What’s the best bike to re­place my trusty R1150R?

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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

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