Motorrad fans rejoice for the famed Munich automakers has released their latest offering, albeit a couple of wheels short. Yes, BMW are also proud manufacturers of motorbikes as well as cars. Unveiled this morning was the BMW S 1000 XR and the BMW R 1200 RS models by BMW Motorrad Malaysia.
The S 1000 XR “adventure sport bike” represents the fourth member of the four-cylinder high-performance lineup that includes the likes of the BMW S 1000 RR that’s featured in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movie franchise and the legendary HP4 superbike.
At the heart of the S 1000 XR is a DOHC 999cc inline engine that chucks out 160 hp and provides 112 Nm of torque. Consider also that this pocket rocket tips the scale at a mere 228 kg. Taming all that power is aided by the Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and the ABS Pro programs. Having said that, there are also two different riding modes that can be selected; Rain and Road. As a cost option, you may opt for the Riding Mode Pro option.
All that power has to come to a halt eventually. And to help you with that, the S 1000 XR comes kitted with 120/70 ZR17 upfront and 190/55 ZR17 tyres at the rears. Holding the sticky rubber in place is a 10-spoke die-cast aluminium wheel that is similar to those found on the RR variant. Braking is a job left to the 320mm twin disc brakes, squeezed by a four-pot caliper. The back is home to a 265mm single disc with a two pot squeezer.
The BMW R 1200 RS on the other hand, is an interesting new dimension to sports touring bikes. The RS embodies the true touring qualities of this lineup of Motorrad bikes dating back almost 40 years. The new RS is noteworthy for yet another achievement, which is its 51:49 weight balance ratio. This ratio is courtesy of the flat-twin boxer unit that powers the RS.
Making 125 hp, this 1,170cc, liquid-cooled tourer also peaks its torque figure at 125 Nm – yes the RS makes more torque than the S 1000 XR. Power is channeled to the rear via a six-speed transmission that’s helped along with an light-action oil bath, anti-hopping clutch.
Just like the XR, the RS comes with a host of electronic safety programs to ensure a safer, more manageable ride. Equipped with ASC, DTC, ABS and even Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA), the programs help deliver better overall damping, be it on comfort or performance mode. Depending on the settings applied, the RS will provide just the right levels of damping at the spring elements. Pop it into “Dynamic” mode from the handlebar and it switches over to a firmer damper mapping that will tame all two-wheeled demons.
The new RS comes packed with a 320mm disc brake up front that’s dealt with a four piston caliper and a 276mm single-disc rear brake system with a two-pot floating calliper. Tasked with the job of laying the power down onto the black top are 120/70 ZR 17 upfront and 180/55 ZR 17 tyres at the back.
The S 1000 XR is at the discretion of being licked in two colour schemes, namely Racing Red and Light White which come with their own unique graphic decal. On the other hand, the R 1200 RS model comes with two options. The basic variant gets Lupin Blue Metallic or Light Grey Metallic, while the “Style 2”variant features Granite Grey Metallic Matte or Black Storm Metallic shades of paint.
The BMW S 1000 XR and BMW R 1200 RS are priced at RM 112,900 and RM101,900 respectively. If that is perhaps a little too rich for your blood, fret not. BMW Motorrad Malaysia offers a four year financing program from BMW Credit Malaysia, allowing you to own the S 1000 XR from RM1, 588.00 monthly and RM1,488.00 for the R 1200 RS.
BMW S 1000 XR
BMW R 1200 RS