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Old 05-27-2006, 06:15 AM   #21
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Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce?
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Old 05-27-2006, 06:17 AM   #22
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Old 05-27-2006, 06:44 AM   #23
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Jeez. When is the last time Honda came out with anything that wasn't overpriced and boring? They've given up on the DP and sport V-Twin markets completely. No adventure tourers, the tired Shadow line, boring boring boring. They reduce the performance of the VFR with "VTEC" and call it an improvement. Then they push off a ridiculously overpriced scooter without any bodywork and call it innovation. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.............. They've gotten as hidebound as Harley.



There hardly a single venue of motorcycling in which another manufacturer doesn't have a more attractive offering than Honda.
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Old 05-27-2006, 07:17 AM   #24
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Whoops. Forgot about the V-strom. So Zuk still has one new and original model.



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Old 05-27-2006, 07:45 AM   #25
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you are correct sir, a late 80's pontiac summs up the kawi style on this one nicely. at least the 'busa has an novel weird look.
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Old 05-27-2006, 08:32 AM   #26
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I agree. They need to come back with a 750 (or bigger) no bull V-twin Hawk GT with updated styling and components based on the' 88 model - only faster. Single sided swing arm and exposed aluminum frame - the works. And a killer 1400 sport tourer.
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Old 05-27-2006, 09:55 AM   #27
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Guys, I just got back for a 4 day, 1350 mile ride with some fellow big bore sport bike riders. Bikes included a blue ZX-14, 06 Hyabusa, many ZZR1200 riders (including me), a CBR1100XX, an 06 CBR1000RR and ZX10R, 06 BMW K1200S, and an Aprilia Mille. Almost sounds like one of your reviews. We certainly enjoyed the power and handling of these bikes through the West Virginia country side during our 4 day ride.



I got a chance to ride the ZX14 and can personally vouch for your thoughts and opinions in the test. The bike is super smooth, nimble, and is as comfortable as my ZZR1200. However, as great as the bike is I just cannot pull the trigger to buy one primarily because my ZZR1200 does everything (including some lofty top speeds) that the ZX14 does in normal riding with a more palatable insurance premium.



Believe me, I want a good reason to buy a new ZX14 But, I just do not see a tremendous advantage over my 04 ZZR1200 to justify the purchase. Help me will you? I really want a great reason to pull the trigger other than being able to lay claim to the most powerful production motorcycle in the world. I've even found a dealer who will sell it to me for $10,200.00 or #1,300.00 under list!



Great article though.
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:52 AM   #28
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:56 AM   #29
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I thought you were an electrical engineer, not a software developer. Embedded systems or something?
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:58 AM   #30
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Yep you nailed it...That front.. Oh and I hated the 80s by the way...
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