BMW returns for the second-straight year with its “Adventure Sport”—the S 1000 XR. Since its unveiling and subsequent launch in summer of 2015 in Muskoka, Canada, the XR has become one of our favorites.
At 502 lbs. wet, it was the lightest in its class, and at 160 horsepower, its 999cc inline four puts out the same horsepower at the L-Twin of the Ducati Multistrada DVT. And the electronics were endless – our test bikes were equipped with the Dynamic Package (DTC – Dynamic Traction Control, ABS Pro, Ride Modes Pro, Gear Shift Assist Pro, Cruise Control) and the Touring Package (Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment, GPS Preparation, Heated Grips, Center Stand, Luggage Rack and Saddle Bag Mounts).BMW says it was a successful seller, and due to this, the S 1000 XR changes little for 2017. But the few changes are beyond impressive – including a horsepower upgrade and a remedy for some annoying handlebar vibration.Following are our 2017 BMW S 1000 XR Fast Facts, which describe the changes to the 2017 model year.1. Horsepower input was increased from 160 horsepower got 165 @ 11000 rpm. Last year’s debut model had serious horsepower-especially at just over 500 lbs. wet. But, especially with such amazing electronics, more is always better. Now at 165 horsepower, the S 1000 XR is the leading power machine in the adventure sport category.2. Vibration-free handlebars. Our biggest qualm with the S 1000 XR was vibration in the handlebars, which many cured with some aftermarket bar end weights. But for 2017, BMW says it changed this, and now the S 1000 XR arrives with vibration-free handlebars for increased comfort.3. Adaptation to EU4 requirements. This is a must for all manufacturers who want to sell in Europe going forward. Though BMW adapted, they horsepower has increased.4. Increase in maximum payload weight from 957 lbs. to 979, thereby increasing by 22 lbs. We never carried much over 500, but this is a welcoming upgrade for two-up riders who tour.5. The S 1000 XR is offered in a new color: Ocean Blue metallic matte. Returning are the Racing Red non-metallic and Lightwhite non-metallic / Granite Grey metallic matt / Racing Red non-metallic.For an in-depth review BMW’s Adventure Sport, visit our 2016 BMW S 1000 XR Review.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.