BMW S1000XR - Fast, Capable, Comfortable
The people at BMW have been making the S1000RR since way back in 2010. That’s a decade of one of the fastest one litres bikes on the market and is something to be commended for. At the same time they’ve also nailed it in the tall tourers stakes for even longer. It was only natural that they were going to blend the pair of them and when they did we got the S1000XR.
They’ve realised that we need heaps of comfort and loads of power. The S1000RR as a brilliant sports bike, and as such makes the perfect basis for a new range of super fast lightweight touring motorcycles. Enter the S1000XR. This is a machine that we could put a pillion and luggage on the back of and ride off to Europe on and at the same time dismiss a trackday with ease on.
BMW S1000XR - Perfect Balance
BMW's S1000XR is a bike that offers the perfect balance between something like a GS and the a superbike. An XR is as versatile as any enduro style machine on the road and, rather wonderfully, it’s a whole lot faster! This engine puts out 160 BHP and, rather wonderfully, 112 newton metres of all that lovely torque. Now for the clever part - it does this with the same seating arrangement as the aforementioned GS. We’re simply loving this engine.
Our test bike utilises the HP gear shift assist system. This offers the rider seamless clutchless gear changes both up and down the gearbox. It really does work that easily. BMW's XR needs the clutch lever employed when starting and stopping, but other than that the rider needs just to select the gear with the foot lever. Riding it reminds me of my happy, happy formative years on a dirtbike. There’s no need to touch the clutch or even blip the throttle, the bike does it all for you.
BMW S1000XR - Premium Package
When I first rode the bike it felt a little like I was riding some sort of automatic. Putting down some serious miles, however, on the run to and from the northwest and in the unrelenting rain, it made a lot of sense. Combined with the electronic suspension adjustment this made for covering a lot of busy, technical miles just that much easier. While I didn’t activate the ABS Pro, knowing it was there made the longer journey easier and more comfortable.
The bike ridden featured the premium package so it also had traction control, the gear shift assistant as well as cruise control and heated grips. Meanwhile practical additions such as a main stand make lubing the chain and loading the luggage, which is included on this machine a lot easier than they would be on a bike with only a side stand.
The bike on test is part of the Approved Used Bikes collection from Kearys Motarrad in Cork. Give any of the team a call 021 500 3600.