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April 29th, 2017, 11:58 AM   #71
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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.


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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."
https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...orcycle-review
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April 29th, 2017, 12:53 PM   #72
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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)
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April 29th, 2017, 03:25 PM   #73
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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.
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April 30th, 2017, 02:12 AM   #74
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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
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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.
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