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sarnali 08-18-2004 05:34 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
I don't know about affecting the frames rigidity, but you'd cook everything else like the battery, coils and eletronics, gas tank, seat..etc.

Personnaly I like this 750 the way it is, I'm pretty much a sport standard kinda' guy anyway (though I ride a sport-tourer) so this works for me from a visual and mechanical aspect,

Kawasaki seems to have filtered out some of the 1000's excesses while leaving the basic formula alone....Good job.

captainwhoopass 08-18-2004 05:38 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
It might not be as much of an issue with a steel frame, but the temps most exhaust pipes run will melt aluminum.

sarnali 08-18-2004 05:40 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
If they had a shaft or belt drive they wouldn't be entertaining.

Modern chains are the most lightweight, efficiant and almost maintainance free method of transfering power. Plus you can change the gearing to suit your particular application.

The chain on my Trophy requires about 5 minutes work a week in checking tension, cleaning and lubing and so far has lasted 23k miles without an adjustment.

mscuddy 08-18-2004 05:53 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
Neat, it has the same mirrors as my '81 KZ750E. Tradition marches on.

seruzawa 08-18-2004 06:19 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
To pinch the wheel you'd have to use a steel wheel which would cause a huge weight penalty. Plus all that heat would probably melt the tire.

I learned to drive on a car that had mechanical brakes, a 51 Chevy Coupe. You really don't want to go there.

seruzawa 08-18-2004 06:24 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
Those mirrors have probably been sitting in a bin in Japan ever since the Great Motorcycle Sales Crash of 1982.

mscuddy 08-18-2004 06:26 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
When did they get rid of the air cooled Zepher? That was a pretty cool bike.

captainwhoopass 08-18-2004 06:30 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
Ever owned a belt? It's lighter than most chains, is considerably more maintenance free (most need adjustment about once a year, and require no lubing), and last at least 40K miles, if not longer. The only problem is that you can only slightly change gearing without changing the belt itself.

captainwhoopass 08-18-2004 06:32 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
You mean the Massive No-Basis-In-Reality Motorcycle Overproduction Boom of 1981.

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