RIDING DIFFERENT BIKES. RACING SOME
While everyone is buzzing around the new 2023 BMW S1000RR and their M-variant, we’d like to take a step back. And put the BMW M1000RR 50 years M edition in the spotlight for our Fanciful Friday series.
The BMW M1000RR 50 years M edition is a special edition of the M1000RR. Which might sound obvious. The lime colored race bike sure is an eye-catcher. It is a colour that you probably either like or hate. Personally, I love it. It’s different and racy at the same time. Let me tell you more about this special edition of BMW.
Lets go back in time for a bit. On the 24th of May in 1972, all racing activities of BMW are brought together under one flag. This ‘flag’ got the name BMW Motorsport GmbH. Later on, this was changed into BMW M GmbH. The motorsport become the inspiration for building new vehicles and motorcycles. This exclusive line up gets its own emblem to make it stand out from the rest of BMW’s line up. This special M emblem has the well-know blue, red and purple (also dark blue) colours.
BMW M stands for performance, passion, success and racing technique. How this shows to the outside world? Perfection in their vehicles that almost hits the 100% marker and top-notch performance, both in cars and motorcycles. BMW Motorrad celebrates the 50 year anniversary of BMW M with this special edition BMW M1000RR. In the very visible Sao Paulo Yellow colourway and with the recognizable M emblem on the side.
The M1000RR 50 years M edition comes with the M Competition Package and the M Carbon parts. You also get a M Endurance chain set, which is practically maintenance free. You also get a silver anodized aluminium swing arm and the activation code for the M GPS lap timer.
Engine wise, the 50 years M edition doesn’t differ from the ‘standard’ M1000RR. But let’s be fair. Can we call the M1000RR standard by any means? The ‘normal’ BMW M1000RR has 212 hp and a weight of 192 kilo. That’s not really standard, now is it?
With the 50 years M edition of the M1000RR, you also get the pillion package. And a seat cover, in case you decide a passenger is kind of wasted on bike like these. We doubt riding pillion on this race bike will make you or your passenger happy. Our advice; just don’t. Ride solo on this beauty.
We mentioned it earlier. You get quite some Carbon parts on this bike. Think of the mudguard, the side panels, the tank cover, the chain protectors and the crash protection. So actually, half your bike is made out of carbon.
What is unique about the BMW M1000RR 50 years M edition, besides its obvious colour? Well, this bike practically meets the standards to complete in the World Superbike championship. And it’s street legal. Do you buy it with a license plate? Then you could also show this beauty off in the city. Rather twist that throttle properly? Then it is also track ready.
The latter is noticeable in almost every detail. Besides the M Competition Package, you also get the M Billet Package on this BMW M1000RR 50 years M edition. This gives you protectors made out of billet aluminium. This isn’t just limited to the protectors. Also the levers and the brake protector are made of that material.
Furthermore, the M1000RR 50 years edition differs from the ‘standard’ M1000RR due to it’s extra standard cover for the duo seat, the anodized aluminium swingarm and the M GPS Lap Timer-software.
What does the BMW M1000RR 50 years M edition cost? You can be the happy owner of this race monster in its poppy colourway from the humble price of €44.780,-. Which isn’t humble at all. That’s a whole lot of money.
Is it worth it? We can’t exactly tell you. We haven’t ridden the M1000RR yet. We did ride the BMW S1000RR, which is a brilliant motorcycle. We can only imagine that a faster and even more luxurious version of it must be heavenly to ride.
The BMW M1000RR 50 years M edition stands out. The Sao Paulo Yellow-colourway – inherited from the M4 sports car – makes it a one of a kind. You either hate it or love it, we suppose.
There is no shortage in luxury or power on this racing machine. And the latter is actually what is was built for. To race. Everything is about speed, power and agile steering. This all makes it a bit much for the roads. But hey, is there anyone who could complain about showing this beauty off in front of terraces filled with people? We don’t think so..