BMW launches S1000 XR

BMW has officially unveiled their new S1000 XR adventure bike, calling it a “cross between an enduro and a sport bike.”

Based around the four-cylinder motor that’s found in the S1000 R, with 160 hp at 11,000 rpm and 82 ft-lb of torque at 9,250 rpm. Those numbers are around the same level as Ducati’s Multistrada.

BMW’s press copy makes much noise about the machine’s synthesis of their sport and adventure bike technology, and it’s true the company knows how to build top machines in either segment; their sportbikes do very well in superbike racing, at least on the national level, and their adventure bikes define that market.

Like many of BMW’s bikes, the machine comes with some standard electronic aids (ABS, Rain and Road riding modes, Automatic Stability Control), while other advanced electronics (Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment, traction control, cornering-friendly ABS Pro) will cost you extra.  No word yet as to whether dirt-friendly spoked wheels will become an option, but we’re guessing the answer is no.

Wet weight is 228 kg, and the bike rolls on 17-inch wheels front and rear. Seat height is 840 mm. Front forks are 46 mm and adjustable for compression and rebound damping; the rear shock is adjustable for rebound damping. Alternator output is 486W.


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