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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-27-2016, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Which one, XCx or XRx?

I was happy with my '06 Tiger, moved to a '13 800 XCx to drop some weight, and I find that the '13 has a somewhat harsher ride than the '06. The '13 handles big bumps fine, but pavement joints/small potholes/etc., that the '06 swallowed up, are fed right to my hands.
My question is this: in the '15/'16 XCx/XRx pair, are either or both good at smoothing road flaws? The '15/'16 XC has WP suspension, lots more adjustability, and [I think] the XR has 'lesser' forks/shock than even the '13 XC - which might mean it doesn't resist small bumps [which turns out to be a good thing for me].
Seat height isn't an issue. Comfort is; I am about to embark on another 'coast to coast' ride following the Motorcycle Cannonball.
Departure for me is Sept 6, I need to decide quickly.
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Your 13 is an XC, not an XCx.

I've got a 15 XCx that has the WP suspension and it soaks up the bumps very well. Coming off an 11 Roadie the XCx is night and day different.

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XRx with sport touring tires handles great and is awesome for long distance. But, for me, I had to change the seat, windshield, raise and pull back the bars for optimum riding comfort.
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You're right, mine's an XC - too many models chasing around in my head.

If I read the specs right, the XRx has the same suspension as the earlier roadies.

I will be test riding XR and XC to see if my hands/butt can feel the difference on crappy pavement.

I assume when you say "night and day different" that it's an improvement.
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The WP suspension is MUCH improved over the non adjustable Roadie (XR) suspension. With my old Roadie I could feel every little pavement joint and pothole. I never realized how bad it really was until I got the XCx.

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'feel every little pavement joint and pothole' - that's literally the money quote, on whether the XC is worth the extra $1,000 for my purposes. In contemplating another 8,000 mile plus ride around the country, the 'smoothness' factor that the XC promises, as the '06 Tiger had, is central to whether the trip is fun. Many thanks.
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I'd spring for the x package at minimum just to get the cruise and added trip meter features.

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Amen. Long ago I would have thought cruise control on a bike ludicrous; then I did a couple of Iron Butt rides. So now the choice is whether to get the better suspension to go along with cruise, cancelling turn signals, etc. I think the XCx actually earns its value in added features. Now to persuade the wife...
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'feel every little pavement joint and pothole' - that's literally the money quote, on whether the XC is worth the extra $1,000 for my purposes. In contemplating another 8,000 mile plus ride around the country, the 'smoothness' factor that the XC promises, as the '06 Tiger had, is central to whether the trip is fun. Many thanks.
The suspension on the XRx is non adjustable but how it feels depends upon how much you weigh. I weigh 155 lbs. Even with gear and luggage, I find the preload adequate. Plus, you get a 19" front wheel instead of 21". Yes, more bumpy than 21", also better handling. Too bad it doesn't have a 17". Tubeless tires, easy to plug on the road.

I don't feel the suspension is all that much different than my Street Triple R's was, but I don't ride the XRx on the track. Yes, I do ride on bumpy roads, when it gets really bumpy, I stand up. Too bad they don't make an "XRx R".

Either way, get the "x" for the cruise control, etc.

Go do a test ride.
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I thought all mostly the same things when I had my Roadie. Once I got seat time (25k miles on Roadie, 13k so far on XCx) on both bikes my opinion changed. I noticed no loss in handling due to the 21" wheel and what I thought was decent suspension on the Roadie was all thrown out the window once I got the XCx. Like I've said a thousand times on these forums, if you're a canyon carver then neither bike is going to thrill you.

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