Photos: Here is the 2015 BMW S1000XR

08/20/2014 @ 3:28 am, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS


It has taken various names in the press (e.g. the BMW S1000F), but trademark applications in Germany and in the USA tell us that the Bavarians have settled on calling their new sport-tourer the BMW S1000XR — and it is debuting in just a few weeks’ time at the INTERMOT show in Cologne.

Luckily for us, a spy photographer has caught the 2015 BMW S1000XR out testing ahead of its debut, with only the badges and headlights covered in tape. While we already had a good view of the BMW S1000XR when it was testing, these photos reveal the off-the-assemblyline shape of the latest Bavarian machine, and we like what we see.

As the name suggests, the S1000XR is based for the S1000RR platform, which has recently given birth to the S1000R streetfighter. Sensing competition from the Ducati Multistrada 1200, which itself was a response to the R1200GS, BMW seems hellbent on defending its adventure-sport-touring all-rounder long-way-around hold, and is bringing this machine to market next year.

Expected to have similar power figures and engine characteristics as the S1000R, the S1000XR brings longer suspension travel and ample luggage space to the already stout performance package.

The more sporty cousin to the GS, BMW is perhaps crowding the venerable ADV bike’s space, but also making it hard for consumers to land anywhere other than the blue and white checkered brand.

As such, we can expect a variety of packages to be available, as is the norm from BMW, with traction control, electronic suspension, and ABS available. It is also likely that we will see the Bosch MSC stability control unit added, which will allow riders to confidently grab the brakes mid-corner without fear of a lowside crash.

Expect pricing to be competitive against the Ducati Multistrada 1200, and would-be GS owners to have a hard time deciding between the venerable “Swiss Army knives of motorcycles” and this latest offering. To its credit, BMW have made the S1000XR quite a looker — seemingly dropping the winking headlight design for something a bit more symmetrical.

We can’t wait to see it in the flesh. Be sure to follow Asphalt & Rubber for all the new model releases, as we’ll be live from both INTERMOT and EICMA this year.




Photo: © 2014 BMH-Images — All Rights Reserved

  • Cristovao

    Let’s see how many recalls it will have in it’s first year…

  • AHA

    I’ve just noticed it has fairing lowers (as were optional on the Suzuki SV & the Fazer a few years ago.) I guess the Z1000SX needs to be included on the group test then.

  • Stephan

    Looks like a toad

  • Can someone please tell me where in the hell are the Jap Big 4 with this type of bike? A Gizzer 1000, or any Jap 1000 sportbike, in this dress would be great! When I was looking for a new bike, I wanted sportbike performance, with a normal riding position (injuries!), a 1/2 fairing for wind protection, and removeable bags. The ONLY bike that met those parameters was the Ducati MultiStrada. 30,000 miles in 2 years and still going. And the best bike I’ve ever ridden.

  • Justaguy

    Now THAT”S a radiator!

    Better looking in profile than head on, but it, like the BMW 6 cyl, gives the impression of the engine being too centered. I know why it is where it is, but all of that bodywork forward of the engine just looks goofy to me. And the pegs are too high for we vertically gifted folks.

    I used to keep a big Givi on my ZRX’s luggage rack. One day my co-worker’s daughter asked why I had a bbq mounted on my motorcycle.

  • @Robert,
    Kawasaki DOES make a bike like this and have for a few years. It’s called the Versys 1000 and we can’t get it in America.

  • Renn

    I love it. Ducati takes the Adventure bike market by responding to the BMW GS with a Adventure Sport bike in the 1200 MTS. Now BMW are returning service with their own Adventure Sport bike based of the successful S1000 platform.

    This bike from beemer EVEN looks similar to a 1200 MTS in my opinion.

    However the one thing that may be missing from this bike is the twin cylinder character!

    Now what needs to happen is clear. Aprillia must bring out their own Adventure Sport bike based on the RSV4 platform combining power and characterful engine to wipe the floor with both offerings from Ducati and BMW.

    I hope we see the S1000XR compete with Ducati’s 1200 MTS at Pikes Peak!

  • Ervgopwr

    @ Renn, an emphatic 2nd. That’s what I want!

  • Jerry Duke

    I hope Ducati sees this bike and brings out a true Sport Touring Ducati!! Panigale ST 1199 and 899.

  • ksw


    Honda has the Crosstourer outside the USA. Just another sad reminder of what the USA franchises give us her in the land of the proud home of the those that still think we’re some sort of major player in the world beyond guns and ammo to the world.

  • Q

    This bike have nothing common with a multistrada,more like a Ktm or a Triumph tiger .I see no beaty in it…

  • Paul McM

    Now if it only had an ultra-comfortable seat (for rider AND passenger), a really effective, low-drag/low turbulence fairing, a flat, magnet-friendly tank top for bags, great knee clearance, and nice smooth bodywork with curves. Not possible, you say? Well I had all that and more on my THIRTY friggin year-old 1984 FJ1100.

    FJ 1100 1984:

    Honestly, is this the best BMW can do? Ugggly front end with stupid “mini-beak”. Silly, undersized windscreen that is mounted at the wrong angle. Terrible narrow, painful pillion. Conflicted “afterthought” side panels with WAY too many slots, creases, bumps, and lumps. Lame, poorly conceived tail section. Color me disappointed. Hugely disappointed. Where are today’s intelligent bike designers, that understand good design must have an overall form and flow? I can’t believe BMW let this out of the design studio. Very little rational thought put into features that could have made this bike more than a recycled S1000 with tall bars. Two thumbs down — way down.

  • Flyingfox

    OMG what a heap of rubbish, poorly designed and I wonder what market segment BMW is aiming at. It looks a bit like the failed Honda XT and falls a mile short of the Yamaha FJ resembles the Kwacka Versys. The design fails completely in the pillion department and looks like a compromise just to utilize an existing platform BMW are all tooled up to produce in big numbers. I predict this model is doomed and has no possible chance of competing with GS, Multistrada or KTM Adventure. The fuel tank capacity is too low limiting the bikes range, the pegs are too high limiting many Adventure bike riders used to tall bikes, there is no practical windscreen nor fairing protection and where does the pillion passenger sit? OMG what a DOG!
    IMHO the bike is Rubbish and a darn shame that the venerable S1000RR sports bike has been brutilised into such an ugly configuration.
    By now I suppose u understand that I DON’T LIKE IT!

  • Steven

    Been eagerly waiting for this model, currently have tiger 1050 after 15 years of gsxrs. Have ridden the s1000r and the thought of that in a sports adventure package would be my perfect bike, …….if it was Japanese……….If bmw can keep the pricing as aggressive as the naked model and still have all the bells and whistles, I’ll have one please!

  • TucsonTacodog

    Some things come to mind. That exhaust system is hanging out in the breeze. First trip off-road it gets mangled. No ground clearance. The radiators are unprotected. Rock tossed up from front wheel ( or bike in front) punctures radiator leaving you to walk home. Maybe this bike is just a sport-tourer kinda like the Honda Interceptor. Sure isn’t an adventure bike. Looks like a solution looking for a problem. I’ll keep my R1200GS.

  • steve

    ha ha that tiny front wheel is absurd
    do not want

  • KSW

    I think comparing this to a GS is missing the point and while the Multistrada is claimed to be an all purpose bike it really is a road bike that can comfortably go down a gravel road.

    What I see is a simple standard bike with the built in attachments for bags which is what I think the masses want especially those of us going on in years. Lighter, easy to control and the power to keep us happy while throwing some light gear in an enclosed storage option.

    Those “Baby Boomers” buy a GS are making a mistake. Why? Because the GS is a seriously top-heavy bike with a lot of weight and used by the majority of it’s owners for street use and the occasional dirt/gravel road. This is more the bike they’d want if they’ve years of riding experience and can control it’s power.

    The recent history options of sport bikes that have you spending all days on your wrists or a cruiser wasn’t much of an option, at least for those of us here in the States. We never had the wonderful standard FJ1300 or Honda 1300.

    Now, the industry is waking up to the fact that they need to bring in new riders on continents that aren’t welcoming to the two wheel world (North American in particular) and give the “Old Guys” something comfortable that there aging bones need.

  • Matthew

    @Robert: 2014 Ninja 1000. A bit less upright methinks, but quite similar in purpose.

  • Tomas