Now BMW is doing the same with a “GS” version of its sportsbike, but with little pretence at being an off-roader.
The category sort of began with the Ducati Multistrada 1200 in 2010. But these new “super adventure” bikes will boast a whole lot more ponies even if they have slightly detuned engines – and street-wise posture. Motorrad claims the XR will have 160 horsepower and weigh 215kg.
There is no confirmation yet from BMW, but we can expect it to also be unveiled at Intermot.