I'm now the proud owner of an XR, the supply chain having finally delivered to Dunedin in NZ. I picked up yesterday and had a glorious 300km ride back to Queenstown via state highway 85 - one of the best riding roads in the country imho. Totally loved it. The cruise control is a game changer for me as I get quite a sorry throttle hand over long distance. Quick shift is awesome too!
So...now I get to work on sorting the old pannier mounts. On re-reading the thread I see there are TWO different parts listed for the left and right lower brackets ( 77419444341 / 77741944341) and (77419443661 / 7741944662). Like Shadey, I'd prefer to get correct brackets rather than fabricating or modifying the bags if I can. If anyone has done any further investigating, or can confirm which are the part numbers I need, I'd be very appreciative.