Wel­come to “ad­ven­ture/sport”

BMW S 1200 XR

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS JAMPOT - Test Jim Scays­brook Pho­tos Sue Scays­brook

If you read the PR, the BMW S 1000 XR is aimed squarely at the Du­cati Mul­tistrada in the Sport/Tour­ing seg­ment. To me the XR is a lot more about sport than tour­ing, and per­haps this is why BMW it­self has coined the seg­ment’s ti­tle “ad­ven­ture/sport”.

For tour­ing, there are sev­eral other mod­els in the BMW line up that more than fill the bill. This model, then, with its rocket-like four cylin­der en­gine that comes from the fe­ro­cious, Isle of Man TT-win­ning S 1000 RR, is about plug­ging a fairly small gap in the BMW range – to pro­vide a ‘four’ that you don’t need an ar­tic­u­lated joint in your neck to ride, and one that won’t leave you with ach­ing wrists af­ter more than a half hour in the sad­dle. That sort of stuff is OK for the young­sters, but us ma­ture-age folk have dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments. That said, the XR just might be the ticket for quite a few of us.

It’s all about the rid­ing po­si­tion then; sit­ting up in the breeze, with a clear view and ev­ery­thing at your fin­ger­tips. But let’s start with the en­gine, or more pre­cisely, the com­plete pow­er­plant. This mo­tor, like all the mod­ern BMW fours, has a stu­pen­dous spread of power – it will lit­er­ally ac­cel­er­ate briskly from 1,500 rpm all the way to the 11,000 rpm red line, by which point you’ll have other

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