2023 BMW S 1000 RR

BMW’s 2023 S 1000 RR is significantly updated and continues to be our favorite SuperSport.

Visually, the 2023 S 1000 RR features three different color schemes. The base variant is Blackstorm metallic. Style Passion in Racing Red costs an additional $375. The bike we spent time with had the racing-oriented Light white M design, an additional $2,495.

It is available with the M Package, which also includes features such as the M footrest system. Additionally, Carbon wheels are included in the package. These wheels push the price up another $2,000, but they are worth the price for both looks and reducing unsprung weight.

Our bike was also equipped with the Dynamic, Race, and Milled parts package. This package includes all the necessary features such as Dynamic Damping, Cruise Control, Heated grips, a maintenance-free chain, a titanium silencer, and the M levers. In total, this bike’s MSRP is $23,900, which is well above the $18,590 base price.

2023 S 1000 RR

However, the most visible update is a set of M 1000 RR-inspired winglets on the nose. These winglets apply up to 22 pounds of front-end downforce at high speed. They are not quite as large as the versions used on the M 1000 RR, which can manage as much as 36 pounds of downforce, but it is still a nice upgrade for the standard bike. Further back, and less immediately obvious, is a restyled tail section with less bodywork than before. This helps give the S 1000RR a forward-leaning stance.

The bike’s overall geometry is updated with a decreased rake, increased trail, and longer wheelbase. The seat height remains the same at 32.4 inches.

2023 S 1000 RR Performance

In the US market, the 999cc Inline-4 still makes 205 horsepower at 13,000 rpm and 83 lb-ft of torque at 11,000. However, the cylinder head and intake are now based on the M 1000 RR, allowing for broader power delivery throughout the entire rev range. Acceleration is further quickened by a rear sprocket with an extra tooth.

2023 BMW S 1000 RR

Electronics on the 2023 S 1000 RR

In terms of electronics and ergonomics, the handlebar layout will be familiar to anyone who has ridden a modern BMW. At first, things can be a bit overwhelming as there are a lot of controls, but they are straightforward once you get used to them. Menu and lighting controls are on the left, and ignition and engine start controls are on the right. The 6.5-inch TFT display is ultra-clear and offers plenty of information. The max RPM will change depending on certain factors such as oil temperature or in the case of this bike, during the break-in period. BMW has added additional customization such as a drift mode. It allows you to get your RR sideways in a more controlled fashion.

2023 S 1000 RR

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension and brake setup are also familiar. Marzoochi provides a fully adjustable fork up front and a fully adjustable shock in the rear. Stopping power is provided by 320 mm discs and four-piston calipers in the front. A single 220 mm disc and single-piston caliper handle things in the rear.

2023 BMW S 1000 RR

2023 S 1000 RR Conclusion

We expect the 2023 S 1000 RR to be as good or better, than the outgoing model. The previous S 1000 RR was so good that we complained it felt over-engineered and a bit lacking in personality. But, that is a problem increasingly found throughout the automotive and motorcycle industries as mechanical controls are removed in favor of electronics.

In conclusion, this latest version of the BMW S1000RR picks up where the old one left off. This bike is a complete package of power, performance, and style.  It’s a superbike that any rider would love to own. The only downside is the high price, but with all the features it has to offer, it is worth every penny.

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