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  1. #31
    53 years old. Traded a 2018 Multistrada Enduro on a used 2019 Triple Black with only 524 miles on the clock. Currently own a 2018 R1200 RT and a 2008 Triumph Bonneville.
    The XR is all I want it to be, thank goodness. It already had the black topcase so I opted to get the OE sidecases to complete the set up. It's my intention to use it as my weekend or short trip bike as opposed to my long haul multiweek trip mule that is the RT.
    At the moment I'm throwing the R&G Racing catalogue at the bike. I have the radiator and oil cooler guards fitted, I have the from, rear and frame bobbins on order, the tail tidy and a set of four Aero mini LED indicators also on order. HP Gillies adjustable levers and the HP Case guards also on their way.
    So far with only one 500 mile day under my belt the comfort seems pretty good. Only time will tell.



    Some astute members may spot a pattern in my buying habits - I seem to be buying the last year of a production cycle. It's not always intentional, but does have the benefit that most of the bugs are worked out just before the manufacturers upgrade to the next model :-)

  2. #32
    I'm 63 and have a 16 XR. This bike is awesome. Tested the R1250RT and K1600 but this bike fit me best. I also love the low suspension option.
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    I'm 53 and love the fact I can still have sportbike performance in a more comfortable package!

    It also means I can keep up on the street or track with my 18 year old and his R6...

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    S1000xr

    Quote Originally Posted by eydo View Post
    I'm 63 and have a 16 XR. This bike is awesome. Tested the R1250RT and K1600 but this bike fit me best. I also love the low suspension option.
    I've been looking at a 2016 for sale all farkled up for about US$9600 with 34K on the clock. It's just like yours, all red, but no low suspension which might be a prob.
    Scotty
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    "Red" RT //"Blue" F850GSA
    "Green" F850GS //"Black" Yamaha Virago/S1000XR "Shred"

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    Quote Originally Posted by snotty54 View Post
    I've been looking at a 2016 for sale all farkled up for about US$9600 with 34K on the clock. It's just like yours, all red, but no low suspension which might be a prob.
    Love my bike with the factory low suspension since I was not comfortable with the standard height. I have a 30" inseam and the low suspension works great for me. I ran into a guy about my height who lowered his with the ...dog-bones or Soupy's kit... not sure of the exact details but there are kits to do this. Also not sure how it handles compared to the factory setup. Mine handles great and very neutral steering.

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    S1000rr

    Canít get photo to upload but I just bought a 2020 S1000RR for my 65th birthday (July 3) a couple of days ago. Had to go to JAX from Naples Fl to get it, it is not a 300 mile bike.Red with race and ddc package.
    Also own a 4000 mile 2000 K1200RS and a 2007 R1200S ( love the boxers). Waiting for my gs-911 to kill the rev limiter, top end limited to 125 mph, Iíll wait the 600.

  7. #37
    2016 S100XR owner at 56 years young.

    Quote Originally Posted by snotty54 View Post
    I switched back in July 2019 to the 2016 S1000XR from a 2006 Kawasaki Concours.

    The Connie was a great long distance rider with awesome weather protection, but,
    was more tourer than sport, and heavy... so, my switch to the XR was driven by
    1) Less weight
    2) 'Sportier Handling'
    3) Modified seating position for comfort.

    The XR ticked all those boxes. I will say, quite nicely too.
    As far as where I've gone with it:
    Factory headlights are dim,
    so I put in LED headlight, and aux lights.
    Replaced the factory windscreen with a MRA Vario for better wind protection.
    Tip over protection.
    Adjustable clutch lever.
    Hand guards


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    Quote Originally Posted by mcfly View Post
    As far as where I've gone with it:
    Factory headlights are dim,
    so I put in LED headlight...
    Which LED bulb conversion did you use, and are you happy with it?

    I'm 66, have a 2018 in Ocean Blue. I'm not fond of the color but love the bike otherwise. I too have a 30" inseam. I bought a Sargent low seat and lowered the forks in the triple-clamps by 10mm and all is good now.

    Randy
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    CURRENT: 2018 S1000XR, R75/7
    PAST BMWs: 2016 R1200RS, 2013 R1200RT, 2002 R1150RT, 1982 R100RS, 1993 K1100RS, 1993 K1100LT, 1989 R100RT, 1978 R80/7

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUZER View Post
    Which LED bulb conversion did you use, and are you happy with it?

    I'm 66, have a 2018 in Ocean Blue. I'm not fond of the color but love the bike otherwise. I too have a 30" inseam. I bought a Sargent low seat and lowered the forks in the triple-clamps by 10mm and all is good now.

    Randy
    These are the bulbs....

    TECHMAX Mini H7 LED Headlight Bulbs,60W 10000Lm 4700Lux 6500K Cool White Extremely Bright 30mm Heatsink Base CREE Chips Conversion Kit

    I then used these covers to protect the bulbs....

    TOMALL 70mm 2.76 inch PVC Rubber Seal Dustproof Covers for LED Headlight Conversion Kit

    Links:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcfly View Post
    These are the bulbs....

    TECHMAX Mini H7 LED Headlight Bulbs,60W 10000Lm 4700Lux 6500K Cool White Extremely Bright 30mm Heatsink Base CREE Chips Conversion Kit

    I then used these covers to protect the bulbs....

    TOMALL 70mm 2.76 inch PVC Rubber Seal Dustproof Covers for LED Headlight Conversion Kit

    Links:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    For those following behind us those are the exact same lights and caps I used and so far they are working great. In addition I bought these marker lights that match the color of the headlights and look great...
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Randy
    CURRENT: 2018 S1000XR, R75/7
    PAST BMWs: 2016 R1200RS, 2013 R1200RT, 2002 R1150RT, 1982 R100RS, 1993 K1100RS, 1993 K1100LT, 1989 R100RT, 1978 R80/7

  11. #41
    Quote Originally Posted by CRUZER View Post
    Which LED bulb conversion did you use, and are you happy with it?

    I'm 66, have a 2018 in Ocean Blue. I'm not fond of the color but love the bike otherwise. I too have a 30" inseam. I bought a Sargent low seat and lowered the forks in the triple-clamps by 10mm and all is good now.

    Randy
    I have the triple black but was actually looking for an Ocean Blue one. I love that color.
    I can confirm that the MRA screen is the way to go to reduce helmet buffeting. At 5'8" with a 30" inseam it pushes the airflow over my head in the low position with the spoiler in the mid to high setting.
    I went with the Cyclops kit, and used the same caps to protect the back of the light shell.
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    Andrew
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    Mars Red RT Triple Black S1000XR Bonneville Black Scrambler (carb)

  12. #42
    Man just put a hold on a 2018 XR to compliment my 2016 GSA. 68 y/o and am super excited about getting this bike. A lot of good memories on my present GSA and past RT, GS, KRS,KLT, KS etc. Always wanted the XR. I can't believe how GS it feels.

  13. #43
    Quote Originally Posted by 148105 View Post
    How old are you S1000XR riders? I am 71 and bought my XR last fall. I figure I may be at the top of the age range. I am guessing this will be my last new motorcycle. I like everything about the XR except being stuck in traffic at 35 mph. The engine makes an odd sound at that pace. I find the seat even passable,though as the miles pile up I may change my mind about that.
    I'll be 65 when I receive by 2016 S1000XR later this week, I hope. Turn 66 the end of this month.

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    I'm 57 years young and just bought the 2020 S1000XR. I had the Ducati Multistrada prior to the XR and was extremely happy with the DUC but had over 50,000 miles on it so thought it was time to freshen up the touring bike. I like to travel the Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge and all those roads from Canada all the way to the Smokey Mountains.
    I haven't been able to get to the USA on the bike yet due to Covid-19 and so have had to ride in Ontario this year, and I miss the USA roads and hospitality. Hope we're back on track for everyone's sake soon! Anyways, one thing about the new XR that I'm not too happy about is the throttle, and the spring tension. Yes, on a long highway ride it has a great cruise control feature that works amazingly, but when I want to ride the back roads I don't want the throttle to be so heavy that my wrist is killing me. Its a weird setup with this bike as it has a fly by wire setup and there really is no mechanical cables going to carburetors or anything like the old days. Basically its a spring loaded throttle body enclosed with special, and look like non-removable screws, that feed information by way of throttle position sensors to the electronic ECU. I'm really hoping to find someone that is experiencing the same concern about their throttle spring that might have some solution to the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyj88 View Post
    I'm really hoping to find someone that is experiencing the same concern about their throttle spring that might have some solution to the problem.
    Here's a link to the ADVrider thread on the XR. There's lots of information here; maybe do a thread search:

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/bmw-s...tourer.954716/

    And welcome.
    Rinty

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