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

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - YAMAHA MT-03 £4499

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.

BMW S1000XR SPORT SE £17,289* Andy necks his tea in or­der to get back to the thrills of the B660 Dash in­cludes a use­ful gear in­di­ca­tor Proper tyres! And a slightly quiet can

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