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Old 12-17-2004, 03:09 AM   #121
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Default Re: You have your choice of weapons to go to war with

Assuming we have two riders with similar experience and skill, a lighter bike will always be more manouverable and will brake faster. ABS's advantage mostly lies in slippery conditions, again an experienced rider will stop shorter with a non-ABS system - on dry pavement of course (there was a test about this in a magazine so I am not making this up)



I have ridden a Husaberg 400 supermoto and it was much more radical than my bike (then a 2000 ZX6R). A seat that splits you into two, no wind protection to speak of, quite a bit of vibration and hair trigger throttle response etc. Believe me, my ZX felt like a GoldWing after that monster, and I am told that the 650 version is even wilder! So I am not sure if the supermotos are a good option for starters; except perhaps for the Yamaha XT660 and the new Honda supermoto with XR650 engine which mimic the style but lack the performance. They are still not that comfortable though, since their seats are really hard and narrow, I'd probably prefer my old ZX's seat to one of those (none would hold a candle to my Futura's seat though )

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Old 12-17-2004, 03:11 AM   #122
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Old 12-17-2004, 03:11 AM   #123
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Default Re: 2005 Kawasaki ZX-6R

$4000 dollar hit?



You'll have to explain. I'm sure Kook will love the answer.
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Old 12-17-2004, 03:11 AM   #124
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That, is why, I've always liked having an editor; Dictitorial-Bastards, though, they are (Sorry, Sean...).
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Old 12-17-2004, 03:34 AM   #125
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Default Re: Dang you didn't pass him!

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Old 12-17-2004, 03:39 AM   #126
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Default Re: 2005 Kawasaki ZX-6R

I haven't heard anything bad about it. Everyone seems to love it. They finally got the TT600 right. And they removed it from the supersport class, people realized what a good bike it is. I'd like to take a spin on one, too.



For $5,600, I'd say it's well worth it.
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Old 12-17-2004, 03:42 AM   #127
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Hey Sean, what's different about the Euro/Aussie version that nets it 5 more horses? Did they give us all the California model?



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Old 12-17-2004, 03:55 AM   #128
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Default Re: But LongNazi you said that 600s are Which is it?

Ah, yes. It was someone else who mentioned the starter bike thing. I think I've been sucked into the Kpaul black hole.



But Longride has referred to the powerband below.



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Old 12-17-2004, 04:05 AM   #129
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Default I'm not complaining...

I'm not complaining about that.



What I'm complaining about is this notion new squids get that this is the motorcycle they must start out on. For some reason no other bike will do or their fragile ego will be crushed.



Also for some reason they think that because a proffesional motorcycle rider in a magazine road test says this bike is faster then another XYZ bike then if they buy it they will always be faster then XYZ bike.



Somehow it would be nice to get 18 year olds to start out on something like a 250 Ninja or a GS500 Suzuki and actually push those bikes to the limit and learn first.



Then once they have ridden one of these bikes to the limit for a year or more think about moving up to the 600 class.



Everytime one of these new riders buys one of these new 600 super sport bikes as their first bike and wads it a week later by running it off the highway for no good reason it just raises our insurance rates that much higher.



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Old 12-17-2004, 04:40 AM   #130
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Default Re: 2005 Kawasaki ZX-6R

Yes, the U.S. models all have a more restrictive CAT to meet the uber stringent EPA requirements. -Sean
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