The S 1000 XR is a high-performance sport touring motorcycle in the 2021 BMW line-up. Unlike BMW’s heavy-duty adventure tourers, the S 1000 XR is built on top of the same DNA as the sporty S 1000 RR. It shares many of the same components but reimagined into a middleweight adventure bike that can tackle rough roads with ease.
The heart of the S 1000 XR is a powerful European-made 999cc inline-four engine. The engine has been optimized for long-distance riding and practical use. The result is an output of 165 horsepower and 84 lb-ft of torque. It’s a sport touring motorcycle with a heavy emphasis on the “sports” part of the name.
Standard features of the 2021 S 1000 XR include Dynamic ESA (electronic suspension adjustment), full LED lights, integrated pannier holders, under-seat storage, and a very cool toll card compartment on the tank. The S 1000 XR also features BMW Motorrad Riding Modes Pro technology. These riding modes include Hill Start Control, ABS Pro, and Dynamic Traction Control.
For 2021, the S 1000 XR is available in three color options. These include BMW’s traditional Racing Tricolor, Racing Red with White Aluminum Metallic Matte, and Ice Grey options.
The 2021 BMW S 1000 XR starts at $17,945 USD / $19,750 CAD
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Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, twin-piston floating caliper
120/70 ZR 17
190/55 ZR 17
Fuel Tank Capacity
5.2 gal (20 L)
Light white, Racing blue metallic, Racing red
12 V / 9 Ah, maintenance-free
91.8″ (2,333 mm)
36.1″ (917 mm)
55.5″ (1,411 mm)
59.9″ (1,522 mm)
4.5″ (116 mm)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fueled
498 lbs (226 kg)
2021 BMW S 1000 XR Features
A curve that makes you addicted: our torque.
The engine of the S 1000 XR is based on the high-performance engine of the RR and was optimized according to the XR for uncompromising long-distance performance: among other things, special camshaft profiles and designated manifolds deliver impressive torque from the middle and the widest usable speed range in its class. The longer gearbox in the upper gears ensures smooth running – which you can feel and hear.
More dynamic thanks to the lower weight.
Dynamism is also a question of mass. Even fully equipped, the S 1000 XR weighs a full 22 lbs less than its predecessors. In the lightest configuration, this bike is ready to ride at just 498 lbs. You won’t miss a single ounce, but you will feel each individual one – on every yard. In the form of better acceleration, higher agility, shorter braking distances, and easier maneuvering.
On the racing line – even in the design.
The front fairing and lighting system are defined by sharp edges. Combined with striking beading, they shape the overall line – aggressively and consistently to the finish: it’s no accident that the visually short tail is reminiscent of a sport bike.
The hinted snout, the high flyline, and the comfortable handlebars indicate an insatiable hunger for miles. Miles that are great fun in the long-distance seat position, even after days at a time – also thanks to the revised aerodynamics and fairing. It provides even better protection against the cold, driving noises and the elements. The adjustable windshield means you can keep your eyes on the road, and the odometer, without your helmet shaking.