A BMW R1200GS Adventure Test-ride recently (which I will talk about in a future post) reminded me of the fact that about one year ago I went with some mates to a SpeedDate with BMW event to try out a couple of their new bikes.
I went for the S1000XR and they went for the R1200RS, R-nineT and F800GS. The only thing I can say about the S1000XR is that it is a brilliant bike! Compared to my Ducati Multistrada 1200S it lacks the low down punch of the V-Twin that makes it want to wheelie coming out of every traffic light but it makes up with a much more refined feel and more equipment (like Cruise Control). The engine feels basically the same as the one on the S100RR and I think I would only really tell the difference when riding the the two back to back, the brakes are as with all the S1000 range, very near perfect and the whole bike feels really well sorted. Except…it isn’t! One tiny, niggly fault that would probably stop me from buying it: The infamous vibrations at motorway speed that simply numb all of your limbs!
I’ve been told it is solved on the newer 2017 bikes and that on the older ones a set of heavier bar-end weights helps a lot but what I can’t stop wandering is what kind of test-riders BMW hired that did not spot the obvious issue trough all of the testing??
Anyway, here are the photos:
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Suzuki Bandit based XR69 replica
Rider’s POV on the S1000XR
Nice Line Up
Suzuki Bandit based XR69 replica parked outside
I just booked a test ride on this:
I have always kind of dissed on the Harleys but the truth is I’ve never tried one. I think it’s time I get some time on one to be able to speak from experience, and if I’m going to do it, it’s going to te on the mothership: the Touring Ultra Limited!
However, because I’m affraid I’ll like it and start feeling like an old fart, I also booked a test ride on one of these:
But the one I REALLY REALLY want to get my hands on is this:
Haven’t been able to get a KTM test-ride yet, but I’m hoping for it.
And you, what were the last bikes you got to try or are looking to try? Shoot me a message in the comments.
Stuck at home with shit weather and a cold? No? Then you’re luckier than some of us!
If you are ate home, and half as bored as I am. Here’s a selection of videos from the Youtubes: from me, to you. Enjoy!
First, let’s keep with the Multistrada theme and have a look at the comparison the guys at Motorcyclist magazine made against the BMW S1000XR.
Or, the French alternative…
And away from Ducati onto KTM, superb riding and great videography by ARieman
Have a great week!
I’m not a big fan of the looks of the new BMW S1000X. Having said that, when it was first launched, I wasn’t a big fan of the looks of my Multistrada either.
I also haven’t had the opportunity to test ride the S1000XR yet, but having tried the S1000RR I am pretty sure it is going to be a great bike. It has a fantastic engine and brakes so I’m guessing the rest should be pretty decent too.
I did however, by chance, park my MTS next to a S1000XR recently and thought it was the perfect opportunity to do a bit of a visual comparison between both.
“Ohleeks” suspension on the left, golden BMW (Sachs?) suspension on the right
The BMW luggage is prettier.
Nice looking dash (still prefer the Ducati’s though)
Single sided swing-arm is much sexier.
Guess the rumours of the bike being annoyingly vibey are true (see the photo of the foot pegs)
High-tech vibration damping.