BMW S 1000 RR (Gen 2, 2012-2014) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Gen 2 BMW S 1000 RR made between 2012 and 2014.

The 2012 BMW S 1000 RR was the 2nd major version of for the S1KRR since it was first released in 2009.

The 2012 BMW S 1000 RR was still based on a 999cc inline four-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder and dual overhead cams. In the 2012 version, the S 1000 RR made an unchanged 142 kW (193hp) @ 13000 rpm, and 112 Nm (82.5 ft-lb) @ 9750 rpm.

But a few changes like lower gearing, tighter twist throttle, and a bit of extra tech (like lean angle-aware DTC) gave it an edge over the first version.

In 2015 BMW updated the S 1000 RR with a power increase, weight reduction, and a bunch of new tech.

And a bit before that, BMW released the first BMW S 1000 R based on this generation of S 1000 RR.

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Service Intervals for the BMW S 1000 RR

Overall, the BMW S 1000 RR has 6000 mile / 10000 km and annual service intervals.

At every annual service interval, do the standard annual service — this means a lot of checks for leaks, smooth operation, and correct fluid levels, as well as functioning safety equipment (brakes, lights, etc.). As of 2023, BMW recommends you do the annual service also at 6000 mile / 10000 km distance intervals, which makes sense to retrospectively apply to older models.

At every service (either at the distance or time interval), change the oil and filter.

Every 18000 miles or 30000 km, do a major service, including replacing the spark plugs, checking the valve clearances, checking engine timing, and changing the fork oil.

Also make sure you keep the brake fluid fresh — it should be replaced at least every two years, or more often if you use your S 1000 RR aggressively.

BMW doesn’t specify a coolant service interval, instead recommending dealers check its effectiveness and change it when it diminishes.

What you need to service the BMW S 1000 RR (2012-2014) — Consumables and Special Tools

If you’re servicing the S 1000 RR, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on, plus the following specific consumables.

PartBMW S 1000 RR spec (2012-2014)
Engine oilPer the manual, you need 3.5L (3.7 quarts) 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. An alternative is Castrol Power RS 5W-40.
Oil filterAll BMW S 1000 RR bikes use a BMW/Mahle oil filter, part number 11 42 7 721 779. Available from Amazon.
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 for the 2015-2018. This is what the manual suggests.
Air filterYou can get the stock air filter (part  13 72 9 444 643), but riders love the maintenance-free Sprint air filter for the BMW S 1000 RR (Part number PM93S). These are the same 2009-2018.
Brake/clutch fluidBMW prefers their own BMW DOT 4 fluid, but any is fine — Castrol DOT 4 synthetic is high-quality and well-liked.
Brake padsUse the standard brake pads by Brembo, which you can order from your dealer (part 34 11 7 714 800 for the front, and 34 21 7 722 884 for the rear). These are the same 2009-2018.

Or use EBC double H brake pads, a double set of FA604/4HH for the front, and FA213HH for the rear (same 2009-2018)
Chain lubeUse Motul chain paste — unless you have a maintenance-free chain from 2020+.
Cable lubeFor lubricating control cables, use Protect all cable life.
BMW S 1000 RR 2012-2014 consumables

Maintenance schedule for the 2012-2014 BMW S 1000 RR

Below is the maintenance schedule for the S 1000 RR from 2012-2014.

It’s the same schedule as in the manual, but simplified for display on the screen and ease of interpretation, removing a lot of redundancy.


  • Past the end of the indicated service schedule, continue in the pattern shown.
  • We’ve removed the running-in check (you should have done this by now… and most people get the dealer to do it during the warranty period)
  • When there’s a time or distance-based interval, do the service at the earlier of the two.
  • Do the annual service every year regardless of mileage.
km x 1000102030405060
mi x 100061218243036Every
Perform standard annual service (see below)Year
Change engine oil and filter (BMW Motorrad Advantec Ultimate 5W-40, 11 42 7 721 779)XXXXXXYear
Check valve clearancesXX
Check the engine timingXX
Replace all spark plugs (LMAR9D-J)XX
Replace air filterXXXXXX
Change oil in telescopic forksXX
Change brake fluid in entire system2 years
BMW S 1000 RR (2012-2014) maintenance schedule

Standard annual service

Below are the items you should do in your standard annual service for the BMW S 1000 RR. Per the manual, you do this list of checks every year.

Standard service (BMW S 1000 RR, 2012-2014)
[Dealer] Perform the brief test with BMW Motorrad diagnostic system
Visually check the brake lines, brake hoses and connections
Check front brake pads and brake disks for wear
Check brake fluid level of front brake
Check rear brake pads and brake disk for wear
Check brake fluid level for rear brake
Check the steering-head bearing
Check the coolant level
Check the fastening of the clutch lever assembly
Check clutch cable and clutch lever play
Lubricate the clutch control
Check the drive chain, sprocket, and pinion
Lubricate the chain drive (Motul chain paste)
Check the tire pressure and tread depth
Check the side stand for ease of movement, and lubricate it.
Check the lighting and signalling system.
Check that the engine starting suppression works.
Perform final inspection and check for road safety.
[Dealer] Set the service date and remaining distance to service using the BMW Motorrad diagnosis system
Check charging state of battery
[Dealer] Record the BMW Service in the on-board literature.
BMW S 1000 RR 2012-2014 maintenance schedule

Tyres [tires] and tyre pressures for the BMW S 1000 RR (Gen 2)

The BMW S 1000 RR ships with the following tyre sizes and pressures.

Of course, the pressures are optimised for longevity and a standard weight — adapt them as you will for your riding position, weight, style, tyres, etc.

WhelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front120/70 ZR 17 (58)36 psi (2.5 bar)
Rear190/55 ZR 17 (75)42 psi (2.9 bar)
BMW S 1000 RR tyre sizes and pressures

About the BMW S 1000 RR (2012-2014, Gen 2)

BMW S 1000 RR 2012 2013 2014 assymetrical headlight

The year 2012 was the first year that the S 1000 RR was upgraded since its launch as the original 2009 BMW S 1000 RR. (See here on BMW Press Club for the launch article.)

At its core, the BMW S 1000 RR was the same motorcycle — an “everyday superbike” motorcycle with loads of horsepower from its 999 cc inline four-cylinder engine. The engine specs and output remained unchanged for 2012 — it was other parts that got a look-over, tweaks to make the S 1000 RR more usable.

The Gen 2 BMW S 1000 RR has the same 10000 km / 6000 mi service intervals as the gen 1, with the same periodic major service every 30000 km / 18000 mi (including the valve service).

Changes to the Gen 2 included

  • Chassis tweaks to help it handle better — a new frame with revises steering head, very slightly steeper
  • Shorter wheelbase by 9.3mm
  • Revised front forks with a wider range of damping adjustment
  • An adjustable steering damper
  • Retrofittable cornering ABS. In 2017 BMW made ABS Pro retrofittable to early-model BMW S 1000 RRs from 2012.
  • Lean-angle aware DTC; improved from the 2009-2011 version that some claimed was a bit abrupt and aggressive
  • Optional heated grips (ah, so comfortable!)
  • Lower gearing on the rear — a 45 tooth rear sprocket, for more thrust
  • A tighter throttle twist angle (a common mod on the gen 1)
  • Some improvements to the display (visualisations like best lap in progres)

Emissions restrictions meant that the weight of the 2nd gen S 1000 RR was slightly more than the 1st gen.

The 2nd gen DTC system takes input from a more advanced sensor array. It’s advanced enough that you can retrofit 2012+ models with ABS Pro (cornering ABS), making it one the earliest superbike with cornering ABS (in retrospect, anyway).

Luckily for design pundits, the 2nd gen still had an asymmetrical headlight design and analogue tachometer.

BMW S 1000 RR 2012 2013 2014 analogue tachometer

BMW contemporarily released the race-oriented (but still street usable… in fact, maybe more so, with its increased mid-range torque) BMW HP4. Most notably, the BMW HP4 is lighter and has DDC (dynamic damping control) before that became available on the S 1000 RR.

In 2015, BMW released the revised Gen 3 BMW S 1000 RR, for the first time with an updated (and even more powerful) engine.

Manual for the BMW S 1000 RR 2012-2014

2012-2014 BMW S 1000 RR maintenance schedule screenshot

The above maintenance schedule came from the manual for the. BMW S 1000 RR in 2013. It was the same as in other years (we checked). Parts are also the same between 2012-2014.

You can download the original manual directly from BMW.

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