The new S 1000 XR is  feature-packed and lighter than its predecessor
The new S 1000 XR is feature-packed and lighter than its predecessor|2020 BMW S 1000 XR
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BMW S 1000 XR to hit Indian shores soon

The S 1000 RR-based adventure sports tourer will slot in above the recently launched F 900 duo

Sudipto Chaudhury

After the recent launch of the F 900 duo, BMW has now decided to go one step up, and is set to launch the S 1000 XR, the brand's adventure tourer that shares its engine with S 1000 RR in India, and they might do it as soon as next month. And that’s not all, as judging by the aggressive pricing on the F 900 R and F 900 XR, the new S 1000 XR will be priced pretty aggressively as well. And, in a move that will no doubt dismay ‘purists’ the new S 1000 XR loses the asymmetrical headlight fascia as well.

The 2020 S 1000 XR does not get BMW's ShiftCam tech

The 2020 S 1000 XR does not get BMW's ShiftCam tech

The highlight of the S 1000 XR, however, will be its engine. The 999cc inline-four will make 163bhp at 11,000rpm and 114Nm at 9,250rpm. One big difference from the S 1000 RR, however, is that it does not get the BMW ShiftCam tech. Additionally, the fourth, fifth and sixth gears now get longer ratios to modify the performance away from an all-out track screamer to a comparatively relaxed mile-muncher.

The electronically adjustable suspension comes as standard

The electronically adjustable suspension comes as standard

Next, as with the S 1000 RR, the XR too has received major alterations to its suspension, frame and swingarm. The new flex frame, which uses the engine as a stress member, also improves the ergonomics of the bike. The swingarm is now 19 per cent lighter with a directly articulated suspension strut for an even more sensitive response. The S 1000 XR also gets BMW’s latest-gen electronically-adjustable suspension as standard. The frame and swingarm are now 2.1kg lighter, with an overall bike weighing in at 10kg less than its predecessor.

Four riding modes are now on offer

Four riding modes are now on offer

Electronics on the bike include a new 6-axis IMU and the standard electronics include traction control, wheelie control, slip control and engine brake function. It also features four riding modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic and Dynamic Pro) and there’s also Hill Start Control Pro.

Apex-hunting pedigree for the canyons
Apex-hunting pedigree for the canyons 2020 BMW S 1000 XR

After the fun we had testing the S 1000 RR on the BIC last year, I’m sure I speak for the entire country when I ask BMW to bring this bike here (and allow us to get our paws on it) soon!

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