Since the ‘70s, BMW has reserved the letter M for its fastest, track-readiest, most expensive offerings. But so far, those offerings have all been cars. The first time an M is going on a two-wheeled machine is with the M 1000 RR and, considering the bike’s specs, the label is deserved. With a max speed of 189 mph and 205 horsepower at 13,000 rpm, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got a good grip before you twist the throttle.
Fully fueled, the bike weighs just 423 pounds, thanks to titanium and carbon components. The water/oil-cooled in-line four-cylinder engine has four titanium valves, and lighter titanium connecting rods. The exhaust system is fully titanium, shaving eight pounds off the curb weight. Carbon M wheels cut down the rotational mass while carbon winglets generate up to 35 pounds of downforce at 189 mph — also they look very sporty.
The M 1000 RR comes with riding modes that include Rain, Road, and Race. The Pit-Lane-Limiter option keeps the bike smooth and steady when visiting the pit. And the Launch Control gives you dialed-in takeoffs when the flag drops. Fitted with racing brakes developed for M vehicles and outfitted in a color scheme that emphasizes its racing focus, this is a fast bike that’s ready to go. For those taking it to the track, BMW has made sure all you’ll have to add is a helmet.
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