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Old 09-24-2006, 08:13 AM   #21
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I think thats why they went for VVT (and it sounds like TRUE VVT (2 cam profiles) rather than the VFR VTEC 2 valve/4 valve bit).



That way, they could tune the 7k RPM cam profile/behavior as ZX-14.



Of course, it seems silly to retune that beast of an engine at all!

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Old 09-24-2006, 08:26 AM   #22
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Just like putting the zzr cams in a Zrex. All that is Fixable......
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Old 09-24-2006, 08:30 AM   #23
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I don't know about betting but think that that old VFR killer, the Sprint ST, might do well with it's sportier take on Sport-Touring. Of the "Sport-Tourers" that I consider "Medium Tourers" the K1200GT with it's heated grips/seat and cruise control should be good competition, if not for those linked brakes...



I continue to maintain that "selective" linked/ABS or not will be the future.



All that said I eagerly await the next Sport Touring Shootout. I haven't ridden the new Sprint or FJR but it looks like these great bikes have been improved. The new Connie looks mighty impressive on paper, my main concern would be heat management as it relates to the rider, let's see how it stacks up.
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Old 09-24-2006, 08:32 AM   #24
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Old 09-24-2006, 08:55 AM   #25
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The KLR650 update is most welcome. At least it looks sort of modern... even if it isn't. It seems pretty lame though that they upgraded the forks from 38mm to only 41mm. Even the DR650 has 43mm (even if they are low tech).
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Old 09-24-2006, 08:59 AM   #26
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Depends on ones definition of ride quality
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Old 09-24-2006, 09:05 AM   #27
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How could it possibly make any sense at all from the marketing perspective? I have always wondered this. I had Royal Star, a VMax V4 engine drilled to 1300 cc - and then neutered to 64 hp level. Mierda. It never made any sense to me. Do they think you must have a lame engine in order to cruise?



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Old 09-24-2006, 09:53 AM   #28
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Where were you riding? Is it totalled? I assume you're ok since you're posting on the net.
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Old 09-24-2006, 10:21 AM   #29
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KLR 650 has some nice upgrades but NO BELT DRIVE?..This is Kawasaki's world bike,sold everywhere in 3rd world situations.
Kaw would be better served to move on up to the real deal.
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Old 09-24-2006, 10:36 AM   #30
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Sorry but what are these clones of? BMW? My Royal Star must have been also a BMW clone since it had a shaft drive and and identical boxer twin, albeit organized in a V4 form.



K 1200 GT has 152 hp claimed so I estimate a bit less than 130 on the rearl wheel. Should be an even match with Connie which has 171.



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