Once again the folks at Wunderlich are readying themselves for another BMW model, and the German company has enlisted the services of French designer Nicolas Petit to render the upcoming BMW S1000F sport-tourer, which we are all eagerly awaiting.
Based off the BMW S1000RR sport bike, the S1000F features an upright handlebar design with a more touring-oriented sitting position, to make for better long-road travel. It’s not clear if BMW will follow the lead of Erik Buell Racing, and choose not to detune its superbike engine, but it does seem that BMW wants a bigger piece for the sporty end of the touring market.
We’ve caught the BMW S1000F out testing already, and expect the machine to debut at the INTERMOT show this October. The S1000F will certainly take on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 head-to-head for road-going riders (despite its ADV flare), while the BMW R1200GS / R1200GSA will likely hold down the Bavarian brand’s position with big displacement dual-sport riders.
The addition of the S1000F to BMW’s motorcycle line is an interesting choice, as it is certain to draw at least some buyers away from the GS. However, the more horsepower BMW leaves in the F model from its RR counterpart, the less overlap it will have with the GS.
On the other side of the coin is the BMW S1000R streetfighter, meaning for every horsepower left into the 999cc four-cylinder engine, the S1000F will encroach on its single-R counterpart.
BMW is certainly courting younger riders with its “S” line of motorcycles, but after the S1000F drops, it will certainly have an impacted space on its hands. Add into the mix the BMW Roadster Concept, and BMW has a full-house of less-than-faired motorcycles coming for two-wheeled enthusiasts.
Time will tell how sport, adventure, and touring-oriented the new S1000F will be. It certainly is an intriguing model, with good all-around elements…we just thought BMW already had a machine like that.
Source: Nicolas Petit (Blog)