MotoGP Forum  

Go Back   MotoGP Forum > Motorsports Forum > Motorcycles

Motorcycles For topics and discussions about all motorcycle makes and models

Like Tree65Likes
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
April 29th, 2017, 11:58 AM   #71
Senior Member
Motokitty's Avatar
Joined: Dec 2015
From: San Diego

Posts: 652
Likes: 575

I Ride: Mini rice rocket.
Originally Posted by Gaz View Post
Is this Kitty seen test riding a second had Kwak?

I wish I look like that but I wouldn't wanna be caught dead with such an ugly exhaust.

Originally Posted by JPSLotus View Post
Might be timely then!

I went to a local area Kawasaki dealer yesterday afternoon to take a look at the Z1000 and the ZX-6R. The people at the dealer were really high on the Z900. One of the workers kept raving about how great the bike is and he claims its his current favorite street bike from Kawasaki. Make of it whatever you will as I don't know if it is sales pitch bullshit or not. But they did say they have been moving quite a few of them. It's a very nice looking bike. As I mentioned earlier in the topic, I do like how it slots in below the Z1000. My issue was I felt I had less room on the Z900 than I did on the ZX-6R which sounds weird given the riding positions of both. I wouldn't personally buy a Z900 because of that. Keep in mind I'm not on the smaller side, so you would be more than okay with the bike. The Z1000 was a tough one as they had a left over 2015 that was marked down, and I'm sure I could have gotten it for under $8K. Seating position for me was better than the Z900, however there was one catch. The exhaust placement. The rear heel of my boots make contact with the exhaust on both sides of the bike. I had heard some complaints about that online. So now I can confirm those complaints are accurate. As such I wouldn't go with that bike sadly. It's a shame as I like the look of it quite a lot, but I don't want to deal with that exhaust/foot clearance issue.

I'm leaning back towards the GSX-R 750 now since I think it's a good middle ground between the 600cc and 1000cc bikes. Just have to get to the Suzuki dealer when I can to take a look at it in person.
For Z900, there was a review that "hands get pinched against the tank when attempting to make low-speed technical turns. Riders with larger feet will also have a problem with their right heel hitting the exhaust."
JPSLotus likes this.
Motokitty is offline  
April 29th, 2017, 12:53 PM   #72
Senior Member
Joined: May 2016
From: Sydney

Posts: 168
Likes: 46

I've gor a size 13 foot and heel hits on the gsxr750, just touches. Depends if you ride on the balls of your feet. Not a deal breaker at all. It's a great motorcycle. I had the 2011, so current bike.

Footpegs can be lowered and they still do not touch the ground while riding to the edge of the tyre.

Feel of a 600 with that extra grunt. Big piston fork is great, no need to alter that with an internal kit unless you are really fast on the track. Shock is nice too. It does benefit from a small say 5mm shim under the shock, turns in a lot nicer. When i first got it, it felt so stiff on the road and crashed over bumps etc Inwasn't sure, rode it on the track a few times and it started feeling really big , soft and spongy compared to my race bike, so it just felt perfect on the road

Bars are in a nice position for a sports bike, pretty comfy bike. I am 6"5' and about 240 pounds, been cycling and riding my whole life and had no problems doing full day rides on that bike, odd stretch of the knees after hours in the saddle, same as any bike really(non cruiser)
Theo and JPSLotus like this.
aaronl is offline  
April 29th, 2017, 03:25 PM   #73
Senior Member
Joined: Jul 2007
From: Maitland way

Posts: 5,804
Likes: 2212

Originally Posted by Mick D View Post
Agree the GSXR750 is a bit of a sleeper... everyone seems to pass it by but it is a great bike and a great value for money... especially lightly used or old stock.
IMO only, but the Gixxer750 has always been a sleeper in the Oz market as well given it is the only remaining 750cc sportsbike in a market dominated by 600 or 1000.

Every person I have known who has ridden the Gixxer750 (I rode a mates on a part of the Oxley once) has loved them.
AJV80 likes this.
Gaz is offline  
April 30th, 2017, 02:12 AM   #74
Senior Member
Theo's Avatar
Joined: Mar 2015
From: Chertsey, Surrey, UK

Posts: 1,869
Likes: 337

I Ride: A bicycle.
Originally Posted by JPSLotus View Post
Legitimate question for you folks out here. I know a few posters do have liter bikes. My question is, isn't it sort of overkill for public roads? I'm not understanding for public road riding what a liter bike is going to give you in terms of speed that you can't get from a 600 given that obvious safety implications involved should you start exceeding the speed limits. Mind you I'm asking this more as a devil's advocate question to see what the responses are. Also, how are operating/maintenance costs on the newer liter bikes at least on the Japanese side of things. I heard long-term costs for say the RSV4 are outrageous.
My very 1st bike was a BSA C15, drum brakes that used to fade so badly down long hills or if used a lot haha. used to ride if from Cornwall to Durham every term it'd take all day. I then left biking for a few years (kids etc) and then I bought my current track bike a CB500, it's not road legal now but it gets an outing or 2 every year, after that every bike I've owned has been a litre or more with the most hooligan one being a GS1200, it used to wheelie from every set of lights I stopped at, it was mental, so that lasted 3 months and traded it in for my (at that time) 18month old Blackbird, I've also had an SL1000 and an RSVR, both of which are far too small for me as I'm 6'6". Cost wise I'd say the Italian bikes are the worst for expense, never got a service below £350 and sometimes it's as high as £650.
I'd like a Goldwing as it's about the only bike my wife will get on, but my garage is full and it'd mean selling 2 others. (yeah I don't list all my bikes, there's too many) and 2 of them are getting rare as parts are impossible to source, they have to be made
Arrabbiata1 and JPSLotus like this.
Theo is offline  
April 30th, 2017, 02:41 AM   #75
Blue Smoker
Arrabbiata1's Avatar
Joined: Apr 2008
From: Out of Nowhere

Posts: 6,916
Likes: 2598

I Ride: The original
There's a hidden Toecutter lurking in everyone Kitty...

Liter bikes and public roads-toecutter5.jpg
Theo, Motokitty and AJV80 like this.
Arrabbiata1 is offline  
May 1st, 2017, 06:20 AM   #76
Senior Member
mark419ny's Avatar
Joined: May 2014
From: S. Florida

Posts: 159
Likes: 43

I Ride: 2014 HP4 2015 R1 (track bike)
Originally Posted by Mick D View Post
Agree the GSXR750 is a bit of a sleeper... everyone seems to pass it by but it is a great bike and a great value for money... especially lightly used or old stock.
people pass on the gsxr not because its a sleeper but because its ugly as sin.
mark419ny is offline  
May 27th, 2021, 04:31 AM   #77
RaceFan59's Avatar
Joined: May 2021
From: Philippines

Posts: 56
Likes: 14

I Ride: Kawasaki ZZR 1100 & Kawasaki ZX14R
In reply to the original poster, yes you can use 100cc+ bikes as everyday transport. I do. I have a ZZR 1100 and a ZX14R and although you cant use the top speed everyday you can use the full acceleration of these bikes. No matter how bad a day you have had when you accelerate hard on these types of machines all your issues are forgotten. On weekends you can thrash them which includes hitting the twisties. Long live Hyperbikes.
RaceFan59 is offline  
September 10th, 2021, 04:33 PM   #78
Cutter's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2020
From: SoCal, USA

Posts: 50
Likes: 6

I Ride: BMW s1000r
If you’re not past the limit on whatever you’re riding, you should give up on motorcycles
Cutter is offline  
September 15th, 2021, 09:39 AM   #79
Senior Member
Keshav's Avatar
Joined: Aug 2007
From: Pomona NY

Posts: 10,527
Likes: 1942

I Ride: BMW F800R + 511-SMR + Husky 701sm
Curious… how do you define “past the limit”?
Keshav is offline  
September 15th, 2021, 10:55 AM   #80
Senior Member
Willski's Avatar
Joined: Feb 2008
From: Outback Steakhouse

Posts: 3,207
Likes: 459

Originally Posted by Keshav View Post
Curious… how do you define “past the limit”?
I am also curious.....As a person that's never ridden a motorcycle, I would assume ( and this is purely an assumption ) that if you were 'past the limit' you were no longer riding a bike but travelling across the tarmac on your arse ?
Gaz, Mick D and Albert Tatlock like this.
Willski is offline  

  MotoGP Forum > Motorsports Forum > Motorcycles

bikes, liter, public, roads

Search tags for this page
Click on a term to search for related topics.
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A public apology The California Kid MotoGP 42 June 27th, 2009 06:52 AM

Facebook Twitter Google+ RSS Feed

Copyright © 2005-2021 Powerslide. All rights reserved.
MotoGP Forum is a MotoGP enthusiast's forum, but it is in no way affiliated with, nor does it represent MotoGP or Dorna Sports, S.L. of Madrid, Spain.