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BMW Motorrad reveals second M motorcycle, just a little less intense



BMW car just updated my first M bike, M 1000 RRbut he’s a tough guy motorcycle can be too concentrated for many people. Along with the updated RR, BMW has addressed that issue with a new M 1000 R model, a bike that’s a bit less intense but still delivers solid power and performance. The $22,040 motorcycle will launch in January 2023.

The MR, as it’s called, has the same 999 cc four-cylinder cam-shifter that RR carries. It makes 205 horsepower and 83 pound-feet of torque. BMW shortened the secondary gear ratio, using 47 teeth instead of 45 and shortened the ratio of the fourth, fifth and sixth gears. The car is also equipped with titanium valves and lighter internals.

BMW gives the MR four driving modes for the street and three for the track. Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race handle street duty, and Race Pro 1, Pro 2 and Pro 3 offer configurable modes for use on the track. The Shift Assistant Pro system eliminates the need to use a clutch and allows for faster gear changes.

Although we are calling this the bike weighs less than RR, the MR still offers dedicated performance features that many dirt bikes lack. BMW has a launch control system and a small lane speed limiter function that allows the driving speed to be set in any mode. The car features aerodynamic components that generate up to 22 pounds of downforce at 136 mph.

BMW bases the MR’s suspension on components of the S 1000 R motorcycle and says the bike’s chassis design allows it to very narrow. The tuning fork offers ten levels of adjustment with different damping compression and recovery stages. It is paired with a standard damping control system that changes with the drive mode selection.

In terms of technology, the MR has a 6.5-inch instrument cluster with configurable display options. The system also provides GPS Lap time with data from over 300 tracks worldwide. There’s also a USB charging socket, heated grips, cruise control and a complete LED lighting system.

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