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The S1000XR shows just how good BMW is at combining ‘adventure’ with ‘sports’ in a bike

Darren Salter - Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Do you like the idea of calling a company like South East Motorcycle Hire to rent a motorbike for your next big road trip around the UK or beyond, but aren’t sure whether you would prefer a sports bike or an adventure bike? Well in that case, what about the ultimate adventure sports bike?

You might not be surprised to learn that when the above are your priorities for motorbike hire near Gatwick Airport, the option we would especially recommend is a BMW. After all, the Bavarian marque has long excelled in both categories, with the S1000RR that is one of the world’s premier sports bikes, and the R1200GS that makes so much sense as an adventure bike.

But there’s another bike that has been specifically described as ‘adventure sports’, and which has won rave reviews on account of its brilliant blending of the comfort and touring practicality of the R1200GS with the sports appeal and dynamism of the S1000RR. It’s called the S1000XR, and you can rent it at a very reasonable price from South East Motorcycle Hire right now.

What has helped to make the S1000XR such a hit?

The S1000XR is effectively based on the S1000R roadster, which is a naked and ‘detuned’ version of the S1000RR superbike that pumps out 198bhp. With a 165bhp output from a 999cc, dohc, liquid-cooled four that is otherwise basically the same as the one in the RR, the XR doesn’t exactly lack in punch.

However, while the XR is certainly brisk, it’s also upright and comfortable. The twin beam aluminium perimeter frame with cast aluminium double-sided swing-arm is the same general configuration that you will find on the R and RR, for example, but both of these elements are all-new to deliver different geometry.

As for build quality... well, it’s a BMW, so you can expect the best around from the XR. All in all, the S1000XR is a premium product from a premium brand that very much lives up to its ‘adventure sports’ characterisation. As Motor Cycle News contributor Phil West commented after riding it for the first time: “On this experience, the XR isn’t just a bike for all reasons, I’m struggling to think of any reason why you wouldn’t want one.”

See what all of the hype is about today

Motorbike hire near Gatwick Airport really couldn’t be easier when you get in touch with South East Motorcycle Hire. We’re conveniently situated on the border of Kent and Surrey, just eight minutes from the M25 (J6), and we can even collect you from the airport if required. You can rent a BMW S1000XR – or any number of other bikes – from us for a day, weekend, five days or a week, alongside all of the accessories you might need such as a helmet, jacket, trousers and gloves.

In short, why even consider any other way of experiencing the incredible BMW S1000XR?  



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