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longride 10-05-2009 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by newagetwotone (Post 225432)
863,352,632.

We need at least 100,000 more.

Kevin_Duke 10-05-2009 11:44 PM

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Originally Posted by AlphaZed (Post 225434)
I hear ya. What "Triumph influence???"

As a former owner of a '06 Z1000, and one that hated it's suspension, brakes and overall handling, I'm exited to see that Kawasaki got closer to building a true naked sport bike! Although my wish would have been for a TRUE naked ZX10, the 2010 Zed is much closer to the "real thing" than the lousy handling 2003 through 2007's.

If I can't get a CB1000R, I may be riding a Zed again, sometime in the future! :-)

Can't wait see how it compares to the Duc Streetfighter and Monster!

Kawi promises us (and I believe them) this new Z is an exceptional handler. I've spoken to a few people who have ridden it just last week. They acknowledge the old bike's handling shortcomings and unequivocally state this one is improved by a big margin. I might've hoped for maybe 135 hp, but we'll have to deal with a bit less.

This new model, like the old ones, were designed and built for the Euro market, so the bike looks about what I'd expect from a Japanese OEM trying to appear contemporary European.

While the old bike had it shortcomings, it wasn't unfixable. Here's what I did to a project bike: Project Z1000 Final Installment - Kawasaki Street Bike Project Bike - Motorcycle USA

mnmmelanson 10-06-2009 12:20 PM

I have an 03 in orange. It is funny that it was not a sales success. Everywhere I go people love it and think it is a custom bike. I win awards all the time at shows and people don't even believe me when I tell them it is completely stock!

longride 10-06-2009 01:15 PM

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Originally Posted by mnmmelanson (Post 225483)
I have an 03 in orange. It is funny that it was not a sales success. Everywhere I go people love it and think it is a custom bike. I win awards all the time at shows and people don't even believe me when I tell them it is completely stock!


What kind of award could you possibly win with a completely stock bike? Best Purchase of the Year Award Maybe? :rolleyes:

Dr_Sprocket 10-14-2009 07:59 PM

Kawasaki's offering plate is heaping and loaded at the alter of motorcycling. Good job, Kawi!

Kevin_Duke 12-11-2009 07:19 PM

Okay, gang. I've ridden it, and it's everything I hoped for and more! At $10.5K, this thing is a real performance bargain.

Here are first impressions: 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 – First Ride | Motorcycle Blog: The Sidecar

Full review on Monday.

trenttheuncatchable 12-12-2009 11:53 AM

Nice pic of the Z on that blog page! I *really* want to be able to justify trading in my '06 Z750S for a new Z1000, but I just can't. Practicality raises its ugly head. Argh!

mscuddy 12-12-2009 03:16 PM

Hey does it handle anything like my old KZ750? Miss that high speed tank-slapper deal.

MOKE1K 12-12-2009 03:45 PM

That would be a,...no.

Never could figure out why that bike was made into such a terd, glad to see it come through this year with some real power. Cant wait to ride one.

Kevin_Duke 12-14-2009 12:07 PM

Okay, here's the Z1000 review (despite what the hyperlink might say):
http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...iew-89033.html

Let me know what you think, either here or in the review's thread.


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