This is the complete maintenance schedule for the 2021 BMW S 1000 R, which was updated after the last model, which ran between 2017-2020 (you can find its maintenance schedule here).
The maintenance schedule here is identical to the one for the Sport model.
The 2021 model of the BMW S 1000 R was a significant update over its predecessor, but the basic concept of the BMW S 1000 R is the same — a “supernaked”, more street-usable variant of the latest BMW S 1000 RR. In this S 1000 R, the 999 cc inline-four engine makes peak power of 121 kW (165 hp) at 11000 rpm, with maximum torque of 114 (84 ft-lb) Nm at 9250 rpm.
Peak torque comes on lower on the single-R than on the RR variant, and the gearing is revised for more low-end riding.
The BMW S 1000 R is also available in Sport, Race, and M-Sport variants, which come with different options.
For those looking for a more adventure sport kind of experience, the BMW S 1000 XR has an identically spec’d engine, in a more upright adventure sport body. Maintenance for it is overall quite similar (though you’re more likely to have a center stand…)
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BMW S 1000 R Service Intervals
The S 1000 R has 10000 km / 6000 mile or annual service intervals.
Simplified, the maintenance for the 2021+ BMW S 1000 R involves:
- Oil change and a standard service every 10000 km / 6000 miles or 12 months, whichever is earlier
- A 30000 km / 18000 mile major service (with a valve service and change of spark plugs). At the same time as the major service, change the fork oil.
BMW only recently started recommending performing the annual service on a distance interval. It makes sense to also apply this recommendation to previous model S 1000 Rs.
Don’t forget to keep your brake fluid fresh per the 2 year maintenance schedule too.
What you need to service the BMW S 1000 R — Consumables and Special Tools
For the BMW S 1000 R, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.
Note that a few parts have changed since earlier years, including the brake pads and spark plug.
|Part||BMW S 1000 R spec|
Per manual for all S bikes, 3.5L of SAE 5W-40, API SJ/JASO MA2. Additives (for instance, molybdenum-based substances) are prohibited, because they would attack the coatings on engine components, BMW Motorrad recommends BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate 5W-40 oil.
|Oil filter||All 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 coolant||BMW 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 plugs||NGK LMAR9FI-10G. 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 filter||You 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 pads||Use the standard brake pads by Brembo, which you can order from your dealer. Or use EBC double H brake pads, a double set of FA724HH for the front, and FA213HH for the rear.|
2021+ BMW S 1000 R Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2021 BMW S 1000 R as per the manual on page 195, but made more clear so that you can understand what needs to happen more easily, and without all the repetition (it’s the same every 30000 km/18000 mi).
- Continue the maintenance schedule after the end in the pattern shown
- The running-in check is omitted (the dealer usually does this during the warranty period)
|km x 1000||10||20||30||40|
|mi x 1000||6||12||18||24||Every|
|BMW Service standard scope (see below)||X||X||X||X||Year|
|Engine oil change, with filter (BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate oil, BMW/Mahle oil filter, part number 11 42 7 721 779)||X||X||X||X||Year|
|Check valve clearances||X|
|Replace spark plugs (NGK LMAR9FI-10G)||X|
|Replace air filter (Sprint air filter PM93S)||X||X||X||X|
|Oil change in the telescopic forks||X|
|Change brake fluid, entire system (Castrol Dot 4)||After 1 year, then every 2 years|
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.
[D] These tasks, including those that need the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system or re-setting the service due date, require BMW-specific equipment.
- [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
- Lubricate chain
- 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
Note: If you have an M Endurance Chain fitted, you still have to clean and lubricate the chain annually per the manual.
BMW S 1000 R Tire size and pressures
The following are tire sizes and tire pressures for the 2021 BMW S 1000 R.
BMW recommends these tire pressures/sizes for most of their sport bikes.
|Front||120/70 ZR 17||2.5 bar (36 psi)|
|Rear||190/55 ZR 17||2.9 bar (42 psi)|
BMW 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 chain||Every 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 screw||19 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|
About the 2021 BMW S 1000 R
In 2021, BMW reviewed its S 1000 R for the second time since 2014. (See here for the press release, late 2020.)
Still based on the incredible BMW S 1000 RR superbike, the BMW S 1000 R is the naked/streetfighter version, with handlebars (though still quite low) 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 2021 release of the BMW S 1000 R has been tuned for even more midrange power, even though it was already ample. Combined with revised (and lower overall) gearing, it makes for a bike that’s eminently usable at everyday commuting speeds, while blisteringly fast once you grab the throttle in any gear — a true everyday sportbike.
BMW made a number of other changes to make the new S 1000 R even more driveable, including adding a smoother, self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch, and engine drag torque control (as an extra), which prevents the rear wheel from slipping when abruptly downshifting.
There’s also a 6.5 inch TFT screen, replacing the outgoing generations’ analogue tachometer and LCD.
The new S 1000 R also has a completely new chassis. It’s based on the “Flex Frame” chassis from the 2019+ S 1000 RR and is much lighter (with a weight weight of under 200 kg) while also preserving its strength.
BMW revised the brakes on the 2021+ S 1000 R, changing the brake calipers to Hayes 4-piston calipers on 320mm discs. Many cried foul, mind you, missing the older Brembo M4.32 set (and some convert them back).
The adjustable handlebar clamp lets a rider make 10mm adaptations, and you can even buy factory option riser mounts from BMW.
The 2021 BMW S 1000 R comes standard with a lot of things that used to be (and still are, on other brands) options, like full LED lighting, ABS Pro (BMW’s cornering ABS), heated grips, and cruise control.
Like previous versions of the BMW S 1000 R, this one comes with a number of options that are typically bundled in a “Sport” package, including “Riding Modes Pro”, a quick shifter and electronic suspension (Dynamic Damping Control or DDC).
Manual for the 2021 BMW S 1000 R
The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2021 BMW S 1000 R.
Recently BMW has started updating their maintenance schedules, making the annual service also mandatory at the 6000 mile / 10000 km service intervals.
You can download it from BMW’s website here.