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SPIED: BMW S1000 ADV

An S1000-Based Adventure Superbike!

 

BMW S1000 F 03 MC spy

PHOTO: BMH Images

BMW already rules the adventure-touring category with its iconic R1200GS, but for the ever-growing contingent of ADV buyers who never venture beyond paved roads, the ultra-rugged, boxer-powered GS gives up some ground to more street-biased, superbike-influenced competition like Ducati’s Multistrada and Aprilia’s all-new Caponord. Not for much longer, though: BMW is all set to release a more road-biased adventure bike to complement its best-selling GS, this one based on the all-conquering S1000 superbike platform.

…this bike should have all it takes to match or best the Multistrada—and the rest of the ADV competition—in any acceleration contest. 

All we know about this new adventure bike at this time is what we can glean from a few spy shots, but it appears to adopt the powertrain and many chassis components from the S1000R naked bike, including 17-inch wheels and Brembo radial-mount brakes. No doubt the power profile of the 999cc inline four will be electronically optimized for all-around performance, but with 160 (claimed) perfectly distributed horsepower produced in S1000R guise, this engine should have all it takes to match or best the Multistrada—and the rest of the ADV competition—in any acceleration contest.

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SPIED: The BMW S1000 ADV appears to adopt the powertrain and many of chassis components from the S1000R naked bike, including 17-inch wheels and Brembo radial-mount brakes.

There’s a good chance this new bike’s main frame will be shared with the S1000R, though the subframe will no doubt be redesigned to make more room for a passenger and also accommodate hard bags and other loads; a large alloy rear rack and saddlebag supports can be seen clearly here. A larger fairing with the requisite “beak” dominates the front end where, unlike most recent BMWs, symmetrical headlights surround a centrally located intake scoop, beneath a medium-sized, adjustable windscreen. Wheels are 17 inches at both ends, underlining the all-pavement, all-the-time intention of this design, but long travel suspension will increase comfort and performance over rough secondary roads.

Expect, of course, the full suite of electronic technology that defines all of BMW’s current motorcycle lineup, including variable ride modes, traction control, ABS, and optional Dynamic Damping Control electronic suspension. Also expect to see this model appear as soon as this summer as an early-release 2015 model—the bike shown in these spy shots looks utterly production ready, and just a paint job away from appearing on your local showroom floor.

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COMMENTS:

  1. gmansyz
    Posted on: March 29, 2014 10:04 am

    Okay, I like it but will they replace the useless close ratio 6-speed trans with a nicer wide set trans?
    G

  2. Farb Sklarb
    Posted on: March 28, 2014 4:33 am

    “Complement,” not, “compliment.”

  3. Chris Greene
    Posted on: March 27, 2014 12:34 pm

    I’m anxiously awaiting to see whether Yamaha develops adventure bikes out of the 850cc triple and 700cc parallel twin. With the FZ-09 entering the market with both light weight and a low price, an adventure-biased spin-off should be a no-brainer for Yamaha product planners. I’m dying for a truly lightweight, affordable adventure tourer. Can you imagine a 450 pound 850 with decent suspension, a good sized alternator, manually adjustable windscreen, bash plate and panniers for around $11,000?

    I’ll sign on the dotted line the moment it becomes available.