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Old 09-17-2002, 01:16 PM   #121
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how about "Oh Jesus that was fast!"?
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Old 09-17-2002, 01:32 PM   #122
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Radial brakes are stiffer so less flex. But the big difference is you don't have to pull the calipers to take off the front wheel. I guess for a street bike it won't matter so much. but if your a club racer or you you do track days, it says a lot of time when you change tires at the track.
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Old 09-17-2002, 01:58 PM   #123
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check out kawaski's ZZR1200 it makes 145 RWHP and weighs 550 pounds. Or the 2002 ZX12R it's 10 pounds lighter than the new VFR 800 and makes about 50 more HP
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Old 09-17-2002, 04:32 PM   #124
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Ummm, well gee, we agreed that RWD is better than FWD in a high powered vehicle. I saw no agreement at all as to the major factor responsible. But if you're happy, I'm happy.
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Old 09-17-2002, 06:43 PM   #125
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I like the fact that it has inverted forks. All the other naked bikes cheap out with conventional. Aside from being stouter, the inverted front end looks tough as nails. So do the fat wheels and what is one of the sweetest looking tail sections on a non full on sport bike.



The pipes are unusual, but l like the plating from exhaust port to tip. Maybe I will get used to the dual death ray cans. Maybe not. It is not a biggie.



This bike has the potential to rock hard. I am praying they did not do a "retune (detune) for torque" on the bored ZX mill. The basic ZX-9 powerplant is a great one. Maybe not cutting edge in sport bike, but perfect for this thing, especially with a bit more displacement to beef up the low end.



Neck snapping wheelie whoring power should be at the fingertips. If so, they will sell all they make.'



'03 is looking to be a helluva year!
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Old 09-17-2002, 06:51 PM   #126
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GAK! that ZR1000 has to be the ugliest bike concieved since the V-rod. how can big green design what has to be the horniest naked bike , the ZRX, then make the ZR? must be a lot of cheap chianti in the design studio these days.
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Old 09-17-2002, 07:41 PM   #127
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I think they look better from the 3/4 angle view than the straight side view
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Old 09-17-2002, 07:54 PM   #128
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go with the streetfighter look, [ you have chosen wisely, grasshopper]
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Old 09-17-2002, 08:00 PM   #129
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122 hp, maybe.....410lbs seems kind of light, I'd guess more like 460 or so with gas and oil,
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Old 09-17-2002, 08:22 PM   #130
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For a street car in wet/snowy/hilly areas [like here in the pacific northwest] fwd with abs beats rwd every time, actually any car with the engine over the drive wheels is going to do better in this climate, front or rear, I think the system Subaru uses is ideal which is front wheel drive 'till you get slippage, then the back wheels hook up through a viscas coupling I think it's similar to the system on my dads Range Rover and my Explorer, except the ford is primarily rwd. and the Range Rover is awd. I suppose if you live in a flat area it's not so important.
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