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Hi, been around bikes a few years and the balance of looks and performance of the XSR700 has been growing on me. Having a test ride on an MT07 tomorrow as the dealer hasn't got an XSR demo bike. Are there many differences between the two that I'd notice on a test ride?

The 60th anniversary colours bike is the one I'd really like, pity it's got the grey radiator :frown2: might get a 2017 bike and get the coloured plastics to fit.
 

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Hey John, I've ridden both and the main differences will be on riding position - otherwise they're virtually the same bike. The XSR sits a little taller and more upright, thanks to a (slightly) higher seat and handlebars, but it's a very similar affair.
 

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The grey radiator is something I dislike but it it's easy to replace/paint the side covers and add a black rad guard.
 

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Thanks Guitargeek62. Ergo's are fairly important to me as I'm not getting any more agile. But 6' 2" tall so don't want to be scrunched up by a low seat / high pegs, but also don't want the pillion seat to be so high I can't swing my leg over.
 

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I'm 6' 2" and 48 years old and i find it totally fine, very comfy..:grin2:
 

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I'm 6' 2" and 48 years old and i find it totally fine, very comfy..:grin2:
Thanks, that's good to know. Had a test ride on the latest CB1100RS as it pulls similar memories as the Kenny Roberts speed block colours. Low seat and high pegs meant it felt very cramped to me. Beautiful bike though.
 

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Hey John,

I'm 6'1 and I rode the mt07 for my test and felt cramped on it after an hour. The shape of the seat on the xsr is totally different and haven't felt cramped on this even after 2 hours. When I stop for lights, I can stand both feet flat on the floor and just clear the seat, which is nice for a quick stretch. It's also easier to throw a leg over as the pillion seat is not as high as the mt.

Let us know how you got on!
 

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Had the test ride and it's a nice engine, maybe better torque than the SV650 I have at road legal speeds. Rear suspension felt harsh, but then there's not much padding on the MT's seat.

Was looking at getting a green one even though I'm really after the 60th Anniversary colours bike and would change it to that. The dealers rang around and even though the 60th bikes were for customer orders only, another dealer just happened to have one available. So getting the bike at the end of the month.

I really don't like the aesthetics of the bare aluminium radiator so am wondering if the Yamaha radiator side covers and guards will tone down the grey lump?
 

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I really don't like the aesthetics of the bare aluminium radiator so am wondering if the Yamaha radiator side covers and guards will tone down the grey lump?
It does, i've covered my guards with black vinyl and it tones it down nicely...haven't bothered with the rad guard though.
 

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It does, i've covered my guards with black vinyl and it tones it down nicely...haven't bothered with the rad guard though.
Thanks, I'll try and take a picture of the side and actual radiator finned area guard, as I think it does take the edge of the grey lump nicely :smile2:
 
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