What’s the best bike to replace my trusty R1150R?
I’m thinking about trading in my 14-year-old 45,000-mile BMW R1150R for something a little more up-to-date. I need a bike that can survive the speed bumps which populate London. It also needs to cope with regular stop-starts and have a relatively low pillion seat for weekend duties. Hard luggage would also be a bonus. Oliver, email
Answered by Adam Child, MCN Senior Road Tester If you want to stay with BMW the new R1200R has the ability to take hard luggage and the boxer engine is similar to what you are used to but the pillion seat is not that low. The BMW F800R is the cheaper alternative if you want to stay with the brand, although it has a parallel twin and chain-drive so it will be different to your R1150.
Anything sporty has got a high seat, so you may struggle to find things there. For a low seat, either a Triumph Bonneville or Moto Guzzi V7 could be good.
The option I would go for is the Yamaha XSR700, which has a flat seat on it, so it should work for your pillion duties. It’s £6249 new with attractive PCP deals available. There’s no official hard luggage from Yamaha, but Italian firm Givi have a range of hard luggage options to fit the bike.
The XSR has the retro charm of your BMW and peppy performance