2017-2020 BMW S 1000 R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the BMW S 1000 R from 2017 to 2020.

The BMW S 1000 R is a standard/naked sportbike based on the BMW S 1000 RR superbike, with which the maintenance schedule has a lot in common.

In addition, it shares a lot with the BMW S 1000 R from previous years, with only minor differences.

The core of the BMW S 1000 R is the 999cc inline four-cylinder engine. It has a conventional DOHC 16-valve liquid-cooled layout. In the S 1000 R, it’s detuned from the huge power numbers made by its superbike big sibling, focusing on mid-range torque, and makes a peak of 121 kW (165 PS / 162 bhp) at 11000 rpm, a slight increase over its predecessor.

The final drive is via a standard six-speed gearbox and chain drive, as before.

BMW released the 2021 BMW S 1000 R in late 2020. It has the same engine but much lower weight, full LED lighting, and a TFT display.

Here are all the BMW S 1000 R and related maintenance schedules:

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BMW S 1000 R Service Intervals

Simplified, the service intervals for the for the BMW S 1000 R are:

  • A standard service every 12 months (irrespective of distance)
  • Oil change every 10 000 kms / 6 000 miles or 12 months, whichever is earlier

There is also major service every 30 000 km, including checking the valve clearances and changing the spark plugs. BMW also requires changing the fork oil.

Also, don’t forget to regularly refresh the brake fluid — every two years — as well as the coolant when its performance diminishes.

What you need to service the BMW S 1000 R — Consumables and Special Tools

If you’re servicing the S 1000 R, you at least need

For the S 1000 R, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

Afraid you’ll get lost? Get a manual. This Haynes manual applies to the S 1000 R, S 1000 RR, and S1000XR.

PartBMW S 1000 R (2017-2020) spec
Engine oilBMW Motorrad recommends BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate 5W-40 oil. Per the manual, use 3.5L of SAE 5W-40, API SJ/JASO MA2. Additives (like molybdenum-based substances) are prohibited, because they would attack the coatings on engine components.
Oil filterAll BMW S bikes use a BMW/Mahle oil filter, part number 11 42 7 721 779. Available from Amazon. You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF160RC as a drop-in replacement that you can tighten or remove with a normal wrench.
Engine coolantBMW recommends BMW Antifreeze/Coolant, with minimum 50% mixed with pure demineralised (not tap, not mineral) water. It’s based on ethylene glycol. But importantly, BMW says to never use coolants with nitrites or amines, those that “heal” the radiator, or a number of other solutions.
Spark plugsNGK LMAR9D-J. This is what the manual requires. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued to 12Nm/9 lb-ft.
Air filterYou can get the stock air filter, but riders love the maintenance-free Sprint air filter for the BMW S 1000 R (Part number PM93S).
Brake padsUse the standard brake pads by Brembo, which you can order from your dealer. Or use EBC double hardened brake pads, a double set of FA604/4HH for the front, and FA213HH for the rear.
BMW S 1000 R consumables

And the following general consumables are useful as well.

Paddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.
Motul chain paste — one of the most highly-regarded chain lubes. Easy to apply, doesn’t fling off. If you need more stuff, get the Motul chain care kit as an affordable package.
Always good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.
Use Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.
General motorcycle maintenance consumables and tools

2017-2020 BMW S 1000 R Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2017-2020 BMW S 1000 R as per the manual on page 194-195, but made more clear so that you can understand what needs to happen more easily.

km x 100010203040
mi x 10006121824Every
BMW Service standard scope (see below)Year
Engine oil change, with filter (BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate oil, BMW/Mahle oil filter, part number 11 42 7 721 779)XXXXYear
Check valve clearancesX
Check timingX
Replace spark plugs (NGK LMAR9D-J)X
Replace air filter (Sprint air filter PM93S)XXXX
Change oil in the telescopic forksX
Change brake fluid, entire system (Castrol Dot 4)2 years
Maintenance schedule for the BMW S 1000 R (2017-2020)

BMW Motorrad Service, standard scope

The activities in the BMW Motorrad Service standard scope (that are to be done periodically according to the service schedule above) are listed below. The actual scope of maintenance work for your vehicle may differ.

Note: Some of the below tests, including those that need the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system or re-setting the service due date, require BMW-specific equipment. These are marked [D]

  • [D] Perform vehicle test with BMW Motorrad diagnostic system
  • Visually inspect the brake pipes, brake hoses and connections
  • Check front brake pads and brake discs for wear (replace with a double set of FA604/4HH if necessary)
  • Check brake-fluid level, front brakes
  • Check rear brake pads and brake disc for wear (replace pads with FA213HH if necessary)
  • Check brake-fluid level, rear brakes
  • Check steering-head bearing
  • Check coolant level
  • Check fastener of clutch lever fitting
  • Check clutch cable and clutch-lever play
  • Lubricate clutch mechanism
  • Check and lubricate chain drive (Motul chain paste)
  • Check tyre pressures and tread depth
  • Check ease of movement of side stand
  • Check the lights and signalling equipment
  • Function test, engine start suppression
  • Final inspection and check for road safety
  • [D] Service service-due date and service countdown distance
  • Check battery charge state
  • [D] Confirm BMW service in on-board literature

BMW S 1000 R Tire size and pressures

The following are tire sizes and tire pressures for the 2017-2020 BMW S 1000 R.

BMW recommends these tire pressures/sizes for most of their sport bikes.

Wheel/TireSizePressure (cold)
Front120/70 ZR 172.5 bar (36 psi)
Rear190/55 ZR 172.9 bar (42 psi)
BMW S 1000 R Tire size and pressure

2017 S 1000 R Chain tension and specs

Below are a few figures which come in useful with maintaining the chain for a BMW S 1000 R.

How often to lubricate chainEvery 800 km/500 mls (min)
Chain tension deflection (Motorcycle with no weight applied, supported on its side stand)35-45mm
Torque for locknut of final drive chain tensioning screw19 Nm
Torque for nut of quick-release axle in swinging arm (+mechanical thread locking compound)100 Nm
Chain wear — maximum length 10 pins, centre-to-centre, chain taut (check 3 different places)144.3mm
Chain tension and specs for BMW S

About the 2017-2020 BMW S 1000 R

BMW S 1000 R 2017-2020 static outdoor sunrise

In 2017, BMW renewed the S 1000 R for the first time since 2014. They did so along the S 1000 XR and S 1000 RR.

Still based on the incredible S 1000 RR superbike (but a later generation), the S 1000 R is the naked/streetfighter version, with handlebars and a detuned engine that produces about 20% less peak power, but which makes around 10 Nm (or 7 ft-lb) across over half the rev range.

The focus of the BMW S 1000 R is everyday rideability — even if it makes what used to be considered a crazy amount of power that definitely needs rider aids to keep it in check.

At its peak, the BMW S 1000 R’s engine makes 121 kW (162 bhp) at 11000 rpm. That may seem high, but it’s still a lower peak than that in the S 1000 RR. And BMW shows in its marketing literature that the single-R makes more torque across most of the rev range.

The 2017 BMW S 1000 RR brought a number of important updates to the previous generation.

Primarily, the “Riding Modes Pro” package now offers ABS Pro — BMW’s nomenclature for cornering ABS. This means a six-axis IMU that informs the BMW of lean angle, pitch, and other angles of movement, allowing the BMW to decide how to modulate brakes and traction control.

Traction control is standard on the 2017+ S 1000 R models.

The S 1000 R also got “vibration-decoupled handlebars”. Owners of the first gen S 1000 R complained of vibrations; the 2017+ models took care of this.

A popular option for the 2017-2020 S 1000 R is the “Sports” package. This includes

  • Dynamic Traction Control
  • Riding Modes Pro
  • Shift Assistant Pro
  • Cruise Control — on a fast standard bike!

In addition, the Dynamic package brings

  • Dynamic Damping Control
  • Heated grips
  • An alarm system
  • HP forged wheels, and
  • Design option wheels (i.e. red rim tape)

All in, the 2017-2020 S 1000 R delivers even more of the promise of the S 1000 RR of being a superbike for every day. Around a track it’s a weapon, but it’s still a bike you can flog around slow roads, or even do some highway time with the comfort of heated grips and cruise control.

Manual for the 2017-2020 BMW S 1000 R

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2017 BMW S 1000 R, as well as by consulting parts diagrams.

Maintenance schedule screenshot from 2017 BMW S1000R Manual
Screenshot of 2017 BMW S 1000 R manual

You can download the manual from BMW’s website here (S 1000 R 0D52 EUR).

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