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Hi everyone :smile2:

A brand new green XSR700 will be my first big bike soon, after riding a 125cc scooter for a few years. Firstly, when I saw the bike in photos I loved its style, but then I saw it live and I just fell in love :nerd:

As you all are owners of the XSR700, I would like to take this post to ask you a question...
My idea is to ride it every day to go to work (8kms each trip, 4 trips a day by city roads without traffic lights and with very little traffic density), and that includes rainy days since here in the north of Spain is very common, so do any of you ride the bike on a daily basis throughout the year? how does the bike behave on rainy days? Does the seat material suffer from being wet often?

Thank you guys, see you soon on the roads! :grin2:
 

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I do about 80kms a day on my bike 40km each way to work and back all year round in the UK. The stock tyres are excellent in the wet I have never had any issues with loss of grip. The seat is absolutely fine in all weather, main part is leather anyway so just wipes off the other material (neoprene??) dries very quickly but does leave a watermark. I just clean this when I clean the rest of the bike and comes straight off..

Enjoy the bike, you will love it!!
 

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Welcome to the boards and congratulations on the bike! Haven't heard of anyone having issues in the rain, once you ride with the proper etiquette, you got it no problem :)

Now... mod plan list?
 

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I do about 80kms a day on my bike 40km each way to work and back all year round in the UK. The stock tyres are excellent in the wet I have never had any issues with loss of grip. The seat is absolutely fine in all weather, main part is leather anyway so just wipes off the other material (neoprene??) dries very quickly but does leave a watermark. I just clean this when I clean the rest of the bike and comes straight off..

Enjoy the bike, you will love it!!
Do you by any chance ride a certain way from a cold start or just ride however from a cold start? Some riders I know like to take it easy during the first 10-15 minutes on the road before pushing the bike a bit, the claim is it helps the tires get to their optimal state for performance.
 

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Do you by any chance ride a certain way from a cold start or just ride however from a cold start? Some riders I know like to take it easy during the first 10-15 minutes on the road before pushing the bike a bit, the claim is it helps the tires get to their optimal state for performance.
I take it easier for the first five or ten minutes especially in Spring and Autumn, maybe I'm being lead astray by the racing bods who seem to be paranoid about cold tyres. Be interesting to see if anyone has done any proper testing of tyres ability to grip when only ridden a few yards to a few miles. I'd guess the most repeatable test would be braking distance.
 

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Thanks you all guys!


I do about 80kms a day on my bike 40km each way to work and back all year round in the UK. The stock tyres are excellent in the wet I have never had any issues with loss of grip. The seat is absolutely fine in all weather, main part is leather anyway so just wipes off the other material (neoprene??) dries very quickly but does leave a watermark. I just clean this when I clean the rest of the bike and comes straight off..

Enjoy the bike, you will love it!!

It's great to hear that. I got the feeling that most people only ride the bike from March to October and it scared me a little bit. My bike and I, you know, we are going to get wet a lot haha although it's not something that bothers me ;)


Welcome to the boards and congratulations on the bike! Haven't heard of anyone having issues in the rain, once you ride with the proper etiquette, you got it no problem :)

Now... mod plan list?
Let's say I already have some things in mind hehe.
No doubt I would start by painting the plates covering the radiator in black. Then I would go for an exhaust change, a flat handlebar, and maybe something else in the short term :p


In the long run, as you know, the possibilities with this bike are endless >:)


Anyway, my limit is that I ALWAYS have to have a two-seater seat, since my wife and I enjoy little routes around the area where we live (montainous and winding :p) visiting villages and so on.
I hope it's not a very uncomfortable bike to ride two people, keeping in mind that this bike is not a Goldwin 0:)
 

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Hey Serg, welcome to forum.

+1 for no troubles in rain. -1 for the subsequent cleaning.

I try not to over rev or lean the bike too far until engine temp is past the 'Lo' and it has a reading.
 

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Thank you all guys. I've written a very long response regarding all the issues raised in this thread but something went wrong when I pushed the send button (something related to a review by mods before publishing or so) and as a result my post has gone :(

Anyway, I'm pointing out all your advice ;)

My mod plan list will be an exhaust change and flat handlebars in the short term. In the long run, you know, the possibilities are endless :D
 
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