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Old 11-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #106
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:02 PM   #107
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Southwade just seen you lost your bike.
Hope things get resolved in your favor.
Just like you said...
Great balance, fun, comfortable, and cheaper.

The wow factor = power to weight ratio.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:06 PM   #108
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Thanks. That shield blows my mind every time I see it.

I bet it's awesome in this weather though.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:11 PM   #109
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I know it doesn't look as good as the original but
I really need it with these kinda temps. I will put on the original shield in the summer.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:36 PM   #110
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Where do you live, looks like up north somewhere. Great Lakes area?
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:33 PM   #111
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The new Z's look fantastic. I have not been able to ride one yet but everything I've heard makes it sound like it's 200 times better than my 6 year old Z. I think when a blue one comes out I will be sold.

Southwade, you crack me up with that cat picture. lol by myself.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:36 PM   #112
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The intake sound on these bikes is freaking phenomenal.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:42 PM   #113
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I've spent a goodly amount of time over at www.z1000.net It's a pretty active forum.
They even share it with us Ninja 1000 owners.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:41 PM   #114
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The intake sound on these bikes is freaking phenomenal.
So I've read... but have not been able to sample. The new Z just sounds so awesome on paper. I do want right now but I do not want payments right now. :\ Sticking with the old Z. I think I would like it better with 4-1 exhaust carbon Akrapovic, black wheels, and a blue chin spoiler, maybe 636 forks and brakes.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:17 AM   #115
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Where do you live, looks like up north somewhere. Great Lakes area?
Near the Twin Cities but in Wisconsin where the roads wind along the MIssissippi.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:59 AM   #116
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Still have my Zed
It's been a little over 5 years now. When I started this thread November 18, 2007 little did I know just how much fun I would have with this bike. Its been a trustworthy friend and together we have shared 48,000 km (~30, mi) through New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. She was almost new (2700 mi) when I brought her home.

Here it is getting the final check-over from the dealer before I bought it.




I was very happy with my new bike






I planned to do a few trips on this bike and did a bit of research into what was available for racks and discovered that there wasn't much. I did find this set-up from Hepco-becker in Germany but it was expensive:



So I decided to make my own rack.





It worked great for fetching packages from across the border:


I mounted up one of my Pelican boxes as a trunk and used my bike to commute to work a few times:


I went to Newfoundland a couple times on this boat:


Here she is in the belly of the boat, all strapped down for the crossing:




Newfoundland was really awesome but I did pick up a roofing nail in my rear tire. That was my first experience with putting tire plugs in a motorcycle tire:


Guilty culprit:


How I rolled on that trip:






Seems all my pictures are of the left side of the bike:


Here she is with my other bikes:


I don't know for sure but it looks like my Zed has more of a lean on its kickstand than it used to:


I eventually got a rear seat cowl, which looks good even though its black. And I also got a Corbin seat, which is awesome:


So after 5 years I still love it. I got used to the vibrations and the stock suspension years ago and don't ever notice what others percieve as things that bother them. Its a wonderfully visceral experience riding this bike and it never fails to put a smile on my face.


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Old 11-30-2012, 01:13 PM   #117
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The insurance company just called me, said I should have a check within the next 10 days.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:45 PM   #118
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The insurance company just called me, said I should have a check within the next 10 days.
Well... since it's been over a week since your bike ran away, I'd say this is the best news you can hope for. Now comes the decision: Did you really like the orange and black or will you go green and black? Or perhaps the black on black or white on black? Maybe you can find a previously loved Z with some goodies and save a little money.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:20 PM   #119
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Sorry to hear about the theft southwade. Keep us posted on what you end up with.

A few picks of one of my old Zs. Great bike.







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Old 12-11-2012, 08:18 PM   #120
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Found these on another forum.

Very cool.











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