BMW S 1000 RR Gets New Software Patch

German motorcycle manufacturer BMW is to limit all new production S 1000 RR machines to 9,000 rpm for the first 600 miles (1,000km) following excessive wear found by race team mechanics on undisclosed engine components. The company announced it has issued a second software patch for the German superbike after two bikes getting a software update to introduce a rev limit suffered instrument failure.

The patch has been developed as a result of concerns that some customers, mostly race teams using new bikes for pre-season superstock testing were not adhering to the BMW running in procedure laid down in the owner manual.

“This problem has affected a couple of bikes by stopping the instruments from working,”
BMW spokesman Scott Grimsdall was quoted as saying by MCN. “The revised software patch will stop it happening again and the two bikes are now fixed with new instruments.”

The company says the software patch, which prevents the engine from reaching the 12,000 rpm redline, is merely a 'precaution'. The limiter can be overridden at the first service by an authorised BMW dealer.

"We don't expect any problems with road bikes, this is merely being done as a precaution,” Grimsdall continued. “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."
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