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Old 04-12-2007, 01:53 PM   #31
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Default Re: VFR or ZX-14?

I love my '03 Sprint ST, but the new Tiger has me thinking impure thoughts!



That bike (the White one, ooooo) looks to be the cat's pajama's. 'Sposed to run like stink, too. And they've just come out with the ABS version!
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:54 PM   #32
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Default Re: VFR or ZX-14?

No, he's more the "Duke LaCrosse player", methinks.
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:59 PM   #33
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Default As a VFR owner: Sprint ST or ZX-14...

If ABS is a must have, get the Sprint ST, its a VFR but better (lighter, more powerful, standard bags, cheaper!) and with more style.



Otherwise, I'd get the ZX-14. It feels very much like the VFR when I sit on it, but daaaamn that thrust... Drool drool drool...

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Old 04-12-2007, 02:07 PM   #34
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Default Re: VFR or ZX-14?

i can speak for owning an '01 VFR. The 5th generation VFR is good for its lack of vtech (which makes valve checks/adjusts simpler and a lot cheaper if you don't do it yourself). and the gear driven cams.



pros:

- linked brakes reduce fork dive.

- reliable, proven motor

- v4 sounds cool.

- single-side swingarm (hot esp. when silver,gold or some such bling color vs. black)

- shorter wheelbase is better for the occasional track day

- a used vfr is going to be cheaper than a zx14 in most cases i would think



cons-

- linked brakes. also brakes weaker than on other bikes

- engine is somewhat complicated for 49-states models with emissions stuff like PAIR, cat.

- heavy for relatively weak power output

- riding position is a compromise between sport and touring. it's too sporty for very long touring and not sporty enough for aggressive riding. (ok, it's not really bad at either, but any bike that focuses on doing one or the other will be much better at that compared to the VFR).

-sort of heavy clutch pull for stop & go traffic. sitting with the clutch in for a few minutes is kind of annoying.

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Old 04-12-2007, 02:16 PM   #35
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Default Re: VFR or ZX-14?

seriously, that's the way to go. or, the OP could check out this freaky little bike (click on "motorok," when the site comes up...it's in hungarian), if he wants to be the only man in north america driving a pannonia.

if you like russian copies of the bmw boxer engine, ever thought of an ural chopper (hope you read german)?
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Old 04-12-2007, 02:31 PM   #36
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Default Re: VFR or ZX-14?

That's a beauty all right, better jump if you're gonna' they won't be around long at the dealers....
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Old 04-12-2007, 02:33 PM   #37
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Actually more of a Liverpool Football Club soccer hooligan, complete with empty bottles to throw at the police
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Old 04-12-2007, 02:41 PM   #39
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Default What about insurance?

What about insurance?



Have you called insurance company to see what the ZX-14 is going to cost you over the VFR?



May be a whole lot more!!
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Old 04-12-2007, 02:53 PM   #40
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My advice, wait a few more weeks and get the new 2007 Suzuki 1250S Bandit, bulletproof drivetrain, low maintenance cost, very refined, fuel injected, TONS of usable torque and power, ABS is only a $500 option, super comfortable, great wind protection, low insurance, tons of aftermarket and $7500 out the door already guaranteed, just look in the Cycle trader. As a long time 1200 Bandit owner and fan, it is hard to go wrong! Just waiting for this magazine to test one.
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