Today the much rumored new “adventure sport” motorcycle from BMW Motorrad has been released – the brand 2015 BMW S 1000 XR. It shares the same DNA as the S 1000 RR superbike and S 1000 R naked. That means it features the same brilliant straight-four-cylinder engine, great handling and some of the best technology available today. And all that with what will be the most comfortable ergonomics of the three bikes.
The engine is straight from the BMW S 1000 R. That means it’s slightly detuned from the S 1000 RR, but still has makes a potent 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm and generates maximum torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm. Just like the naked bike from BMW, that equates to a more usable engine on the road as opposed to the track.
Like just about all BMW motorcycles, the BMW S 1000 XR comes with riding modes, being “Rain” and “Road” modes. However, in what is becoming a worrying trend, BMW is looking to upsell additional riding modes as an added extra, being a “Pro” option which includes the additional riding modes “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” along with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro. BMW is king of added extras in their cars and it’s disappointing to see that they’re willing to leave out electronic safety aids from their bikes in the name of extra profits – especially so seeing that BMW Motorrad has long been a pioneer of bringing new motorcycle technology to the market to improve rider safety.
Obviously, while the engine of the S 1000 XR remains unchanged from the S 1000 R, the chassis has undergone a major rework to properly deliver an adventure style feel and handling. Wheel suspension at the front and rear is handled by an adjustable upside-down fork and a double-sided swing arm with adjustable central spring strut respectively. The chassis geometry has been completely redesigned in order to cater to the specific requirements of the XR.
Also available as an option is electronic suspension adjustment, or what BMW Motorrad calls Dymanic ESA. According to BMW, Dynamic ESA provides just the right level of damping at the spring elements in any riding situation assuming that the load has been set correctly. In addition to this, riders are able to adjust the spring preload to the bike load as desired at the push of a button, independently of the damping.
No confirmation on release dates or pricing at this stage, but we’ll update the article accordingly.
|Engine||water-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine, 80x49.7|
|Power||118 kW (160 hp) @ 11,000 rpm|
|Torque||112 Nm @ 9,250 rpm|
|Gear Box||Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox|
|Front Brakes||Twin-disc brake, floating brake discs,
Ø 320 mm, radial four-piston brake callipers
|Rear Brakes||Single-disc brake, Ø 265 mm, twin-piston floating calliper|
|Front Suspension||Upside-down telescopic fork, stanchion diameter 46 mm|
|Rear Suspension||Aluminium double-strut swing arm with central spring strut|
|Front Tire||120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Tire||190/55 ZR17|
|Wet Weight||228 kg|
|Tank Capacity||20 liters|