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Old 05-28-2006, 07:17 AM   #51
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Put a Car Tire on it...............



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Old 05-28-2006, 01:23 PM   #52
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Great article. I was interested in your thoughts on comfort after riding my mates Busa, I found it cramped and got a sore neck. I own an OLD ZZR 1100 handles like crap but it's so comfy. If only I could improve it's ride height and handling......
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Old 05-28-2006, 06:43 PM   #53
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Sorry to disagree. I owned a Hayabusa for 2 years and just put my first 600 miles on a new zx14. The 14 is more refined in every sense including handling. The busa was a bear to flick side to side. The zx14 feels downright light in comparison. The suspension is amazingly good in stock form (minor adjustments but no ohlins needed). If anyone has ridden a K1200RS or S from BMW you should know that the zx14 has that same extremely "planted" feeling at speed.
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Old 05-28-2006, 06:46 PM   #54
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Stock zx14 is slightly more comfortable than a busa modified with Heli bars. However Heli Modified has just released a set of handlebar risers (5 minute install) that will eliminate any neck or hand fatigue and should make the zx14 a real long distance pleasure.
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Old 05-28-2006, 06:49 PM   #55
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About the looks of the zx14....



Just rode the zx14 to the BMW 49er rally in Auburn, CA. I can tell you unequivocally that this bike was the hit of the rally. I must have talked to 60 BMW owners who thought the bike look sensational and were blown away by the price/value ratio.
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Old 05-28-2006, 06:51 PM   #56
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One thing you didn't mention. Headlights!



I rode the zx14 home one night with the high beams on. (that's 6 lights in total) My God, this thing lights up the road like my MB CL600. Every single auto was flashing me. Kudos to Kawi for attention to night time riding.
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Old 05-29-2006, 06:17 AM   #57
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Excellent article! I own the Busa and do figure itÂ’s been due for someone to up the ante. My ride on the ZX also indicated it was more aimed at the sport tour and less the canyons or tracks. Personally, I hope that when (if) Suzuki comes back with their response to the ZX14 they donÂ’t give up the BusaÂ’s character. The ZX had a ton of go, but the power didnÂ’t have much character, the bikeÂ’s lines are much like a growing number of sport touring machines. IÂ’ll admit the BusaÂ’s notchy shifting could go away, the brake-tech could be updated, and thereÂ’s a reason for aftermarket instrument panel parts, but the grumbling edgy feel of engine gives character and feel to the machine, the unique shape while likely due an update is still very likely the wind tunnel winner, and defines a unique motorcycle. I do hope Suzuki responds and I hope the keep the character of the Hayabusa, itÂ’d be nice if looked over at Triumph and noticed that character is a important as handling and power.



The humor here is that the ZX looks and feels like it will be more of a pain to BMW than Suzuki. Fast, smooth, and comfortable, put a cup-holder, bags, and antiskid brakes on the ZX and thereÂ’ll be a whole new kind of bike war! Hyper-Yuppie-Bike!

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Old 05-29-2006, 06:20 AM   #58
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So what happened to the BMW K1200S.

It definitly fits in. Same shape, design, use

and 167hp with 96 torque.

With the adjustable suspension and shaft

drive it would be well worth considering

for the test.
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Old 05-29-2006, 09:31 AM   #59
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Its hard to find a Jap bike whose price/value ratio doesn´t blow away the BMW owners.



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Old 05-29-2006, 10:38 AM   #60
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What happened was a MSRP of 15,800. BMW does not fit with the others in because it offers more brand than performance for buck.



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