z1000 review

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  1. cyberdos

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    You got a pic? I think the exhausts on this bike looks like dog vomit.
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  2. RaY YreKa

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    My 'net connection is crappy atm, so I can't upload pics very well. I saw the akras in MCN (UK) but they didn't post them on their website.

    Two Brothers also have product out.

    http://www.twobros.com/Exhaust/Kawasaki/2010_Kaw_Z1000_side.jpg
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    much better.

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    AirForceDirt "Give me back my face!!"

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    Now just find a way to make that rusty-looking underbelly pipe disappear (cover it with something) and you have a decent looking naked canyon carver.

    I imagine it'd be easy to turn with bars that wide.
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    Akra are doing a full 4-2-2 system. Allegedly adds 14bhp. It's expensive though, £945 here :eek1
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  6. mousitsas

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    +14hp with or without a power commander?
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    not likely without.

    like if the hp that the bike has stock weren't enough. :rolleyes
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    Who says the Z hasn't caught on? Supposedly it's one of Europe's best sellers. I would bet that Kawasaki has sold WAY more Z1000s than Aprilia has Tuonos.

    Personally I dig both of them, though I've only ridden a friend's 2008 Z1000 and was impressed.
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    The Z that's a best seller in Europe is not the 1000 (which, actually, does not sell that well at all), it is the 750.

    And we are not really talking about Europe at large, but mostly Italy (which is indeed a huge percentage of all European bike sales), where middleweight, naked "urban" bikes take the bulk of sales, and where the Z750 was the bestselling sportbike for a few years.

    It's not anymore... the Suzuki GSR 600 was the overall best selling bike for 2009, followed by Hornet 600, then the FZ6 (see a pattern here? :D ), and then the ER-6N and finally the Z750, with half the sales of the GSR. The Z1000 is not even in the top 30.

    Personally, I don't dislike the new Z1000 - but for a naked bike it seems like it has a hell of a lot of plastic on it. :dunno
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    The Z750 is also hugely popular in France. For the UK's bumpy roads, it has a rep for awful suspension in stock form.

    The Z1000 is a headbanger's bike, and has a loyal following here. Kawasaki dropped the ball with the '09 model, which was heavier and less powerful than previous incarnations.

    So the 2010 is quite an important model for them.
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    Great Review, Cyberdos!

    It seems like Kawasaki has really hit this one out of the park. Motorcycle consumer news gave it a glowing review in their latest issue.

    It looks like Kawi took care of my concerns with the first generation (my main riding partner has one and we swap bikes often) --surprising lack of mid-range grunt for a liter bike and nervous handling when ridden at a spirited pace (flexy frame?). If they were able to keep the easy to ride nature, slick shifting transmission, and compact feel of the bike then they got a winner. :freaky

    But why do they insist on the hard-to-read LCD tach? There are ways to make an an instrument cluster with analog tachs look modern....
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    I watched the vid, very cool to be able to see the ride from the pilot's view. BTW, where does a rider get a gig like that? Not that I'm envious of anything :rolleyes
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    I know! These 'modern' displays shit me beyond belief, especially when the instrument cluster ends up not only being hard to read and with all the aesthetic appeal of a cheap stereo but is not even that comprehensive - it STILL lacks the gear indicator, or even engine temperature indicator, as far as I can see. So what's the f**** point?!?

    Some people would say it's a small thing and I honestly wish I could be one of them. But as it is, this really is a deal breaker for me - after all, the dash is the one part of my bike I'll be seeing all the time.
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    A Z1000 fuel injection question for you electronics gurus:



    Cycle World says the 2010 Z1000 has no Oxygen sensor.
    Is that a problem for trying to connect/use a tuning device such as a
    powercommander or the like, particularly when retuning after
    installing a different exhaust system maybe???



    (Sorry, I'm a carburetor guy just trying to learn before buying.
    Any education on this subject will be GREATLY appreciated!)



    Am I asking this in the wrong forum?
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  18. olie

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    ...I hope you are not comparing a Tuono with a Z1000 last year model, different price tags based on different components etc.. Btw, I am not against Kawasaki, I own one and I am very happy with her. But a Tuono is the reference of naked /street fighters!!! Yes I own one too, I am a lucky guy.
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    Not a problem at all. When you connect a power commander type of tuner you have to disconnect the lamda in the first place anyway.
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  20. AirForceDirt

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    You only disconnect it long enough to plug the Power Commander inline with the O2 sensor. It still uses all the sensors and electronics of the original ECU, it just overrides most of it.

    I'm sure PC will make one for the new Z1000 that will work, just give them a little bit of time.
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