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Hi All,

Picked up my xsr700 a couple of weekends ago. Originally went in to purchase a 2021 R7 WGP, but saw this in the corner and fell in love, and picked it up for under half the price of the r7. Previous bike as a 2018 ktm rc390, but needed a bit more 'bike'

Already has MT07 Akrapovic Ti exhaust, NRC tail tidy/S2Concept headlight and surround, Michelin pilot 5 tyres, protaper mini-low bars (almost identical to a "Carmichael" bar) and bar end mirrors, plus had 20k (12k miles) service, new chain and battery (18k on the clock, all one owner, full service history, bought bike new at that dealer and then traded in) Is also unrestricted, highflow lid and filter, and remapped ECU to suit.

I've already purchased and installed

Kelpi black leather diamond stitch cover and matching diamond grips,
LED Headlight bulb and parker
Black SD-R CNC Machined adj levers
R6 throttle tube
smaller front indicators (arrive tomorrow)

and currently looking at smaller front fenders (rizoma/C.Racer/SW Motech) and debating swapping bars to hurricane fat swallows, or some clip-ons. Maybe even the S2Concept bolt-on/riser replacement kit, XSR900 clubman bars seem a bit too extreme for what i want, and i find them a bit too rounded-looking.

Have also just finished painting a lot of factory parts satin black, will be ceramic coating the exhaust black too now i think.

Also looking at the S2concept seat cowl, but being my bike is garage metal paint match is going to be a royal pain, so may end up painting the tank sides nardo grey at some point along with adding a cowl. I may also add a belly pan at that point, see how it goes.

All in all a hell of a bike for what I paid. Stoked.
 

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Thank You Gentlemen! Ill hopefully get out on it tomorrow and take some better pics.

Exhaust is going off next week to be coated, then looking at more body parts and bars. Looking at suspension as well but want to get some more K's on it before i start changing too much.
 

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Just finished fitting my new front indicators, pretty much finished for the first round of mods once I get the exhaust back.

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What have people done about neating up cables on their bars? Possible to re-route?
 

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What have people done about neating up cables on their bars? Possible to re-route?
 

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That's not too shabby at all, I might try some braided cable tubing and see how that looks.

Cheers for the tip!
 

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Hi All,

Picked up my xsr700 a couple of weekends ago. Originally went in to purchase a 2021 R7 WGP, but saw this in the corner and fell in love, and picked it up for under half the price of the r7. Previous bike as a 2018 ktm rc390, but needed a bit more 'bike'
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Hi and welcome to the forums. Enjoy your ride.

XSR or R7, what a little difference :), but think you made a good deal on your current ride,

BR
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Hi and welcome to the forums. Enjoy your ride.

XSR or R7, what a little difference :), but think you made a good deal on your current ride,

BR
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Yeah I know haha, I had a hard-on for the 80's styling. It's sickening how good it looks. but this was tucked away in the corner.... and it was love. Probably a bit more "age appropriate" for me too.

And with the price difference (XSR was about 50% cheaper, new R7 was around $16K AUD) ive done nearly everything ive wanted to, bought all new riding gear, insurance and registration for a year, and put a heap of cash back in the bank, and probably had more fun too. R7 Would have stayed stock for the foreseeable future, i was able to get right into mods etc straight away with this.

Im just looking at suspension now, Unsure if i just go for thicker oil and preload adjusters, or should look at a full kit with front springs too? I only really want to do it once.

Ive put more preload into the rear shock, and its noticeably better.

Bit unsure as im a pretty big guy (6ft 1, 120kg/265lbs, VERY broad etc) and dont want to make changes that dont really do anything, or also make changes i dont need to. But i also probably havent had enough time in the seat to really tell. Thats what REALLY needs to happen, ride time. It bucketed down with rain all weekend here so didnt really get a chance to head out.
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum,
how did you repaint your plastics?
In the spray, how did you prepare them before painting?
what paint did you use?
Thank you in advance for your answer
Hi! And thank You!

Scuffed really well with scotch-brite pads, Red works best, white is too fine and green is too coarse
Clean really well with wax and grease remover.
Plastic primer
satin black paint (3 coats)
satin clear (2 Coats)

The primer and paint/clear was all Rustoluem "Custom" plaint.

Ive done a lot of stuff like this (car plastics etc) and never had an issue

Its kinda cold here atm as well, so i left the cans in hot water for 5 minutes before spraying, and heated up the plastics with a heatgun as well.

Then happened to be sunny day i sprayed the clear to they sat in the sun baking for 3-4 hours. Fitted them that night.
 

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Welcome to the forum!
Beautiful ride by the way !
Please update on painted headers, did mine on VHT, with scuffing, primer, paint, clear coat and idle curing as per the book, and they're miserably peeling away : (
Thanks! Appreciate it!

I've used VHT before and had similar issues, I find the duplicolor heat paint much easier to work with, and better results. Intercooler piping etc. I was actually going to ceramic coat the pipes, but after receiving some pretty staggering quotes this week, I think I may go down the paint route myself.

Let you know how I get on.
 

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So, have been riding every weekend for the last month, did 2 full tanks last weekend and another this weekend alone, ive learned a lot of things about the bike (and my riding) but there is only a few minimal changes i wish to make really. And they're all to do with the suspension. Tyres, comfort, power etc are all great and i wouldnt really want to change them.

Im pretty happy with the rear, is much better with the preload wound up a bit more and the tyres pressures 100%, front is a bit floaty and dives a bit under brakes but manageable. I think a bit of it is to do with my last bike was VERY light weight (145kg) and a lot more "chuckable" and easier to manhandle. XSR is a bit heavier/bigger so needs a bit more work while riding than what im used to.

I think an YSS insert set for the front and mono shock set for the rear but am taking it to Hoey Racing, a motorbike suspension specialist who just happens to be 2 minutes down the road from my house to have droops etc measured and get some advice. But overall im VERY happy with the bike, its super capable and a blast to ride.

Black out exhaust is coming shortly, as well as still debating S2 Seat cowl and colour change of the garage metal, have a few colours in mind but not 100% Front Runner is Nardo Grey.

Also fitted some clear tank grips, and think I need to locate the baffle for the akra Ti exhaust. It sounds glorious with open throttle, but it's pretty damn loud :ROFLMAO:

Pics incoming shortly.
 

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Couple of small updates,

Had some whitewalls done, and purchased S2 concept seat cowl and front fender.

The guy who did the walls normally does Harley's and the like so did the front one thinner(6mm) but I'm not 100% sold on it, so he's going to redo it for me the same thickness as the rear (15mm) this weekend.

Have also purchased a second hand XSR900 seat cowl in garage metal I stumbled across on ebay, ive seen couple of pics of the 900 cowl on a 700 and it didn't look that great, but i think it was due to colour mismatch and a whole heap of other things the bike had going on. we'll see what its like when it gets here. I think it should be pretty close to fitting, apparently the brackets bolt straight up to the 700 seat.

I'm going to try both and run with one. If I keep the 900 cowl the bike will stay garage metal, if I choose to go with the s2 concept one I'll paint it and the tank covers nardo grey and sell the xsr900 one on.

Couple of pics...

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Still on the agenda to address the suspension, but have been putting on a few k's and just enjoying it.

i really need to get around to blacking out the exhaust as well.
 

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Looks cool :cool:

I am not a fan of white wall tyres on modern bikes but it looks good being thinner IMHO. (y)
Yeah I'm normally not either, but I'm glad I did it. I haven't seen it done before on an XSR so i thought id give it a crack. The thinner wall up front just looks a bit odd to me as most Harley's etc run a larger front wheel, not a square set like the xsr

But it's also shown how huge and ugly the stock front fender is, so I bit the bullet and bought the S2 concept one with the seat cowl at the same time.

I'm not 100% on the 900 cowl, but I did pick it up cheap so I can just sell it on if no bueno.

I guess 'm trying for a modern 'cafe style' without being too over the top 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️
 

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Well, the 900 cowl arrived, and i was sold on it as soon as i sat it on the seat. So much so ive cancelled the S2 concept order and ended up ordering a JVBmoto front fender kit instead.

I'll head into the workshop tomorrow and fab up some brackets (didn't come with mounting hardware) and the rear part doesn't fit the xsr700 seat anyway. But I'll make it work. Will also paint the centre section black to match the tank. My front fender is due to arrive Tuesday so I'll paint and install that as well.

I thought it may upset the lines of the bike but I think it works really well. The front fender will cut a lot of bulk off the front wheel and will balance it out more. The only thing I'm looking at now is the bars and the suspension, but I really don't know which way I should head. I'm concerned cafe style or clipons will ruin the riding position for me all together. And thinking about doing a rear shock and kit for the front struts, and lowering the bike maybe an inch or so (but doing them both hand in hand, lowering but upgrading inserts and oil etc)

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I can't wait until our new house is finished being built and I have a proper workshop to work in again 😆
 
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