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Old 09-21-2009, 10:16 AM   #31
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Can some of you z1000 owners take me through the pros and cons of the bike? I've posted elsewhere, but I've noticed a few z's around lately for very reasonable prices. I keep going back and forth between a second bike with classic looks (sporty or bonnie) and strong performance (sv1000, SP3), and I think the performance bug is winning! I'd like to use the bike for commuting, cruising around town, and enjoying the twisties (no knee scraping for me yet!). The question has been asked before: what is it like living with a z1000? Why are so many stories on this thread of people who have sold their z?
I have a Z750s, which is similar. Softer front end, cheap rear shock, 250cc's less displacement. But here's my take. Great all around bike. I run out of nerve before the bike reaches the limits. Doesn't do anything exceptionally well, but does everything well enough to leave a big smile on your face. And thanks to the smaller displacement, I get 50 mpg. I think the 1000 gets high 30's to low 40's.

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Old 10-08-2012, 09:54 PM   #32
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:06 PM   #33
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Hey I am back and with a new Z!

This one is even more fun than the last.

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Old 10-08-2012, 10:08 PM   #34
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:11 AM   #35
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:23 AM   #36
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:26 AM   #37
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:43 PM   #38
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:44 PM   #39
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:55 AM   #40
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Great looking bike, southwade. I enjoy your photography.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:43 AM   #41
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Thanks, I keep bumping this thread hoping to see some more Zeds... I guess there all hibernating for the winter already
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:33 PM   #42
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:51 PM   #43
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:44 PM   #44
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I've always liked Z1000s, the new one reminds me a bit of a Brutale in a way. Edgy and bulldog in the way it comes across. How do you like it compared to other bikes you'd ridden?

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Old 10-23-2012, 07:26 PM   #45
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I've always liked Z1000s, the new one reminds me a bit of a Brutale in a way. Edgy and bulldog in the way it comes across. How do you like it compared to other bikes you'd ridden?
I haven't ridden very many bikes, but it's very aggressive. It pulls like an ox, especially above 4,000rpm. Even with all the brutish power though, it's never felt like too much, or too raw. Very predictable and controllable power. Gobbs and gobbs of exciting power.

Compared to my last bike, Ninja 650, the transmission is like going from a tractor to a BMW.

I can be a bit buzzy in the upper revs, but it's not bad, it doesn't bother me in the least.

It feels like a very light bike, I can bop it around almost as easy as my old Ruckus, lol. That thing weighed less than I do!

I love it.
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