Rumors out of Germany say that BMW Motorrad is working on a new variations of its “S” platform, which would see the S1000RR used as a base for a Multistrada-esque four-bikes-in-one type of machine.
According to the well-informed folks at Motorrad magazine, the new BMW model could be seen at this year’s trade shows (we would expect an INTERMOT debut, over an EICMA premiere), and would feature dynamic damping control, ride-by-wire throttle maps, ABS, and traction control.
The new model, tentatively called the BMW S1000F, would likely share the detuned four-cylinder engine found on the BMW S1000R streetfighter model, along with various ergonomic changes for longer-mileage riding.
How BMW Motorrad would diffentiate the machine from the S1000R, which already has a bag of touring goodies in the BMW parts catalog, remains to be seen.
It also remains to be seen how the Germans would differeniate that S1000F from the R1200GS, K1300S, and F800GT, which have considerable crossover with the “do-all” model being rumored.
That being said, we’ve often found BMW’s touring models to be lacking enough “achtung!” for our sporting needs, which could leave a nice low-volume niche for the S1000F variant.
With enough pieces from the common parts bin, the S1000F could be an affordable way for BMW to get some more mileage out its superbike offering, no pun intended.
Could this also be a sign that BMW is ready to revamp the now six-year-old S1000RR? As we’re fond of over-saying, time will tell on this one.