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Mikey 08-18-2004 02:05 PM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
When it comes to a daily driven, all weather commuter bike, nothing beats shaft drive. I'll gladly give up a few HP to never have to lube, adjust, and clean up after a chain.

electraglider_1997 08-18-2004 02:22 PM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
Naw, use an aluminum wheel but have a perimeter rotor bolted to each side. The heat would be spread out to the entire rotor so I don't think it would be a big problem. Heat must not be a biggy on the Buell perimeter rotor. Mostly I just want people to think outside the box so to speak. Disc brakes today are powerful but they don't seem to have a retractor mechanism designed into them so they always drag even after you let off the brake.

nbyers 08-18-2004 02:23 PM

OK, Disposable...But Reliable
Japanese in-line fours are rediculously reliable. Earlier this year BIKE magazine (UK) did a test where they ran a Ninja 600 without any oil or coolant just to see how long it would last.

The exhaust glowed red hot at one point (they took some amazing pictures of the thing about to melt down in about four diffent ways).

It never completely failed. When they were done they filled it with fluids AND IT RAN.

So, yeah, Japanese fours are more common than empty beer cans in a frat house. But ya can't kill 'em.

Come to think of it, KPaul has a Ninja 600. Hey, dude, apparently checking the oil is optional.....

electraglider_1997 08-18-2004 02:26 PM

Why'd you decide to get the 9S instead of the 12S. I like Buells and just am curious. I'm actually seeing them once in awhile on the streets. Mostly 9's.

SeanAlexander 08-18-2004 02:48 PM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
None of my (motorcycle) disc brakes have any pad or caliper contact to the rotor when the lever is released.

If your motorcycle is lightly dragging the pads on the rotor, you should shim the caliper so that that side doesn't contact. If it drags evenly on each side, you should rebuild the caliper, to get rid of the stiction in the pistons.

eekadog 08-18-2004 02:56 PM

Re: OK, Disposable...But Reliable
as i put down $2k in the last three months to fix my $1k nighthawk (30k mi), i somehow don't believe it.

johnnyhomemaker 08-18-2004 03:23 PM

what's up?

What's up with referring to yourself in the third person all the time? Is this the real KPAUL?

mile_eater 08-18-2004 03:54 PM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
Hey... I'll be buying a cruiser to one day... when I'm like.... 45.... and am going bald.... and need to pretend to be a "bad boy" to get it up.

Hey.. are they still giving away viagra samples with the Vulcan 2000?

sarnali 08-18-2004 03:58 PM

Re: Yeah, well
I live in a wet climate (global warming aside) so all that chain fling keeps the back of my bike from getting rusty

sarnali 08-18-2004 04:04 PM

Re: No kidding,
I bought my new '83 GPZ 750 in '85 for $2200 out the door.

That was my first REAL sportbike.

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