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Old 01-20-2010, 09:11 AM   #151
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i do travel occaisionally on the zrx. i have soft bags (nelson rigg i think) and a large tankbag. with all that space i can take just about anything with me on a trip. they are also very easy to take off and go bare when i arrive at my destination. hard bags will still have mounted brackets visible.

i try not to ride in the rain with this bike mainly cause its a pain to clean. if youre riding while raining, the pods dont get much water. its when you park that they get exposed, especially the right one. you can watch it turn white before your eyes in a heavy rain! ive thought about making some kind of cover panel to mount on the side of the outer pods to shield them...but thats as far as ive gotten.

many of us had 'stumbing' problems in crosswinds with the pods. turns out the carb vent hoses (which are now more exposed) are getting sucked on by winds causing the carb bowls to empty...hence the engine stumbling. the fix is easy and just consists of rerouting the vent hoses under the seat into atmospheric pressure air.

other things to consider -aftermarket exhaust: that tone/note on a long trip can get tiring/annoying/painful/alltheabove. ear plugs help, but sometimes you just cant beat a nice quiet stock exhaust note! -gearing: gear it too high for low end performance and long trips will get even longer with the engine screaming in your ear...refer back to aftermarket exhaust notes!

personally, the stock bike has plenty of power for me and would be great for travelling. since i have a couple of other riding options in my garage, modifying only makes sense!
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:38 PM   #152
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Gonna get the full Ivan next week.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:41 PM   #153
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Rented this in 2007 from Arizona MC Rentals--great folks and what a great bike, made a business trip to Sedona into a lifetime memory:

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Old 01-21-2010, 07:19 PM   #154
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Gonna get the full Ivan next week.

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I really miss my ZRX.
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Old 01-22-2010, 02:43 PM   #155
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re: full ivan: are you doing exhaust, jets, airbox? or just richening up the fuel/air mix with stock exhaust?
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:05 PM   #156
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She's tore down at the mo for some changes , its winter time after all

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Old 01-29-2010, 03:52 PM   #157
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I bought my bike back in 2002, it was a leftover 01 that had been a demo ride. It had 640 miles on the clock, and I got it out the door for $6,750. At the time I was looking at a ZX-9 and a GSXR 1000, but couldn't convince myself on the committed riding position. Once I sat on the REX, I knew this was the one, great ergo's that fit me to a "T". After 8 years its still a joy to ride, and it does what it does well...but not perfect. It's a UJM that's built to look like a racing replica, but is really too heavy for the racing thing. (But there are many who do race them, but IMHO there are alot better bikes out there, if racing is your thing.) For me I wanted a bike that would be great for two up, and have all the power to pass cars on the road without having to bang down a few gears to get the job done. Many people talk about the character of a bikes engine, the way it sounds or the way it pulsates when idling. The REX's engine, is smooth, powerful and easy...just leave it in one gear and it has the power to pull. Its not the prefect bike, but it is what it is, and thats what counts.

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Old 01-30-2010, 08:29 PM   #158
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:51 AM   #159
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I am hoping to become a new ZRX owner this week......stay tuned.
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:16 PM   #160
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I just bought an 01 with 50k on it for for $1000.00 even.
The trans shifts very hard so it'll some shifts forks or drum or?.
Runs real nice and looks pretty good to boot.
Any known shifting problems or fixes?
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:26 PM   #161
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congratulations! sounds like a sweet deal if all it needs is some trans work!!

I don't know what it needs, but I'd post up on zrxoa, and also do a search in the relevant forum.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:23 AM   #162
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I think mine had a adjustable rod on the shifter. if thats out off line with the trans lever it could shift poorly.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:01 PM   #163
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+1 on adjustable shift linkage rod. I remember adjusting mine when I got my bike just a little for my boots.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:04 PM   #164
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Another who worships at the altar of the Rex. If Kawi had not quit making them in '06, I would have never bought an HD. But whatever. Found mine used with 1,800 miles on it for a bit over 5k almost 3 years ago. The bike is an all-around good times machine.

Mods on mine are mostly to make it work better with my crotchetiness... Convertibars, ASV Levers (Oh how I love them, work well, and kind of purdy) ss lines, a Teds Ignition Advancer, Renntec Rack and bag, and a second hand Corbin Seat.

Have put a little over 12k on it since I have owned it, and I just like the way it does what it does. Sometimes I think I would like a pipe, but then I ride my Buell, and realize that making more noise just gives the federales another reason to do what they do. I would much rather they left me alone, just the same, so the stock, uber-heavy pipe remains. Sometimes I hear an Akro or a Muzzy and start to think all over again....

Two points of suckage for me? Seat and handlebars. I am 6'2" and long of arm and have banged up hands, so the Convertibars were a huge improvement to my enjoyment of the bike.

Other than that? A nice sized bike, does not feel heavy, is NOT a sportbike, but then that ain't what I wanted. It is probably the last of the big UJM's. You can hot the crap outta it, and go zoomy, or you can ride it to work stock, you can throw a rack on it and sort of sport tour, whatever. Damn fun, not too expensive to keep on the road, no bad habits, nice looking. I will run the wheels off this before I sell it. I cannot say that for any other bike I have owned.

ZRXOA gets a nod from me, a forum of dudes and I think some dudettes, that know a buttload about this bike, have done all kinds of stuff to it, and know how to fix it when it asplodies, which is pretty rare.

If you see one in decent shape? Give it a shot. You will smile.

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Bike's name is Seka, cuz she is a bit of a porn star answering yes to just about any question I ask of her... She rescued me from the doo rag crowd and gave me a chance to experience motorcycling that made sense. Nothing super fantastic fancy, but awfully fun.

And, not really sure where to say this, but, uh, cool joint! All kinds of stuff going on here. Stretched my head in some cool ways, waiting for riding season to return, as we survive the Snowcrapolypse here in the DC Metro Area.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:15 PM   #165
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just an update

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Originally Posted by rallyhound
I just bought an 01 with 50k on it for for $1000.00 even.
The trans shifts very hard so it'll some shifts forks or drum or?.
Runs real nice and looks pretty good to boot.
Any known shifting problems or fixes?
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got her home tonight and began to take it apart to see whats up with the stuck shifter.
I pulled the CS sprocket and water pump, getting ready to take off the counter shaft cover.
That's when I noticed that the linkage where it pivots on the foot peg mount is totally seized.
I cleaned up the linkage and it appears to shift fine now although I can't test ride it yet due to too much ice on the street.
Thats the good news.

The bad news is the rear tire is flat.
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