Main Motorcycle: 2016 Speed Triple R
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Miami Beach, FL
I own a ‘16 R and is nowhere near as fun as the old 1050’s, low flickability and the trademarked engine growl is gone. There is a shadow of what it was up to 2010 but it’s been muffled with a completely different, “more efficient, they say” frame. Note that I got my ‘16 with arrow mufflers and even in track mode I can’t get out of it what I had for granted on my 1050 without any electronic gimmicks.
So yeah I hear you when you compare it to the XR and say it’s more fun, but it is a close one, the fact that the beemer comes with BMW’s quickshifter from factory is HUGE and it just feels very agile for a sport touring, I rode one from Venice to the dolomite mtns. and back, lots of twisties to which the XR carved beautifully with a nice sound too, Heidi and grandpa didn’t even see me coming... but I know they heard me loud and clear; I’d say it has an intoxicating racy and aggressive note, which is uncommon for BMW’s usually boring engines. Plenty of power in a beautifully linear torque thru RPM band (which is rare for a 4cyl in line engine) and you can add a rear industrial-looking Givi 50L case with backrest for the missus that you can store 2 large full face helmets in (so convenient to run errands and not having to lug your jacket and helmet, I miss my Tiger 1050 😭 ) If you plan on keeping this next bike for years to come I’d stay with the XR as reaching 50+ years old and being a tall dude, lower back, wrists and more stretched-out legs will definitely appreciate a sport touring riding position. Also the seat is more comfortable as the speedy has a narrower inseam which after some time it can get a bit annoying, and yes that’s another genius “upgrade” since the dearly missed 1050’s.