Which of these inline fours would you get?

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  1. loco rider

    loco rider Adventurer

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    Thinking about getting one of these inline fours. Which would you get? Vote your choice and if you feel like it, tell us why. Thanks!
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  2. PhilB

    PhilB Long timer

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    I haven't ridden a 919. But I've ridden the other three, and the Z1000 was by far the best of the bunch.

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  3. Gham

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    Honestly,I haven't heard a bad word about any of your choices,I would just try and sit on each one and see what "feels" best.I have had bikes that would fly and handle great,that being said,they just didn't "feel right".It's so subjective it"s almost unexplainable.
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  4. ramon

    ramon weezin' the juice!

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    FZ1 in a heartbeat!
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  5. GSAragazzi

    GSAragazzi Long timer

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    No questions, great engine and geometry but it has to be in this color combo:

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  6. ken robert

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    I have the FZ1, an 06 shift red with 19k on it. I also had the 919, asphalt color. The 919 was easier to jump on, not as much weight I think.Both very smooth and very fast. But the FZ1 just seems so solid at any speed. No trouble with either, no fixes at all needed.
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  7. joexr

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    How about the FZ8?
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  8. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    Honda fit & finish edge out the others by a hair, especially where wheelbase & weight come in. That said, there are very few bikes that can compare with the evergreen Bandit in terms of "bang for the buck". It's quite possible that the thousands saved by going Bandito could turn it into the clear winner. The latest 1250 FA can be found for <$10,000! Some front & rear suspension work, a pipe, maybe pads & SS hoses for the front brakes? The Bandit has been around for ages. It's proven reliable & there's a ton of after-market out there to solve any niggles.
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  9. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown A V-Strom that's trusty, and a 310 Husky

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    I vote Bandit 1200.... much cheaper than the others. I love air cooling.

    Otherwise, this poll is a bit strange.

    If performance is what your after, go with the Z1000.
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  10. wrecked'em

    wrecked'em satisfied enzyte user

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    zrx 1200
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  11. de Vaca

    de Vaca Been here awhile

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    I have both the 919 and the 1250 gsx fa. I am sure I would like any of the four and like the two that I have almost equally, but if forced to choose, would pick the suzuki.
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  12. Randy

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    Not a fan of inline 4's but that is a nice looking bike! Too bad they don't come looking like that from Yamaha.
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  13. JerryH

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    The Bandit. It is the fastest, and has the most upright riding position. It's also best for touring. If you want a track bike, the FZ1.
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  14. Scrivens

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    The Bandit has a higher top speed, is a tad slower in acceleration, has higher/more rearward pegs and more lean towards the bars and I hated touring on it. I put 16,000km on mine in 6 months touring and then got rid of it as it was the most uncomfortable bike I've ever owned. YMMV. It is also heavy and pillions hate it. I have a 919 as well - much lighter, powerful enough, good for pillions and a lot more comfortable.

    The other two well worth looking at are the original 1200 Bandit and the Yamaha FZ1000 - both are very good bikes and bargains in the used market.
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  15. nbsdave

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    Bandits and the newer GSX1250FA's are excellent values, incredibly smooth and strong.
    Add decent luggage and you have a very nice touring machine.
    The older ones (1200's) are air-cooled. The newer ones are not.
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  16. mickd

    mickd crash test dummie

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    ive been going down the same road and today picked up a new 1250 bandit:evil
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  17. jnor

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    I voted for the FZ1, after owning them....but only the Gen1's for me. The 06, and up are too "sportbikey" for me, both in ergo's, and power delivery..

    Gen1's are proven reliable, with great ergo's power, and handling..
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  18. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    The FZ1, (FZ6), and Bandit were on my short list. I wanted something upright, with bags, some weather protection. The Bandit was better in that regard, although I never did ride either of them.

    I ended up getting a Cbf1000, which is nicer than any or them.

    Good luck.
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  19. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    Second that, brilliant bike. I tried for ages to find a good 1st gen (06-09) one (don't like the 2nd gen, 20kg heavier and I don't like the looks) but they are few and far between here. That's how I ended up with the 1250S Bandit.
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  20. Guano11

    Guano11 Stop me if you've heard this one....

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    Does the FZ1 have a crossplane crank like the R1?
    If so, then the decision's easy -- for the exhaust note alone!:ear
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