New 2020 BMW S 1000 XR upgrades

There have been some significant changes to the 2020 BMW S 1000 XR adventure sports motorcycle; Here’s a rundown of exactly what’s new.

2020 BMW S 1000 XR

The BMW S1000 XR is a proper beast of a motorcycle and has sold like hotcakes since its introduction. 

The new 2020 machine is 10kg lighter, boast more power (165hp), improved electronics and swanky new full-colour TFT dash. There’s a lot more that BMW have done to the XR, so much so, that the best way to show you is in the form of a good old fashioned list. 

List of all the changes to the 2020 BMW S 1000 XR - Engine and Chassis

• 5 kg lighter, newly developed 4-cylinder in-line engine based on the

• S 1000 RR with further optimised mid-range power and ridability as well as new transmission gradation for the 4th – 6th gear.

• Better performance and torque: 121 kW (165 hp) at 11,000 rpm and 114 Nm at 9,250 rpm.

• Newly developed suspension featuring Flex Frame, with the engine taking on a more pronounced load-bearing function.

• Improved ergonomics due to Flex Frame.

• Dynamic ESA as standard plus Dynamic ESA Pro with two damping modes (Road, Dynamic) and automatic load compensation as ex-works options. [No idea what this means…]

• New 19% lighter swinging arm 

• Dynamic brake assistant DBC Dynamic Brake Control.

• Weight reduction by 10 kg to 226 kg (adjusted for equipment) as compared to the last model.

• New, lighter exhaust system, EU5-compliant.


• New 6-axis sensor cluster.

• Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard.

• DTC Wheelie Function as standard.

• Engine drag torque control MSR and engine brake function as standard.

• ABS Pro for increased safety when braking, also in banking position, as standard. Dedicated rain braking mode with flat brake pressure gradient.

• Four riding modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” as standard.

• Hill Start Control Pro as standard.

• HP Shift Assistant Pro for quick up and down shifting without clutch (option).

• Electronic cruise control (option).

• New instrument cluster with 6.5-inch, TFT screen and four screen displays.

• LED light units all round.

• Turn indicators with new “Comfort Indicator” function.

• Adaptive turning light incl. DRL as part of Headlight Pro (option).


• Redesigned bodywork, optimised aerodynamics and enhanced wind and weather protection.

• Two colour schemes: Ice Grey and Racing Red/White Aluminium (extra charge).

A lot going on here, but is it worth the upgrade?