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Old 12-16-2004, 05:17 AM   #21
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Default 600cc's-not hardly!

Am I the only person who thinks that this is a bogus 600cc bike and has no buisness in a 600 comparo?...call me old fashioned.



Also do we really need 119 hp 600's? isn't this the genre of bike most newbies look at buying? Methinks we'll see more and more news items like the New Hampshire release yesterday.....I'm just sayin'.



In other news, it's nice to see that Kawasaki has hired some decent designers again, their sport bikes are once again awesome looking.
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:18 AM   #22
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Default Re: 2005 Kawasaki ZX-6R

Hmmm... Well this is just great. A whole new crop of Better AND Faster 600 class bikes (can't wait for em to start cryin' about 36cc's). Should be a great comparo, I can't believe how high a standard we're reaching with Sportbikes these days. Cool videos (that thing sounds BAD) and article.

Kawasaki comes out with a Red ZX-10R just when I decide to wait and see how the 1050 Daytona comes out and go for a used one (955) if it's not an improvement. You see, if I'm honest with myself the ZX-10R scares me, it's acceleration stuns and shocks me. As long as they didn't have a Red one I didn't have to face that, now I do... Sure I could ride responsibly and use restraint but 36 years of not doing so makes me doubt my resolve... Hmmm... There would be no dishonor in getting one of these new "600's", could I be ready for a pre-VTEC VFR? Hmmm...
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:28 AM   #23
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Of course it would be wireless and super-light. More and more it seems that today's dreams are tomorrow's reality.
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:40 AM   #24
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Default Re: 2005 Kawasaki ZX-6R

Even for racers, the 636cc is a non-issue. Except for the AMA, most club racing organizations permit "middleweights" up to 640cc, presumably to allow for 600s to get an overbore if necessary. So, the 636 looks to be a terrific club racing platform, finally, something to reduce the amount of R6s.
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:49 AM   #25
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Default Re: 2005 Kawasaki ZX-6R

I too am considering a 955i leftover. It's not an '04, but the (low) price is just too hard to resist. (No, I'm not telling who the dealer is). As far as I'm concerned, 130 rwhp is total overkill on the street, but the triple's got that nice torque.



This new 636 is starting to make me think twice, too, but I can still get the Daytona for less. Look around, bet someone's giving some deep discounts. Another local dealer had plenty of '04s, and wanted to seriously deal on an SE model (I am blessed to have two Triumph dealers within 40 miles of each other).



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Old 12-16-2004, 06:01 AM   #26
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Default Re: 600cc's-not hardly!

Nope. I think the 636 has got an unfair advantage in a comparo with the other 600s. Which is exactly why I would buy it over the others. I don't need no stinkin' racing regulations, I want the best bike for my money. If I were thinking about a 600 (nay, 600-something), this would probably be it.



By the way, Kawasaki has actually gone a step further than the competition by offering a true 600 racing package for AMA racing, and offering a better street bike with the 636. The other manufacturers have to do with just one bike. Bravo, Kawasaki. Bravo.



Frankly, if they made it a 700 and could keep the weight the same, I'd be even happier.



And it does look sweet (especially in the Raw Titanium paint), don't it?
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:07 AM   #27
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Some non-reciprocating (no, not the jet bike that Leno has) engine, whether Wankel-type or other, will come eventually.



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Old 12-16-2004, 06:15 AM   #28
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Default Re: Dang you didn't pass him!

Or It was a friend and I was deliberately taking it easy on him. Notice the speed difference on the straight, thanks to the fact that I had to sit bolt-upright, so as not to interfere with the tank-mounted camera. -Sean
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:29 AM   #29
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I was wondering about the straights. Of course... ahem... I assumed it was a balast issue.
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Old 12-16-2004, 06:32 AM   #30
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Nice to see Kawi restraining themselves on the graphics, now the (well done IMO) lines of the bike can show through. I am again saddened by my lack of finances.

I do like this bike, road one of last years models a while back, and loved the nimble feel, and that motor felt powerfull enough, this sound even sweeter.

Buzz, when are you going to start the info-mercials up for your patented fleecing seminars, I need more money (and a larger garage)
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