BMW has debuted a new motorcycle, the S 1000 XR. The Bavarian automaker is riding high at the moment when it comes to motorbikes. Sales and profits are soaring. So we've brought an expert in to put the new BMW through its paces -- Stefan Schätzl.
He says it's his first time on board the new BMW S 1000 XR. It's an adventure bike based on the model of the S 1000 R roadster and he's keen to try it.
The recent models by BMW Motorrad are a big part of their current success. The new S 1000 XR is intended as a cross between a sports and a touring bike. BMW is calling the new breed the Adventure Sport. The four-cylinder engine is derived from the Sport roadster S 1000 R. It's a straight four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 999 cc and output of 118 kilowatts.
The S 1000 XR also features perfect ergonomics, increased ground clearance and optimal wind and weather protection.
And driver safety has also been given a boost with electronic safety features. The "rain" and "road" modes come as standard, and help adjust the ride characteristics to the road surface. An added extra is the "Pro" mode, which includes the ABS Pro, which provides additional safety when braking in a banked position. Even when the brakes are applied sharply, the wheels don't lock up. And that reduces abrupt changes in steering force.
Stefan Schätzl is back from his test ride. So what's his impression?
He says it's very sporty. A bit higher, and not quite as athletic as the S 1000 R. It's sporty, so you can't ride it like a GS. Coasting in high gear won't give you rpm. But hit the gas, and you'll really move.