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Old 04-24-2005, 01:49 PM   #11
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Default Re: Yamaha R1 Vs. FZ1

Great article, just what Ive been wanting to see. Kindof wish you'd included an FZ1 dyno video/audio though, as I dont recall see one anywhere. But, the bottomline seemed to be that the FZ1 is more than enough motorcycle for the vast majority of riders, and you get a little extra comfort in the bargain. I know one thing, when I step up to an FZ1 or its successor, maybe about 10 years from now at the age 60, its not going to be a Slow bike.
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Old 04-24-2005, 02:18 PM   #12
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Default Re: ZRex vs. FZ1??

I just sold an '02 ZRX, great bike. Love the torque, just a wonderful motor.

The only mods I would recommend as "must", Zero Gravity windscreen +3", Bar-end mirrors (Napoleon), Frame sliders. I understand that if you throw your bike down w/o the sliders the insurance co. will write you a check before they replace engine cases.

I can promise you the ZRX will not catch a Speed Triple on your local twisty road. The suspension, weight and dual headlight make it a better (faster) ride under most people.

All this aside, my local dealer just put an undertail kit and flush mount signals on an '05 Liquid Silver FZ-1 and man is that bike cool. It has better wind protection than the ZRX and will hang in there with the S3. BTW, at 6'3" the 18.1" seat/peg measurement is a bit cramped on the ZRX.
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Old 04-24-2005, 04:28 PM   #13
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A loser?! Is that because I ride a Sportster (and like it) or simply because I'm really just a bit of a dag?



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Old 04-24-2005, 06:26 PM   #14
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Default Speed triple....speed triple...

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Old 04-24-2005, 06:28 PM   #15
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Default Short versus tall

Yeah, I believe the ZRX was a little cramped for you at 6'-3". The ZRX fits me great.



But damn, I envy you that inseam whenever I sit on a BMW 1200GS--a great bike I will never own because it makes me feel like a munchkin.
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Old 04-24-2005, 07:00 PM   #16
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Default Read the comments in the insurance box

The agent looked at several different insurers. She also only does California, so that could explain the higher rate.
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Old 04-24-2005, 07:24 PM   #17
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I had a 99 GS, they are neat bikes. I really like the 1200, but I can't help but think of the $8-9k extra as a really cool second bike. Tricked out 98 900ss/sp?

I'm sticking with my '02 Futura until the '06 VFR rears it's head. I skipped the '02-05 after owning 3 gernerations. Give me gear drive and no v-tec in a 500 lb. package.
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Old 04-24-2005, 07:35 PM   #18
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Default WOW!!

Great article MO. Love the insurance rate comparo... Love the interesting unexpected comparison. Though I have sportbike for pretending I am Matt Mladin on weekends, its great to see how the other half lives.... Thanks guys...Great pictures and video...
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Old 04-24-2005, 09:01 PM   #19
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Yesterday.



Old old MO in Marina del Rey was right next to a recycle center and we could weigh all the bikes on certified scales. We've been slumming it ever since with roll-up scale systems and it's definitely a lesser quality of life!



To make matters worse, the recycle center won't let us weigh bikes anymore...
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Old 04-24-2005, 09:59 PM   #20
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The R1 is by far the best looking superbike for 04-05, IMO. I've always had UJMs so I'd buy the FZ1 personally, but I'm not trading in my naked SV1000 until the next gen FZ1 comes out, hopefully with style and tech from the latest R1. BTW the new Speed Triple is scrumptious for 05.
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