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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    Just seen Couchies thread and guess that's one? Not bad at all, and would probably suit me more than a 790, and I'm probably in a class of one here, but, I prefer the looks of the 790!
    Yup, that's the one matey... Piemans test bike was the same.

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    1090 is very much a similar bike to the 950sm, I’ve added some preload and damping to shock and it feels great now, need to sort screen but that’s an easy fix, doesn’t need 17” wheels as plenty of sticky tyres in 17/19 for road use

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    test riding the scrambler 1200 Xe , and the speed twin on Sunday ....
    Write ups please!!

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    Did do the test ride ... but it was very, very wet. The minute I sat on the bike, the Sussex monsoon season began. I took the 1200 XE out ... and i thought it was brilliant. It was like riding the buell again in terms of the low down stomp / torque. The engine is surprisingly revvy. But I only rode on wet mode ... as it was very , very wet. Riding position was good ... the bike was actually big enough for me. Very different to the KTM ... as non-faired / very exposed.
    Brakes great ... bit of fork dive ... but no worse that the 1090.
    Will be going back later this week to try it dry ... slightly suspicious of the 21 inch front wheel on the road ... so lets see when it can be in road mode and given more poke.
    I didn’t ride the SpeedTwin a) because i was soaked b) it is like many of the triumphs - quite bijou. So once again it was the silhouette of a gorilla humping a football.
    More to come later on this week ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by the phantom pieman View Post
    Did do the test ride ... but it was very, very wet. The minute I sat on the bike, the Sussex monsoon season began. I took the 1200 XE out ... and i thought it was brilliant. It was like riding the buell again in terms of the low down stomp / torque. The engine is surprisingly revvy. But I only rode on wet mode ... as it was very , very wet. Riding position was good ... the bike was actually big enough for me. Very different to the KTM ... as non-faired / very exposed.
    Brakes great ... bit of fork dive ... but no worse that the 1090.
    Will be going back later this week to try it dry ... slightly suspicious of the 21 inch front wheel on the road ... so lets see when it can be in road mode and given more poke.
    I didn’t ride the SpeedTwin a) because i was soaked b) it is like many of the triumphs - quite bijou. So once again it was the silhouette of a gorilla humping a football.
    More to come later on this week ...
    21” front wheel can have a sticky tyre so wouldn’t give it a second thought, sounds like it could be a good bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by couchcommando View Post
    21” front wheel can have a sticky tyre so wouldn’t give it a second thought, sounds like it could be a good bike
    tres tempted .... stirred the soul...

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    Longer XE test ride, with no rain.
    Great seating position, comfortable and high(which is good if you are tall). Most triumphs are small bikes until you get to the Explorers. Engine is brilliant .. it’s only 90 bhp, but the torque makes it seem more. Very Buell-esque ...which is good. Though it doesn’t shake as much, or bits fall off. And the build quality is way better.
    Riding .... very linear power delivery. Had to keep in remembering that it wasn’t the Diavel ... so obviously lesser rush of power. Handles really well, esp considering it as a 21 inch front wheel. You do notice a bit of yawing for and aft... but it is a long travel “scrambler”. The suspension is a little softer than I would like ... but then it is not a sportsbike.
    The high exhaust warms your legs somewhat ... but not in 998/KTM levels.
    Look great ...

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    The BM is on my short list - I need a test ride. Never had a bike with electronic suspension or traction control or good ABS. I'd like to find out whether they could make my biking more enjoyable and/or more safe. Part of me says it's better to sharpen your skills by not depending on such things. OTOH, if you can be brutal with the throttle on a bad surface with 160bhp....or do some ten tenths braking while cornering and get away with it...maybe that's a lot of fun...a bit like rally driving. Then again, do you have to relearn your riding so you can do it badly enough to make the aids worthwhile?

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    Yeah I've never really had the gizmos kick in, apart from ABS.

    But them I'm crap at riding quickly. Sure others could the TC to light up

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    I test rode the scrambler XC as the salesman more or less threw the keys at me telling me to take one out, so I obliged. I know is smaller one than the XE and preferred it as I could get both feet down. Also I had just ridden a 790 Duke so my observations are in reference to that.

    Given the fact there was a £1000 excess I took it rather gingerly, but it was really well balanced and confidence inspiring. The seating position was very comfortable (I think slightly lower and narrower bars than the XE) and the pegs more forward than the 790, which I found very comfortable. The flat seat meant I could move up and down the seat comfortably, much like the 790.

    Actually I got so comfortable, I forgot about the excess and just flung it around some small lanes and generally had a ball. The spec sheet is lovely with tubeless wheels, M50 Brembo, Ohlins rear and Showa BPF (gosh, you would think I work for Triumph!).

    The engine was lovely, smooth and with a lovely soundtrack. Seemed like a grown up Harley to me. Its runs out of puff at the top end (where a 790 would keep on going). The clutch was incredibly light and the gearbox just worked.

    The demo had no screen so no idea how good a screen would be but seemed to get up to 80-90mph quickly although a short spin on the motorway showed me that I felt more comfortable cruising at 80mph rather than 90. I felt the 790 was more comfortable holding a higher speed on the motorway.

    Only downside I found was the small speedo, lack of luggage (although that will probably change) and the heat coming off the exhaust. The heat was so much that at one point I thought it had a heated seat and I had not realised.

    Apparently it can do off-road, not that I would.

    Would I have one, yep and probably will when prices drop (if they ever do).

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    Default Re: BMW S1000XR - anyone had one ...

    BTW, I test rode one - and didn't buy it.
    I bought a Triumph 1200 Scrambler instead.

    It was a choice made using "Weeksy Logic"

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    Quote Originally Posted by the phantom pieman View Post
    BTW, I test rode one - and didn't buy it.
    I bought a Triumph 1200 Scrambler instead.

    It was a choice made using "Weeksy Logic"
    It looks nice cleaned?

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    Why do i keep looking at offroad bikes, when I only ride on-road, or on a bit of gravel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the phantom pieman View Post
    BTW, I test rode one - and didn't buy it.


    It was a choice made using "Weeksy Logic"
    what's the logic then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellsbuddha View Post
    what's the logic then?
    Set up a load of musts and parameters. Then buy something different.

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