If a trifecta of Inline-Four-powered sporting motorcycles from BMW aren’t enough for you, how about bringing the total to match the number of cylinders? Today in Milan, BMW announced the BMW S1000XR, an adventure sport designed to bring a little attitude to the segment.
BMW leaned heavily on the BMW S1000R’s DNA to create the XR’s engine. The mid-range-focused power delivery still manages to crank out a claimed 160 hp at 11,000 rpm and 83 lb-ft at 9,250. The “usable rev range that spans over 10,000 rpm” will be perfect for exploring newly discovered backroads. Dual riding modes, “Rain“ and “Road”, will tailor the power to road conditions while BMW’s Automatic Stability Control (ASC) manage the traction. Pro riding modes are available as an option, adding “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” to the palette – in addition to Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro.
With performance and styling tuned to the adventure touring market, the BMW S1000XR enters a hotly contested segment.
The S1000XR’s bone structure is based on the same aluminium-alloy perimeter frame and stressed-member engine as its S1000 siblings. Although the suspension is similar to the S1000 with an inverted fork and dual-sided swing arm, the chassis geometry has been massaged to suit the XR’s job description. The optional BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) sweetens the XR’s handling envelope. As is typical of adventure touring motorcycles, the ground clearance is increased over more pure sporting models with BMW claiming a 20–30mm increase in spring travel.
And then there’s the styling. Although clearly a part of the BMW S1000 family, the S1000XR has the aggressive styling and the “beak” favored in this style motorcycle.
At presstime, pricing and availability has not been set.
The BMW S1000XR on display at EICMA.