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Hi all, just joined this evening.

Had my xsr 700 about two and half weeks now and loving it, I've done about 750 miles so far and it's getting better and better every run.

This is my first bike, been driving Vespa t5's and Px 125' s since 1989 (I think).
Was fine back then as you didn't have the two yearly cbt stuff to worry about.

Anyway, having lost the will to live doing cbt every 2 years I decided to get the finger out and get rid of the L plates I then discovered on my lessons on an xj6n that riding proper bikes was great fun ?

So two months later, after 1 failed MOD 1 with a foot down, I find myself with a brand spanking new forest green xsr.

Happy days !!!

PS, still kept my Vespa, I'll always be a scooterboy at heart ?
 

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I thought as a first bike it would be a good one, perfect height and seating position for me. It's quite a light bike so felt like it would be a good one to start off with. I did like that power seemed to be distributed across the range rather than kicking it at higher revs on other mid range bikes.

Haven't really thought much about customising yet. I did put a puig vision windscreen on it today and noticed a huge improvement with motorway driving. Wind much less of an issue and where it was sitting at 70-72mph at 5000 rpm without the screen it sits at 76-78mph at that now. Might not seem a huge difference but having driven scooters for years that sort of increase would require a kit or at least an expansion chamber and up jetting.

I'll probably run it as stock for a while before pondering about any changes.
 

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Welcome aboard Dave
Great choice and it definitely is a good first bike, a nice transition from a 600.
I did my lessons on an XJ600 too, the XSR was my first bike as well.. it's such an easy bike to ride so it was a no brainer for me.
 

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Welcome Dave!

I'm in the same club as you, this is my first "proper" bike after years of 125's and CBTs before doing my direct access and picking up another forest green XSR at easter. I'm at ~8,000 miles now, with one tour of central europe clocked up on it (9 countries, 3,000 miles!), and plenty of cross-country trips between london and the southwest since then; it's a great bike!
 
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