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    Just picked up an XR


    What a machine.


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    A lucky man to have both. I had to make a choice.

    After 2 years on an XR I miss my GSA but I wouldn't swap back!
    "..........what a Long Strange Trip it's been."

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    To be honest after 170miles as long as I can sort handle bar vibration I can’t see a reason to keep the GSA


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    Food for thought that, hmmmmm

    Lovely bike


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    Quote Originally Posted by CNC-REPAIRS.Co.UK View Post
    To be honest after 170miles as long as I can sort handle bar vibration I can’t see a reason to keep the GSA


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    Cymarc Bar ends....

    https://www.cymarcbikeparts.co.uk/r1...ends-225-p.asp
    "..........what a Long Strange Trip it's been."

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNC-REPAIRS.Co.UK View Post
    To be honest after 170miles as long as I can sort handle bar vibration I can’t see a reason to keep the GSA


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    Vibes on the XR have long been a discussion

    Mine was in a very narrow rev range about 5200 to 5400 so i just got used to keeping it out of that and problem solved

    I still maintain that the XR is the best bike BMW have ever made

    Mine was an early one but it was noticeable the difference in quality to the GSA that it replaced and example being if you look at the rear rack thing it is pretty much exactly the same as on the the GS but alloy rather than plastic
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRick Esq. View Post
    Vibes on the XR have long been a discussion

    Mine was in a very narrow rev range about 5200 to 5400 so i just got used to keeping it out of that and problem solved

    I still maintain that the XR is the best bike BMW have ever made

    Mine was an early one but it was noticeable the difference in quality to the GSA that it replaced and example being if you look at the rear rack thing it is pretty much exactly the same as on the the GS but alloy rather than plastic
    I really hope the next XR doesn’t go down the GS route, and BMW decide to cut costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Nutty KTMer View Post
    I really hope the next XR doesn’t go down the GS route, and BMW decide to cut costs.
    Me too

    Last year in the Picos i swapped bikes with a mates XR for an hour and it reminded me of just how good a bike they are

    If you want to go very fast in comfort there is no better bike in the BMW range and only falls short of the Multi strada because i have one

    Actually i reckon the XR is faster than the multi. I never did manage to max the XR and ran out of bravery and road at 160 ish on sat nav and it was still pulling

    Did you ever manage a max run ? i reckon they are good for 175 +
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    It was the vibrations that kept me from buying one a few years back, would have one if they sorted that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRick Esq. View Post
    Me too

    Last year in the Picos i swapped bikes with a mates XR for an hour and it reminded me of just how good a bike they are

    If you want to go very fast in comfort there is no better bike in the BMW range and only falls short of the Multi strada because i have one

    Actually i reckon the XR is faster than the multi. I never did manage to max the XR and ran out of bravery and road at 160 ish on sat nav and it was still pulling

    Did you ever manage a max run ? i reckon they are good for 175 +
    I got mine up to 168 on the sat nav, then gave up, but there was still more left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNC-REPAIRS.Co.UK View Post
    To be honest after 170miles as long as I can sort handle bar vibration I can’t see a reason to keep the GSA


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    As said, Evotech, R&G or Cymarc bar ends. Also check if it has had the recall for the modified rubber mountings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabby View Post
    It was the vibrations that kept me from buying one a few years back, would have one if they sorted that out.
    They have. My 2019 model has no more vibes the GS I traded in for it.

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    Actually I lied, I couldn't go back to an IL4 again but it is a stonking bike.

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    So I’ve ordered evotech bar ends and a pair of Michelin road 5 as I really like them on my GS as the original tyres at 5k we’re extremely square!! Ready for me to fit next weekend hopefully! Really want to ride it!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by iandavid View Post
    They have. My 2019 model has no more vibes the GS I traded in for it.
    The GS is like a washing machine, in comparison, it vibrates so much! Always made me laugh when people on here whinged about the vibes.

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    What I would say in 10k miles on my GS it has never made my hands get pins and needles. The frequency of the vibes I couldn’t feel. It was just both hands after110 miles on the motorway we’re uncomfortable. GS never did that!


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