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2021 BMW S1000R Maintenance Schedule

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This is the complete maintenance schedule for the 2021 BMW S1000R, 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.

Even though the 2021 model was a significant update to the 2020, there wasn’t a whole lot of things that were different in the way it’s maintained.

This maintenance schedule applies to the following variants

  • S 1000 R
  • S 1000 R Sport
  • S 1000 R Race
  • S 1000 R M-Sport

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What you need to service the BMW S1000R — Consumables and Special Tools

If you’re servicing the S1000R, you at least need

For the S1000R, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

Afraid you’ll get lost? Get a manual. This Haynes manual applies to the S1000R, S1000RR, and S1000XR.

Engine oil
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 oil.
Oil filterAll BMW S 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. This is what the manual suggests. 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 S1000R (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 series consumables — S1000R, S1000XR, S1000RR

And the following general consumables are useful as well.

Chain lubricantmotorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteThe chain needs to be lubricated every 800 km/500 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty). Motul chain paste is cheap and well-loved.
Chain cleaner brushmotorcycle maintenance - chain cleanerA chain cleaner brush makes cleaning off grime and then distributing new lubricant much more easy.
Paddock standmotorcycle maintenance tools - paddock standLubricating the chain and changing the oil both become a lot easier once you use an affordable paddock stand.
Cable lubricantmotorcycle maintenance - cable lubricantRemember to lubricate your clutch cable (and brake cables if you have them) with a cable lubricant. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.
GreaseGet a good lithium soap based grease for lubricating major components like your side stand, centre stand, and bearings.
General motorcycle consumables — Brake fluid, chain lube, clutch lube, and grease

2021 BMW S1000R Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2021 BMW S1000R as per the manual on page 195, but made more clear so that you can understand what needs to happen more easily.

Simplified, the maintenance for the 2021 BMW S1000R involves:

  • A standard service every 12 months (irrespective of distance)
  • Oil change every 10,000 kms or 12 months, whichever is earlier, and
  • A series of other periodic checks
Service item500-1200 km/ 300-750 mls10000 km/ 6000 mls20000 km/ 12000 mls30000 km/ 18000 mls40000 km/ 24000 mls50000 km/ 30000 mls60000 km/ 36000 mls70000 km/ 42000 mls80000 km
48000 mls
90000 km
54000 mls
100000 km
60000 mls
12 months24 months
BMW Running-in checkX
BMW Service standard scope (a) (see below)X
Engine oil change, with filter (BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate oil, BMW/Mahle oil filter, part number 11 42 7 721 779)XXXXXXXXXXXX(a)
Check valve clearancesXXX
Check timingXXX
Replace spark plugs (NGK LMAR9D-J)XXX
Replace air filter (Sprint air filter PM93S)XXXXXXXXXX
Oil change in the telescopic forksXXX
Change brake fluid, entire system (b) (Castrol Dot 4)X(b)X(b)
Maintenance schedule for the BMW S1000R


(a) Annually or every 10000 km (whichever comes earlier)
(b) for the first time after one year, then every two 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.

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.

  • 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 lubricating chain drive (Lucas Oil chain lubricant)
  • 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
  • Service service-due date and service countdown distance
  • Check battery charge state
  • Confirm BMW service in on-board literature

BMW S1000R Tire size and pressures

The following are tire sizes and tire pressures for the 2021 BMW S1000R.

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 S1000R Tire size and pressure

S1000R Chain tension and specs

Below are a few figures which come in useful with maintaining the chain for a BMW S1000R.

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 S1000R

About the 2021 BMW S1000R

In 2021, BMW reviewed its S1000R for the second time since 2014.

Still based on the incredible S1000RR superbike, the S1000R is the naked/streetfighter version, with handlebars and a detuned engine that produces about 20% less power, but which makes around 10 Nm (or 7 ft-lb) across over half the rev range.

The 2021 S1000R makes the sake peak power of 165 hp (121 kW), but has been retuned for even more midrange… as if it needed any more.

But the biggest change is the overall 6.5kg weight reduction. Reducing the weight of an already very easy-to-handle supernaked with tremendous power is a definite recipe for success!

Manual for the 2021 BMW S1000R

Maintenance schedule screenshot from 2017 BMW S1000R Manual
Screenshot of BMW S1000R manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2021+ BMW S1000R.

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

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