How 'very innovative' was this bike? The Kawasaki Z1 had been on the market for 5 years when the XS came out, with DOHC engine that whole time. Shaft drive has been on every BMW since WW2. Some of this article just sounds like the sales brochure.
I would say what made it interesting was that it was a more polished bike than the Kawasaki, and challenged the BMW as a sport tourer more than the Z1, which it was never as fast as.
Should the 550cc and 650cc versions be in this article? I think that they belong in a more general article about the XS line as a whole along with the 750cc, 850cc & 1100cc versions. Athgorn 20:30, 30 November 2007 (UTC)