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Picked up my 60th anniversary XSR 700 this morning thanks to Haslemere Motorcycles....standard with just heated grips added..

Sadly the weather was vile so a bit limiting, but first impressions are very good...bike felt small and light but I am used to giant traillies and off road bikes...it also felt brisk and nimble from the outset, so should be great when run in...the mirrors are next to useless but I haven't tried to adjust them yet...so far the biggest issue for me is the bars..they are far too swept back, so not only do they look odd ( IMO ) but they also feel wrong...so I shall be moving them and probably replacing them with some others...handling was sure considering the wet roads and new tyres..back brake seemed a bit weak but might improve when bedded in...overall I'm loving it....:grin2:
 

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Great.. You are going to love your XSR.. I picked up mine 10 days ago and have added 300 miles.

It'll be nice to see some pics..
 

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I have a great feeling with the bike!
I think i will only buy the "Single Seat" for his space and comfort...but the handling on this bike is AMAZING!
I don't have a supersport riding (it's not the right bike for this) but with a very smooth and sporty riding the bike it's very good!

Unfortunately the wheter conditions are not so good here and i only made the first 300Km...and i have to ride very slowly being careful not to mistreat the engine overtaking the 5000RPM, as written on the instruction booklet!

I only can image how funny it will be this engine...have a very smooth progression and there is not a vibration, olso riding with a higher gear or under RPM!
 

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Had a longer ride today and started to gel with the bike...the handling on the back roads was inspiring...although I'm still running in, the engine was smooth and pulled cleanly with no delays or stuttering ...I have moved the bars forward which feels better, but I have ordered some new bars which I think I will like better...I've also removed the rear pegs and hangers as they spoil the lines and weigh a good couple of kilos ...

Already thinking what to do next...I think a tail tidy to get rid of the plastic bracket that comes as standard and then a single seat ...I really want a proper high level exhaust and some small oval number boards for a scrambler look but struggling to find either ..might try and have the pipe made to measure by a local guy but depends on cost ...

Has anyone replaced the headlight ? I think it looks too ' long' ....not sure what electrical horrors will be inside the housing but might have a look and hope it's just the light wires.....
 

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I am up to 1420 miles on mine now, the only thing i don't like is the look of the bars and mirrors. What bars did you order? Im waiting for the tail tidy and some more parts. I got a low slung akra myself the sound is amazing! i would prefer a high scrambler looking one but yet to see anything worth while yet. I also agree with you on the headlight, the one on the 700 is a lot more unsightly than the 900's one, looks like it belongs on a cruiser.
 

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I cant remember the brand of bars, but they were relatively cheap, so I will await their arrival and fitment before putting any details up in case they are too poor to inflict on anyone else...
 

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Managed to sort out the back end to be rid of the EU compliant plate hanger.also now have the single seat and some decent bars fitted...Looks better IMO without the rear pegs...which just leaves the headlight and exhaust system to sort out..

Bike now has 360 miles on the clock and heading for its first service on the 20th then it will be run in... having lots of fun on it already, so things can only get better..
 

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UK plates... sort of happy I live in the US. I dislike plates of any kind so much that the first thing I usually look into getting is a fender eliminator. Are you planning to get one or does it not concern you as much as it does to me?

Great first impressions by the way, looking forward to updates if you plan on doing any.
 

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Hi Gedge, that tail tidy looks neat !

Where did you buy it ?
How's the ride when it's wet ? do you get water sprayed on your back ?

Cheers
 

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Hi Gedge, that tail tidy looks neat !

Where did you buy it ?
How's the ride when it's wet ? do you get water sprayed on your back ?

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I bought the tail tidy from China..ompany called Bangood..Paid the massive some of £6.20 for 2 of them...I removed the undertray and cut the last section off, removed the hinged part of the tail tidy and drilled and bolted it to the undertray..Used teh hinge to make bracket for the indicators ( may change this as I am not com,pletely happy with this solution ..Used a set of Tinycators to replace the standard indicators.. Although not yet fitted I am going to use 2 LED bolts to make the Number Plate Lights,,,at the minute the wiring is tucked inside the undertray..

The tail tidies are a bit flimsy, but with 2 of them I may well just bond them together to give it more 'body' but for now I am only using a single bracket...I will try and add some photos over the weekend
 

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Has anyone replaced the headlight ? I think it looks too ' long' ....not sure what electrical horrors will be inside the housing but might have a look and hope it's just the light wires.....
It's practically empty in there. 3 connector blocks and some wire. Nothing like the rats nest of wiring you used to find years ago. 3 bolts and the whole lighting "sub frame" comes off. It's ridiculously heavy and, like you, I find it too long.
 

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I had a look at an XSR900 in the dealers.
The headlight looks very similar but not as long, the lens and bulb looked the same.
I wonder if it would fit, the brackets are different, but the shell should be inter changeable.
 
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