795 MILES U PDATE ‘Have I just made a costly mistake?’ After getting carried away with extras, Downes needed this £17k bike to deliver
1 MT-03 may not be powerful but it provides plenty of positives
My first ride on the BMW S1000XR was a little nerve-racking because I’d chosen the bike based on the promise of what it would be like, rather than experience.
I’d not ridden an XR before, so was a little bit concerned how’d I’d get on with the bike over the coming months, especially as it ended up costing over £ 17k, with all the extras added, Thankfully it only took a few miles to find out I liked it, a lot.
I wasn’t expecting the bike to be so well- equipped either. This is the range-topping Sport SE model and it’s also got an extra load of kit in the form of an Akrapovic silencer, topbox and backrest, along with hard panniers and a tankbag. The Garmin Navigator V satnav adds another £549. You can buy a standard S1000XR for £ 12,400 on the road but this version is £ 17,289. A current BMW incentive takes £440 off this price to level out at £ 16,849.
The timing of the bike’s arrival was perfect as it coincided with 10 days off work. Once some DIY had been sorted I was able to get out for a couple of rides and notched up a decent 400 miles over the first weekend; 200 of which were done in one long ride.
My first ride was to the B660, an undulating, snaking, dipping and weaving stretch of Northamptonshire/ Cambridgeshire road. It’s a lovely part of the world and the road suits the XR perfectly. Being on holiday meant I had time to play with, so I turned around and rode it all the way back to where I started before creating a loop home.
2It’s fast. My brain had to quickly adjust after riding my own Yamaha MT-07 and the difference between the MT’S 74bhp and the 160bhp XR was astonishing.
3There’s a connection zip to attach the jacket to the trousers, but it’s only a short one rather than a substantial fullcircumference zip that’s better in heavy rain.