentials last summer managed 2500 miles in 6 days across Europe. amazing on the mountain roads and passes and stable at warp speed on the autobahns. Nearing 50 miles to the gallon gives a full tank range of 155 miles plus.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Excellent amazing bike for A roads B roads dual carriageway. Motorway also. about 2 hours is the max you can ride this without stopping. No chance of a pillion lasting more than about 30 mins on the micro rear seat. But that is not what this is made for

Engine 5 out of 5

Apart from the points above this is amazing at every rev. No flat spots pulls hard from any gear. Noisy at start up and irritating that is sits at 2000 rpm until it is warm which can be a little challenging if you are slow manoeuvring to start your ride and happen to drop the clutch. But you get used to it

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

This is what lets the bike down in my opinion, I have had 5 previous BMW motorcycles and this is the worst. Exceptionally poor customer service follow up from BMW Motorrad themselves. the recovery service completely messed me around for 2-3 days. The dealer network took the brunt of the complaints and do assist where they can but they are largely unsupported by BMW UK. The issue ECU control warning comes on and off advising to ride to dealer. This happened on 4 occasions. Still not 100% rectified dealer advised that this could re-appear as they do not have the software test patch from BMW. Tyre pressure sensors come on despite the pressures being OK when I first picked up the bike. Paintwork was incredibly thin and corrected by the dealer ceramic coating and putting on a clear wrap. Original screen was full of scratches and was replaced again by dealer Most appreciated and the only sign of anyone taking my complaints seriously. This leaves me with the current issues, bike could throw up a new fault at any time. Due a service and dealer advised a recall, however parts not available suggested have service 80 mile round trip and then revisit for recall. No thank you. Asked for recall and service to be done at same time, told it could be an 8 week wait. I am now out of service schedule and BMW have not confirmed that this does not affect warranty. In summary given the choice I would hand the bike back. BMW not interested at all in anything but selling 2023 machines and don't care about owner experience. I have emailed them left a Trustpilot review. absolutely no interest whatsoever. Would I buy another one, nope !!

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Miles to the gallon good, finance was pre inflation so reasonable. Service costs I would say average for a bike of this type ride it hard and you will get only 4000 miles from a set of tyres

Equipment 5 out of 5

Comes with everything

Buying experience: OK I would not say that the salesman was the best or the worst. A few issues with the screen which he said was normal and that is how all the bikes were delivered. No interest after the even of course

1 out of 5 Cheaply made & unreliable
27 July 2021 by Down From London

Version: S1000rr M Sport

Year: 2021

Very poorly made.

Ride quality & brakes 1 out of 5

Suspension is okay on the road. Brakes not good on road or track. Lots of lever travel and fade. Cheap cost cutting measures throughout leaving a lot to be desired. Calipers leak as well.

Engine 1 out of 5

Engine puts out good power but is very vibey. Also suffer from an array of mechanical issues. My friends blew up two weeks ago. My first s1000rr also expired. It’s no good making headline figures if it doesn’t last more than 5 minutes.

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

Issues as long as your arm. I’m on my second bike now (replaced under warranty). This one is just as bad as the first one. It is not an Exaggeration to say that everyone I know who owns / has owned a gen4 s1000rr has experienced an array of issues ranging from ridiculous to dangerous. Very poor build quality. Extremely unreliable.

Value vs rivals 1 out of 5

Both of the bikes I’ve owned have spent more time in the dealership than on the road. So it’s hard to say.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The idea of the dash is great. It’s easy to navigate and looks the part. Living with it is another story. Apart from the fact it breaks .. a lot, as well as the switch gear and virtually every other component attached to the bike, the endless error messages and notifications are bordering dangerous.

Buying experience: My local dealer are good. But they’re overwhelmed with warranty issues whilst trying to maintain professionalism, which isn’t easy. They did state to me that the gen 4 has been a nightmare in terms of reliability.

5 out of 5 Heirloom quality updated icon
08 March 2020 by JSRIMD

Version: M edition

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £750

Superb machine

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

OEM Michelin Power RS, ~5k in 5 months riding. Comfortable enough to sport tour long distances. After a few hundred miles, stretch and repeat with no problem. Can you say lean in loads?

Engine 5 out of 5

Monster engine. Designed well by excellent engineers. No shortage of grunt and will pull the bars out of your hands, hold on.

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

Depending on your usage

Equipment 5 out of 5

Lots of amenities, heated grips are great for winter. Ride modes are essential and are well tuned for any condition. Have ridden this 200hp bull in torrential rains without sacrificing stability or confidence on highways.

5 out of 5 Awesome Bike
18 February 2020 by Tom Tom

Version: M Sport

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £500

This bike is so light and flickable its crazy. Engine is super strong and has a lot of mechanical grip. Brakes and electronics are really good. Riding modes make a big difference and allow you to tailor the bike to the riding conditions. Heated grips and cruise are awesome. Quickshifter is insanely good. Bad boots. It vibrates at higher RPM although bar end helped a bit.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Rain mode makes the bike very compliant if you want a soft ride. Brakes are good.

Engine 5 out of 5

Engine is insane. The top end is crazy fast. More power than you will ever need. Good on the road. Up to 9k pulls very well.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

So far so good. Couple of small recall issues but no other issues.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Switch to Dunlop Q4 improved handling significantly. Full akra for sound as stock is very quiet.

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