When BMW created a superbike in a touring suit, some wondered whether it was an answer to a question nobody had asked.

But the S 1000 XR has gone on to become one of the firm’s most appealing all-rounders, blending scorching pace with long-distance comfort. This adventure sport bike uses the high-powered 1,000cc engine (albeit somewhat detuned) from the S 1000 RR superbike, in a more touring-oriented sports machine with an upright, body-friendly seating posture and decent wind protection...

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