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The third bike to be released bearing the iconic M badge is a long-distance sports bike, and we’re surprised it hasn’t happened sooner seeing as the brand dominates the segment worldwide, and that the GS dates back to 1980. “With the M 1000 XR prototype, we are providing a first preview of the third M model at BMW Motorrad in our anniversary year. We have developed the M 1000 XR, M XR for short, based on the current S 1000 XR, S 1000 RR and M 1000 RR, as a long-distance sports bike with high long-range capability and supersports riding dynamics for the road as well as the race track,"  says Dominik Blass, Product Manager. The M 1000 XR prototype, in the "100 Years of BMW Motorrad" anniversary year - and the almost 100-year tradition in motorsport - is a preview of a Supersports motorcycle that masters the disciplines: country road, long-distance riding and racetrack use with equal aplomb at a level of performance previously unknown in this segment. The 4-cylinder engine from the BMW S 1000 RR superbike with BMW ShiftCam technology is used as the basis for this prototype, and so the healthy 147 kW of power makes sense. Weighing only 223 kg fully fuelled, and with chassis technology, aerodynamics and control electronics designed equally for high-performance road use, long-distance riding and fast laps on the racetrack, the new M XR opens up dynamic riding dimensions as a crossover bike. Further weight reduction and even increased riding dynamics can be achieved with the obviously optional M Competition Package. This M XR prototype is capable of a silly top speed of around 280 km/h.

In addition to drive and suspension technology, aerodynamics was also a key item in the specifications for developing the M XR prototype and so the bike was given winglets with the aim of ensuring superior riding stability even at high speeds despite increased engine power. They serve in particular to achieve the best possible contact between the wheels and the road surface - especially when accelerating and at high speeds. Additional wheel load on the front wheel counteracts the wheelie tendency during fast acceleration, the traction control system has to regulate less, and so more drive power is converted into acceleration and the rider can pull a faster lap time. The specifically front-wheel-oriented seating position ensures better bike control, especially in supersport mode. While this is a prototype, that’s way past a concept because it means it’s just a matter of time before they’re found on showroom floors. That’s closer than it sounds too, these should soon litter Sandton streets by the end of the year.

Take a look at the YouTube video that depicts the all-new BMW M XR Prototype making its way from Berlin to the Isle of Man ahead of its series production world debut later in the year. You'll see Product Manager, Dominik Blass, hand it over to the fastest road racer in the world, Peter Hickman, for a serious test lap around the historic Tourist Trophy Mountain Course: The all-new BMW M XR Prototype — Road to The Third M Model at the Isle of Man TT | BMW Motorrad

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