Unchanged for 2018, save the new HP Motorsport colors and a Pro seat with the XR logo stitched in, the 2018 BMW S 1000 XR remains a premier high-performance sport-tourer.While BMW may put the XR in its adventure line, with a 17-inch front wheel, it’s definitely aimed at street-performance. Powered by a 160 horsepower engine based on the S 1000 RR superbike powerplant, the S 1000 XR is seriously fast with outstanding handling to match.
Bags are easily added, and the tall seat provides a premium view. An impressive electronics suite makes the 2018 BMW S 1000 XR easy to ride and one of our favorite sport-touring platforms.Read our BMW S 1000 XR Review.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!