BMW S1000-based tourer spotted

Adventure-style machine spotted on test

YOU’D have thought that the firm that makes the world’s best-selling adventure bike – indeed it’s Europe’s best-selling bike overall – wouldn’t feel the need to make another machine that might creep into its market.

But that’s not the way BMW thinks. It might have the definitive adventure-tourer in the form of the R1200GS, but why not add another? The firm is already world-renowned as the master of finding every niche within a niche and exploiting them to the full, evidenced by its bewildering line up of cars, which stretches all the way from Mini to Rolls-Royce and leaves no market unattended in between. So the fact it’s decided to make a dual-sport-style four-cylinder based around the S1000R engine shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Spy shots have emerged of the near-finished prototype undergoing tests. And while it’s not a real dual-sport, in that there are clearly no off-road intentions, the bike’s high riding position and imposing looks put it firmly in the adventure-touring market.

It’s hard to spot technical changes in the pictures, but most of the mechanical bits will look familiar to S1000RR and S1000R owners; different bars and exhausts are obvious, as is the raised ride height, but it’s likely a lot will be shared between the machines.

With Ducati’s Multistrada proving there’s a market for expensive, superbike-powered, high-rise, road-oriented, ‘adventure-tourer’ style machines (we really need to come up with more class names to define all these niches), BMW is probably on to a good thing here. With at least 150bhp even from a heavily detuned version of the S1000’s engine, it should have the legs on the Ducati, as well as being able to match the Italian bike for electrickery when it comes to switchable this, that and the other (think ABS, ASC and DDC at the very least, and probably a host of other three-letter gizmos, too).

Price? We’d guess £13,000-plus, with an on-sale date of sometime early next year.

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