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sarnali 09-20-2003 05:45 AM

Re: 2003 Naked 1000 Shootout
Nice review, even if you didn't point out how lame Kawasaki is for the little plastic fake frame member and how cool the REAL alloy frame is on the Suzuki.

A comparison between the SV1000 and the 919 Honda would be interesting as they both seem to be broader focused whereas the Z1000 seems more in line with the FZ1 concept of comfy sport bike.

Looks like I'll have to add the SV1000 to my list of bikes to buy. Does the tail light on the Suzuki give anyone else wood?

ebass 09-20-2003 05:59 AM

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Well done, JB2! A real nice piece! I told you that Z1000 was a ton o' fun! I'm not sure if the look will last the test of time, though. Even now, I keep going back and forth on whether I think it looks bad ass or just ...bad.

For those who don't know Jeff, there isn't a nicer guy in motojournalism. I tried to give him some lessons in arrogance, attitude, and generally obnoxious behavior, but it was like trying to teach GW Bush to speak English.

Oooooooh, SNAP!!!

seruzawa 09-20-2003 06:00 AM

Beat me to it dammit!
You are an evil evil man.

seruzawa 09-20-2003 06:59 AM

Re: 2003 Naked 1000 Shootout
Suzuki opts for more traditional styling and looks good copying Ducati. Definitely on the short list for me.

Kawasaki goes for the styling that is uniquely Japanese in origin. At first it seems bizarre, but like the old Shogun Warrior concepts it grows on you. I'd be interested if I didn't already have two 4 cylinder streetbikes.

So now it's between the SV1000, the Speed Triple and the XB12R

Buzglyd 09-20-2003 08:00 AM

Re: 2003 Naked 1000 Shootout
Did you hide the ammo for the snubby?

SeanAlexander 09-20-2003 09:27 AM

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Not a bad choice in the bunch. I've spent a fair chunk of time on all three and can safely say that the XB-12R is the one to pick. It is almost as much fun as a Tuono, feels just as good in the corners but just isn't as fast in a straight line. I imagine that already having two inline fours means that you aren't buying one of these nakeds for your top-speed fix.

seruzawa 09-20-2003 10:21 AM

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I never exceed 100mph anymore. Ever. The UHP does NOT have a sense of humor about such things.

Any of the V-twins will easily go over the ton. Top speed is not an issue. An ability to carry a tankbag and soft luggage is the main issue.

The state of my exchequer will eventually be the main deciding issue.

seruzawa 09-20-2003 10:28 AM

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My wife has the snubby. Loaded with Hydroshock. Anyone who tries to molest her will have a really bad day.

SeanAlexander 09-20-2003 11:16 AM

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I still recomend the XB-12R for you, but a tank bag will require that you use a Strap-On. Though I know many of us are averse to using anything that can be called a "Strap-On"

bmw1959 09-20-2003 01:34 PM

Re: 2003 Naked 1000 Shootout
I'm going to upchuck a thought, how disgusting even for an online cycle rag to use this phrase on their site! Anyway, Naked Shootout? Where are the rest of the naked bikes- what a joke- I for one will never renew my sub with this mag. The content on this site has gone down the ****ter.

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