Introducing the BMW S1000XR, a new 160bhp sports adventure

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

S1000XR, no longer carrying the signature asymmetrical headlights

We have followed the story and development of BMW’s new-for-2015 sports adventure bike, named S1000XR, since way back in March when we got hold of the world’s first spy shots. Since then the bike was spotted again in August. And here we are, the final version has now been officially unveiled at the Milan motorcycle show.

Long-term dominance of the adventure market doesn’t mean BMW are settling down with a pipe and slippers. Oh no, a sports-based adventure bike to directly challenge the likes of Ducati’s Multistrada and Aprilia’s Caponord (both of which have been upgraded for 2015) and the all-new KTM 1290 Super Adventure is what has been on the cards for the new model year.

Heavily based on the S1000R and just as much power

The sports adventure S1000XR is essentially a taller version of the S1000R. It uses the same straight-four-cylinder, 160bhp engine which in turn will provide a good old punch of low and mid-range torque. As with other S-series BMW’s you get a wealth of the finest Motorrad technology. Two riding modes, Rain and Road, as well as ASC (Automatic Stability Control) come as standard. Options in this department include two further additional riding modes, Dynamic and Dynamic Pro, as well as Dynamic Traction Control and ABS Pro which adds an extra element of safety when cornering and braking at the same time.

A brand new aluminium chassis and sub-frame plus double-sided swing arm help with the rigidity and to carry extra weight in the form of a pillion and luggage if required. In fact the wheelbase and swing arm length are both longer than the S1000R, by 109mm and 65mm respectively.

New exhaust and higher bars

The seat is higher than the S1000R’s by 26mm and away has gone the asymmetrical headlights we have (not) comer to know and love and a degree of normality is on show from the BMW’s front profile. The adjustable upside down forks offer 20-30mm increase in spring travel while BMW’s Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) is an optional extra.

Speaking of optional extras there are plenty to choose from as you’d expect. From heated grips and a centre stand to Gear Shift Assist (i.e. clutchless changes both up and down the ‘box), hand guards and plenty of luggage options. I’m sure your local dealer will offer them all.

White with panniers Fitted with optional luggage

Performance-wise, BMW claim an impressive 0-60mph figure of 3.1s and a top speed in excess of 125mph. And while a price has yet to be confirmed, expect the S1000XR to sit in betwen the starting price of the S1000R, £9,990, and that of the R1200GS, £11,650. You'll be able to see it at Motorcycle Live at the NEC at the end of November before it appears in dealerships throughout the land from early spring 2015.

Colour options extend to Racing Red or Light White.



999cc, water-cooled, four-cylinder in-line, DOHC


aluminium perimeter frame, engine self-supporting


Front: upside-down telescopic fork, stanchion diameter 46 mm, adjustable for bump and rebound (optional ESA)

Rear: aluminium double-strut swing arm with central spring strut,

adjustable for rebound (optional ESA)


Front: twin-disc brake, floating brake discs, Ø 320 mm, radial four-piston brake callipers

Rear: single-disc brake, Ø 265 mm, twin-piston floating calliper

ABS: part-integral, can be switched off. ABS Pro is optional


Cast aluminium wheels

Front: 3.50 x 17", 120/70 ZR17

Rear: 6.00 x 17", 190/55 ZR17


Length: 2,183mm

Width: 940mm

Seat height


Fuel capacity

20 litres

Weight (wet)



118 kW / 160 bhp @ 11,000 rpm


112 Nm / ft lbs @9,250 rpm

BMW has also unveiled an all new F800R roadster in Milan!

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