Motorcycle performance is everything to a rider. Putting those iron horses to their peak is essentially what brings out the best in a ride. The BMW S 1000 XR is no ordinary bike; it is definitely not for the faint hearted. Well, what else can you expect when you fuse a sporty bike with a lot of adventure genes and splice the DNA of a demon?
The S1000 XR is a beaky long-legged super-naked bike that is based out with a competing mission as opposed to Ducati.
The thought behind touring segment bikes dates 35 years ago, when BMW introduced the R 80G/S, an adventure-touring bike. The inception of the XR series of bikes came into existence because of Ducati.
The Multistrada 1200 from Ducati is one of the major reasons behind the introduction of the S 1000 XR.
The XR uses the same 999cc, four-cylinder engine as the S1000R, held in a new aluminum-framed chassis whose adjustable screen, upright riding position and luggage-carrying ability that remind us of the R 1200 GS bike.
The 16-valve liquid-cooled power plant is essentially a de-tuned unit that is pretty identical to the S 1000 R machine. However, the S1000XR has gone through a fresh mapping and a whole new exhaust system. The output of this bike has hence not changed; thereby altering a new and mighty torque spread inline with the engine that churns out 160 Hp at 11,000 RPM. BMW has added an option of a new quick-shifter that is pretty unique and can be found only on this bike.
The chassis layout on the XR 1000 comes into existence by combining an aluminum beam frame and mating it with telescopic forks and a rear mono-shock. The frame on the XR is more relaxed and there’s a generous 150mm of travel up front and 140mm at the rear, and a longer aluminum swing-arm helps stretch the wheelbase by 9mm to 1548mm. It has non-adjustable dual-seat that is 840 mm high.
The S1000XR from BMW alongside the obvious basic model is available in the S1000XR Sport variant. This variant adds more refined DTC traction control, extra riding modes, cruise control, heated grips and more; and a top-spec Sport SE that includes Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension plus touring-friendly options including centre-stand, luggage rack and pannier fastenings. This also carries the sports name to it. BMW says the XR has the riding position and appearance of the GS model but is intended for 95% on-road use. The XR or the base model comes equipped with two riding modes, Road and Rain. These modes adjust throttle response, ABS as well as ASC (Automatic Stability Control) for both dry and wet conditions.
This is BMW’s unabashed Bavarian Bravado, the classy supersports S 1000 RR. This bike, with all the subtlety of a V2 rocket, blows away the establishment with awesome power and advanced technology previously unheard of in a mass-produced superbike. And now, for 2015, the onslaught continues, with the latest S1000RR losing 9 lb weight. While gaining a host of refinements and other features directly derived from BMW’s race development.
The 999cc liquid-cooled inline-four, reworked in several areas, has gained 6 hp and peak output is now a claimed 199 hp. On the intake side are reshaped ports, revised cam profile, lighter valves and shorter velocity stacks drawing from a larger air box. An all-new exhaust has eliminated the previous model’s under-engine canister, pairing some 6.6 lb. while the new muffler placement has shifted the CG slightly higher and rearward, closer to the swing arm pivot. This is a significant upgrade (third to be specific) of B<W’s S 1000 RR bike. There have been updates to the water-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine. The power band is much broader with the usable rev-range peaking constantly between 9,500 and 12,000 rpm. But the force is strong with this one at much lower rpms.
The 2015 model looks pretty similar to the previous models, but there are various changes. The new RR’s lighter frame structure with a blend of rigidity and flexibility offers greater traction, precision and feedback. Chassis consists of four individual aluminum cast pieces welded together with the engine tilted forward at a 32-degree angle and integrated as a load bearing element. The fork overlap of the immersion tubes was reduced to 6 mm and the steering head angle increased 0.5 degrees to 66.5 without any change in the yoke offset. The swing arm pivot point was lowered by 3 mm and the wheelbase lengthened by 15 mm. The new chassis geometry provides increased rider feedback from the front end the rear wheel, especially when pushing the RR to its limits.
The new model has various modes for various road conditions:
- Riding modes “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race” as standard plus the option of the Ride Modes Pro, which adds two additional modes, “Slick” and “User” (configurable), for optimum adaptation to riding conditions.
- Pit-lane speed limiter for maintaining an exact speed in the pit lane as part of the optional Ride Mode’s Pro feature
- Further improved version of electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC).
- Race ABS with optimized set-up
- Dynamic traction control (DTC) with precision calibration in 7 +/- steps
- New electrical system with a more powerful sensor box and lighter battery
If you’re in search of power, performance and pure riding action, these are the bikes for you. The only condition is that you’ve got to have the “Paisa” for that. You’d be amazed with these bikes simply because they are ladies on the street but freaks on the track. Do share your experiences on BMW Bikes below
Happy riding J