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Old 10-05-2009, 07:21 PM   #21
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:44 PM   #22
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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
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:20 AM   #23
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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!
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:15 PM   #24
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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?
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:59 PM   #25
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Kawasaki's offering plate is heaping and loaded at the alter of motorcycling. Good job, Kawi!
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:19 PM   #26
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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.
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Old 12-12-2009, 10:53 AM   #27
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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!
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Old 12-12-2009, 02:16 PM   #28
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Hey does it handle anything like my old KZ750? Miss that high speed tank-slapper deal.
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Old 12-12-2009, 02:45 PM   #29
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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.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:07 AM   #30
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Okay, here's the Z1000 review (despite what the hyperlink might say):
British SBK Champ Steve Hislop Dies

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