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Administrator 12-14-2009 10:39 AM

2010 Kawasaki Z1000 Review
 

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2010 Kawasaki Z1000 Review

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seruzawa 12-14-2009 02:00 PM

Is that regular handlebars I detect? A major selling point if true.

How about long term comfort? Would it make a good sport tourer for all day riding? Does it look like there's places to mount luggage?

The_AirHawk 12-14-2009 02:50 PM

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After wringing the Zee's neck (and later my rain gear) romping around the soggy Cambria, California, I can say that not many people will be wishing for more power.
Like THAT ever stopped anyone from bolting-on more "Skill" with a "full-race" Ti Akro and PCIII............

That out of the way, I could see myself on one of these. Generally, the "Origami-cycle" doesn't get me all moist, but I kinda dig on the black/silver one.

Yeah, it Roxxorz.

Kevin_Duke 12-14-2009 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by seruzawa (Post 230034)
Is that regular handlebars I detect? A major selling point if true.

How about long term comfort? Would it make a good sport tourer for all day riding? Does it look like there's places to mount luggage?

Yep, a one-piece handlebar, easy to swap if the nicely shaped stocker doesn't suit you. If you think any naked bike could be a good sport tourer, the Z is comfy enough to be one. Hooks for luggage/bungee straps are built into the passenger peg brackets.

Definitely worth a look.

Kevin_Duke 12-14-2009 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by The_AirHawk (Post 230036)
Like THAT ever stopped anyone from bolting-on more "Skill" with a "full-race" Ti Akro and PCIII............
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Guilty as charged! There have been few engines I've sampled that wouldn't be better with 10% more power! In my case, tho, I'll take the quiet Akro pipe.

Dr_Sprocket 12-14-2009 05:27 PM

This thing looks quite masculine. I must buy one. That is, after it beats out the Ducati and the B-king in the 2010 Street Fight.

sarnali2 12-14-2009 07:46 PM

It looks pretty similar to the BKing, which for what it's worth felt pretty good doing the old IMS sit and wiggle, They had the Z1000 up on a pedestal and I didn't sit on it but definitely a cool looking bike.

I for one am glad the Japanese are going their own way with the Transformer style nekkids. This and the Bking are definitely doable. Another pleasant surprise was the Gladius, real nice bike in a surprisingly roomy package.

Kevin_Duke 12-14-2009 10:43 PM

The Zee is no B-King. It's smaller, lighter and far more nimble.

So far, lots of positive responses about the Z. Now would one of you please buy a Japanese nekkid. (Ask a Suzuki salesman about Gladius sales...)

longride 12-15-2009 03:04 AM

Except for those mufflers it doesn't look too bad. Heck KD, the way the economy is people need to buy ANYTHING, along with Japanese nekkids. I heard that Suzuki is not importing any new 2010's because they have so many 09's leftover. Is that correct?

Kenneth_Moore 12-15-2009 05:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Kevin_Duke (Post 230049)
(Ask a Suzuki salesman about Gladius sales...)

My pal Les who spent the last 1.5 years riding the Concours I sold him went out to buy a bike about a month ago. His short list was the Gladius, the Versys, and the WeeStrom. He got the Strom...the Versys and Gladius felt too small for him, (he rides a lot of 2-up with the SO) and the aftermarket and reliability factors made the fairly old Strom design the winner.

He's coming down from Orlando Friday for a Key West ride. Should be fun spanking his stupid 650 with the Vee all day.


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