BMW is poised to have quite the year, and this new 2015 BMW S 1000 XR may just be the final piece needed to really elevate the brand.
BMW was long known for adventure-touring and long-haul road bikes. The S 1000 RR was the first step in showing the company's performance prowess, which was followed by the beautiful S 1000 R.
This morning at the EICMA show in Milan, BMW released the 2015 BMW S 1000 XR, their answer to the Ducati Multistrada.
The S 1000 XR is based heavily on the S 1000 R naked, which makes 160 horsepower at 11,000 rpm and 83 foot-pounds of torque at 9,250 rpm. With a wet weight of 502 pounds, the XR comes in at about 40 pounds heavier than the Multi, while making similar horsepower figures, but 20 fewer foot-pounds of torque.
The BMW comes with a host of electronics. Standard, it includes the "rain" and "road" riding modes, but "dynamic" and "dynamic pro" are available as optional extras. Is that like adding RAM to your iMac?
ABS comes standard on all models, but ABS Pro will keep you safe while braking in banked riding positions as an optional extra.
Automatic Stability Control (ASC) is BMW's version of standard traction control and comes on all models, while Dynamic Traction Control comes as an additional option and adds banking sensors into the mix.
BMW has yet to release much information on the Electronic Suspension Adjustment (EAS) system, which will be available, you guessed it, as an optional upgrade.
No word yet on pricing or when we'll start seeing the S 1000 XR on showroom floors.