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I am seriously looking at these two bikes. Exactly what are the diffenences between them? The information available is scant and vague.

Is it worth it to get an XR but on a batwing fairing, bag protectors, crash bars or would it be a better "value" to just get the XC?

I am torn and am looking for advice.

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I am seriously looking at these two bikes. Exactly what are the diffenences between them? The information available is scant and vague.

Is it worth it to get an XR but on a batwing fairing, bag protectors, crash bars or would it be a better "value" to just get the XC?

I am torn and am looking for advice.

Thanks
The difference is the fairing and built in stereo. If that's important to you, then the XC is the way to go. If you don't care for fairing/stereo, then the XR might be better. The better value is getting what you want, and not having to trade it in because you've rushed your initial decision.
 

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The only difference is the fairing, the XC and XR are the same bike. It all depends, if you want all the bells and whistles then go with the XC. I figure by the time you dress out a XR with a fairing and all the other goodies you would've been able to buy the XCT.thumb up
 

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There is around a $3000 difference between them, is the Fairing and stereo the only differences for three grand or more? WOW.......I would have thought you would get much more for the money.

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I figure by the time you dress out a XR with a fairing and all the other goodies you would've been able to buy the XCT.thumb up
And this is the exact reason I bought my Tour. Matter of fact to get everything separate was more expensive than the CCT.
 

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Cruise control (don't underestimate the value) a more informative dash board, harde bags, and on the XC Tour a huge difference in wind management with the hard lowers.
There is around a $3000 difference between them, is the Fairing and stereo the only differences for three grand or more? WOW.......I would have thought you would get much more for the money.

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There is around a $3000 difference between them, is the Fairing and stereo the only differences for three grand or more? WOW.......I would have thought you would get much more for the money.

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The "easy" answer to that is yes since the base MSRP between the two is $3000 on the nuts. However, there are some differences and if you match them up, the difference is closer to $1500. Primarily, adding hard bags versus the leather bags is an upgrade to the XR to match the XC along with adding engine guards. So, that's a bit more apples to apples at that point.

Differences are as mentioned, plus the saddle pillion is smaller on '11 and newer XRs vs the XCs. The cruise control previously mentioned came standard on all cross bikes starting in 2011 and I believe has remained.

For me, I went with the XR. I can throw a shield on when needed, but tend to prefer her without so it's good to have the option.
 

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Cruise control (don't underestimate the value) a more informative dash board, harde bags, and on the XC Tour a huge difference in wind management with the hard lowers.
Not to mention a different seat (better), longer handlebars(3 inches further back if I recall?) A lot of people switch out the XR handlebars for the XC. I'm going to be switching out the XCT for the even longer 2 inch pull back.

I tried playing that cost saving game by running the numbers. The XCT is the best deal. Even if you only sometimes would use the trunk. (it is quick release if you don't bolt it).

XCT - many change the windshield (it is a useful but too tall for most stock)

XC - pretty much everyone agrees needs a taller windshield and lowers to stop buffeting.

XR just may need lowers, I don't know if many change their windshield other than those that get the fairing.

To each their own. My brother feels there is no reason to get the XR since you can get a Road Star at 10k and then add whatever you want. He just added a fairing with a stereo setup.

I prefer getting the entire package(or close enough to it) from the get go. Which is why hopefully today or tomorrow I will be owning a new red XCT.
 

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Agreed, whatever your flavor is for mototcycles. I picked the XR because I like the leather bags even though I could have bought the hard bags. I also don't like the front fairing, don't like the blind spots. I did put nice handlebar mounted speakers for my MP3 player that work just fine. Cruise control and ABS brakes are standard on the XR. The XR is just my flavor and I only paid 12,900 for my 2012.
 

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Cruise control (don't underestimate the value)...
Yeah, but cruise control is stock on the XR as it is on the XC.

I have to agree that one of the biggest assets for the XR is the removable wind screen. Comes off in seconds, and you're ready to cruise down the boulevard on a hot day, or pop it back on, and you've got great wind protection for the longer and/or colder highway runs. To me, that flexibility was important, and the stereo wasn't. See what's important to you, and chose the bike that fits your needs best.
 

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Yeah, but cruise control is stock on the XR as it is on the XC.

I have to agree that one of the biggest assets for the XR is the removable wind screen. Comes off in seconds, and you're ready to cruise down the boulevard on a hot day
You didn't read the nice article about hot riding gear. Rule #1, if it is over 93°F, do whatever you can to limit airflow over your body. You are literally convection cooking yourself...
 

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You didn't read the nice article about hot riding gear. Rule #1, if it is over 93°F, do whatever you can to limit airflow over your body. You are literally convection cooking yourself...
So all the riders out there who do not own a windscreen or fairing have already cooked themselves? :ltr:
 

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So all the riders out there who do not own a windscreen or fairing have already cooked themselves? :ltr:
Hopefully, they don't have many tattoos as those inhibit perspiration. Their bodies will need to perspire more than they otherwise would if they blow hot air on themselves. If they are free of tattoos, chances are they will only smell worse than wind protected riders and require more hydration stops.
 

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Hopefully, they don't have many tattoos as those inhibit perspiration. Their bodies will need to perspire more than they otherwise would if they blow hot air on themselves. If they are free of tattoos, chances are they will only smell worse than wind protected riders and require more hydration stops.
This riding business is a dangerous hobby.
 

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Hopefully, they don't have many tattoos as those inhibit perspiration. Their bodies will need to perspire more than they otherwise would if they blow hot air on themselves. If they are free of tattoos, chances are they will only smell worse than wind protected riders and require more hydration stops.
Ride neekid?
 
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