2016 BMW S1000XR

There’s no doubting BMW’s overwhelming presence in the adventure-touring market. Since the release of the 1980 R80 G/S, the Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer has practically owned the adventure class.

The Gelände/Strasse influence continues to grow, also, considering the revamped semi-water cooled R1200GS has topped BMW Motorrad sales in recent quarters.

Comfortable in this corner of the market, BMW has recently shifted focus elsewhere, building upon its lineup of inline-four cylinder engines that have a “distinctly sporty bias.”

First came the S1000RR and HP4 super bikes, which were followed by the S1000R roadster.

And on Tuesday during EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, BMW debuted the 2016 S1000XR, which slots into a “brand-new blend dubbed ‘adventure sport.’”

Speaking of this new genre, BMW says adventure sport “encompasses dynamic touring qualities, sporty performance and high levels of comfort as well as outstanding everyday usability. In short, the new S1000XR serves up its own individual mix of sporting and touring flair at the same time as injecting a generous dose of emotion.”

What we have here is a direct competitor to the technical-savvy Ducati Multistrada 1200, and, to a lesser degree, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 and Suzuki V-Strom 1000. These bikes are amazing sport tourers, but arrive with a chassis/engine character capable of trekking  country dirt roads.

The 2015 BMW S 1000 XR borrows the 999cc inline-four from the S 1000 R roadster, the engine tuned for better street manners over the all-out performance of the S1000RR/HP4 powerplants.

The S 1000 XR’s engine produces a 160 horsepower at 11,000 rpm, and 83 ft/lbs of torque at 9,250 rpm. The XR’s engine was tuned for optimal response in low and medium revs that “riders seek when powering along country roads or carrying a passenger.”

The XR is loaded with the latest in BMW Motorrad technology, including two riding modes (Road and Rain) and Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard equipment. The S 1000 XR can also be equipped with the “Pro” riding modes option that includes additional riding modes “Dynamic and “Dynamic Pro,” along with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro, that latter providing anti-lock braking features while cornering.

And just like the R1200GS, the XR can be fitted with BMW’s Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment).

Like the other machines with the 999cc inline-four, the S 1000 XR arrives with an aluminum-alloy perimeter frame that uses the engine to form part of the load-bearing structure.

Suspension duties are handled by an adjustable upside-down fork up front, and a double-sided swing arm with adjustable central spring strut out back. BMW says the chassis geometry has been completely redefined in order to cater to the specific requirements of the XR.

For its “adventure sport” styling, BMW says the XR fuses the characters and strengths of the BMW Motorrad GS, Touring and Sport models.

“This is clearly mirrored in every design element and combines with the flawless ergonomics, ingenious wind and weather protection as well as the 20 – 30 mm increase in spring travel and greater ground clearance to make an impressive statement. Whether it’s mountain passes, a tour of the countryside, motorway riding or even rough sections of road – the new S 1000 XR handles it all with aplomb.”

BWM did not release pricing or when the S 1000 XR will be available in dealerships.

2016 BMW S 1000 XR Highlights:

  • Straight-four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 999 cc.
  • Output 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm, maximum torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm.
  • Dynamic, innovative design with sculptural surface styling.
  • BMW Motorrad ABS as standard (semi-integral, disengageable).
  • ABS Pro for even greater safety when braking in a banked position (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard for accelerating safely even in low-grip conditions.
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking sensor for supreme performance and active riding safety when accelerating (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Two riding modes that can be selected by the rider at the push of a button as standard (“Rain” and “Road”).
  • Two additional riding modes available, “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Spring elements with long spring travel for excellent agility and high damping reserves.
  • Electronically controlled suspension system, Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) for optimum adaptation to the prevailing conditions as an optional extra.
  • Light-footed handling and raised seating position.
  • Multifunctional instrument cluster with a wealth of features.
  • Extensive equipment and bespoke range of accessories made to BMW Motorrad’s customary high standards.