2020 BMW S1000XR - the story

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Pricing and specification have been confirmed for the 2020 BMW S1000XR sports adventure bike, and it's going to start at £12,890 - just £490 more than the old version.

You'll get a trio of paint schemes to choose from - black, red or the HP Racing red, white and blue - and a host of modern equipment to keep the XR feeling fresh.

The screen on the 2020 BMW S1000XR

Highlights include:

  • Adjustable windscreen
  • Storage below seat
  • Multifunction display including lap timer, gauges, Rain and Road riding modes, shift light and track stats functionality
  • Drop sensor
  • Removeable numberplate carrier

Furthermore, there's a raft of optional extras to enhance the individuality or practicality of your bike. The Dynamic Package nets you clutchless gear changes, configurable traction control, cruise control and LED indicators.

The Premium Package includes electronic suspension adjustment, heated grips, panier fastenings, GPS preparation, a main centre stand and a luggage grip.

Then there's a selection of HP parts geared towards performance riding. You can upgrade footpegs, hand levers, seat, wheels (to forged items), chain tensioner, and also have a number of parts finished in carbon fibre. There's also a somewhat ubiquitous Akrapovic sports silencer, and you can order a BMW 5.0" display with motorbike-optimised sat-nav.

We're still waiting for a precise date that bikes will reach dealers, but we're told it'll be around March time. Our test team get their hands on it before then, though.

Keep an eye out for the 2020 BMW S1000XR review coming soon on MCN.

2020 BMW S1000XR optional front wheel


BMW S1000XR gets more of everything but no ShiftCam motor

First published 05 November 2019 by Dan Sutherland

BMW S1000XR gets no Shiftcam engine, more of everything else

The BMW S1000XR gets a host of updates for 2020, with 10kg less weight, more performance, a colour dash and a fresh styling...but no ShiftCam.

Although missing out on BMW's clever and eagerly-anticipated variable valve timing technology, that boosts low down oomph, but not at the expense of top end power (found in the latest water-cooled boxer twin and S1000RR), the new XR’s four-cylinder lump is based on the firm’s latest smaller, lighter superbike motor. 

Although its power output is the same as before at 163bhp but the mid-range has been boosted and 4th, 5th and 6th gear are longer-legged for smoother cruising and imporoved fuel consumption.

BMW have fitted a lighter action slip-assist clutch, complete with advanced electronics to prevent rear wheel slip during downshifts and harsh acceleration. As you'd expect the exhaust is now Euro5-freindly. 

Housing the new engine is a 2.1kg lighter aluminium RR style ‘Flex Frame’ (using the motor as a stressed member) and swingarm, designed for more rigidity and feel in key areas. Suspension is revised and the subframe is 9% lighter.

BMW S1000XR pillion

Electronics are refined with four riding modes. Standard, Rain, Road and Dynamic options now joined by a new fully-customisable Dynamic Pro setting, which can be mixed and matched to suit the rider.

BMW S1000XR specs

  • 999cc Liquid-cooled, inline 4
  • 159.8bhp@11,000rpm
  • 840mm
  • 226kg (kerb)
  • £TBC

The XR will have cornering ABS, LED lights, indicators and optional cornering lights, as well as BMW's superb, multi-function 6.5in TFT screen, which recently appeared on BMW's new boxer twins and S1000RR.

For improved comfort, the XR also gets revised ergonomics, thanks to its thinner-hipped new frame, which keeps the riders knees closer together, The riding position has been bumped forward by 20mm and bars are 30mm narrower for a more natural riding position.

Keep an eye on MCN for our full BMW S1000XR review once we've ridden it.

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