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BMW S1000XR - German eyeing Multistrada's throne!

Snapshot: BMW leaned heavily on the BMW S1000R’s DNA to create the XR’s engine!

The BMW S1000RR was the German giants first ever attempt at the superbike category and the day it was launched, the superbike spectrum changed forever. When launched , it was not just considerably powerful but was also the most technologically advanced superbike the world has ever seen. With no experience in international motorcycle arena, BMW had pulled out a stunning piece of motorcycling marvel. It was the lightning bolt that kick-started the dormant superbike wars among the giants. Years after its launch the BMW S1000RR is still one of the most sought after superbikes on the planet, and with the level of the competition it has, it speaks volumes about what BMW can achieve.

Saying all that, BMW as was rumoured and spied, has, unveiled what will be its on-off road model targeted squarely at the incredible Ducati Multistrada. The model is concern is called , the BMW S1000XR. BMW leaned heavily on the BMW S1000R’s DNA to create the XR’s engine. The mid-range-focused power delivery still manages to crank out a claimed 160 hp at 11,000 rpm and 83 lb-ft at 9,250. The “usable rev range that spans over 10,000 rpm” will be perfect for exploring newly discovered backroads. Dual riding modes, “Rain“ and “Road”, will tailor the power to road conditions while BMW’s Automatic Stability Control (ASC) manage the traction. Pro riding modes are available as an option, adding “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” to the palette – in addition to Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro.

If a trifecta of Inline-Four-powered sporting motorcycles from BMW aren’t enough for you, how about bringing the total to match the number of cylinders? The S1000XR is an adventure sport designed to bring a little attitude to the segment.

The S1000XR’s bone structure is based on the same aluminium-alloy perimeter frame and stressed-member engine as its S1000 siblings. Although the suspension is similar to the S1000 with an inverted fork and dual-sided swing arm, the chassis geometry has been massaged to suit the XR’s job description. The optional BMW Motorrad Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) sweetens the XR’s handling envelope. 

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