Originally Posted by Dr_Sprocket
I finally got out to the local stealership and had a chance to sit on both the Triumph Street Triple and the new Kawasaki Z1000. For my 6'5" frame (36" inseam), the Kawi just plain fit better. The fit and finish on the Zed was on par with the Trumpet. Some might say the Triumph's style is "classic", but IMHO, the Triumph style is starting to look dated. Overall, the Kawi presents well in person.
One thing I don't particularly care for are all the plastic cowlings surrounding the forks. Once they get scratched and faded, they probably will look like excrement. Nevertheless, the chunky styling of the Z1000 is cohesive from front to back.
I'm narrowing down the choices for my next bike. It will likely be either the new Z1000, the Triumph Sprint ST, the new Honda VFR, or the Ducati Multistrada 1200. I'll let you know the clear front runner once I check out the Viffer in person in a couple of weeks.
NOTE: Thanks to KDuke and company for their excellent review of the new VFR. Now I have another bike to consider as a stable mate to the Uly.
Being in the market for a new bike and with a decent budget can be frustrating due to all the great choices out there! If you rode the Z1000, you'd love it. If you rode the Duc MTS, you'd love it. If you rode the VFR, etc! Tough to beat the sheer value of the Z.