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notabiker 09-02-2010 12:05 PM

i have a great all around naked street fighter sport bike. it is a snap to tinker with and has over 125 RWHP. it gets 40 plus MPG and handles almost as good as a super sport. it is called a kawasaki Z 1000. mine is a 2004. the new 2010 is selling very well in the USA thank you. the yamaha looks like a nice bike but 800 cc is to small for me.

Kenneth_Moore 09-02-2010 08:33 PM

For $1.5k more you could get the new Z. About a third more HP and probably 20 or less more lbs.

Dr_Sprocket 09-03-2010 06:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Kenneth_Moore (Post 248763)
For $1.5k more you could get the new Z. About a third more HP and probably 20 or less more lbs.

Good point! I wonder what the difference in long-term maintenance costs and reliability are between these two models. Either way, the are both kick-@ss bikes!

trenttheuncatchable 09-03-2010 07:47 AM

Nice bike. I especially like the upside down forks. It wouldn't look bad next to my Z750S. It would be nice if they made these bikes a bit lighter.

The_AirHawk 09-03-2010 09:00 AM

Do you think Yamaha would give me a good trade-in deal on a well-used 1st-year FZ6?

Only dropped once. Hardly raced. Seldom wheelied.....

Jeff Cobb 09-03-2010 09:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Kenneth_Moore (Post 248763)
For $1.5k more you could get the new Z. About a third more HP and probably 20 or less more lbs.



I'm with you on this. I'd get a Z (or FZ1) too, but then I like too much power. My daily ride is a first gen R1 and I'm okay with the ergos as well, so what do I know about sensible street bikes? :)

(btw, we'll start a Z1000 hop-up project soon. That ought to be fun. ;-)

This said, the FZ8 ought to still be a valid choice, and based on Euro reviews, and what we can see of the spec sheet, it appears it is.

acecycleins 09-03-2010 10:05 AM

Test it against the Street TripleR and I'll get back with you. Does look nice.

Kevin_Duke 09-03-2010 10:52 AM

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Originally Posted by acecycleins (Post 248801)
Test it against the Street TripleR and I'll get back with you. Does look nice.

Having recently logged more miles on the the tasty Street Trip, I predict the FZ8 will have a difficult time measuring up to our 2009 Bike of the Year.

acecycleins 09-03-2010 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Kevin_Duke (Post 248806)
Having recently logged more miles on the the tasty Street Trip, I predict the FZ8 will have a difficult time measuring up to our 2009 Bike of the Year.

If I were not your average adult plus few hundred extra fish tacos I'd probably enjoy the Triple, as well. That ZRX is fitting my style more and more with every mile.
If they keep making these bikes more and more compact I'll be stuck riding Harley's before you know it.

Kevin_Duke 09-03-2010 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by acecycleins (Post 248809)
If I were not your average adult plus few hundred extra fish tacos I'd probably enjoy the Triple, as well. That ZRX is fitting my style more and more with every mile.
If they keep making these bikes more and more compact I'll be stuck riding Harley's before you know it.

Yep, the St. Trip has a short seat-to-peg distance which can cramp big/tall riders, the bike's only shortcoming. I'm happy to report that I fit perfectly.


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