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Old 02-05-2014, 08:49 PM   #3916
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why?

it's a very understressed engine with a low rpm threshold in normal use - they should stay put forever. Checking them won't take any time, easy to get to them.

would you rather have screw and locknut that you have to check every 7,500 miles?
I agree,my 82 CB900F has shims and they haven't budged in 15K miles,I would love to see somebody rack up some big miles and check the cam chains though.Like to see how the tensioners hold up.The old system was a weak point.
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:40 PM   #3917
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how goes the Norton search Mike?

I see your buddy in Wisconsin had one given to him to restore...
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:18 AM   #3918
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ZRX1100 / ZRX1200....which was not a sales flop, nor was the Bandit.
The Bandit I'm referring to is the 1200 without the fairing. AFAIK was only sold for 1 or 2 years (2000/2001 or 2001/2002.)

Suzuki must have dropped it for a reason and I assume the reason is because the Bandit with the fairing outsold it by quite a bit.

Ditto for the Kawasaki ZR-7. Was sold in both faired (ZR-7S) and unfaired (ZR-7) models but the unfaired bike was only sold for a short time before being dropped. Assuming that big companies like Kawasaki don't get where they are by leaving money on the table, I can only figure that they dropped the naked ZR-7 because of disappointing sales.

Also, at the risk of being pedantic, the ZRX-1100 and 1200 both had fairings. Small, fork-mounted "bikini" type fairings, but they still had fairings. The truly "naked" (no-fairing and round headlight) ZRX was never sold in the US (although I know a lot of people who had ZRX's were able to "convert" them to the round headlight pretty easily.)

I don't know why but I've never liked fairings on bikes. Even though I understand the benefits, I still don't like them. Windshields I'm OK with, but I just don't like fairings of any kind. I've ridden quite a few faired bikes but I've never owned one.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:08 AM   #3919
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According to Honda Japan, the EX makes a couple more hp, but loses a couple of torque.

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Old 02-13-2014, 07:57 AM   #3920
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That looks darn good CLEAN, but it would take five minutes of riding to make a black bike look filthy.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:31 AM   #3921
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A clean bike is the sign of a mental disorder.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:02 PM   #3922
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In my twisted mind, a clean bike is a sign of a biker not a rider.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:54 PM   #3923
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A clean bike is the sign of a mental disorder.
A well known RTW motorcyclist gave a talk at a BMW dealer ship in Seattle, just after he started living there.
This was in the early 90's

He took great delight in making fun of the people who were riding around on bikes with dirt from their Alaska trip still covering much of the bike, like some kind of badge of honor.

A dirty bike just shows that they owner is too lazy to clean it, and make sure it's functioning.

A showroom bike especially with more then 10,000 miles, that's the sign of mental disorder.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:50 PM   #3924
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Bikes are jewelry to some and tools to others.

Mine is a tool and has not been washed in the year I have had it. I don't ride in the mud and it stays outside all summer so the rain gets it. Just the shield and the headlight lens once in a while.

Back in my younger days when I had a new sportbike every season I would wash them weekly.
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:16 AM   #3925
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Not keeping your motorcycle maintaned with regular cleaning is a sign of neglect and poor hygiene. And what's safer, a clean bike that's correctly gone over carefully before riding, or a dirty bike that's allowed to deteriorate?
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:43 PM   #3926
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Mine is a tool and has not been washed in the year I have had it. I don't ride in the mud and it stays outside all summer so the rain gets it. Just the shield and the headlight lens once in a while.
That seems contradictory. My tools are cleaned and put away properly. Cleaning is really the most basic maintenance for a car or bike; I don't need to be able to eat off mine, but I want to be able to see where a leak starts or where a crack or break is forming.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:58 PM   #3927
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That was my 1st street legal bike at 28 years old in 03,an 02 zr7sUnfortunately I slid it out on sand thru a turn in glover Vt a year later on a big sweeper, memorial Day Weekend,Thank god I was only going 45 got it down to 35 bike did a violent tank slapper an pitched me off I rolled like a turtle spun around and slid about 100 or so feet. Thank god for wearing my leathers and protective gear gloves helmet,boots.I scratched my side wear jacket rode up on me,road rashed it and besides putting a hole in my boot n getting bruised wear I got slammed on my side where wallet hit onto road I was fine.Bike was busted and next day went to church and ductaped it back together and road into magog Canada,came back bike got totaled I was so glad to wake up and walk away from the wreck even tho At the time I wasn't worried bout me I was like Holy hell now my weekend is over to ride was all I could think.I bought a well maintained Cb 700sc and now Im eyeing my buddies zrx punched out to 1400 cc,just have to find the dosh for it.Naked bikes like naked chicks rule.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:39 PM   #3928
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why?

it's a very understressed engine with a low rpm threshold in normal use - they should stay put forever. Checking them won't take any time, easy to get to them.

would you rather have screw and locknut that you have to check every 7,500 miles?
Yes matter of fact I would,at least the screw and nut won't cost me any extra. It's not if,it's when the shims will need to be replaced.....how many valves again in this engine.......yea,I thought so.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:43 PM   #3929
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Local dealer has a 13 with 3800 miles on it, 8200.00; I have a 500x that's a hoot to ride, but I can't shake the 1100 from my mind.


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Old 02-19-2014, 02:47 PM   #3930
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