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Old 01-30-2009, 02:47 PM   #1
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:54 PM   #2
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Thanks for the follow up. The street is where these things live after all. The new Ninja looks like a versatile machine, able to really tear it up on the track, but somehow broad band enough for street use.

Perhaps the new GSXR750, formerly my idea of the perfect balanced sport bike, is a 600. It costs as much as a 750 did just a short while ago.

The cost over over 10K out the door makes me wonder who will buy these things new though. So many good used bikes on the market with more engine capacity for far less money, especially in the deepening crap economy we find ourselves in. More and more good used bikes will hit the market as people take it in the economic shorts.

Perhaps we have reached the point where bikes have evolved beyond the audience's reach. I guess Kawi has that budget base well covered, they still sell the Ninja 500 and the Ninja 650 too.

None of this senseless ramble is the ZX's fault though, it appears to be a fine motorcycle.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:21 PM   #3
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Funny that - with the debut of the EX650/ER6-N, the EX500 was supposed to go to its grave. Yet still, here it is with every year a BNG year since 1994.........

Mind you, I'm not knocking the 500 - it's as capable as ever it was, and Kawasaki sells every one they make. I just can't figure why it couldn't be updated a bit in the suspension dept. - how much could a late-'90s supersport's forks and brakes be? Parts that Kawi amortized-out years ago.......
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:56 PM   #4
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Yep thats a 600. Wish they made one 1/3 bigger. Physically...

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Old 02-01-2009, 04:13 AM   #5
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These modern 600 sports bikes are getting so damn good these days I almost wish I didn't hate them. Never in the market for a sports bike I must confess I am changing a bit. Went to see the annual motorbike show in Helsinki yesterday and quess what was the MOST BEAUTIFUL bike on the show?

Ducati Sport 1000 S.

My God that's the most beatiful thing I've ever seen. Retro cafe-racer style in bright red. Sigh. Before setting my eyes on this one never liked Ducatis before, overpriced and overuncomfortable craps. Is it time to learn a new riding position?

Other interesting note on the show was that the prominently showcased new V-Max which had on top two models with absurdly large bosoms. Somehow it all seemed to make perfect sense.

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Old 02-01-2009, 09:41 AM   #6
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Could you handle more than 64 horsepower?
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:56 AM   #7
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>Could you handle more than 64 horsepower?

What makes you think I can handle 64 hp? When we raced our Kawi H2s (which also has something like that) to the summer cottage through winding gravel road I used to have some unpleasant moments of serious doubts

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These modern 600 sports bikes are getting so damn good these days I almost wish I didn't hate them. Never in the market for a sports bike I must confess I am changing a bit. Went to see the annual motorbike show in Helsinki yesterday and quess what was the MOST BEAUTIFUL bike on the show?

Ducati Sport 1000 S.

My God that's the most beatiful thing I've ever seen. Retro cafe-racer style in bright red. Sigh. Before setting my eyes on this one never liked Ducatis before, overpriced and overuncomfortable craps. Is it time to learn a new riding position?

Other interesting note on the show was that the prominently showcased new V-Max which had on top two models with absurdly large bosoms. Somehow it all seemed to make perfect sense.

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Old 02-01-2009, 11:47 AM   #9
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The ZX arrived this past week to our showrooms, man is it ever light. Pretty soon their just going to explode when you drop it.
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Hey, what's with all the bad behaviour of doing wheelies on the street? And since it looks like you were in Angeles Crest at the time, I'm sure you'll be getting a summons from the "Briggs Pigs" (aka La Crescenta Police) in the mail pretty soon.

Wheelie ticket fines are around $900.00 bucks now, 'specially if you're going over the speed limit when you get caught.

So watch it and don't give bad examples to the younger generation by posting exhibiiton of speed pictures and reckless driving on an otherwise fine website.

Hahhah, yeah right...can I interest anyone in some beach front property in Mexico?

I did a big wheelie in my electric wheelchair yesterday in Burbank and some cop hauled me over and gave me a good lecture about "being safe" in my chair. Just call me Mr. Lucky....

Neat lil' Ninja btw. Only 107 horses? How girly is that?
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