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Old 06-28-2001, 01:38 PM   #1
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I don't get it with the fairing. Without the fairing it rocks. It's a naked standard, so the dual shocks are cool. But if you want a sport toury thing with fairing and fairing mounted mirrors, why would you want a dual shock bike? Maybe someone would, but I don't get it.
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Old 06-28-2001, 01:56 PM   #2
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I think its about wind protection. When I was looking at this class of bikes last year, I looked long and hard at the zrx1200. It was more comfortable than the bandit on the showroom floor but I didn't think I would like the motocross fairing long term. I bought the bandit because I commute to work at 70-80 for two hours per day and I don't want popeye forearms.



One thing about the dual shocks is the huge "trunk" under the seat. Useful storage is a rare commodity in todays bikes.
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Old 06-28-2001, 02:14 PM   #3
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It's nice to see Kawasaki recycling THEIR old designs, after they blatently stole bike designs from Harley, Indian, and BSA.
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Old 06-28-2001, 02:21 PM   #4
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Hey MO,



Any possiblity of throwing this bike in with the FZ-1/Bandit 1200 comparison?
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Old 06-28-2001, 02:24 PM   #5
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In a way you're right... it's part of the reason I like the FZ-1 better. The fairing doesn't seem to fit with the dual-shock rear end on that thing, but on the other hand, to each his/her own.
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Old 06-28-2001, 02:51 PM   #6
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What's up with the fake British accent, anyway? Zed this, tea tray that, I mean, really. What's next, a run to the pub to knock back some Newkies?



(For those that have never picked up a copy of "Bike": ZZ-R1100 [that'd be "Zed-Zed-Arrrr-1100"] equals ZX-11.)



I think the return to a sort of simplicity and ridability is a great thing. Sportbikes are forcing themselves into a sort of needle's point of pure performance that's at odds with normal riding, cruisers are often more costume jewelry for the owner than a form of transportation; the market needs to have real, attractive choices beyond these two channels. The ZRX-12 is wonderful in this respect; so are the SV650 and the Falco. I wish more manufacturers would have the guts to play to the middle, even if the advertising isn't as sexy.
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Old 06-28-2001, 03:36 PM   #7
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I, personally, have no problems with Kawi ripping of American bikes on their designs.



If it's the look of an American bike that I like, but at several thousand dollars less (and better reliability), then I'm all for it.



If American bikes are that great, they won't have to worry about Japanese competition (and they don't). But for me, I HAVE to listen to my wallet more than my heart.

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Old 06-28-2001, 03:40 PM   #8
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The Artical mentioned that it is avalible worldwide in three forms ( I believe it was in a picture caption) Well I guess the United States of America just isn't considered part of the world...I'm still trying to figure out why MO prints a test on a Kawasaki, the first one in a long time besides the KLR650, and its a version of the bike that we can't even get in the states!!! I know Kawasaki is letting other on line print test thier USA bikes. coughMotorcycle DailyCough
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Old 06-28-2001, 03:44 PM   #9
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well,





If they dont change the Concours for 2002 I guess I'll have to go look this one over.....





I dont want 2 Connies in the Garage......It would be redundant!
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Old 06-28-2001, 04:16 PM   #10
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It's a beast and a beautiful machine.



The only two things that tilted me towards another bike (FZ-1) were the (lack of) fairing and no center stand.



Bring the S model to the states, flip the swingarm over so the brace doesn't prevent mounting a centerstand, and walla, perfect bike!
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