The S 1000 XR “adventure sport bike” was unveiled before members of the media and motorcycle enthusiasts at the Brotzeit German Bar and Restaurant at Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City.
Multistrada in its sights
Based on the S 1000 R roadster, the S 1000 XR uses the same 999cc, twin-cam, 16-valve inline-4 producing 160 horsepower and 112 Newton-meters of torque, coursed through a six-speed sequential gearbox. The company said in a press release that 0 to 100 kilometers per hour is accomplished in 3.1 s., with top speed at around 200 kph.
Locally, it competes directly with the Ducati Multistrada 1200, which has an 1198cc, 8-valve V-Twin engine producing 137 horsepower and 115 Nm of torque (going up to 150 horsepower and 119 Nm of torque for the 1200S), also through a six-speed sequential gearbox.
BMW Motorrad also said their new model’s upright riding position, windshield, higher ground clearance and greater spring travel (150 millimeters for the front and 140 mm for the rear) aim to provide more everyday comfort to riders, even on rough surfaces, compared to their sport bikes.
The S 1000 XR comes standard with Brembo anti-lock brakes, Automatic Stability Control, “Rain” and “Road” riding modes and a multifunctional instrument cluster. ACC deputy sales director Gil Balderas told Fast Times in an interview that the bike will be available with a long list of options, including cruise control, Dynamic Traction Control, Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment, Pro riding modes and an Akrapovič sports silencer.
In her opening remarks at the launch, ACC President Maricar Parco said the reception of the new model was so great that all of the 10 initial units brought to the country had already been pre-sold. One of these was purchased by Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, who is an avid motorcyclist, said Parco in an interview with Fast Times.
Balderas also said the company is hoping to get 30 to 40 more units within the year to satisfy demand, citing congestion at the port as an impediment to getting more bikes.
Prices start at P1.275 million for the standard S 1000 XR, while the lowered S 1000 XR (suspension height reduced by two inches) is P1.295 million.