Just last month we brought you news about BMW Motorrad working on a possible sport-tourer that was based off the company’s BMW S1000RR superbike. Well today we get confirmation of that machine, with the BMW S1000F being caught in the wild, panniers and all.
The S1000RR’s motor and exhaust are clearly visible in this side profile picture, as are the mounting points for side bags and a top box. With the S1000F sporting noticeably taller suspension than its sport bike sibling, one has to wonder if BMW isn’t trying to make another adventure-touring model, one that could compete against the Ducati Multistrada 1200 in sportiness.
With the BMW R1200GS being hands-down the most popular model in BMW Motorrad’s lineup, the fact that the German marquee is building a bike that treads into the GS’s domain is an intriguing development. We were impressed with the new water-cooled BMW R1200GS when we rode it at the US press launch, and later during our Broventure trip to Moab.
BMW calls the R1200GS the Swiss Army knife of the motorcycle word, and the GS lives up to this title, being a jack of all trades when it comes to touring, canyon carving, and off-roading. Maybe not a master of any of those disciplines, if you had to have a single motorcycle though, the GS should be at the top of your list.
Still, we are speed freaks first here at Asphalt & Rubber, and while in the right hands, the R1200GS is a formidable machine on the race track, its 125hp of power and 525 lbs of weight limit its ability.
It could be that the Germans have felt their ADV space invaded by more powerful offerings from Italy and Austria, like the Ducati Multistrada 1200 and KTM 1190 Adventure, and have decided to fork their ADV offering by using theior superbike’s 999cc inline-four engine, for the more sport-oriented rider who is looking for an all-in-one motorcycle.
No matter what hole you try to stick this peg into, the S1000F will mean interesting things for BMW two-wheeled lineup. With all the implications possible, it’s almost hard to remember that a new model from BMW cometh. Stay tuned.
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