BMW Limits S1000RR to 9,000 RPM for 600 Miles

03/03/2010 @ 4:30 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

According to Ash on Bikes, BMW has added a firmware patch to the S1000RR that will set the bike’s rev limit to 9,000 RPM during the first 600 miles of use. This limit is reportedly being put into place because of excessive wear on components being used by race teams. As such, BMW thinks it fit to guard against similar wear on its street-bound machines, although there has been no indication that this has been the case.

According to BMW, the firmware patch has already been installed on new bikes, and will be turned off by dealers at the S1000RR’s first servicing (600 miles). BMW’s Scott Grimsdall said, “We don’t expect any problems with road bikes, this is merely being done as a precaution. BMW is being very cautious with this bike because it is so new and high profile, and it has some new materials in the engine that need a bedding in period.”

Source: Ash on Bikes

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  • sckego

    “…will be turned off by dealers at the S1000RR’s first servicing.”

    What if you do the first service yourself? Does BMW provide the necessary software to turn off the rev limiter to the owner who like to work on his bikes himself? Or, I suppose you could just bring the bike by the dealer after you perform the service to have them turn it off.

  • Sean Mitchell

    BMW does not encourage their customers to service their own bikes. That’s been inbuilt for years now. I somewhat admire this move, but it’s just more electronic trickery to go wrong. But, BMW’s are gadgety, heavily engineered machines, this fits the brand.

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  • Jim

    If you do the first service yourself, take the bike to the dealer and have the firmware updated. Even if you are doing all the other service, it’s a good idea to stop at the dealer once a year during the warranty period and ensure that you have the current firmware as what seem to be mechanical problems are often cured by programming changes.

    And no BMW will not provide you the patches as MC are not covered under ODBCII like automobiles.