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Old April 18th, 2017, 10:30 AM   #31
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Kari would always bring a group up for the ride. Great fun, and my opportunity to explore Northern California collecting favorite roads.

Great bunch of guys, mostly ex-Californians, living in Reno.

So many trails, like this one:

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Old April 19th, 2017, 05:53 PM   #32
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I'm keen to swing you towards the GS, Kuksul, following this little incident I had on an RnineT Scrambler back in December. I was overtaking a car when it suddenly turned into me and the bike. Cylinder head of the boxer engine took all the impact and saved me from a serious leg injury. I'd buy a GS just for that protection alone.
Also, I'm amazed all the XR riding impressions expressed here don't mention the vibration issue with that bike. Maybe you were all riding the new EU4 compliant model, which I hear has solved the problem through lots of rubber mounts for bars, pegs, and seat. EU4 bikes are generally smoother anyway.
Best of luck with the decision. I've enjoyed all your musing on things Hyper.
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Old April 19th, 2017, 06:49 PM   #33
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I'm keen to swing you towards the GS, Kuksul, following this little incident I had on an RnineT Scrambler back in December. I was overtaking a car when it suddenly turned into me and the bike. Cylinder head of the boxer engine took all the impact and saved me from a serious leg injury. I'd buy a GS just for that protection alone.
Also, I'm amazed all the XR riding impressions expressed here don't mention the vibration issue with that bike. Maybe you were all riding the new EU4 compliant model, which I hear has solved the problem through lots of rubber mounts for bars, pegs, and seat. EU4 bikes are generally smoother anyway.
Best of luck with the decision. I've enjoyed all your musing on things Hyper.
Crazy story about the engine saving your leg. Never would have thought about that.

I noticed the vibes on the 2016 I rode. It was noticeable, but not a deal breaker. It was a 0 mile bike and apparently they smooth out a little. Either way - if I decide to go XR I decided to wait til 2018 (September this year). Otherwise the GS will be next, whenever I can find one for a deal or figure out how to afford a new one.
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Old June 24th, 2017, 08:56 PM   #34
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Well guys... I did a thing.



I had the dealer install new bar end weights immediately. The vibrations are a non-issue. You feel a slight buzz at 4500RPM, but no more than the hyper at highway speeds.

Some random thoughts:
The bike is really good. It's smooth, fast, nimble. The biggest thing that really gets me is just how stable it is in a turn. You throw it into a corner and it just stays exactly where you put it. The riding position sits you inside the bike, so you feel more at one with the machine rather than perched on top.

The seat is horrible and must be modified or changed. Too hard and the edges are too sharp. I am going to have it rounded off with slightly softer foam.

The quick shifter is like cheating. I prefer shifting on my own because it's more fun.

The bike is super stable on the highway and you don't get tossed around by the wind.

The suspension is very stiff so you feel everything, but it doesn't upset the chassis. So you know exactly what's going on between the road and the tire, but it doesn't send the big jolts into your body or hands causing adverse rider inputs.

Overall, it's a highly refined bike. It doesn't have the roaring V-Twin grunt of the hyper that sends you wildly wheelying, and the sound (while very very good) isn't quite as aggressive or thunderous as the hyper. I will need to ride it more before providing a real review, but so far it's mostly positive.

Now I must figure out how to attach my lights to it...
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Old June 24th, 2017, 09:58 PM   #35
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congrats on the XR, I'm thinking it has to be a great bike. It just has 2 too many cylinders... '-)

If I was going to go for 4 cylinders, I like the S1000R and the Tuono but probably will never happen...
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Old June 24th, 2017, 11:01 PM   #36
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congrats on the XR, I'm thinking it has to be a great bike. It just has 2 too many cylinders... '-)

If I was going to go for 4 cylinders, I like the S1000R and the Tuono but probably will never happen...
I've always liked 4 cylinders... that electric feel, and the sound. Just what I was raised around. 1 cylinder is also nice

I love the Tuono but won't do Italian again.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 03:36 AM   #37
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Enjoy the BMW, a bike that makes the GS feel smaller.

It is fun to switch around motorcycles and compared to other hobbies far less expensive making the switch.

BMW is doing a great job with their offerings. Durable bikes capable of taking the abuse bad roads offer.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 09:25 AM   #38
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I've always liked 4 cylinders... that electric feel, and the sound. Just what I was raised around. 1 cylinder is also nice
This is why I won't sell my Suzuki Savage having bought the Hyper and having a V-Star 650 available to ride also.
The thumper engine bikes are really a fun little kick in the pants. I love the primitivism of it.
I ride the Savage and the Hyper constantly, I switch back and forth as mood and necessity dictate. Both bikes are great fun but sometimes one scratches and itch the other can't. And the Tumper itch makes me scratch a lot.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 04:45 PM   #39
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kuksul08 that's a nice looking bike!
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Old June 25th, 2017, 08:09 PM   #40
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Enjoy the BMW, a bike that makes the GS feel smaller.

It is fun to switch around motorcycles and compared to other hobbies far less expensive making the switch.

BMW is doing a great job with their offerings. Durable bikes capable of taking the abuse bad roads offer.
Yeah, the XR is incredibly nimble. I really appreciate the GS for what it is, but I wanted the excitement of the sport bike.

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This is why I won't sell my Suzuki Savage having bought the Hyper and having a V-Star 650 available to ride also.
The thumper engine bikes are really a fun little kick in the pants. I love the primitivism of it.
I ride the Savage and the Hyper constantly, I switch back and forth as mood and necessity dictate. Both bikes are great fun but sometimes one scratches and itch the other can't. And the Tumper itch makes me scratch a lot.
I feel you there. There is no such thing as having just one bike to do it all, in an ideal world. There is always something more capable or that just suits the mood better.

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kuksul08 that's a nice looking bike!
Thanks!


Now I am horribly conflicted with what to do with the Hyper. It's easy to jump to conclusions with a new bike, but the XR really is good. Put 100 miles on it today and it delivered in every way possible, except for comfort on very bumpy roads. I will wait til I have a couple thousand miles on it before selling anything.
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