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Old 09-15-2005, 05:11 PM   #1
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The ZX-14R looks like a great beginner bike!
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Old 09-15-2005, 05:44 PM   #2
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The 636 looks so-so. I mean really, another 600cc (or so) rocket bike with minor mechanical improvements, and BNG? Umm, wow, I guess. Squid bike. The ZX-14R pretty much lays down the gauntlet for the 'busa, at least that's what I assume. Pretty much a strip bike, no real world application. Heck, there isn't even a FIA superbike equivilent. I think the "cutting edge" has gone too far. At this point I'd like to see the major manufacturers hold power as is and focus their effects on making a bike as light as possible.
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Old 09-15-2005, 06:44 PM   #3
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I think it will be a great motor w/ plently of Low end torque AND top end power. As long as it's not too heavy ~550 pounds~ and is comfortable it should be a hit.



Now where's that more powerful Mean Streak, also I hear rumors of a Supercharged Jet Ski. I enjoy this time of year even though I'm not buying it's nice to see what's out there.
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Old 09-15-2005, 07:08 PM   #4
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Old 09-15-2005, 10:22 PM   #5
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Thanks. cool stuff like the big Ninja and they fix the dash (speedo and tach) finally...Does the new GSXR-600 have a stubby exhaust like the new Yamahas or underseat? hard to tell.
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Old 09-15-2005, 10:34 PM   #6
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Keeping my fingers crossed that the Supersport Single is going to break cover...(Oh, pretty please Kawasaki!!)
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Old 09-16-2005, 02:48 AM   #7
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I agree -- I'm much more interested in the light bikes (upcoming supersingles, Triumph Scrambler, etc.). The Big Zed looks like a halo bike aimed squarely at the sandals/shorts/backwards ballcap crowd. And it's ugly.



What happened with the styling? Isn't it just as expensive to build a good looking bike? That cheese grater glued on the side was poorly thought out (ok, it helps make a black "Z" if viewed from the left side -- big deal). The front end reminds me of that horrible BMW cruiser/tourer thing -- too many holes.



Bottom line: Big Zed looks old, bloated and boring.
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Old 09-16-2005, 03:51 AM   #8
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Hey, how come you guys are the last to bring up the new Honda's??? wtf?



I want to complain about the updated (hahahaha) VFR.



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Old 09-16-2005, 04:02 AM   #9
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Re Concours replacment: any bets on it showing up before 2012?
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Old 09-16-2005, 04:26 AM   #10
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>I'd like to see the major manufacturers hold

>power as is and focus their effects on making

>a bike as light as possible.



Well there´ll be models for you also but doesn´t this melt your heart: "10kgm of torque already at 2.000rpm". This is a man´s bike.



Front end styling is fab but the weird slots on the sides suck. However, after lots of moaning, I compared it to the new GSX-R and suddenly Kawi looks distintcly modern!



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