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Offline richtea

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Today's steed (S1000XR)
« on: August 16, 2018, 12:49:01 pm »
Another loan bike from NOG (thanks NOG) - a 2018 S1000XR with a top box.

TLDR:
- sports bike engine with the touring equipment, but somehow still not a sports tourer. But still a fun bike to ride, and better than the initial version.

Pros:
- its definitely smoother than the one I tried in 2016. Much better.
- excellent suspension, better than a K. It feels a bit soft when in 'road' (aka middling) mode, but then again its probably that the K is too hard.
- the quickshifter works in BOTH directions. Now that is fun  ;D ;D ;D

Cons:
- still buzzy. We're talking around 4k RPM at 60mph. That's not the relaxed feel of a tourer.
- seat is initially more comfortable than the K, but after an hour you realise you can't move around - its one position only. No back/forward movement is possible.
- wind protection isn't as good as a K1300S

Other points:
- handlebars are riddled with buttons - 9 on the left, 3 on the right. Do I really need all those? Its going the way of car entertainment systems, methinks. Stuff I don't need, but have to buy. After all, I managed to get home by only using 2 of them.
- radiators are wide open to the elements, although the smaller finned one isn't low down like a K
- lots of leg space for GanglyPeeps
- quite slow to take off as though the fly-by-wire dampens the throttle effect at low speeds. I'm sure you get used to it, but it does feel like a 125 for the first few moves away from a standstill. Not ideal when the first exit from NOG is dual carriageway.
- its got a chain







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Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2018, 09:27:39 pm »
Argh that colour scheme! What's that little triangle of disgusting blue bright thing doing too?

Maidenhead suggested I try the xr, but I'm of the opinion that shush.

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Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2018, 10:27:13 am »
Good review - recently bought one of these.

I am amazed that the first thing you have to do with new bikes is buy a mudguard and hugger extender.  >:( The radiator and oil cooler are a work of art on these things and can't believe they are so open to stones etc.

They normally hand them over in Rain mode - did you try Dynamic? Much more lively and invokes "Accoustics" that lets it pop and bang a little bit on down changes. Pull away from a stop hard and use the quick shifter and the front wheel will hover all the way to 100mph controlled by the traction control. Great fun  ;D

I also find you are stuck in one position and can't really move around - the one you tried already has the HP seat upgrade - I am getting one of those this weekend, but doesn't sound like it changes things much.

As for touring, I just got back from 2,800 mile tour down to Austria and back on my K16. I didn't use the XR as I felt it to be a bit rev happy as well, but there were two of them with us and they had no problems with comfort, wind protection or vibrations etc. Quick bursts on the Autobahns up to 140mph and realistic touring speeds of 95mph and they seemed OK.

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Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2018, 05:36:42 pm »
my "analogy" on XR's and GS's is the XR is that supermodel you're having a fling with, stunning sex, capricious nature, difficult to live with, will kill you in the end but what a ride ...... against the GS, the stable woman you're married to is easy to live with, does all you need and is in it for the long game :)

You decide......
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Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2018, 05:42:07 pm »
... and, if you have both, don't let the GS know about the XR!  ;)
Correct rear brake use is scientifically proven to shorten stopping distances in EVERY road situation.

Show you know what you're doing and use your rear brake!

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Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2018, 11:51:45 am »
my "analogy" on XR's and GS's is the XR is that supermodel you're having a fling with, stunning sex, capricious nature, difficult to live with, will kill you in the end but what a ride ...... against the GS, the stable woman you're married to is easy to live with, does all you need and is in it for the long game :)

You decide......

 ;D ;D ;D

Have to agree - the XR seems so nice and civilised but becomes one angry bike when you really open it up. Bloody thing is so capable it just laughs at you and makes you do bad things. It really is a sports bike with a comfy riding position.

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Re: Today's steed (S1000XR)
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2018, 05:41:55 pm »
My current "Tourer" - I think benefits from gold wheels and body coloured front mudguard & belly pan.



She is a little buzzy and you do need good ear plugs but she sounds great and can run as fast as I need.

My Sapphire Black K1300S is arriving on Friday - can't wait to try her out now.