The ‘beak’ fender, previously black, is now painted in body colour.
The ‘beak’ fender, previously black, is now painted in body colour.BMW Motorrad

BMW unveils updated S 1000 XR and the all-new M 1000 XR

A reworked engine now makes these bikes more powerful in addition to the updated design and tech

BMW has introduced the updated S 1000 XR and has also introduced the third M bike in the BMW Motorrad lineup — the M 1000 XR. With improvements in engine power, design, and technology, the S 1000 XR now makes 168bhp and gets improved ergonomics. Aesthetic upgrades include a more aggressive design. The M 1000 XR, designed for performance-oriented touring, boasts a more powerful engine, producing 198bhp, and features advanced riding modes, and electronics. 

The M 1000 XR delivers 30bhp more than the S 1000 XR.
The M 1000 XR delivers 30bhp more than the S 1000 XR.BMW Motorrad

BMW S 1000 XR

BMW has taken the S 1000 XR and given it a series of upgrades that enhance its power, comfort, and aesthetics. The new model boasts an improved in-line 4-cylinder engine. This powerplant now delivers 168bhp, a 5bhp increase from the previous model. The enhancements are achieved through a flow-optimised intake geometry and custom mapping.

In terms of suspension, the bike uses the same 45mm USD forks (front) and a monoshock (rear). Both come with electronically adjustable damping and offer 150mm of travel. The braking system consists of twin 320mm discs at the front, a single 220mm disc at the rear and BMW’s ABS Pro system.

Ergonomics have also been improved on the new S 1000 XR. The seat has been redesigned, offering an extra 10mm of seat height (850mm) and more space for the rider. Riders have the option to choose from three different seat heights, adding to the bike's versatility.

Aesthetic upgrades are another highlight of the new S 1000 XR. The rear section now features new side panels and air intakes inspired by motorsports, lending the bike a more aggressive look. Additionally, the radiator trim has a textured surface, and the ‘beak’ fender, previously black, is now painted in body colour.

In terms of features, the S 1000 XR now comes with an extended list of standard equipment, including Headlight Pro, daytime running lights, keyless riding, and a USB charging option is now standard as well. For those who seek more customization, the bike can be equipped with optional extras like the M GPS Laptrigger and M Carbon wheels.

To complete the package, the S 1000 XR offers three colour options: Blackstorm metallic, Gravityblue metallic, and Lightwhite solid paint/Motorsport (in conjunction with the M package and M seat).

The S 1000 XR offers three colour options.
The S 1000 XR offers three colour options.BMW Motorrad

BMW M 1000 XR

The BMW M 1000 XR takes the concept of a long-distance sports bike to another level. This bike is designed to cater to riders who demand higher performance while touring. The M 1000 XR boasts a more powerful engine than the S 1000 XR, producing 198bhp. This engine is based on the power unit of the S 1000 RR, and it delivers 30bhp more than its sibling, the S 1000 XR. The maximum torque of 113Nm is reached at 11,000rpm, and the engine is capable of revving up to 14,600rpm. With an acceleration of 7.4 seconds to 200kmph, the M XR is 1.3 seconds faster than the S 1000 XR.

Standard riding modes include 'Rain,' 'Road,' 'Dynamic,' and 'Race,' along with additional 'Race Pro' modes. The Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) comes with a 6-axis sensor cluster and lean angle sensor. In "Race Pro" modes, fine adjustments are possible for DTC and the wheelie function. Additionally, you get a quickshifter, launch control and a pit lane speed limiter.

Braking performance is enhanced with the inclusion of M brakes, which were developed based on the experience gained from racing brakes used in the Superbike World Championship. These brakes, combined with lightweight forged aluminium wheels, contribute to the bike's handling.

What sets the M 1000 XR apart is its aerodynamics and suspension technology. The bike features winglets that provide additional downforce, enhancing front-wheel stability and overall performance. The chassis is tuned for performance-oriented riding, offering features like Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), an adjustable spring base, and an adjustable steering damper.

For those who demand even more, the M Competition Package offers a mix of refined components for racing technology enthusiasts. It includes M Carbon wheels, M Carbon parts, and a fully adjustable M rider footrest system, among other features.

In terms of design, the M 1000 XR exudes a performance-oriented look. The bike features quadruple winglets on the front and a more canted forward handlebar.

The bike features winglets that provide additional downforce.
The bike features winglets that provide additional downforce.BMW Motorrad

India launch and rivals

We currently have the older-gen S 1000 XR in India and the new updated model should make its way to the country soon. The BMW India website also claims that the launch of the M 1000 XR is imminent. This would complete BMW’s M-spec model range in India as the M 1000 R and M 1000 RR are already on sale in India. 

As for the rivals, the list includes Kawasaki Versys 1000, H-D Pan America 1250, Honda Africa Twin and the Ducati Desert X, all of which come under the Rs 25 lakh bracket.

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