Hello.Hi Troppo! I too have a BMW S1000XR and love it; however, I'm considering the 2019 SD GT in black. I've taken it for a test ride a couple of times and it doesn't feel quite as quick handling (as flickable) as my XR. It also doesn't feel quite as quick as my XR. I've owned a Ducati in the past, so I've had the V-twin experience. Is the GT as fun or more fun to ride as the XR? Does it handle as well or better? Are you happy with the change? Do you miss the XR? Any input to help me make the decision is greatly appreciated.
I had 3 years on the XR and only about a week on the GT, but I can certainly feel the difference.
The power delivery is very different. The GT has it all in the low/mid range, whereas the XR (as you know) likes to rev. My engine is still tight (850 km), but I have had it up past 8k a couple of times and the pull felt the same as the XR at the top.
Where the GT feels stronger is in the mid range - especially coming out of a corner.
Re handling - I've been getting used to the engine, so haven't been concentrating on the handling that much, but, in general terms, the GT handles as well as the XR. It comes down to tyres - my XR had mega sticky Rossi Diablo 3s and the GT has sport touring rubber. It feels as flickable, although the "flickability" may be down to bar leverage to a certain extent - the XRs bars are bigger..
The brakes are better than the XR for real world riding - the front doesn't have that harsh initial bite that you had to watch out for on the XR, but is equally powerful.
The instruments are much better on the GT, but the lack of a dedicated button for the heated grips is a PITA - however, the grips work better than the XR - much hotter.
The riding position is more bent over on the GT - I have fitted risers, as I like to sit up like the XR.
In summary, yes, I'm happy I made the change. The GT is a much more visceral motorcycle - the XR tends to be a bit soul less.
I've had beemers for 5 years, and I wanted a change.
Bottom line - yes, it is more engaging and fun to ride.