Welcome to “adventure/sport”
BMW S 1200 XR
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