TWO BIKES IN ONE: BMW Motorrad has unveiled its new S 1000 XR, a bike it says blends everyday a tourer and a sporty performance. Image: BMW Motorrad
CAPE TOWN, Western Cape - BMW Motorrad has launched a new “adventure sport" model - the S 1000 XR. The new bike, BMW says, combines the automaker touring qualities, sporty performance and high levels of comfort for everyday usability.
The four-cylinder engine on the new BMW S 1000 XR is derived from the S 1000 R roadster, capable of an output of 118kW/112Nm.
TWO RIDING MODES
Two riding modes and auto stability control is standard as well as the option of Pro-riding modes including dynamic traction control (DTC) and anti-lock braking system Pro.
The new S 1000 XR already comes with the “rain" and “road” modes, enabling it to adapt to changing road conditions.
IMAGE GALLERY: BMW S 1000 XR
The standard-fit Automatic Stability Control (ASC) ensures a high standard of riding safety by optimising 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 DTC and ABS Pro.
NEW CHASSIS FRAME
An innovative chassis with a new frame and Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an option. The chassis uses an aluminium alloy 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 in order to cater to the specific requirements of the XR.
SAFETY, PERFORMANCE, COMFORT
When fitted with the optional electronically controlled suspension system BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment). ABS Pro available ex-works as part of the Pro riding modes option for even greater safety when, BMW says, braking in a banked position.
Whereas the standard ABS systems from BMW Motorrad to date have ensured an excellent standard of safety when braking while moving in a straight line, the optionally available ABS Pro feature now goes a step further to make braking while cornering safer as well by 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, and thereby limits any undesirable righting of the bike. ABS Pro offers riders the benefit of increased braking and riding stability combined with optimum stopping power, even in corners.
Highlights of the S 1000 XR
• Straight-four-cylinder engine displacing 999cc producing 118 kW/112Nm
• ABS as standard (semi-integral, disengageable)
• Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard
• Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking sensor
• Two selectable riding modes: "Rain" and “Road"
• Two additional riding modes available, "Dynamic" and "Dynamic Pro"
• Spring elements with long spring travel
• Electronically controlled suspension system
• Multifunctional instrument cluster
• Bespoke range of accessories available