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Old 03-23-2011, 07:54 AM   #46
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I just sold my 2001 750cc katana and looking to buy either a zx-14 or a busa. A good friend of mine owns a zx-14, but he has also owned Kawasaki all of his life so he might be a bit biased. That said, I have a few questions:

1.- How are the ergonomics, I mean which biks is more comfortable for 300-500 mi a day rides?

2.- Which bike is smoother?

3.- How does a busa measure up to a zx-14?

Thank you.
This link http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthr...highlight=busa will take you to a site that is full of Busa touring info. The guy that runs the site tours extensively on his busa.

I just picked up a bone stock 07 zx14 for my summer touring bike. I haven't done any long rides yet, but it's very comfortable to me, the hour and a half ride home was fantastic. The choice of the zx over the busa? I feel the zx is the better value out on the used market. But I could be happy with either. Amazing bikes for the money.



Here's a link to a ZX14 sport touring build with a lot of info: http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/...html#msg446543


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Old 03-23-2011, 08:27 PM   #47
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No comments on how the ergo's compare...or ride and engine smoothness? I doubt the drag strip is where most people will spend majority of time on a bike.
Its more comfortable for me.Smooth? Its very smooth,That's why mine has Givi hard bags for big miles and the stock seat ,so take it for what it is,Plus the fact that i have the 14 and not the Busa
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:09 AM   #48
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Its more comfortable for me.Smooth? Its very smooth,That's why mine has Givi hard bags for big miles and the stock seat ,so take it for what it is,Plus the fact that i have the 14 and not the Busa

That's a beautiful bike. I love the contradictions in the picture...hotrod dragracer superbike with hard bags and a roadracer group sticker! It definitely hints to the versatility of the biggest ZX.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:17 PM   #49
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That's a beautiful bike. I love the contradictions in the picture...hotrod dragracer superbike with hard bags and a roadracer group sticker! It definitely hints to the versatility of the biggest ZX.
Thank you, Yes its a do-all machine. A few years back i could only afford one bike so i had to make sure that bike would do it all. Now of course i have a wee bit more money so i am spreading the love.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:48 PM   #50
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Thank you, Yes its a do-all machine.
Yeah, I know...I have one, too.

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Old 03-24-2011, 10:17 PM   #51
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Put 27,000 miles on mine in 14 months, it was one of the best sporttouring bikes I've ever had. Supremely smooth, and a great bike to cover ground on.

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Old 03-25-2011, 12:40 AM   #52
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Fantastic bikes, just wish they weren't so heavy.
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:23 AM   #53
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I've been ringing around getting prices on new old stock 2010 models today. Hope to pull the trigger soon. Not much heavier than the old VFR800 but near twice the horsepower!
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:35 AM   #54
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Fantastic bikes, just wish they weren't so heavy.
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Not much heavier than the old VFR800 but near twice the horsepower!
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Fantastic bikes, just wish they weren't so heavy.
The little bit of extra weight really makes them the smooth riding bikes that they are. And if I drive mine like a normal commuter bike- I get in the mid to high 40 mpg's, too.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:43 PM   #56
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On the weight issue, I have had both a VFR800 (non-vtec) and CBR1100xx and the ZX-14 is no heavier than the VFR800 in my opinion, the only time you notice the weight being a negative is moving it around the driveway if there is a slope. Otherwise, you don't notice any added heft when cornering unless you are doing a trackday

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I had a blue-almost-black 08. Loved the bike, didn't love replacing the rear tire every 2,500 miles (if I took it easy) and the gas mileage was pretty horrific for a bike. The way if jumped to 130mph with a twitch of the wrist on the highway was bad for my license too, so I sold it after a year and replaced it with a Speed Triple that sorta self-governs as far as high speeds go. If I lived in the wide-open west, I'd have another ZX14 for sure. But in the straight, flat, heavily-patrolled midwest, I found it to be a bit of a vice....
yeah, yeah, yeah.....everyone thinks the horsepower chews up the tires. Nobody rides like that all the time, I doubt many people ride the 14 like that much at all....or they'd be uninsurable and without a license.
I got 5k out of a set of tires, same as any other sportbike or sporttouring bike, and got great mileage - well over 200 miles per tank on an average ride.

Ridden hard any bike will suck fuel, but you can't hammer a 14 in any gear without being in ticketland constantly. Same's true of any big hp bike.
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My buddy gets about 6,500 miles out of a rear Pilot Road 2 (the B or pillion version of the PR2) and he's no slouch on it.

But ya know I don't care, back in the 70's I could only ever get 3K miles out of tires on the trusty CB750 Honda.

PS. I just paid the deposit for my new 2010 model ZX10 today!
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:30 PM   #59
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New paint

So today I FINALLY got the 14 back together after FINALLY getting the painting done. I think it looks kind of sinister in "Low Gloss Black". Now I need to decide on decals/graphics if any.

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