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cls 06-03-2007 01:26 PM

Re: ZX14 vs CBR1100xx
I test rode an XX and owned a ZX14. No contest, IMO: ZX14 w/o doubt. Great bike. Way more power. Ultra smooth. Comfy. Slick tranny. Great brakes. I love the looks (In black.). And, did I mention, awesome power. Great stuff!

sarnali2 06-03-2007 01:45 PM

Re: ZX14 vs CBR1100xx
Probably what you should do is buy the ZX14 and let me ride it around for a four seasons evaluation. I'll use my extensive 40 years-over 500,000 miles of experiance and evaluate the bike in a number of different riding conditions including commuting, Mountain Pass blasting and some desert riding and let you know what I think.

There will of course be a small fee..........

aciurczak 06-03-2007 03:42 PM

Re: ZX14 vs CBR1100xx
I've ridden both a ZX-14 and an 1100xx. Frankly, the first thing I thought of on the 14 was that it felt very much like a Blackbird with 50 more horsepower. The motor is unbelievably smooth, and the handling is similar. They're both large bikes, with both wheelbase and suspension calibration optimized for sweepers rather than the really tight stuff.

lionroyboy 06-03-2007 03:53 PM

Re: ZX14 vs CBR1100xx
I have a ZX-14, but have not ridden a CBR1100xx to compare to. But, you could check out a bunch of guys on that forum used to own the CBR1100xx and could give you good feedback. Plus, they're all down to earth and would be quick to respond. From what I've read from them, they would most likely try to pursuade you to go with the ZX-14!

DaveFla 06-03-2007 06:01 PM

Re: ZX14 vs CBR1100xx
You have a seven year old Blackbird with 35k miles, meaning you've averaged 5k per year on it. Yet, the dealers won't allow test rides? Are you by chance unlicensed?

Otherwise, any chance of making it to a demo fleet?

sachiwilson 06-03-2007 07:29 PM

Re: ZX14 vs CBR1100xx
"Excessive vibration"?

Sh**, man. You sound like someone who needs to buy a lexus. You know, with four wheels and a roof.

BMW4VWW 06-03-2007 07:35 PM

Re: ZX14 vs CBR1100xx
If you bought a ZX14 and rode in 500,000 miles every day in the Seattle area how long would it be before you passed Kpaul riding a motorcycle?

HRCUSA 06-03-2007 08:33 PM

Re: ZX14 vs CBR1100xx
Rode both, owned a Blackbird. Honda Blackbird is still the smoothest in-line 4 ever made!! Now the new Bandit 1250 is the first bike that I have rode that is as smooth, and will run with either bike from 0-100, just of course from then on, the Dos Equis and ZX say bye bye. Couldn't go wrong on the ZX-14, but don't forget Suzuki has a all new Busa being introduced to dealers on June 27th, expected to be smoother, faster, lighter, more tricks, and to be available to purchased by this fall! Check the Suzuki site on June 28th, for all the details. Ciao.

ksquid 06-03-2007 10:10 PM

Re: ZX14 vs CBR1100xx
LOL but I am working on it see kpaul trip report for details.. hooked up with some crusty yet friendly BMW riders lots of fun ..I want the new Concours now. with GPS, mounted radar detector and laser jammer... I don't think you could go run with a ZX-14

At this rate it will take kpaul 1000 years to catch up with sarnali... if he quit riding now.. He's a monster... I know how difficult his commute is...

HelterSkelter 06-04-2007 05:05 AM

Re: ZX14 vs CBR1100xx
No Kawasaki dealer would let me test ride a ZX-14 and I showed up to a couple on my DucK.

Test rides on metric biks are going the way of the Dodo.

BTW, buy the 14, awesome power, smooth, comfortable and it doesn't handle like a complete boat.

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