The BMW S 1000 XR was unveiled at the 2014 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, providing BMW Motorrad with enough ammunition to rival the Ducati Multistrada and the Triumph Tiger Explorer. It features a 1.0 litre, in-line four-cylinder engine derived from the BMW S 1000 R naked bike.

Power figures are rated at 160 hp at 11,000 rpm and 112 Nm of torque at 9,250 rpm, allowing the motorcycle to hit an official top speed of “over 200 km/h.” The transmission layout features a straight-toothed, constant-mesh six-speed gearbox with an anti-hopping clutch. Weight – with essential fluids – measures in at 228 kg.

Stopping power comes courtesy of twin 320 mm discs brakes clamped by a four-piston caliper in front and a single 265 mm disc brake gripped by a two-piston, floating caliper at the rear. Front tyres measure in at 120/70/R17 with the rears capping it off at 190/55/R17. Seat height is officially quoted at 840 mm.


In typical BMW Motorrad fashion, the bike is equipped with ABS as standard. In addition, ABS Pro – under the Pro riding modes option – is available. The system builds on the standard ABS feature by allowing for ABS-assisted braking while the bike is angled at speed.

Extra electronic assistance systems are present in the form of Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), the latter under the optional Pro riding modes umbrella. Two riding functions, Rain and Road, can be selected by the rider to gain optimal algorithms for the throttle and electronics as standard.

Suspension setup features an adjustable upside-down fork and double-sided swing arm with adjustable central spring strut, front and rear respectively. Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) system is an option in which the rider can electronically adjust the suspension to suit current riding conditions.