2020 BMW S 1000 XR

Sport-touring meets literbike power.

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If you want your adrenal glands working overtime while you are carving mountain roads, then the BMW S 1000 XR is a proper sport-touring machine. The BMW S 1000 XR features S 1000 R power suitable for the tour. While its 999cc inline-four engine, sharp bodywork, and stubby tailsection are undoubtedly sportbike-like, the XR leans toward the tour with an adjustable windscreen and upright riding position. Enjoy the speed in comfort.

2020 BMW S 1000 XR Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

Motorcyclist Editor Adam Waheed reported that the 2020 S 1000 XR is for riders who always want to go fast and the XR “is the natural evolution of a sport-touring rig for motorcycle riders who don’t want to compromise in either segment.” You can also check out his MC Commute of the model for an onboard riding experience with the man himself.

In our past review, Kent Kunitsugu stated: “If you were expecting a more comfortable and roomy S 1000 R with decent wind protection and more versatility with the [2016] XR, well, you’d be right. Ergos are the usual ADV upright, with room to stand on the pegs if necessary.”

The S 1000 XR finds its primary competition in the Ducati Multistrada 1260. We put the XR against the 1200 S in 2016 to find that the BMW felt more confidence inspiring, complete, and fun.

BMW S 1000 XR Updates For 2020

We covered the updates in our First Look, but here’s a quick SparkNotes version of changes made for the 2020 model: lighter weight, Euro 5-compliant engine, higher compression, revised camshaft, modified gear ratios, new frame, reduced rake and trail, and new instrument cluster.

2020 BMW S 1000 XR Claimed Specifications

Price: $17,645
Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC inline-four
Displacement: 999cc
Bore x Stroke: 80.0 x 49.7mm
Horsepower: N/A
Torque: N/A
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Seat Height: 33.0 in.
Rake: 24.9°
Trail: 4.6 in.
Front Suspension: 45mm inverted fork, Dynamic ESA; 5.9-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Dynamic ESA; 5.9-in. travel
Front Tire: 120/70-17
Rear Tire: 190/55-17
Wheelbase: 59.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gal.
Wet Weight: 498 lb.