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The BMW S 1000 XR

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The BMW S 1000XR provides punchy response at low and medium revs.

The BMW S 1000XR provides punchy response at low and medium revs.

BMW Motorrad recently took the covers off the BMW S1000 XR, the fourth member in the BMW Motorrad line-up of high-power motorcycles with straight-four cylinder engines and a distinctly sporty bias.  The new bikes follow on from the S1000 RR and HP4 superbikes as well as the S1000R roadster.

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Boasting of a unique mix of innovative technology, performance and safety already inherent to the existing models in this series, BMW Motorrad has taken the next step by bringing out the S 1000 XR, which offers its core characteristics in a brand new blend dubbed “adventure sport.” This encompasses dynamic touring qualities, sporty performance and high levels of comfort as well as outstanding everyday usability.

Straight-four-cylinder engine for punchy performance
The straight-four cylinder engine on the new BMW S 1000 XR is basically derived from the S 1000 R roadster. It has an output of 160 hp at 11,000 rpm and generates a maximum torque of 112 Nm at 9,250 rpm. This power unit produces torque in abundance, making it ideal for providing the punchy response at low and medium revs that riders seek when powering along country roads or carrying a passenger. The straight-four cylinder unit combines tremendous pulling power and exhilarating acceleration with a high peak output, while offering the rider a usable rev range that spans over 10,000 rpm. This makes it just as adept at highly pleasurable touring as it is at sporty rides down winding country roads or holiday trips complete with passenger and luggage.

Two riding modes and ASC as standard
To enable the riding characteristics to be adapted to the prevailing road conditions as effectively as possible, the new S 1000 XR comes with the “Rain” and “Road” riding modes as standard. The standard-fit Automatic Stability Control (ASC) ensures a high standard of riding safety by optimizing traction. The new S 1000 XR can be equipped ex-works with the Pro riding modes option, which includes the additional riding modes “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” along with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro.

Innovative chassis and optional Dynamic ESA
The chassis of the new S 1000 XR adventure sport bike is every bit as impressive as the ferocious power delivery of the four- cylinder inline engine. Based on this model series’ existing design, it employs an aluminum-alloy perimeter frame in which the engine forms part of the load-bearing structure. Wheel suspension at the front and rear is handled by an adjustable upside-down fork and a double-sided swing arm with adjustable central spring strut, respectively. The chassis geometry has been completely redefined to cater to the specific requirements of the XR. When fitted with the optional electronically-controlled suspension system called Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), the new S 1000 XR takes riding safety, performance and comfort to even greater heights while also promising adventure sport riding at its very finest.

ABS Pro option makes braking while turning safer
The standard ABS systems from BMW Motorrad to date have ensured an excellent standard of safety when braking along straight line. With the optionally available ABS Pro, the new feature goes a step further to make braking while cornering safer and enabling ABS-assisted braking in a banked position. In such situations, ABS Pro prevents the wheels from locking up even when the brakes are applied sharply. This reduces abrupt changes in steering force, especially in response to panic braking. Thus ABS Pro limits any undesirable righting of the bike during panic braking and offers riders the benefit of increased braking and riding stability combined with optimum stopping power, even in corners.

More adventurous styling
The new BMW S 1000 XR fuses the characters and strengths of the BMW Motorrad GS, Touring and Sport models on a visual level and creates a new breed of motorcycles tagged as “adventure sport.” This is clearly mirrored in every design element and combines with the flawless ergonomics, ingenious wind and weather protection as well as the 20 to 30 millimeter increase in spring travel and greater ground clearance to make an impressive statement.

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