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post #1 of 60 Old 08-08-2019, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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BMW S1000XR - Opinions?

Like most riders, I'm always looking for my next bike, and the S1000XR intrigues me. Lots of "reviews" online, but moistly from new owners raving about it, which to me has very little credibility.

Any of you folks had some seat time on one? Opinions?
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post #2 of 60 Old 08-08-2019, 12:44 PM
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Sounds like a question for rocky,

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This is an odd first post, but I rented an XR in Croatia last year and rode it for 3 days through 4 countries. To be honest, it was fantastic. I absolutely loved it and I feel like the reviews were pretty spot on, I recently reviewed them as I am assessing whether I could put up with how ugly the bike is. All day comfortable, pretty good wind protection, sounds incredible especially while using the quickshifter/autoblipper. I was riding in the Alps and a lot of the roads were world class and found it be an incredible companion no matter the situation. Sorry, I can't think of any faults other than the looks.

I just sold my MT-07 that I rode through 8 countries and put 18000 km in the past 2 years and I'm looking at the Ninja 1000 as a top prospect due to the value. I'm moving back the the 'States in January and I'm not sure I want to get another naked. The XR is a bit more money than I would like to spend since I'll be buying a house soon but it's staying on my mind for a possible bike for the future.
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Take one for a test ride and let us know.

I'm not a fan of its styling and that's a non-starter for me. But I'm interested to know about it.
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I've demoed it. Awesome performance. Simply not a fan of the adv like riding position or the looks. To me it's a superbike for old fat guys. At 44 I'm still fit and young enough to be on something with sportier ergos.

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I'll be renting one in a few weeks from Edelweiss for a trip through Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. A friend of mine has a S1000R that I rode a couple times that I'll also be comparing it to.

I'll report back.
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I know Rock could not wait to get rid of his. His big complaint was the suspension and riding position. There was also the warranty issue.

The value is gone once its out of warranty. The reliability is not that bad, but the problems are expensive to deal with if something happens. He also had a difficult time getting rid of it. I hope he will jump in.
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I should also mention that I worked on my friends S1000R last winter to give it a good going over as he had just bought it used.....

It's a PITA to work on. I have a new appreciation for Japanese engineering. Even as a naked bike, there's a lot of plastic to remove to get to anything. Mucho electronics and sensors which get in the way. Everything is torx, which is sort of good, I guess, but I prefer the regular fasteners.

I'm curious whether my opinion on BMW's will change after the trip......
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Couple of friends have the XR,,. One thing is the physical size of the bike is larger then the N1K,,. Seat height and overall wheelbase,,. I always thought that BMW took the N1K lead but spun the marketing from the ADV perspective as this is where the popularity has gone with there products,,. There's a lot of them available on the used market,,.

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Lag 4 - alot of them on the used market? I see maybe two locally
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