One of the motorcycles we’ve been anticipating at EICMA, the 2015 BMW S1000XR has finally debuted. As the name suggests, the S1000XR borrows from the S1000RR superbike’s 998cc inline-four engine platform, and its derived heavily from the S1000R roadster, thus it makes a cool 160hp and 83 lbs•ft of torque.

Like the Ducati Multistrada 1200 it competes against, the BMW S1000XR is seen more of an adventure-sport motorcycle, than an outright tourer. Built to satisfy the go-fast needs of on-road riders, the 502 lbs (wet) S1000XR still has the chops to go where the sidewalk ends, but is more at home pounding pavement.

Due to its S1000R roots, the S1000XR makes plenty of torque down low, and that powered is tempered by the two riding modes (Rain & Road), along with Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro electronic packages.

As usual, the fun bits can be added on. Thus, Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) is an optional equipment item. ABS Pro is also an optional item, though ABS is standard on all BMW models. ABS Pro is now equipped with a cornering ABS feature, from Continental.

Highlights of the 2015 BMW S1000XR:

  • Straight-four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 999 cc. Output 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm, maximum torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm.
  • Dynamic, innovative design with sculptural surface styling.
  • BMW Motorrad ABS as standard (semi-integral, disengageable).
  • ABS Pro for even greater safety when braking in a banked position (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard for accelerating safely even in low-grip conditions.
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking sensor for supreme performance and active riding safety when accelerating (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Two riding modes that can be selected by the rider at the push of a button as standard (“Rain” and “Road”).
  • Two additional riding modes available, “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Spring elements with long spring travel for excellent agility and high damping reserves.
  • Electronically controlled suspension system, Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) for optimum adaptation to the prevailing conditions as an optional extra.
  • Light-footed handling and raised seating position.
  • Multifunctional instrument cluster with a wealth of features.
  • Extensive equipment and bespoke range of accessories made to BMW Motorrad’s customary high standards.







Source: BMW

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  • John Makenna

    i like it, have been waiting for this to come out. wonder what the price is for the white one with the panniers.

  • Jimbo

    Nice bike – but if i had that much money i would want a Ducati!

  • JHB1984

    1. you don’t know the price yet ;o|
    2. why ?


  • Dimitrios

    Nice job! Excellent and costless design!, just copy – paste a design and voilà!
    I am waiting for bajaj from India to copy – paste Ducati’s design and buy it for half price!

  • Jake F.

    BMW had better trump the Ducati on price, because they certainly didn’t anywhere else with this bike.

  • Mark

    Could be interesting. What might be more interesting: a KTM 1290 SMT with the full-house Super Duke engine.

  • AHA

    Looking forward to the group test with this, the new Multi and the new 1290Adventure. Wonder if any publication will have the balls to also put them up against the new Yamaha 09 triple or the higher featured of the upright 800cc road models from BMW & Triumph? Be interesting to read what if anything these showboating top of the range big bhp bikes can deliver over these less flashy relatives in real road conditions.

  • AHA

    Sorry forgot – the CapoNord needs to be in the test too!

  • Superlight

    BMW design playbook: GSX-Rs are popular; go copy that. Result: S1000RR. Ducati is doing well with their Multistrada, so copy that. S1000XR. Mission accomplished.

  • Aaron Sonntag

    @jim @jake You guys are missing the reality of Ducati vs BMW. At a recent California Superbike School my fellow riders and I were bowled over with how accessible the S1000RR was. Guys that own a Pani were gushing at how much confidence they had riding the BMW. The Multistrada is a Duc through and through, the S1000SR will be the BMW equivalent, and should be a lot better ownership experience. If you want ‘personality’ go with the Ducati certainly, but I’ve been looking forward to this bike ever since riding the S1krr.

  • DM

    @Superlight.. wha?? Suzuki ?? A brand which has just been switching between two and one exhaust for dog years.. The busa, the same toad looking ugly since 2001!!

    BMW S1000RR has re-written the history books by showing the japs how to make a superbike.

    As a matter of fact, all other superbikes were production motorcycles first, then came into racing ( motogp or wsbk)

    BMW Motorrad is different, the S1000RR was first a racebike and then a production motorcycle. Thats the difference buddy. The tech and the innovation comes from the racetrack, not from a GSX-R.

  • Sentinel

    Actually DM, Superlight is right in the fact that BMW even admired that the Gixxer thousand was their target bike, and several Gixxers were seen at the BMW factory being studied, copied, and then improved upon any way they could, and there’s not really anything wrong with that. When you have no history and experience in something of your own, the best thing to do is learn from someone else who does.

  • DM

    @ Sentinel. You are absolutely correct. Every motorcycle manufacturer sources the competitor motorcycles to study and research what they want to better. Thats the way it is. Not just superbikes, all kinds of motorcycles. Thats how technology and innovation is done.

    I would not be surprised to find that the new R1/M, the Blade SP, The new Aprilia would have already been road bound to the competitive R&D centers!!

    Talking about superbikes.
    BMW Had a very specific reason to admire the GSX-R. So many of them sold! But copying is not what BMW did.

    We all have to admit that all superbikes are more or less the same skeletal matter, the chassis, the subframe, the nose down – tail up design with the stressed member being the engine and they all the more or less the same dimensions – the weight, the wheelbase, the rideheight and almost everything. Not same, but similar.

    So nobody’s copying nobody, because thats how superbikes should be made! Just because BMW came last at the party does not mean it has copied any manufacturer.

  • falcn

    The BMW weighs more and has less torque than the Duc. Try again BMW.

  • Alex

    BMW MULTISTRASSE – honors for Ducati: Germans copy an Italian bike!!!