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BMW Redesigns S 1000 XR Sport Tourer for 2024

We told you about Ducati’s new Multistrada V4 RS, which is an exotic, and expensive, Superbike with upright Adventure ergonomics. That Ducati, at least arguably, fits into a genre started by BMW with its S 1000 XR. The BMW XR is redesigned for 2024.

As detailed in the press release below, the 2024 BMW S 1000 XR gets more power, “improved ergonomics”, as well as additional standard equipment at a U.S. MSRP that starts at $17,495. If you are so inclined, and have the bank balance to justify it, BMW also has a new exotic, and expensive, M version of this new bike. That model, like the Ducati, offers Superbike levels of engine and chassis performance, but is much more expensive than the standard version.

Here is BMW’s press release announcing the 2024 S 1000 XR:

  • Updated engine with 170 hp (+5 hp) and 84 lb-ft of torque.
  • Improved ergonomics thanks to 0.4-inch higher seat.
  • New standard equipment including Headlight Pro and Keyless Ride.
  • MSRP $17,495 plus Destination
  • Estimated Market launch Q2 2024.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – Oct. 26, 2023 . . . BMW Motorrad proudly introduces the new, updated 2024 S 1000 XR, an enhanced version of the successful long-distance sports bike. Increased engine power, improved ergonomics, design refinements, and expanded standard features define the model’s upgrades.

The reworked in-line 4-cylinder engine now delivers more impressive performance, with a flow-optimized intake channels and a power output of 170 hp. 

The new S 1000 XR shares its in-line 4-cylinder engine with the S 1000 RR, providing a smooth and powerful torque delivery that contributes to excellent rideability. Compared to the predecessor model, power has been increased by 5 hp to 170 hp, at an unchanged 11,000 rpm. The main reasons for the performance increase are the flow-optimized geometry of the intake runners and customized engine mapping. The maximum torque generated remains at 84 lb-ft. at 9,250 rpm.

Improved ergonomics thanks to new seat and rear section. 

In order to provide even more freedom of movement, especially during high-performance riding on country roads or at the track, the seat of the long-distance sports bike has been completely redesigned. It now offers an extra 0.4 inches of seat height (33.5 inches) and provides more space by increasing the usable length and width of the seat, allowing for better adjustment of the seating position depending on the riding conditions. The improved ergonomics make it easier for riders to maneuver the S 1000 XR on the street or on the track, providing better control. A total of three different seat heights are available.

The new S 1000 XR also benefits from redesigned elements in its design. The rear section now features new side panels and air intakes inspired by motorsports, giving it a more dynamic look. Additionally, the radiator trim now has a textured surface, and the previously black-colored “beak” front fender is now painted in body color.

Extended range of standard equipment and new options.

The new S 1000 XR comes with an expanded standard equipment list. As part of the standard equipment, Headlight Pro provides additional safety during night-time rides with its adaptive turning light. The rider benefits from improved road illumination in corners. Keyless Ride and a 12 Ah capacity battery are now standard features. Additionally, the new BMW S 1000 XR is equipped with a standard USB charging socket.

Other updates include standard Intelligent Emergency Call feature, the option to equip the S 1000 XR with the optional M GPS Laptrigger, and the availability of M Carbon wheels.

Three new color options. 

Three new colors reflect the dynamic character of the new BMW S 1000 XR.

  • Blackstorm Metallic 2 (standard)
  • Gravity Blue Metallic (Style Sport)
  • Light White / M Motorsport (M Package)

The key features of the new BMW S 1000 XR: 

  • Engine power has been increased from 165 hp to 170 hp at 11,000 rpm.
  • Torque remains unchanged at 84 lb-ft at 9,250 rpm.
  • The intake runners have been modified.
  • Optimized Shift Assistant Pro ensures higher precision when shifting.
  • Improved ergonomics and freedom of movement with a redesigned seat (33.5- inch seat height vs previous 33.1 inches).
  • The Shock absorber has been optimized to provide a more sensitive and comfortable ride.
  • The rear section has a new, sportier design with new side panels and air intakes inspired by motorsports.
  • The handlebar clamp has been redesigned.
  • The front “beak” is now painted in the body color.
  • The radiator cover has a new, textured surface.
  • New battery with 12 Ah capacity instead of the previous 9 Ah.
  • M Carbon wheels available as an option.
  • Keyless Ride is now standard.
  • USB charging port is now standard.
  • Headlight Pro is now standard.
  • Intelligent Emergency Call has been added to standard equipment.
  • Use of the M GPS Laptrigger is possible.

  Standard Equipment

  • 999 cc inline 4-cylidner engine. 170 hp and 84 lb-ft of torque.
  • 6-speed transmission with chain drive.
  • Cast aluminum wheels.
  • BMW Motorrad Integral ABS.
  • Race ABS Linked to Ride Modes.
  • Dynamic Traction Control.
  • Dynamic Brake Control.
  • Dynamic ESA.
  • Dynamic Engine Brake Control.
  • Ride Modes Pro.
  • Keyless Ride.
  • Steering Stabilizer.
  • Radial Front Brakes.
  • Upside Down 45mm Front Forks.
  • Anti-hopping, wet clutch.
  • Ultimate Care break-in service included.
  • Headlight Pro with cornering light.
  • Intelligent Emergency Call.
  • Drop Sensor.
  • Keyless Ride
  • USB Charging port.
  • 12v Power Socket.
  • 6.5-inch TFT Screen with Connectivity and Multi-controller.
  • On-Board Computer.
  • Electronic Immobilizer.
  • Headlight Pro with Adaptive Headlight.
  • Full LED Lighting.
  • Comfort Turn Signals.
  • Adjustable Handbrake and Clutch Levers.
  • Adjustable Windscreen.
  • Case Holder.
  • Storage Compartment.

Optional Equipment

Premium Package

  • Dynamic ESA
  • Gear Shift Assist Pro
  • Cruise Control
  • Luggage Rack
  • Center Stand
  • Heated Grips
  • Hand Protection
  • GPS Prep
  • TPM Tire Pressure Monitor
  • LED Auxiliary Lights

M Package

  • Light White / M Motorsport colors
  • M Sport Seat (standard, low or high)
  • Black Tank Cap
  • Sport Windshield
  • M Lightweight Battery
  • Sport Muffler
  • M Endurance Chain
  • M GPS Laptrigger
  • M Forged Wheels or M Carbon Wheels (extra charge)

M Carbon Package

  • M Carbon Side Panels
  • M Carbon Front Fender
  • M Carbon Ignition Lock Cover

Milled Billet Package

  • M Rider Footrests
  • M Passenger Footrests
  • M Brake and Clutch Levers

Individual Options

  • M Endurance Chain
  • M GPS Laptrigger
  • M Carbon Wheels
  • M Forged Wheels
  • Design Option Wheels
  • Sports Muffler
  • M Sport Seat
  • M Sport Seat, low
  • M Sport Seat, high
  • Seat, low
  • Seat, high
  • Lowering Kit
  • M Lightweight Battery
  • High Windshield

Technical specifications.

   S 1000 XR
Capacity   cc/cu. in. 999 / 79
Bore x strokemm 80.0 x 49.7
Outputhp 170 @ 11,000 rpm
Torquelb-ft. 84 @ 9,250 rpm
Type  Liquid-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine
No. of cylinders  4
Compression / fuel  12.5:1 / premium unleaded
Valve / accelerator actuation  DOHC / 4-valves per cylinder
Ø intake/exhaust valve 33.5 / 27.2
Ø throttle body 48
Engine control  BMS-O
Emission control  Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, EU5+
Electrical system   
AlternatorW 493
BatteryV/Ah 12/12 maintenance-free
Headlight  LED low and high beam
StarterW 800
Clutch  Self-reinforcing, anti-hopping wet clutch
Gearbox  Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox
Primary ratio  1.652
Transmission ratios I  2.647
                           II  2.091
                           III  1.727
                           IV  1.476
                           V  1.304
                           VI  1.167
Rear wheel drive  chain
Transmission ratio  2.647
Frame construction type  Aluminum composite bridge frame
Front suspension  Upside-down, 45 mm, telescopic forks
Rear suspension  Aluminum double-sided swing arm with central shock
Suspension travel front/rearin. 5.9 / 5.9
Wheel castorin. 4.6
Wheelbasein. 61.1
Rake° 24.9
Brakesfront Twin floating brake disks Ø 320 mm                                       4-piston fixed calipers
 rear Single-disc brake Ø 220 mmSingle-piston floating caliper
ABS  BMW Motorrad ABS Pro
Wheels  Light alloy cast wheels
 front 3.50 x 17″
 rear 6.00 x 17”
TiresFront 120/70 ZR 17
 Rear 190/55 ZR 17
Dimensions and weights   
Total length  in. 84.9
Total width  in. 33.5
Seat height  in. 33.5
DIN unladen weight  lbs. 500
Permitted total weightlbs. 992
Fuel tank capacitygal. 5.3
Performance figures   
0-62 mphsec. 3.3
Top speedmph 124+


  1. carlos says:

    What happened to cheap, uncomplicated, affordable transportation that motorcycling use to be?

  2. My2cents says:

    My math must be wrong, I always thought 999 cc was 61 cubic inches and not 79.

  3. RyYYZ says:

    OK, I’ll admit it, this sport is too rich for me anymore. With the premium package, which (at a minimum) every one they import to Canada will probably have (because, yeah, pretty much anyone is going to want heated grips and a centerstand on their “touring” bike), I’m sure that this will be at least CAD$25,000. Probably more. Ok, CAD$23,395 “total selling price” (not including sales taxes) for the base model. Not sure how a $20,995 MSRP turns into a $23,395 “total selling price” ($2,400 for freight and PDI? That’s more than I paid for that for my new car last year, and it came from Korea). So that, plus whatever the “Premium” package adds.

    Oh well, at least it doesn’t have a single-sided swingarm and shaft drive to fail out of warranty and cost a fortune to fix, unlike the R- bikes.

    I bought a used 2008 R1200RT a few years ago, and it has by far had the most mechanical issues and cost the most to fix of any bike I’ve ever owned. Great bike otherwise, but a new one is right out of the picture for me.

  4. Gary says:

    Someone told me the engine of the upcoming M1000XR must be removed from the frame to adjust valve lash. True?

  5. Gary in NJ says:

    For some reason this bike has never been on my radar. There is a dealer not too far from me that carries BMW, Moto Guzzi and Ducati. I think it is time for my own comparison of the S1000XR, V100 and SS950S – one of them will be coming home with me.

  6. larlok says:

    “comfort turn signals”?

  7. todd says:

    Hideously ugly and excessive overcompensation.

  8. Mick says:

    It’s interesting to see so many wheel options. What’s odd is how many of the options are not standard equipment. Though I hear that many US BMW dealers are loath to carry base model bikes. So what you are likely to find is a bike that does have a lot of that equipment coming in at closer to $20K. It’s strange that luggage isn’t listed because the bikes in the photos seem to have mounting points for luggage.

    It looks like 2024 is the year that the touring bikes in Jeep drag are starting to become “hot rod” touring bikes in Jeep drag with the 17 inch wheels that they should have had all along. Given this trend I wonder to the Yamaha T7 is going to remain the most dirt friendly twin. I would like to think that someone would make a real dirt friendly twin that isn’t super heavy. Something that not only crosses the 400 pound street bike line that shall not be crossed but crosses it in a big way. Some street bike mag’s website used to list all the specs of the bikes that they have tested. I used to go there to see what the lightest street bike that they tested was. Back then it was always the Honda 250 Rebel. I got a kick out of that. You can pay a lot of money for a premium bike. But it’s always going to weigh more than one of the most bargain basement bikes that you can buy. And the industry will never have even the most fleeting moment of being embarrassed by that fact.

    • Tom R says:

      Have you tried inflating your tires with helium?

      • todd says:

        Inflating or otherwise filling a volume with a gas will increase its mass. It would be lighter to leave them empty, better yet, draw a vacuum in every available closed volume possible. Other than some potential buckling issues, the resulting reduction in mass would be a non-zero sum.

      • Mick says:

        Is that your thing? Do ineffectual things to poorly designed consumer products? Wow.

  9. ORT says:



  10. Jim says:

    Interesting to watch the evolution of the Sport-Bike as it follows the money (old guys).

    • TimC says:

      YUP. This is why they didn’t come up with a new name instead of hijacking “sport touring.” Sport touring bikes used to be touring bikes with the emphasis on the sport, or slightly more comfortable sportbikes (depending which model we are discussing, e.g. Connie 14 or VFR800?).

      These are NOT that, but by calling them S-T it’s a huge marketing move.

    • dt 175 says:

      yea verily. gs 1100 e weight/wheelbase/stance. back to the future.

  11. pole sitter says:

    what a gorgeous machine…wish I was lucky enough to own one

  12. TP says:

    Pretty cool bike but it’s looking more and more like the Kawasaki Versys 1000 and that’s not too good. That muffler looks dinky and out of proportion.

  13. David M says:

    Another Beak Bike with no hard bags is a “sport tourer” ?

    • TimC says:

      Seriously, it’s sad they couldn’t come up with a new category instead of mutating this one. But such is marketing….moichandising!

    • Mick says:

      Oddly the bikes in the photos appear to be fitted with mounts for panniers and a trunk.

      • MikeD says:

        Check the contents of the “Premium Package”. The luggage mounts are there. But, the mounts aren’t listed as an individual option. Only part of the package. Like cars today, to get the option you want you need to buy a package with stuff you don’t.

        After market will fill the gaps, I’m sure.

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