BMW Releases The M 1000 RR 50 Years M Edition (UPDATED)

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

A special color to celebrate BMW's performance and racing past.

BMW has released an exclusive anniversary edition of its road-going superbike, the M 1000 RR, to celebrate nearly a century of motorcycle production, but more specifically, to celebrate 50 years of BMW M vehicles.

The most striking and distinctive feature of the 50th-anniversary edition M 1000 RR is the color – Sao Paulo Yellow. It’s the only color option available, so you better like it if you want one. Other exclusive additions to the 50 Years M package include:

  • 50 Years M Anniversary badges
  • M GPS Lap Timer trigger software
  • Rear seat cover and passenger kit
  • M Carbon Package – Carbon front and rear fenders, Upper fairing side panels, Left and right carbon tank covers, Carbon chain guard and sprocket cover.
  • M Billet Pack – Billet aluminum engine protectors, folding brake and clutch levers, M rider’s rearsets, front brake lever guard.
  • Clear anodized swingarm
  • M Endurance chain

If you really can’t stand the Sao Paulo Yellow and don’t care about the anniversary badging, you can also order the M 1000 RR in the standard M Motorsport colors.

UPDATE (5/20/2022): In addition to the base price of $32,495 US for the M 1000 RR, the 50 Years ///M Package adds another $4,500, for a total of $36,995, before the $645 destination fee.

M History

If you’re not familiar with BMW history, in 1972 BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded as the official motorsport arm of BMW. The car side of the business was the primary target for this new subsidiary, and the 1973 3.0 CSL was the division’s first race car.

However, BMW was involved in motorsport long before BMW Motorsport existed. In the 1920s and 1930s, the company set land speed records and even won the Senior race at the Isle of Man in 1939. It wouldn’t be until 74 years later, in 2014, when Michael Dunlop won another race at the Isle of Man TT – the Superbike race aboard the S 1000 RR. Of course, BMW also tasted success off-road in the 1980s in the Paris-Dakar rallies. It’s this historic racing heritage that BMW is celebrating with the 50 Years M Package M 1000 RR.

See below for the full press release.

Begin press release:

To mark the 50th anniversary of BMW M GmbH, founded in 1972 as BMW Motorsport GmbH, BMW Motorrad presents the M 1000 RR 50 Years M anniversary edition in Sao Paulo Yellow with historic 50 years BMW M badging. This striking combination pays homage to the spirit from almost 100 years of BMW Motorrad production and from 50 years of BMW M vehicles. To get the anniversary edition, the M 1000 RR should be equipped with the optional 50 Years ///M Package. In addition to the extensive use of M milled aluminum and M carbon parts, this package features a lighter silver anodized aluminum swingarm, M GPS lap trigger unlock software as well as the M endurance chain and passenger seat and seat cover.

The M 1000 RR can also be ordered in non-anniversary guise by selecting the Light White / M Motorsport Competition Package.

M – The Most Powerful Letter in the World

At the end of 2018, BMW Motorrad unveiled M special equipment and M Performance parts for selected existing motorcycle models. The M 1000 RR, the first BMW motorcycle to bear the M brand name made its world debut in September of 2020.

The letter M is synonymous worldwide with racing success as well as with high performance BMW vehicles aimed at customers with high demands for performance, exclusivity and individuality. The BMW M 1000 RR delivers on all of these expectations and continues the racing tradition of BMW M by being the base bike for the BMW Motorrad World Superbike Team since 2021 as well as being used by many race teams around the world.

BMW Motorsport GmbH and BMW M GmbH

BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded in 1972 with the idea of uniting all BMW motorsport activities under one roof and consolidating the construction of high-performance race cars and race engines. The BMW 3.0 CSL (CSL = Coupe Sport Light) made its debut as the first race car from BMW Motorsport GmbH in 1973. On the occasion of the foundation of BMW Motorsport GmbH, Robert A. Lutz, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Sales in 1972, stated: “A company is like a human being. If it does sports, it stays fit, enthusiastic, more effective and powerful.”

The BMW 3.0 CSL made its debut in the European Touring Car Championship in 1973 sporting the three defining BMW Motorsport colors of blue, violet and red on a snow-white background. Today’s updated Motorsport colors of are Blue – Dark Blue and Red.

This legendary color combination could be found on BMW M street vehicles which appeared in the second half of the 1970s as well as on successful race cars. Iconic cars such as the 1978 BMW M1 and the Brabham BMW with which Nelson Piquet won the 1983 Formula 1 World Championship.

From Isle of Man to Dakar – BMW Motorrad and motorsports

Racing success was not the exclusive realm of four-wheeled BMW vehicles however. Innovation stems from motorsport and this was especially true in the early decades. Legendary names from those early years include Ernst Jakob Henne who set no less than 76 world land speed records between 1929 and 1937 on supercharged BMW motorcycles and Georg “Schorsch” Meier who won the 1939 Senior Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man on his 500cc supercharged BMW.

In 1976, exactly 37 years later, Helmut Dähn and Hans Otto Butenuth celebrated fifth
place in the Isle of Man Production TT class. They had actually set the fastest time on
their BMW R 90 S but due to handicap rules, they were listed in fifth place behind two
250cc and two 500cc motorcycles. Nevertheless, given the fastest time, this fifth place
was celebrated like a victory.

74 years after “Schorsch” Meier’s success in the Senior TT, Michael Dunlop rode his BMW
S 1000 RR to victory in the 2014 Isle of Man TT Superbike race. In the following years,
the RR would go on to leave its unmistakable mark on the TT with more victories.

BMW M colors would also be represented in off-road conditions such as the Paris-Dakar rallies of the early 1980s which were dominated by BMW GS factory riders Hubert Auriol and Gaston Rahier. Like no other BMW motorcycles, the M 1000 RR 50 Years M model carries all of this historic motorsport DNA within it.


Standard Equipment

  • High windshield
  • BMW Motorrad Race ABS and ABS Pro
  • 7 riding modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race, Race Pro 1-3)
  • Pit lane limiter
  • Launch control
  • Dynamic traction control (DTC) +/- Shift
  • Wheelie control
  • Slide control
  • Hill Start Control (HSC) Pro
  • Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
  • Shift Assist Pro
  • 6.5″ TFT Display
  • LED Headlight, Taillight, and Turn Signals
  • Heated grips
  • Cruise control
  • M Lightweight battery
  • M Chassis kit with rear height adjustment and swingarm pivot

50 Years ///M Package (optional)

  • Sao Paulo Yellow
  • 50 Years M Anniversary badges
  • M GPS Lap Timer trigger software
  • Rear seat cover and passenger kit
  • M Carbon Package – Carbon front and rear fenders, Upper fairing side panels, Left and right carbon tank covers, Carbon chain guard and sprocket cover.
  • M Billet Pack –Billet aluminum engine protectors, folding brake and clutch levers, M rider’s rearsets, front brake lever guard.
  • Clear anodized swingarm
  • M Endurance chain


2022 BMW M 1000 RR Specifications

Engine TypeWater-cooled, inline 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, four titanium valves per cylinder, BMW ShiftCam
Displacement999 cc
Power205 hp @ 13,000 rpm (claimed)
Torque83 lb-ft @ 11,000 rpm (claimed)
Compression Ratio13.5:1
Intake/Exhaust33.5 mm/ 27.2 mm
Throttle Body48 mm
Engine ControlBMS-0
Emission ControlClosed-loop, 3-way catalytic converters, EU-5
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Alternator450 watts
M Lightweight battery12 volt / 5 amp, Lithium-ion
GearboxWet sump, 6-speed, constant-mesh, straight-cut gears
Primary Gear Ratio1.652:1
Final DriveChain 17/46
Secondary Ratio2.706:1
ClutchMultiplate, anti-hopping oil bath clutch
FrameCast aluminum bridge-type frame, load bearing engine
Front Suspension45 mm upside-down telescopic forks, adjustable compression, rebound, and preload
Rear SuspensionAluminum swingarm, damping adjustable for compression and rebound, adjustable preload
Suspension travel front/rear4.7 in / 4.6 in.
Wheelbase57.4 in.
Trail3.9 in. (99.06 mm)
Length x Width x Height81.6 in. x 33.4 in. x 47.1 in.
Seat Height32.8 in.
Inner Leg Curve72.6 in.
Fuel Capacity4.4 gal.
Dry Weight375 lbs.
Unladen Weight, road-ready423 lbs.
Payload467 lbs.
Permitted Total Weight897 lbs.
WheelsM Carbon
Wheel Size, front / rear3.50 in. x 17 in. / 6.0 in. x 17 in.
Tire Size, front / rear120/70 ZR17 / 200/55 ZR17
Brakes, frontTwin 320mm (12.6″) disk, M 4-piston brake calipers
Brakes, rearSingle 220mm (8.7″) disk, 2-piston fixed caliper
ABS ProABS Pro settings for RAIN, ROAD, Dynamic, no ABS PRO in RACE and RACE 1-3 settings
Acceleration, 0-60 mphUnder 3.1 sec.
Top Speed189 mph
Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • MikeD MikeD on May 20, 2022

    Heated Grips, Cruise Control ? I'm sold !

  • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on May 25, 2022

    Don't like the color, but if I had a disposable $36k burning a hole in my pocket, I'd have one in my garage. Think I'd swap out the carbon wheels though, since I am not sure I could ever trust them after reading about failures. Then again, if I had 36k to spend I might be able to budget some cash for semi-annual wheel x-rays to check for weak spots/cracks.