VIDEO: 2015 BMW S1000XR

Will the new S1000XR, revealed at EICMA 2014, hasten the demise of BMW’s beloved boxer engine?

At the recent EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, BMW Motorrad took the wraps off the new 2015 S1000XR, a sport-touring bike with the upright ergonomics and rugged looks of an ADV machine. While BMW traditionalists might scoff at the new XR, saying that the boxer-powered R1200GS and R1200RS work just fine as sport-tourers, this new Beemer undoubtedly will cover lots of real estate in a hurry, thanks to a 160-horsepower inline-four that has been sourced from the sporty S1000R. For a close look at the new 2015 BMW S1000XR, watch the video. And then ask yourself: Does the new S1000XR begin to spell a possible end for BMW's beloved boxer powerplant?