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    Sell me on a new S1000XR!

    When the temperatures are below zero F., one is not inclined to take test rides. Instead, one sits on bikes in showrooms, and asks questions on forums such as this one.

    I sat on an S1000XR, as well as several other bikes: R1250RS, F900XR, R1250GS, etc.

    So, if I were to buy a new bike for fun riding, some touring, some two-up riding, etc., why should it be an S1000XR? Why would I choose another bike?

    I gather that it's fast and it handles well. I look forward to taking one for a test ride.

    How smooth is it? I'm spoiled by my K1200RS. How comfortable is it, for rider and passenger? How well does it isolate the rider from engine heat? Allowing for the fact that it's not a dedicated touring bike, how protective from the elements is it? How is its gas mileage and range? I tend to prefer shaft drive motorcycles; why should I choose (or not choose) this chain drive bike?

    What else should I be asking?
    Current bikes: '07 F650GS, '98 K1200RS, '74 R90/6
    Previous bikes: '06 F650GS (totaled, RIP), '94 R1100RS (sold)

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    The upright seating position seems most important to me. At least that's why I've ordered a lowered one to replace the R1250R. I considered going with a Triumph Tiger 900 but I want the push button adjustable suspension, integrated GPS and 17" wheels.
    '13 690 Duke, '13 Daytona 675R, 2020 R1250R, '19 Ninja 400 (track bike), '21 Duke 890R, '22 Street Triple RS (gone but not forgotten: '61 Clubman's Gold Star, '76 R75/6, '84 R100, '76 R90S)

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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by 66789 View Post

    How smooth is it? I'm spoiled by my K1200RS.
    It will be hard to find a bike as smooth as the K1200RS.
    Lee
    2022 R1250RS
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2016 R1200RS, 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    I should have added that a friend of mine travels two up with his wife on an XR and she reports it's the most comfortable bike he's had.
    '13 690 Duke, '13 Daytona 675R, 2020 R1250R, '19 Ninja 400 (track bike), '21 Duke 890R, '22 Street Triple RS (gone but not forgotten: '61 Clubman's Gold Star, '76 R75/6, '84 R100, '76 R90S)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccolwell View Post
    I should have added that a friend of mine travels two up with his wife on an XR and she reports it's the most comfortable bike he's had.
    Which would force me to ask precisely what bikes he has had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 66789 View Post
    When the temperatures are below zero F., one is not inclined to take test rides. Instead, one sits on bikes in showrooms, and asks questions on forums such as this one.

    I sat on an S1000XR, as well as several other bikes: R1250RS, F900XR, R1250GS, etc.

    So, if I were to buy a new bike for fun riding, some touring, some two-up riding, etc., why should it be an S1000XR? Why would I choose another bike?

    I gather that it's fast and it handles well. I look forward to taking one for a test ride.

    How smooth is it? I'm spoiled by my K1200RS. How comfortable is it, for rider and passenger? How well does it isolate the rider from engine heat? Allowing for the fact that it's not a dedicated touring bike, how protective from the elements is it? How is its gas mileage and range? I tend to prefer shaft drive motorcycles; why should I choose (or not choose) this chain drive bike?

    What else should I be asking?

    I owned a 2016 S1000XR. While I enjoyed the bike, I found that I never rode it on anything but day rides. If the ride was an overnight or longer trip, I always fell back to my 2015 R1200RT. Shamefully I did not put as many miles on the bike as I should have during the 5 years that I owned it.

    The biggest issue for me was the buzzy handgrips, especially at certain engine speeds. It would quickly numb my hands. The handlebar buzz improved somewhat with increasing mileage, but never enough to make me happy. I constantly found myself using the cruise control to help with this.

    The bike was really quick. It got better the faster it went! The Shift Assist worked like a dream (especially compared to the Shift Assist on the boxers). I found the seat comfortable for all day riding. The wind protection was good with the windscreen in the high position, but do not expect it to be comparable to a K1200RS (I owned a 2001 K1200RS and a 2003 K1200GT), a R1200/1250RT, or a GS/GSA. Regarding gas mileage, I averaged 38 to 42 mpg. I never carry a pillion, so I cannot comment on two-up travel on the XR but I suspect the pillion's ride comfort will be comparable to most sport bikes. I never experienced any issue with engine heat.

    The bike can make a great sport-tourer, but the emphasis will be on the sport part. I grew to think of the S1000XR as an adult's sport bike. This past summer, I traded my S1000XR and R1200RT for a 2021 R1250GSA. I am thrilled with the GSA and putting significantly more miles on it than both the S1000XR and R1200RT for the same period of time.
    Bill Murray
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    2021 R1250GSA

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Which would force me to ask precisely what bikes he has had.
    Other than a history of BMW twins, still has a toaster, I don't know. He's in his mid to late 60's and has been riding 50 yrs or so. And he's been married to the same woman for decades and they tour frequently. I think she's tested a fair number of bikes.
    '13 690 Duke, '13 Daytona 675R, 2020 R1250R, '19 Ninja 400 (track bike), '21 Duke 890R, '22 Street Triple RS (gone but not forgotten: '61 Clubman's Gold Star, '76 R75/6, '84 R100, '76 R90S)

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    Thanks for the responses thus far, everyone.

    I figure that no bike will be as smooth as my K12, but I definitely do not like a lot of buzz or shake. From what I've read, I probably wouldn't have been happy with the first generation of this bike, but I've read and heard that the second generation is smoother.

    The weather is still below freezing and it recently snowed, so there will be no test rides anytime soon. Next month, I hope. There isn't a rush in terms of my urge to buy immediately, but the reality is that bikes are in demand and winter is the best time to buy.

    Part of this decision process will be to decide how large a bike I want. There is something to be said for smaller, lighter, and more nimble. On the other hand, there's also something to be said for powerful and stable. So we'll see.

    I do want reasonable cruising range.

    So, I'll keep asking questions.
    Current bikes: '07 F650GS, '98 K1200RS, '74 R90/6
    Previous bikes: '06 F650GS (totaled, RIP), '94 R1100RS (sold)

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