The Adventure-Touring category is quickly becoming one of the hottest segments in motorcycling, and now BMW is throwing its hat in the ring with the S1000R-based S1000XR, introduce at EICMA 2014. Sharing the same engine and frame as the S1000R streetfighter, the XR version gets longer-travel suspension, plus a beefed-up subframe to handle saddlebags and the increased weight they entail. As usual, BMW has packed the XR with an impressive electronics package. E-i-C Kevin Duke is live at EICMA, where he files this report after giving the S1000XR a close lookover.

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  • Old MOron

    I didn’t like this thing at all based on the pictures, but seeing Cholla on it has given me a new perspective. I think it looks pretty good. I live about two miles from a BMW dealer. I wonder if I’ll be able to get a demo ride. Or is this thing going to be as (un)available as the S1000R and the R9T?

  • JMDonald

    I love this bike. I just don’t know if it would fit a guy like me. Size wise I mean.

    • Old MOron

      What? Of course it would fit you. You would sit in the saddle and be as comfortable and contented as when you were a baby in your mother’s lap. You would ride down the street appear proportionately rugged and handsome to all passersby. Women would tear their clothes off as you approach, and weep with disappointment as you depart.
      Hurry to your local dealer and put down your deposit.

  • 12er

    Thank you Ducati from the bottom of my heart for bringing the ’10 multi to the show. Now everyone is following suit and I have a choice of bikes moving forward. Comfy sporty bikes for our crappy roads, bring em on!

  • Paul McM

    Gee, what a concept — a big bore standard with a decent riding position. Too bad the fairing (with afterthought windscreen) is not half as good as the fairing on my THIRTY-year-old FJ1100, and the rider’s seat is nowhere near as comfortable as that on my THIRTY-year old FJ1100, and the gas tank has less capacity than my THIRTY-year-old FJ1100, and the passenger seat is pretty much useless compared to my THIRTY-year-old FJ1100, oh and the warranty is weak and the S1000XR costs as much as a Toyota Corolla. Yeah, I call that progress. This is just a tarting up of a sportbike that has been eclipsed by the competition. Oh but it does have a mini-beak! Woo-Hoo that makes me feel sooo adventurous — I better rush out and buy it!

    • BeevaloBill

      Sounds like you are happy with your 30 year old bike. And, obviously, you have ridden and priced the new S1000XR so you can be completely confident in all of your assertions.

      So I guess it is an easy decision for you. I am happy for you.