2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC vs BMW S 1000 XR?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by tessalino, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. tessalino

    tessalino Long timer

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    My current ride is a '15 TEX I bought as new old stock in 2016. It's a fine bike but if I keep riding, in the next year or so I think I'd like something new/different.

    I'm looking at the BMW website and the S 1000 XR is cataloged as an "Adventure bike." It has chain drive (my TEX is shaft) and is upwards around 160 hp (the TEX: ~140 hp).

    How is the new BMW line? More reliable than the predecessors? Opinions?
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  2. rockitcity

    rockitcity Been here awhile

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    I rode an S 1000 XR before getting my 2013 TEX. The inline four in the BMW is much more sport-bike in character. High revs, a bit buzzy. Not as much low end torque. So it might depend on your riding style as to whether you like it. I have come to really like the shaft drive of the TEX, so there is the chain maintenance factor. BMW is usually pretty good about test rides, so go check one out.
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  3. tessalino

    tessalino Long timer

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    I thought as much. BMW has it cataloged in the adventure genre which is why I asked. But it's about 100 pounds lighter than the TEX which makes it interesting. I'll likely check it out.
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  4. Tor

    Tor Imported Norwegian Viking

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    Just take it for a test ride. Make sure you ride one that has the rev limiter removed. Insanely fast, on-rail like cornering, packed with technology (Cornering ABS, Automatic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Electronic Suspension Control, Ride Modes, Flawless Quick Shift Up and Down, an extremely powerful engine).

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  5. WindBlast

    WindBlast Reporting live from Interzone

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    I bought an XR last year. It puts the sport in sport-touring for sure. It fits my riding style perfectly which is 95-5 on twisty pavement and long distance twisty pavement. For dirt I have a DRZ-400S. I am a happy camper. Oh BTW, I had nothing but Triumphs Sprints for the pervious 13 years so I love my triples! But the XR..............:clap

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  6. BMgreenmt

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    I owned an XR for about a year and a half. Incredible bike, just had too many so a couple had to go. You won’t be disappointed.
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  7. Tor

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    :wave
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  8. XRCA

    XRCA Been here awhile

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    S1000XR current owner here. It's a lot of bike. I'm not too manly to admit that. I occasionally think about getting something like an R12GS, but the XR is a ton of fun and it is stupid easy to go fast on that thing.
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