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Kawasaki Z1000S

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

  1. Bald Kirk

    Bald Kirk Dances with Dirt Bikes

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    The Kawasaki web site has a "2011 New Product Launch" link that asks for a password. If you click cancel it redirects you to another page that states that on October 5th new model information for 2011 will be available. It says "New Product Launch II". I would think this bike will be shown there then.
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  2. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    I'm hearing that quite a lot.

    Since upgrading the tyres on the 12, i find i'm getting frustrated with it's lack of sporting ability. You can ride it fast - but if you try to thrash it, it's 270kgs reminds you that it's not really that kind of bike.

    This Z may be the answer.
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  3. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    I would be very interested in your thoughts on that Paul :deal

    The bonus for you, if the SX comes in at about £9000, is that you won't need to spend any extra money!
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  4. Graemsay

    Graemsay Been here awhile

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    There's a PDF brochure linked to from Hell for Leather giving more details.

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    The important points are:
    • 19 litre fuel tank. :deal
    • Optional ABS.
    • Givi luggage.
    The only shortcoming is the lack of a snakeskin seat. :evil

    The old BMW R1200S was (on paper) what I reckon my ideal bike is. This seems to be pretty similar in terms of specs, and I'm looking forward to taking a look.

    I'm off to Intermot next weekend. This will definitely be looked at...
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  5. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Post pics :deal

    The Tiger 800 is my dream 'Beast' but I think this bike is now my dream 'Road Warrior'.

    And if the ZRX1200 is the Z-Rex, is the Z1000SX the Z-Sex?? :lol3
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  6. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    similar, except for the metric shitload of additional power from the kwacker
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  7. CrazyBiker

    CrazyBiker Been here awhile

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    Since I don't buy bikes new and don't buy 1st year releases, I guess it will be a while till I buy this one. But if Kawa got it right the 1st time, I see myself buying a new bike next year.

    My FZ1 is here to stay especially with its 150 rwhp.
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  8. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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    now that looks promising!

    analog Tach? Check

    Luggage? check

    Power? Check

    Adjustable windscreen? Bonus!

    (the direction that honda should have taken their VFR in, IMH0).
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  9. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Have you tuned it? Most specs I see on the FZ1 quote 131bhp at the crank..

    How's the notorious fuel-injection?
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  10. Offblnz

    Offblnz Long timer

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    Didn't any of you notice they're making a big bore retro too?:clap
    I've become a sucker for retros. Classic looks, new components, BIG grunt and BIG grin:D
    BTW, that colour is NOT Kawa green, it's sort of the S1000RR green hue. It's gotta be Kawa green and Kawa mean, right? Right!
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  11. olie

    olie Long timer

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    ...some people live in lah lah land!
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  12. sands

    sands Been here awhile

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    I hear you on that...However, I wouldn't be too worried about this one since it's pretty much the same bike as the Z1000 which has been out for a while and has proven to be a pretty solid bike.
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  13. arres

    arres Adventurer

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    I'm in love with this bike. But wait to see comparison tests.
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  14. Constipated Face

    Constipated Face Been here awhile

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    No center stand.
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  15. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded

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    I have been thinking about this bike quite a bit and like it in concept. I'd like to see it with hard bags. The exagerrated high tails on modern sport styled motorcycles can create aesthetic and weight distribution problems when hard luggage is added. It would be nice if it didn't have a chain that needs to be oiled every day on a trip.

    Love the metalic Green
    Love the ABS
    Love that they left the grunt in that big stonkin' motor
    Love the light weight
    Love the added fuel capacity
    Love the hard luggage option
    Love the adjustable screen


    I wonder how many amps the alternator will kick out
    I wonder if the bars have a neutral or weight forward bias and if bar risers will be available.
    I wonder if a good real seat will be available.
    I wonder how much it wil cost in the US if it is made available.

    This could well prove to be the best SPORT-touring bike available. If the comfort issues can be addressed, I think it will be.

    Suzuki should have done this with the SV1000.
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  16. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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    :nod

    I wonder if the top triple from the naked Z with its tube bars would fit...
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  17. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    However it does have eccentric adjusters. The best chain adjusters ever.

    The positive vibe this bike is generating makes me think this will sell well. Hope it makes it stateside..
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  18. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Note the adjusters and fitment for bobbins..
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  19. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    ..and paddock stand.
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  20. Bsly

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    The 131 is the spec for stock rear wheel horse power on an FZ1. :wink:

    The first generation FZ1 produces a claimed 141 hp at the crank and the second generation FZ1 produces a claimed 148 hp at the crank.

    Numerous bolt on mods and tweaks have enabled FZ1 owners to obtain a rwhp between 140 and 150 without the use of NOS. Some of those mods include a new exhaust (no cat), modified airbox and high flow airfilter, modified flies, Mapped Power Commander and Fuel Cut Eliminator (eliminates the touchy fuel injection issues). I'm sure I forgot a few, but that is some of the common changes used to sqeeze more ponies out of the FZ1 motors.

    The only performance related mod I have done to my own FZ1 is adding an aftermarket pipe (MIVV GP). I have no idea if it actually added the claimed 5 to 7 horsepower gain, but I know for a fact it reduced the overall weight of my FZ1 by 9 lbs and it sure sounds sweet! :ear
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