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Old 03-16-2005, 03:17 AM   #31
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Default Re: 2005 Kawasaki Z750S

I just bought one, like I said before, for 6300 out the door. You definately shouldn't have to pay MSRP on this one. It looks much better in person than photos. I not too sure why this bike is getting dissed so much it has hp and torques numbers close to a vfr minus price, very expensive valve adjustments, and PIA plastic to take on and off. Plus, it's ergos are much more comfortable.



There are some po' folks out in the world that can only, and barely, afford one bike. One that does many things well has appeal to some of us when actually spending money, not just philosophizing ananomusly on the net.
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:35 AM   #32
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Good point. Not exactly, I think. The Z1000 looks more like an origami nightmare than a Speed Triple.



You're right though. Ksacki would be dumb to undercut their own bike.



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Old 03-16-2005, 03:41 AM   #33
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Default Z750S: VFR redux? The Bandit 1200S is gonna kill it, though

The Z750S specs look like they hit the old VFR sweet spot... just under 100 rwhp, just over 50 lb ft of torque, probably right at 500 lb wet weight, minimally adjustable but decent suspension. But does it have only one front brake rotor? Doable, I guess, but just. Of course, the Z750S is $7k while the VFR was/is $10k - looks like a great deal. I picked up my '98 VFR for $6k two years ago, which was a better deal, though.



Overall it seems like a better all-around bike than the SV650S, which I've owned, but probably not as good as the Bandit 1200S, which I've also owned, and is a mere $300 more. The Bandit is very similar weight and upright riding position, has cartridge forks, dual front brake discs, and even though the horsepower peak is not much higher the bottom end and midrange torque is still astounding even today - around 75 lb ft stock!
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:46 AM   #34
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I've been with State Farm for years and my 1450cc 75hp Harley is more expensive than my 107 hp 750cc Mv Agusta.
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:46 AM   #35
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If I lived in a large urban environment like LA I'd definitely consider buying this bike. Who cares about 160mph top speeds there? The tendency of standard style Kwackers to run forever makes this bike a fair option.



And as far as the dissing goes, don't sweat it. These bikes always bring out the people who seem to dis everything but this week's Burger Barn Special.



Have you taken delivery yet? Does the faring look removable without a lot of modification for the instruments, etc?
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:48 AM   #36
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An old roommate had a Honda 750 with a Windjammer and hard cases. I used to ride it up and down the beach-without a helmet godforbid!
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:49 AM   #37
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Sorry, but owning an '81 KZ750 is a curse. You are doomed to own it forever. Resistance is futile.
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:50 AM   #38
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Yawner perhaps if you've been riding for 30 years and throwing gobs of money at your riding habit. I'm about to move up from my first bike, a 1980 Honda CM400, and this is almost perfect- does everything, reliable as you could ask for, and it still has almost 100 freaking horsepower. I, frankly, am a bit intimidated by the process of getting a new bike. The whole industry seems to be getting a little crazy on power- it seems (on the face of it anyway, maybe I'm wrong) that telling people that a 100hp bike is "mid-range" is normal. For me it's either the Z750S or a used FZ1 for the price, but that's got 140hp- I can't quite convince myself I'll manage to keep my life and license if I buy one of those things. I dig this website but you guys seem to be a little off the deep end in terms of your perspectives on modern motorcycles. Thoughts?
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:56 AM   #39
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Default Re: Z750S: VFR redux? The Bandit 1200S is gonna kill it, though

Yeah, I saw that Gabe said "disc" (singular) when referring to the front brakes, but then I checked the Kawasaki specs and it has dual discs up front.
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:56 AM   #40
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I think we need to get Gabe a new name too. That hypenated Ets-Holin thing is too pansy-Euro sounding.



How about something manly like Gabe Armstrong or Gabe Butkus?
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