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In 2019 the BMW S 1000 RR arrived. The rest of the family members are beginning to arrive behind the German supercar, and the second to do so will be the most versatile of all: the BMW S 1000 XR.
The trail variant in the BMW four-cylinder range is deeply renewed with a more dynamic package than ever, as it is now lighter, more powerful and with more technology to reinterpret the sport-trail segment.
BMW S 1000 XR: more technology, same power
We could imagine it, and it has been. The BMW S 1000 XR has been renewed on the outside with a new visual language but maintaining the DNA of the family. The front is chaired by two symmetrical LED headlights Inspired by the S 1000 RR, more compact and lighter to create a more aggressive look.
Between the headlights is the air intake and below it a small peak that now takes on greater importance. At the rear, the headlight and indicators are also from the S 1000 RR and form a single unit with the license plate holder. Optionally it can equip curve lighting.
This second generation of the BMW S 1000 XR has a more muscular exterior, with more defined lines that pounce on the front wheel, and with a protection improved aerodynamics. The knees are more embedded in the motorcycle and the chest area is more protected. The screen is adjustable in height.
The chassis of the BMW S 1000 XR has been extensively modified. It remains the same structure of double aluminum beam flex frame but now it is lighter and narrower, using the engine as the most important structural element. The chassis is 2% lighter and the subframe saves 9% in weight.
The ergonomics have changed to adapt to the new shapes of the bike, being more compact in the knee area and placing the rider further forward to relax the posture. Besides the handlebar is now 30mm narrower, something that will be appreciated because the previous one was excessively wide.
The geometries have also been varied with an eye on an even more dynamic behavior, closing the steering angle and shortening the advance by 1mm, while stability has been sought by way of widening the wheelbase. wheelbase up to 1,552 mm. The swingarm, brakes and rims are also new, lighter.
Unsurprisingly, the inline four-cylinder powerplant is new, but not directly inherited from the block used in the S 1000 RR but rather an evolution of what we already knew, so there is no sign of the ShiftCam variable valve timing.. Numerous tweaks have been made to the engine but its figures remain unchanged with 165 hp of maximum power and 114 Nm of torque.
Internally, there are changes with numerous new parts such as the camshaft driven from the crankshaft, oil pumps, starter, steel connecting rods, outer casing … In total the engine is now 5 kg lighter than the older version from which it is derived.
In Munich they have sought a better response from the engine and a wider range of use, so the cams have been recalculated, as well as the air intake and the electronic throttle regulation. The result is a finer touch on bass but just as powerful on mids and highs according to what the brand promises.
In addition to having a slipper clutch to smooth out the strongest downshifts, the S 1000 XR features for the first time the electronic engine brake control (MSR). With this system, the wheel rotation sensors are used to prevent the rear wheel from slipping in retention on slippery surfaces.
The exhaust line is also totally new, now it has a double three-way catalyst made of steel but more compact, which contributes to the reduction of a final weight that stops the scale in 226 kg.
The electronics evolve again for this bike and it does not renounce the benefits of the six-axis inertial measurement platform and the 6.5 inch digital dashboard that we have already seen in other models of the house. The BMW S 1000 XR is equipped with four driving modes, dynamic traction control, antiwheelie, MSR, dynamic ABS Pro, hill start assist, standard Dynamic ESA electronic suspensions or two-way quickshifter.
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