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Old 10-17-2011, 05:50 PM   #241
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from the xr forums , a tune and some holes in the muff and there are few differences at the dyno to the after market pipes.
Team Latus (where I work) had two XR1200 in the XR series this year. 3rd & 6th at Daytona and 3rd place at Indy. I assure you there is difference at the dyno between "some holes in the muff ... and after market pipes"

Even if this were not the case the weight savings alone (20+lbs) is worth it.
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:35 PM   #242
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photog ... coming from another short guy ... there's a trick to that kickstand. i couldn't get the dang thing down when i test rode it. i found that if i grabbed it with my toe behind the footpeg (which was sort of counter intuitive), it solved the problem.

the upside to the XR being tall is that it has more suspension travel than a typical low sporty, which translates into a more tolerable ride.
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:05 PM   #243
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good job photog! I love the white!
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:04 AM   #244
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Awesome bike photog. It came down to that same bike or the tiger 800 for me. I bought the tiger because I needed better two up with luggage capability, but I still want that bike.
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:01 AM   #245
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......................and the occasional longer journeys 2-up.
Not if you want her to come home with you!

My wife won't even think about sitting on the bike anymore. Any woman larger than a housecat will NOT like that seat.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:15 AM   #246
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the upside to the XR being tall is that it has more suspension travel than a typical low sporty, which translates into a 39 deg right & 40 deg. left lean angle.
fixed that for ya.
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:53 PM   #247
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I've only had it a few days but they have been good ones.

For the sake of reference, my previous bikes have included the FXST, aBMW R1100RS, BMW R1150GS, 88 CBR1000, a HawkGT superhawk conversion track bike, and a bunch of other stuff--GL1500, RZ350...yadda yadda.



Congrats on the new bike.

I'm wondering how you managed to deal with a R1150GS if you find that your new XR1200 is 'tall'?

I'm on the other end of the curve, the XR is too small for me.

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:20 AM   #248
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Congrats on the new bike.

I'm wondering how you managed to deal with a R1150GS if you find that your new XR1200 is 'tall'?

I'm on the other end of the curve, the XR is too small for me.

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Low seat, and a shorter whatever-it's-called (brake torque rod? forgot) from an 1150R (I swapped it with an 1150R owner who needed a longer one for more height).



Mostly I just got used to it.

I've got ankylosing spondylitis which is progressive and changes through the years--it's not just a height thing; other factors come into play fthat are damn near impossible to describe here. The circus routine for me "rolling onto" a bike (I can't hike a leg over a seat like normal folks) is pretty well known by my friends and thankfully they don't laugh and point much. At stops, I can get a leg straight down but not outward. I just deal with it.

I went from the 1150GS to the FXST after over a year in a wheelchair. It was a GREAT bike and enabled me to keep riding.

Getting the XR was a bit of a leap of faith but I was so sold on the test ride that I committed to doing what I could to be able to ride it for as long as I can.

Easiest way to fix things for me is to not stop or park.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:01 PM   #249
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Low seat, and a shorter whatever-it's-called (brake torque rod? forgot) from an 1150R (I swapped it with an 1150R owner who needed a longer one for more height).



Mostly I just got used to it.

I've got ankylosing spondylitis which is progressive and changes through the years--it's not just a height thing; other factors come into play fthat are damn near impossible to describe here. The circus routine for me "rolling onto" a bike (I can't hike a leg over a seat like normal folks) is pretty well known by my friends and thankfully they don't laugh and point much. At stops, I can get a leg straight down but not outward. I just deal with it.

I went from the 1150GS to the FXST after over a year in a wheelchair. It was a GREAT bike and enabled me to keep riding.

Getting the XR was a bit of a leap of faith but I was so sold on the test ride that I committed to doing what I could to be able to ride it for as long as I can.

Easiest way to fix things for me is to not stop or park.
Thanks for the reply and good on you for working through your health issues to keep on riding.

That XR is going to be a lot of fun for you.

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Old 10-21-2011, 07:46 AM   #250
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Thanks for the reply and good on you for working through your health issues to keep on riding.

That XR is going to be a lot of fun for you.

cheers,
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:46 PM   #251
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Man I envy the bikes on this thread. I ran out of funds making my 883r into an xr. If I didn't start with a bike whose motor was apparently on its way out I wood have gotten close. Now I have to sell. Some day I will have an xr instead.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:09 AM   #252
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I absolutely love my XR. The Vance and Hines pipes and V & H fuel pak create near perfect throttle response and sound. I think it is a new class of motorcycle that I calla ultramotard. This is a very cool bike.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:17 AM   #253
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It is a fact that the V & H pipes produce some heat. The wrapping helped that considerably. I have also found that the Memphis Shades windshield fits perfectly and is very effective.
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:59 PM   #254
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Every time I look at the XR 1200 I get the urge to attack the Alaska Highway on it.
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:01 PM   #255
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Every time I look at the XR 1200 I get the urge to attack the Alaska Highway on it.
Do it! I just took mine on a 3200 mile summer run. With a 38 tooth primary you will have a capable sport tourer; bit short legged but nothing creative farkling can not fix.


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