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Re: From K1600 GT to XR?
Reply #10 on: October 21, 2021, 05:48:08 PM
*Originally Posted by Antares [+]
the only thing keeping the XR from being the best all around bike is that it's not suited for off road.

The XR does pretty well off road.  The issue is finding an appropriate tire in the 190 size.  As long as you stay away from sand and mud, Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 or Continental TrailAttack 3 handle the gravel not bad.  I am curious to try fitting Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR or Michelin Anakee Adventure in a 180 size to see what they are like. Here is a YouTube video of a typical gravel road that I am more than happy to tackle on the XR.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m2gKUJ-XPU
Last Edit: October 21, 2021, 05:58:49 PM by LeftCoastKen

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Re: From K1600 GT to XR?
Reply #11 on: October 21, 2021, 05:54:27 PM
*Originally Posted by LeftCoastKen [+]
The XR does pretty well off road.  The issue is finding an appropriate tire in the 190 size.  As long as you stay away from sand and mud, Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 or Continental TrailAttack 3 handle the gravel not bad.  I am curious to try fitting a 180 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR to see what it is like. Here is a YouTube video of a typical gravel road that I am more than happy to tackle on the XR.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m2gKUJ-XPU

You CAN take it offroad but it absolutely sucks on anything worse than a flat gravel road, even that. Suspension is just too hard and not enough clearance. Tyre options are just the last drop in the cup. Pair that with the atrociously far out clutch and rather abrupt throttle and it's not fun to take it off road at all. Even in Wales it was shown up on the bumpy green lanes by the likes of T7, F800GS and even 1260 Multistrada Enduros. It CAN doesn't mean it SHOULD. Something even like a big GS is just so much easier to ride off road. Honestly I've had better experience off road with a small naked bike like the Kawi's Z300.

I know there is that 1 guy that makes ADV stuff for the XR and that one BMW test rider that took it off road and does wheelies with the side cases but that's just not representative.
Last Edit: October 21, 2021, 05:58:00 PM by Antares

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Re: From K1600 GT to XR?
Reply #12 on: October 21, 2021, 06:41:48 PM
Hey good job!!  I train occasionally with my old Police Department on my k1600GT. 
that intersection and circles at 18 feet are dang tight.  But if you can do that you can fly
thru a 24 foot intersection. it is fun but challenging training and I have dropped the bike
many times.  amen for crash bars

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Re: From K1600 GT to XR?
Reply #13 on: October 21, 2021, 11:58:16 PM
Last spring I sold my Multistrada and bought a ‘16 K16GT. I found it to be completely different. It was comfortable, fast, and great wind protection. However, it was big and heavy. I almost dumped it several times at low speed. A few weeks ago I was trailering it and it fell off the trailer and was a total loss. Insurance gave me what I paid so now I can choose to get whatever I wanted and that was a ‘19 XR. The GT just didn’t fit the type of riding I do. Like the OP, I do a lot of short rides and enjoy twisty roads.

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Re: From K1600 GT to XR?
Reply #14 on: October 28, 2021, 07:31:22 PM
*Originally Posted by mdesjard [+]
Never ride 2 up, wife is a nurse and refuses to get on the back.  Easier for me!!

My nurse wife has ridden with me twice in the 30 years we've been together. I'm not a big two up fan. So, with both those it's easier for me not having to consider accommodating the wife.

I've had both bikes at the same time and tended to ride the XR's more than the GTL's, when both were sitting in the garage. It just boiled down to weight and agility. I had a 2013 GTL without reverse and traded it for a 2018 with reverse hoping that would somehow overcome the bulkiness and weight of the GTL. Had Remus on both GTL's and that was what motivated me to keep them longer than I wanted, because the 6 cyl at full song was marvelous.

So in my opinion, the XR's I've owned and the Gen 2 XR I have now are far better for what I want out of a bike than the GTL. I guess when you are as old, fat and stupid as I am, the path of least resistance (XR) is the bike for me. Regardless if I have more trouble getting my leg over the seat on the XR.

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Re: From K1600 GT to XR?
Reply #15 on: October 28, 2021, 07:44:30 PM
Thanks for all the responses.  I love my K1600 GT but I have purchased a 2021 XR to be delivered soon. 
Will probably keep the GT for at least a couple weeks before I put it up for sale. 
I am sure I won't be disappointed.   https://www.s1000xr.uk/Smileys/light/821.gif

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Re: From K1600 GT to XR?
Reply #16 on: October 28, 2021, 07:46:24 PM
My only suggestion:

DO NOT TEST RIDE A GEN 2 BMW S1000XR!!!!!!

Or, you will own one like the rest of us...

Best,

Doc :005:
Last Edit: October 28, 2021, 07:47:03 PM by garyculb
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Re: From K1600 GT to XR?
Reply #17 on: October 28, 2021, 07:49:05 PM
*Originally Posted by garyculb [+]
My only suggestion:

DO NOT TEST RIDE A GEN 2 BMW S1000XR!!!!!!

Or, you will own one like the rest of us...

Best,

Doc :005:

Haha, I have to say I was severely disappointed with the Gen 2 when actually riding it. I love features of it but it's just a slightly slower, more sluggish version of the Gen 1, and I really don't like how the seating position is a bit more on the bars. The nifty features don't justify it for me, so when I'm done with this XR i'm going for another Gen 1 unless a Gen 3 rolls around by then.

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Re: From K1600 GT to XR?
Reply #18 on: October 28, 2021, 07:49:34 PM
Too late

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Re: From K1600 GT to XR?
Reply #19 on: October 28, 2021, 07:51:16 PM
for those that did get a 2nd generation, did you feel the need to install bar risers?

 



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