2004 Kawasaki ZRX 1200R
Sport bike for an old fartBy (I am an Owner) on Sep 07, 2010
I'm 56 years old, been riding for about 40 years. When I sold my V65 Magna I was lost. The cruisers, V twins to me are turds. The Organ doner bikes would break my back. Tourning bikes NO WAY.
Then I found the ZRX reviews. Power is great with the pipe and rejeted carbs.
I put on ... a Corbin seat and bar risers and geeeez a decent seating possition great power, very nice handling and all for less than $4000 bucks. It only had 11000 miles on it and was in mint condition. I'm smiling again!
The manufacturers need to build these bikes for us old farts that aren't ready to go slow yet but don't want to lay down to ride :o)
A cult bike, without TOO much bloodletting.By (I am an Owner) on Sep 28, 2008
Drop a "tuned for torque" ZX-11 motor into a double-downtube frame add reasonably modern suspension leave the bodywork at the factory and you've got a UJM that will out-thrust most other (non-liter racereplica) bikes.
It big and heavy, and other bikes have been known to take corners ... better, but for most part, aim the bike towards the apex and apply thrust to stand back up. It doesn't even matter what gear you're in, usually.
Classic UJM functionality includes a good riding position, visable gauges, an excellent nightime headlight, and an excellent aftermarket.
And, at the end of the day's events, park it in the yard and admire it while sipping a few brews. It's the same bike you had 20 years ago, offered now with modern maintenance intervals, reliability, and performance.
TorqueBy (I am an Owner) on Sep 15, 2008
Torque always available, from easy starts to rolling it on after a turn.
Zero problems in 4000 miles I've owned it. Valves spot-on at 12,000 miles.
Front suspension a little harsh. Sitting position for rider great, passengers legs cramped.
Great ... value, very versatile and trustworthy. Best looking bike on the road, IMHO, often gets compliments.