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2015 BMW S1000XR Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

BMW had one more trick up its sleeve following the 2014 International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair in October. At the EICMA show in Milan, the German manufacturer unveiled the all-new S1000XR, a sport tourer derived from the S1000R naked bike that borrows its front fairing from the completely redesigned 2015 S1000RR superbike, making it a totally different beast than the R1200GS.

In stark contrast with BMW's flagship tourer, the new, racy-looking S1000XR features stacked fairings, an inverted front fork, and a raised tail. It makes a clear statement about its intentions to attack country roads irrespective of the quality of the surface. You'll discover a new way to travel in style and comfort.

BMW S1000XR 2015
Photo: BMW

Proven technology
The 2015 BMW S1000XR shares many components with the S1000R and S1000RR including the potent inline 4-cylinder engine. Here, you get 160 hp at 11,000 rpm and more torque at low and medium revs than the sportier models generate. Naturally, all of BMW's electronic aids are present: two riding modes (Road and Rain), traction control, ABS, etc.

Optionally, the S1000XR offers two additional modes (Dynamic and Dynamic Pro), ABS Pro, Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA), and Gear Shift Assist Pro. It's all easily adjustable through the multifunction instrument panel.

A new wave of touring motorcycles

Designed for long rides, the 2015 BMW S1000XR boasts a near-upright riding position and a wide handlebar made of aluminum. The footpegs are a bit farther back than on a typical adventure motorcycle, which should make it easier for riders to lean with the machine in corners. BMW engineers claim the 20L fuel tank provides a range of more than 300km, while the low tailpipes accommodate the available saddlebags.

The chassis and geometry (including suspension travel) were revised. At 840mm, the rider's seat is higher than the S1000R's. In the braking department, the BMW S1000XR benefits from dual 320mm discs with 4-piston callipers up front and a single 265mm disc in the rear. The bike maintains a reasonable weight of 228kg (all tanks full) in large part thanks to an aluminum frame and new, pressure-cast alloy wheels.

Bottom line
The all-new 2015 BMW S1000XR combines the aggressive character of its sportier siblings with the comfort of BMW's iconic tourers to give competitors like the Ducati Multistrada 1200, Kawasaki Versys 1000, and Aprilia Caponord 1200 a serious run for their money. Regardless of road and weather conditions, the S1000XR will put a smile on your face.