Remember the teaser which BMW released a few days ago about a mysterious bike? Well, as it turns out that it was the 2020 S1000XR that the Germans were teasing and has just revealed at the EICMA 2019.
Clearly, the new S1000XR looks sharper and more aggressive than its previous model. It also gets two new colour schemes – ‘Ice Grey’ and ‘Racing Red/White Aluminum’ – the latter would come at an extra cost. Apart from that, the rest of the bike feels quite familiar.
The highlight of the matter is the new S1000XR’s engine. It is the same engine that has been slapped on the 2019 BMW S1000RR – a 999c, inline 4-cylinder, that puts out 162 bhp and 114 Nm. Thanks to this engine, the new S1000XR lost 5 kg. In fact, it is a total of 10 kg lighter than the previous model which means BMW has also used lightweight components like suspension, swingarm, and chassis.
BMW says that it has made the 4th, 5th, and 6th gear ratios of the new S1000XR longer to suit its touring character. This means riding at high speeds became that much easier and would put even lesser stress on the engine.
In terms of electronics, we get drag torque control, four riding modes, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), wheelie control, ABS Pro, Hill Start Control and HP Shift Assistant Pro (for quick up and down shifting). All of this can be adjusted on the new 6.5-in full colour TFT dash.