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What’s passed is past: The M RR 50 Years M Anniversary model, ready for track duty, sans mirrors.

What’s passed is past: The M RR 50 Years M Anniversary model, ready for track duty, sans mirrors. (BMW Motorrad/)

Happy birthday, BMW Motorsport! You’re now all of 50 years old. To celebrate the iconic Bavarian performance division’s birthday, BMW Motorrad has gifted us with the BMW M 1000 RR 50 Years M Anniversary model. Building on the familiar M 1000 RR superbike from 2020, the M RR 50 Years M model brings significant upgrades to an already serious track bike.

Dressed in São Paulo Yellow, as were many of its legendary 1970s and ‘80s M forebears, the M Package features carbon fiber wheels, a lightened and adjustable anodized aluminum swingarm, a lightweight lithium-ion battery, and a taller windscreen, in addition to weight-saving aluminum and carbon fiber bits.

About those bits. The M Carbon Package ($32,495 MSRP plus $4,500) comes with carbon fiber front and rear fenders, upper fairing side panels, tank covers, chain guard, and sprocket cover. The M Billet Package includes billet aluminum engine guards, folding brake and clutch levers, rearsets and front brake lever guard. Rounding things out, an M Endurance chain, rear seat cover and passenger kit, and the expected complement of M badging designed especially for the 50 Years Anniversary observance. Oh, and also GPS Lap Timer trigger software.

Still got that checkbook out? Keep it pinned with optional accessories like a radiator guard, two tinted windshield options, M tire warmers, and an M cover kit in the unlikely event of your parking your M edition sportbike outside.

If you’re not fully moved by this motorsports moment, the “standard” M 1000 RR features all the rider aids, controls, and assists you’d expect. Plus, rider modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race, Race Pro 1-3) offer a spectrum of ride experience to match ambitions and road conditions. Displaying all of this is a generous 6.5-inch TFT display.

The horse behind the curtains is the liquid-cooled 999cc inline-four with four titanium valves per cylinder putting out 205 hp at 13,000 rpm and 83 pound-feet torque at 11,000 rpm. It could likely take you a bit further than the electronically limited 189 mph top speed.

The blue, violet, and red badge has always stood as a minimalist marker of sleeper power in streetable guise, but the 50 Years Anniversary M Package offers the familiar overstatement of the BMW M GmbH’s race livery. Even if the record of M’s historic involvement with Motorrad before 2020 is spotty—make that slim to none—this M Package still speaks to the M-class purpose of a barely civilized track machine allowed to legally prowl the streets.

2022 BMW M 1000 RR 50 Years M Anniversary Edition Technical Specifications and Price

PRICE $36,995
ENGINE 999cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, inline 4-cylinder; 4 titanium valves/cyl.
BORE x STROKE 80.0 x 49.8mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 13.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY Electronic fuel injection
CLUTCH Multiplate slipper, anti-hopping oil bath clutch
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain (17/46)
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 205 hp @ 13,000 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE 83 lb.-ft. @ 11,000 rpm
FRAME Cast aluminum bridge type, load-bearing engine
FRONT SUSPENSION 45mm upside-down telescopic fork, preload, compression and rebound adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Aluminum swingarm, preload, compression and rebound adjustable; 4.6 in. travel
FRONT BRAKES M 4-piston fixed calipers, dual 320mm discs w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 2-piston fixed caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Carbon fiber; 17 x 3.50 in. / 17 x 6.00 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR 120/70-17 / 200/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 66.4°/3.9 in.
WHEELBASE 57.4 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.8 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.4 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 423 lb.
WARRANTY TBD
AVAILABLE May 2022
CONTACT bmwmotorcycles.com

See you later: The M RR 50 Years M, with required legal niceties.

See you later: The M RR 50 Years M, with required legal niceties. (BMW Motorrad/)

M Class 101: BMW blue + red for motorsports = violet, meaning a combination of the two.

M Class 101: BMW blue + red for motorsports = violet, meaning a combination of the two. (BMW Motorrad/)

The M RR 50 Years M Anniversary model, with the legendary BMW 3.0 CSL and M1 Procar.

The M RR 50 Years M Anniversary model, with the legendary BMW 3.0 CSL and M1 Procar. (BMW Motorrad/)

What a difference 37 years makes. The M RR 50 Years M Anniversary model with Helmut Dähne and Hans-Otto Butenuth’s production TT <a href="https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/1974-bmw-r90s-archive/" target="_blank">R90S</a>.

What a difference 37 years makes. The M RR 50 Years M Anniversary model with Helmut Dähne and Hans-Otto Butenuth’s production TT <a href=”https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/1974-bmw-r90s-archive/” target=”_blank”>R90S</a>. (BMW Motorrad/)

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