2018 BMW S1000XR
‘It felt a little lacking...’
I’D RATHER my 2018 S1000XR was an S1000RR, but at 61 years old, the joints don’t bend so easily and seize up readily after being in one position for an hour or so... Plus most of my riding involves longer trips (getting togged up to do 20 miles to Squires Café is not my idea of a rideout). Anyway, I thought the XR felt a little bit lacking, so I’ve sorted it... I stuck an Arrow can on, more for the aesthetics than anything else. The stock can is ugly (sounds quite fruity, though) and the official Akrapovic not much better. I got on the web and thought a re-map looked the way to go, and if nothing else I could get a dyno run to see where It stood compared to the 165bhp BMW claim it makes at the crank. Anything around 140-150bhp would be pretty good, but my gut feeling was that something nearer 135bhp was most likely. So, I went down to Hilltop Motorcycles in Hinckley. The guys there don’t bugger about and got it straight on the dyno for a run. It made [email protected],400rpm, and [email protected] The guys seemed quite impressed by that, especially given that the air temperature was at 28°C. After the dyno run, they cracked on with the re-map... After two runs, I could see Geoff shaking his head, so I thought something was wrong. But, it turns out it’s the best XR they’ve seen, with power and torque up to 163.51bhp and 87.48lb.ft. The total cost was £360. No need for expensive parts or serious work... And, as a bonus, it’s averaging 51mpg (up from 48mpg), so it’s environmentally-friendly, too!
163bhp at the rear wheel? We’ll have some of that