CARB Filings Confirm Updates for 2020 BMW S1000XR

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

S1000R not expected to receive changes for 2020

Newly released filings from the California Air Resources Board confirm the BMW S1000XR is getting updates for 2020, likely including the ShiftCam variable-valve timing system added on the new S1000RR. Those looking for similar updates to the S1000R may be disappointed, however, as CARB documents suggest the naked bike is not getting the same updates.

According the documentation, the 2020 BMW S1000XR produces significantly lower emissions than the 2019 model, helping it meet Euro 5 requirements. The 2020 model is certified to produce 0.057 grams of hydrocarbons per kilometer, compared to the 2019 model which release 0.154 g/km.

For 2020, the S1000XR is getting wide-range heated oxygen sensors (WR H02S), which the S1000RR also received in its recent update. The 2020 S1000R is not getting a WR H02S, returning with the same emissions control equipment and hydrocarbon levels as last year’s model.

The S1000RR’s engine required a new frame, so we expect a new chassis for the S1000XR as well. Electronic updates are also expected, though the same could be said of almost every new motorcycle these days.

BMW already announced it would debut four new models at EICMA in November. We know from spy photos that a new 1800cc cruiser is ready for production, while design registrations in Brazil suggest a pair of two-cylinder middleweights, expected to be an F850RS and an F850R, are also on their way. An updated S1000XR would complete the foursome.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • DickRuble DickRuble on Oct 17, 2019

    It would help the S1000XR more if BMW tamed the handlebar vibration. Hopefully they didn't remove the existing counterbalancer like they did for the S1000RR. If anything it needs an extra one.

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    • Len Buttermore Len Buttermore on Oct 22, 2019

      That vibration goes completely away as soon as you swap out for a new set of heavier bar ends. Cost $38, Results, best bike I have owned. 42k miles and counting everyday

  • Ulysses Araujo Ulysses Araujo on Oct 17, 2019

    A quick search reveals the single R naked was updated in 2017 and is EURO4 compliant. So is it going to be updated at a later time or going the way of the dodo?

    • Denchung Denchung on Oct 17, 2019

      The S1000R was certified for 2020, so it'll be around for one more year, at least for California and the US.

      In Europe, Euro 5 comes into effect Jan. 1 2020 for NEW bikes. Just like what happened when Euro 4 came into effect, I believe existing, returning models have a 12-month grace period to be adapted. That means the S1000R should be allowed, unchanged, for another year until 2021.