Ducati created the adventure -Sport Segment out of thin air when they went straight though with an idea of creating a motorcycle that could transform itself from a daily routine, to a track day scorcher and when the need arrived, it should be capable of shedding all its inhibitions and go some serious off roading adventure. Needless to say, Ducati Multistrada, has changed the demographic of motorcycles forever. With, competition left stand still in the wake of the Multistrada's immense capabilities.
fast forward to EICMA 2014, Perhaps the most intriguing motorcycle to come from the Bavarian brand this year, the BMW S1000XR is the German company’s response to the rapidly growing “Adventure-Sport” segment. Going head-to-head with the Ducati Multistrada 1200, the S1000 XR had to be priced in a way that it could take the fight against the bike to beat in the segment.
Priced at $16,350 MSRP for the base model, would-be owners of the S1000XR will be able to get their hands on German bike for $1,300 less than the base model Ducati Multistrada 1200 ($17,695). Of course, this is BMW we are talking about, and multiple price points exists as the Germans bundle various features in additional packages. With the base model coming with automatic stability control (ASC), two rider modes (road/rain), and standard ABS.
Owners can add the Touring Package ($1,400), which includes: Dynamic ESA suspension, GPS preparation, heated grips, centre stand, luggage rack, cruise control, and saddle bag mounts. Also available is the Dynamic Package ($1,000), which has Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), gear shift assist pro, two additional riding modes, and cruise control. Of course, BMW combines these two packages into its Premium Package ($2,400), which isn’t exactly a deal considering the overlap between the two packages and lack of discount on that price tag. Overall, this means the BMW S1000XR fully loaded comes in at $18,750. If that’s too rich for you blood, there is always the Standard Package, which for $17,295 gets you heated grips, GPS prep, cruise control, and saddle bag mounts (and will likely be what sits are your local BMW dealership).
Compare all this to the 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200, which retails for $17,695 for the base model, and $19,695 for the S model, and the S1000XR looks like a pretty good option against the Ducati, coming in fully loaded for only a grand more than the base model Italian. With both bikes making 160hp and promising sporty riding with some off-road use, would-be owners might have a hard time deciding.