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BMW S1000XR gets more of everything but no ShiftCam motor

Published: 05 November 2019

Updated: 05 November 2019

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 bike review once we've ridden it.

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