Five things I’ve learned so far about the S1000XR

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - DU­CATI XDI­AVEL S £18,395

It’s big. Walk­ing up to the XR for the first time left me won­der­ing why it ap­peared to be so flip­pin’ mas­sive. Af­ter re­mov­ing the hard pan­niers, top­box and tankbag it shrank to a more ex­pected size.

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2Lam­i­nated lightre­flec­tive strips mean the rider will il­lu­mi­nate in the head­light beams of car driv­ers to help them stand out, ideal for year-round com­mut­ing.

Downes ad­justs his brain to the ways of the S1000XR Garmin Nav­i­ga­tor V sat­nav adds £549 Big­ger than the name sug­gests, meet the MT-03 Emma’s out wrin­kling the lo­cal tar­mac on the snort­ing Xdi­avel S 12-spoke stun­ners make the S stand out

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