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Offline Bangkok Rider

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New owner - Bangkok Thailand
« on: June 16, 2016, 11:11:52 AM »
Hi all - happy to be a proud owner of an S1000XR (2016 model)

My other bike is a 3rd Gen S1000RR (2015) which will now be solely a track bike and this mighty Red XR will be my street ride.

First 200km impressions were fantastic.  No buzz in the bars at any speed or rev (limiter still in).  I do get a nasty buzz in the right peg at 7,000 rpm but simply went light on the pegs and it was no longer a problem.  I'm guessing there must be some frame harmonic which causes that because I get no such buzz on my RR.

The engine is silky smooth - much smoother than the RR under 3,000 revs which is to be expected.  It doesn't have the "OMG" moment at 7,000 rpm like the RR but that is exactly what I want for the road.  Linear power delivery rather than smash me in the face power.  Built for purpose right?

I've got heavier bar end weights and rad guards coming from Evo-tech.  Bar end weights are a bit useless as I don't suffer the buzz but I'm sure I'll find them lovely regardless.  I was thinking of putting a full system in but the stock exhaust is actually really nice sounding and I only need ear plugs for wind noise, not exhaust note like my RR (it has a full Akra race system). 

Anyone able to suggest a better screen ?  Preference would be one which has the split vent at the top like the KTM super adventure?  (I looked to buy the KTM but didn't go that path as it was USD 13,000 more than the BMW due to tax, and significantly higher seating position - just too tall).  13,000 bucks goes a long way to bling the beemer I thought...

My biggest wow "I love this bike" moments were
a) the brakes are easily as good as the RR - if not better as you're not going at warp speed
b) the downshift is significantly better than the RR.  I think it engages a little slower perhaps but it is much smother at any rev.  The RR needs to be 5,000 revs or above and then it rocks, below that level it is smoother to manually blip change.  The XR is butter smooth at any rev.  It is fantastic.
c) smooth pulling from 1500 revs.  While its wider for filtering, its just easier due to the low down torque

Suspension - well not the RR level.  I've got to be honest.  And very little adjustment.  That's going to annoy me later

Handling - amazing considering its got another 40kg and is much taller than the RR.  This thing will flick nicely at normal touring speeds.  Whilst it isn't as good at high speed, that's to be expected.  Its not bad don't get me wrong, its just not as solid at high speed.  At general touring speeds it will rock.

I love how fun it is up to 160 or so.  The RR was just getting warmed up at 160 and would easily push at 200+ all day (you can do  that here without fear of the law - just fear of the unexpected).  Those speeds are for track, so now the XR is perfect.  Sure it will push up to 200 + I'm sure but the point is to be enjoying the ride in the 150 range.  I think it will do it perfectly.

Oh and did I mention its comfortable? Haha I love that seat after 10 years of sports bikes!

So I can see why you guys all rave about this bike.  I'm doing it myself despite my love for the RR. I can see more tours coming my way on this fantastic bike.  I hope my track days don't suffer because of it!

Ride well all  :152:


2004 R1 (sold)
2015 S1000RR - track bike
2016 S1000XR - street bike

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Re: New owner - Bangkok Thailand
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2016, 01:38:08 PM »
Welcome, what a great introduction.   Enjoy the ride.

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Re: New owner - Bangkok Thailand
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2016, 01:52:52 PM »
Thanks!
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Re: New owner - Bangkok Thailand
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2016, 01:55:24 PM »
Welcome - nice write up.

I came from a 2013 RR and agree with everything you say.  Wait till the limiter is taken off - the rush comes at about 9500 ..... and the first time it is an OMG moment.  After that its just grin inducing.

Check out the MRA screen here: http://www.bikehps.com/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?SS=BMW+S1000XR+2015%20onwards+MRA&ACTION.x=0&ACTION.y=0&page=search&PR=-1&TB=A a lot of owners have them (myself included) - you can get it with or without the vario.  They do international shipping so getting it out to you shouldn't be an issue.

Enjoy.
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Re: New owner - Bangkok Thailand
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2016, 02:02:12 PM »
Thanks bagwafu

Exactly what I'm after.  Now you are making me eager to get that limiter off!
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Re: New owner - Bangkok Thailand
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2016, 04:03:38 PM »

Website was not working so I called the store.  Very pleasant chap.  86 quid for the screen, 140 quid for the shipping!  At least now they know the store is offline.

Can't use the MRA official shop as they have a Thai distributor, but couldn't get a response from him as yet

I'll sort it no doubt!  German guys on Ebay will be an option if the Thai distributor doesn't answer
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Re: New owner - Bangkok Thailand
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2016, 05:10:59 PM »
*Originally Posted by Bangkok Rider [+]
86 quid for the screen, 140 quid for the shipping!

Hells Bells !!!!  Good luck !
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Re: New owner - Bangkok Thailand
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2016, 01:57:54 AM »
Got onto the local Thai distributor.  190 quid.. Then tried to sell me the puig. German eBay distributor was 145 quid shipped. So with duty same as the Thai local but he should be cheaper.  Arrived in a few weeks
2004 R1 (sold)
2015 S1000RR - track bike
2016 S1000XR - street bike