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    Newbie from Essex
    on: February 13, 2022, 04:34:04 pm
    February 13, 2022, 04:34:04 pm
    Hi everyone,

    I just bought a brand new Gen 2 from the lovely people at Arden BMW in Tunbridge Wells and should take delivery this week with any luck. My first BMW after a life on mainly Kawasakis and Hondas. Looking forward to learning more about the bike and in particular what would be some useful accessories. I already ordered a phone cradle (since I can’t see myself using a Sat Nav), as well as a radiator guard. Will eventually want some luggage and a different (taller) screen but don’t fancy paying full BMW prices so will be looking at alternatives.

    My first time on a forum too, so go easy on me.  :001:

    Cheers!

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    Re: Newbie from Essex
    Reply #1 on: February 13, 2022, 05:13:10 pm
    February 13, 2022, 05:13:10 pm
    Hiya and welcome to the madhouse 😀

    If you are used to all things Japanese then it will be a culture shock, not a case of better or worse just different and that’s not just BM it’s anything European, just take your time adjusting.

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    Re: Newbie from Essex
    Reply #2 on: February 13, 2022, 05:17:33 pm
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     :400: Dohboy
    What brings you from Essex to buy a XR in TW?

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    Re: Newbie from Essex
    Reply #3 on: February 13, 2022, 06:05:05 pm
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    *Originally Posted by Warree [+]
    :400: Dohboy
    What brings you from Essex to buy a XR in TW?

    Well, it was a nice day for a drive, I was nearby for another reason, they had a couple to choose from and offered me a good deal.  :018:

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    Re: Newbie from Essex
    Reply #4 on: February 14, 2022, 08:38:58 am
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    Welcome!

    Did you try any other bikes prior to ordering an XR?, and have you test-ridden the XR?

    I think I only sat on one at a dealer - a year before ordering one.

    25 thousand miles later - still happy with it.

    Enjoy the bike!

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    Re: Newbie from Essex
    Reply #5 on: February 14, 2022, 10:29:27 am
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    *Originally Posted by Mareng1 [+]
    Welcome!

    Did you try any other bikes prior to ordering an XR?, and have you test-ridden the XR?

    I think I only sat on one at a dealer - a year before ordering one.

    25 thousand miles later - still happy with it.

    Enjoy the bike!

    Hi Mareng1 and thanks for the welcome,

    Yes, I’ve sat on a lot of potential future bikes but I only test rode the XR, the GS and the Triumph Tiger 1200. Most of my miles will be longer trips - usually do a trip to the Alps or similar every year, but I also enjoy the occasional track day, and the XR seems the best fit out of those. I love how comfortable it is, coming from a ZZR1400. And still plenty of power (though not quite the torque of the ZZR…).

    Looking forward to taking delivery and for better weather!

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    Re: Newbie from Essex
    Reply #6 on: February 14, 2022, 10:30:09 am
    February 14, 2022, 10:30:09 am
     :400:  from another Essex Boy.

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    Re: Newbie from Essex
    Reply #7 on: February 14, 2022, 10:32:37 am
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    Living in Essex is quite handy for the tunnel - and then on to the alps (Annecy?).

    I think the 1250 GS on road tyres is closing the gap to the XR, and becoming a better do-it-all than before.

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    Re: Newbie from Essex
    Reply #8 on: February 14, 2022, 04:46:03 pm
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    In my defence the guy on the GS was one up to my two up but he did put up a spirited effort I have to say, although it did cost me 6 points and 200 quid, would have been interesting to find out what he got done for..😀, but I do get the GS have owned a boxer for over 20 years, but after several years of the X/R thought a KTM GT would run well alongside it and currently a good decision, but multibike ownership is a totally different game to one do it all bike.