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Kawasaki Z1000S

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by RaY YreKa, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Bear in mind i only rode the K for an hour or so - but i loved the chassis / engine combo. Much sharper than the Bandit 1250 and more fun to ride when pressing on. Probably the same regarding the Gen 1 Fazer. The K just felt right and fun from the off. I might have another go next week..:D
  2. seh750

    seh750 Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the new ride. I went and looked at one of these today and am pretty interested now, loved the seating position.

    Did you get the hard luggage? Is it even available yet? If so, what's the pricing on the luggage? Not finding much info about the bags, so thanks for anything you can share.
  3. JSharp

    JSharp Been here awhile

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    The dealer had no info about the luggage. Not even a part number in the system and I read somewhere that Givi was having issues getting the brackets from their supplier. Kawasaki shows the color matching panels on their accessories page but no luggage. No availability info on the grip heaters either even though that kit is shown on the parts diagrams. At least the service manual I ordered shipped right out.

    I'd want to see bags installed before I bought. Some of the Givi brackets are tubing messes with the bags removed and if that stuff has to stay on the bike all the time it would make me less interested. No farther than I ride a set of soft bags + my tank bag would probably be enough and would fit the feel of the bike a lot better.

    It doesn't feel much like a sport-touring bike when you ride it. It feels more like a sport bike but with upright ergos...
  4. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Ace bike.:D
  5. tremor38

    tremor38 Long timer

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    Yeah, and if SW Motech never comes out with side case brackets, the Bags Connection Speed Pack is a brilliant setup for sport bike touring..and water proof to boot :evil Just a little pricey.
  6. number9

    number9 Been here awhile

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    I sold my Gen1 FZ1 and ST1100 about 1.5yr ago and got out of street riding. I've been getting the bug back but no bikes that I could think of drew my attention....until I was turned on to this bike. The more I read the more I get excited. Got to check a couple out at the dealer and a friend I ride with rode one and gave me his thoughts on it. He's selling his VFR to buy one. I am going to buy one in a few weeks.

    BTW, Ivan from Ivan's Performance has been testing mods on the Z1000 (naked) and posting his results / dyno charts on the FZ1OA forum. This was his latest update..... :clap

    I am not crazy about the color choices for the US, so I asked someone on Sport-Touring.net to chop the colors from red to grey for me. I LOVE this color combo and will most likely get an all black bike and have the panels painted grey to match this.

    [​IMG]

    ...
  7. number9

    number9 Been here awhile

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  8. pebble35

    pebble35 Long timer

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    Had the opportunity to ride a 1000SX on track on Friday at a Kawasaki test day.

    There was a good mix of bikes available to ride (1000SX, ZX6R, ZX10R, ZZR1400 and the naked Z1000).

    It was a tight and fairly technical track with no particularly long straights - top speed on the longest straight was about 130 mph.

    I spent all of one session riding the 1000SX chasing a guy on a ZX10R. Could stay with him quite easily on the corners and under braking but perhaps the most surprising bit was that I could stay with him on the straights as well......he just pulled away a little at the very end of the straight just before we started braking.
  9. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    That probably has a lot to do with gearing.. the Ninja 1k probably doesn't
    reach 90mph in 1st like the ZX10R.. It should be a lot easier to keep the
    1k in it's power band.

    Too bad Kawasaki's got to name a bike a "Ninja" for US riders to pay attention. The Z1000 (naked) is virtually the same bike, and was barely
    mention here.

    I've noticed the same with my bike (the er6f, or the Ninja 650R) which
    sold in huge numbers to kids who only read name tags (and who actually
    wanted the Ninja 600, i.e. ZX6R).
  10. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    yeah, it does....
  11. Glenngineer

    Glenngineer Scooty Puff Sr.

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    I got to sit on one of these - Nice. A much better riding position than the Sprint GT, which I like except I can't sit on the damn thing for too long. More upright, more leg room, still feels aggressive, but comfortable enough to ride for hours at a time.



    In two years, I'll be out of grad school and looking for a new bike. I want to grab one of these and a new Ninja 250 for my wife, in that awesome dark Kawasaki blue they use every other model year or so.

    Because I'm man enough to ride matching bikes with my wife.
  12. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com Zut alors!

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    I got my 2011 Ninja 1000 last weekend and have 480 break-in miles logged on it. I rarely buy new bikes, and I have to say that refurbishing my brother's 1980's 900 Ninja really got me excited about looking at the new 1000 Ninja.
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    I rarely buy new motorcycles, and am a big Buell fan, so I was concerned that the 1000 Ninja would not have enough personality to keep me interested in it. A bike has to excite me when I am riding it, or while I am sipping a beer and just looking at it when its parked. The Ninja does both! The motor feels a lot like the Buell 1125 CR, tons of torque from idle to the sky! My Buell TT is super exciting to ride and a very visceral experience, if not a bit quirky. The Ninja is super capable (like the TT) on rough narrow county roads. It was not phased one bit by cattle guards, pot holes and rough roads, and it flicked through the turns super easy.
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    The riding position, fairing, motor and handling really sold me on this bike. I wanted a bike that would gobble the miles with utter reliability, no stress, and comfortably. My Buell S3 has a similar riding position and wind protection, but I am tired of wondering if an engine temp sensor is going to fail, muffler bracket breaking, or a belt going south. Don't get me wrong, I still love my Buells, but my 08 KLR 650 sold me on Kawasaki's reliability.
    I would have liked better passenger accommodations and a better seat on the Ninja, but then it might not have been quite as sporting a bike. I also like the one piece cast frame with no welds at key points like the swing arm mount. Combined with the body work that attaches without visible fasteners, give the bike a super clean look, very sculpted and seductive! I don't mind the Ninja sticker either as it is a nod to is roots.

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  13. 5 speed

    5 speed Long timer

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    Sorry to revive this thread (or not) but I would love to know your long term position on the bike now, in retrospect was it a great sport tourer? Did you raise the bars and with what? Did the motor prove to have annoying vibes after hours on the road? Did you rreplace the seat? Love to hear; on the verge of buying one.
  14. KodiakRS

    KodiakRS Adventurer

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