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Old 09-20-2001, 11:10 AM   #71
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Default I agree this is functionally similar to the GPZ-1100

Which is an absolutely fantastic motorcycle.



The GPZ got universally great reviews everywhere, including honorable mention in Cycle World's Ten Best of 1995. There is small, but extremely loyal user base for this bike. Mine has 45K miles and runs like new still, motor incredibly strong (did someone say midrange?) and smooth.



This looks like an updated GPZ which fixes all the shortcomings of that bike, (small questionably designed saddlebags, old frame and suspension, small fairing, could use more motor [that actually makes me laugh]). The GPZ was and is a great motorcycle. The ZZR1200 will be also.
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Old 09-20-2001, 11:15 AM   #72
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Default I'll bet they have no problems moving Vulcan 1500s.

It's the top selling metric cruiser.
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Old 09-21-2001, 09:19 AM   #73
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Default Re: Make your own sport-tourer

I havent seen too many good comments about the beetle bags. Many complaints about being too small and the bag cracking though. I'll admit they look good, but dont seem too practical with there small size. I was looking to pick up a VFR and order a set but after reading about the beetle bags I decided against said plan.
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Old 09-21-2001, 05:27 PM   #74
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Default Re: 2002 Kawasaki ZZ-R1200

Well, I have to disagree with you on a few items, first, "better built" is subjective. I don't buy into the "Honda is God" crap that so many seem to mistakenly believe. Build quality across the board of all Japanese bikes is first rate nowadays. Secondly, while the Superhawk is a nice bike, it's a lousy sport tourer simply because the gas mileage is so atrocious. How can you go 135 miles on a tankful? That's really not sport tourerish at all. And lastly, being a twin is not everything to everyone. Personally, I'd rather have a nice smooth inline four anyday.



YMMV, but I'll take a look and a ride on the new Kawi come Americade in June.
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Old 09-21-2001, 07:40 PM   #75
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Default Re: Concours

My '00 Concours is my favorite ride ever -- that being said, it sure seems to me that it would be really nice if just once in a while you could by a product that didn't need imediate alterations.



I haven't done the seat or windshield, but a 400+ mile day here and there does indeed make the stock seat seem a bit too soft.
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Old 09-22-2001, 06:36 AM   #76
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Default Re: "Most Sport Tourer

I didn't know most sport tourers had a shaft. Actually I believe it's just the ones you mention. The new ones coming out have chains, as do the Triumph Sprint ST (sport oriented) and Trophy (tour oriented but still runs circles around ST1100 and Concourse in the sport area).
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Old 09-22-2001, 07:39 PM   #77
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Default Re: EX revamp--why not a 650cc triple?

"What if you were to go back to the 1984 Ninja 900, and instead of cutting off two cylinders, cut off ONE. Do a little tinkering to get everything balanced again, and you suddenly have a triple of about 650cc's."



Don't know if it's feasible, but damn - that sounds tasty. I'd buy one at $6300.

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Old 09-23-2001, 09:18 AM   #78
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Default Re: Glad Kawazuki is making an XX. Somebody should.

<blockquote>Why would anyone buy a new bike? </blockquote>



For the wonderful smell of that new bike warranty. I always think they should call depreciation a "warranty charge"...
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Old 09-23-2001, 09:27 AM   #79
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Default Re: 2002 Kawasaki ZZ-R1200

I thought this bike was going to replace the Concours, but to do that it'd need shaft drive and a more comfortable seat.



The Concours needs an update, and I am certain that Kawasaki has existing parts in the bin that can adequately update the Connie for a few dollars more (actually a few hundred dollars more at the showroom, which would still seriously undercut the competition pricewise while producing a competent sport tourer).



It would be interesting to see the ZZ-R1200 engine and brakes in the Voyager, although the engine just might need further detuning to not break the chassis under hard acceleration...



But the Voyager and the Concours have their own faithful, and they, like the faithful of another brand out there, say: "If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand..."
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Old 09-23-2001, 09:37 AM   #80
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Default Re: I must be really out of it...

...because Kawasaki and Suzuki have the lineups that come the closest to what I want.



Kawasaki has the Super Sherpa, the EX-500, the W650, the KLR650, the Vulcan 750 Tour, the Drifters 800 and 1500, and the Voyager.



Suzuki has the GS500, the SV650 and the Savage (although I hear conflicting reports on the reliability of the Savage...). I would appreciate a Bandit 600 without fairing, but they don't make that.



A Bandit 1200 with a full fairing, hard bags and shaft drive would be a good way for Suzuki to get back into the touring market...
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