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Hmm, there seems to be a Kawasaki theme here

 

scotchgit, being a Zed Head is complete okay and I wouldn't mind having the vast majority of the bikes you've had! B)

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But which would you exclude, and why? I liked them all for various reasons, just curious as to the opinions of others

 

I would just eliminate only on preferences, interests...etc. Nothing more from my POV. That POV being somewhat based on having limited resources. Examples would be I would have no interest in the Ducati, just cause, I have no interest in them. The KTM mostly for no real interest, the triumph would be something I would be curious about, hear good things about the triples but if I had to choose compared to many would drop it off the list as well.

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Gpz 500

Zx 11

Zx 9

Triumph daytona t595

Ducati 996s ( still own )

Ktm duke ii

Zzr 1200

Z1000 ( still own )

Zx 14 ( still own )

Hmm, there seems to be a Kawasaki theme here

The last week or two I've been looking at a 2010 Z1000 as a single replacement for my VMAX and R6. Do you have the latest Z1000 or an older generation? Have you had the Z1000 on the track? If so, what are your thoughts? Actually any comments would be appreciated :)

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My z1000 is a 2003, it hasn't been to the track. Mine I call my sanity bike, because when I started trying to crack on, it would turn into a bouncy castle and tell me to slow down. The newer ones are supposed to be very good though. Everything I have read about them seems to rate them around or slightly higher than the current speed triple. Given that I think that machine is really sweet, perhaps that tells you something.

If it helps, I read an awful lot of material about current machinery. If you give me an idea of what kind of riding you want to do, I am happy to try to give some suggestions.

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Strange as it may seem, I have been toying with the subject of replacing a v max and an r6. Guessing some street riding , and some track. I think the z1000, newer version could be good for doing both, but a little frustrating on the track. Having said that, I know one of the uk magazine groups did do a couple of races on one and seemed to enjoy it.

The thought I came up with, was the triumph street triple. The handling is superb, comfortable on the street, lots of turn leverage, very sweet motor. All in all a great machine. Let me know what you think. This is working on the presumption that the naked aspect is important.

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Nice Tony - I can't wait to see some 1199's out on the road and track!

 

Well my list would go like this:

  • K5 GSX-R600 (yes, first bike - didn't last too long unfortunately...)
  • Z750 (my only bike owned from new, was very fun, but I have sportbikes in my blood...)
  • K5 GSX-R600 (I started off with a fairly shocking record, a new bike each year for the first 3 years I had been riding ohmy.gif )
  • K6 GSX-R1000 (Still have this one, it's a keeper. Had it for about 3 years now, used it for commuting, touring, track days, everything.)
  • XR400 motard (I have this one mainly for around town. Had this for a bit over a year.)

In the future the only bike I want to add is an RS250. If I especially like the 2T experience and feel a bit mental I'd go for a CR500 motard. biggrin.gif

I plan to keep the Gixxer until it stops running, at which time I am open to the idea of owning an electric superbike...

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Hello Guys and Gals,

 

Here are bikes that I have owned in the past.

 

1977 Yamaha XS 360

1981 Suzuki 550L

1982 Honda CB750 Custom

1985 Suzuki GS 700E

 

 

Sadly the only one I think I have an actual picture of myself is the XS 360. Curently I have an 02 FZ1 and an 07 SV650. FZ1 was bought brand new in 08 and has since been modded. SV is stock so far. Click here to see those bikes.

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My list is much shorter than most but here goes:

 

1995 Honda VFR750 (2005 - 2010)

 

2007 Honda VFR800 (2010 - 2012)

 

2004 Suzuki GSXR600 (2010 - 2012)

 

2012 CBR1000RR (Currently the only bike that I have in the garage).

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1971 Suzuki T250 33hp

1974 Honda CB360 34hp

1975 Honda CB550 50hp

1981 Yamaha XJ650 71hp

1984 Kawasaki GPz 900 113hp

1986 Yamaha FZ750 105hp

1984 Honda CBX 750F 93hp

1986 Honda VFR 700F 81hp

1989 Ducati 750 sport 45hp

Marriage , Mortgage kids etc

2002 Honda CBR 954R 152hp

2004 Suzuki GSXR1000 164hp

2010 Suzuki GSXR 1000 181hp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wow Hema, that's a comprehensive list! Power figures and everything... do you have a dyno in your garage or what? laugh.gif

 

Oh I should also add one to update my list...

 

About a month ago I picked up a '99 KTM 380 EXC. Converted to supermoto... currently just pulling it down for a bit of a freshen up as 13 year old bikes require, (which is why I've been a bit absent from here lately) then I'm going to get it road registered and head out for some motard track days. Aiming to have it done by the end of the year! I went for a quick squirt around the block once I had the 17" wheels fitted up, on a 50T rear sprocket... the bike was mental! Love the 2T sound as well... biggrin.gif

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I'll try to get them in the order of ownership, however that may be alot to ask;

 

1973 CB350 (4 cylinder, first street bike. Rode it for 2 seasons and about 15,000 miles. Sold it for the same $800 I paid for it)

197x CB450 (2 cyl. high pipe model, the 350 I thought at the time was faster, but this was bike #2 and 20,000 miles more experience)

1979 CB650C (fully dressed in Vetter, and a CB and a radio w/cassette player...lol and for some reason I still did wheelies on it and dragged the bags~yes they pulled off if dragged too hard~ and pipes on cloverleafs. but 75,000 miles of being a squidly on this bike. The engine finally rattled so bad I ran out and bought the Sabre)

1982 VF750 Sabre (Last time of allowing a friend to ride one of my bikes ever, ran over by a tow truck at an intersection jumping the light)

1982 GPZ550 (racebike 2:10+ lap times were "fast" but inconsistant)

1982 CB750C

1983 VF750F

1983 CB900C

1983 CX650Turbo

1984 GPZ550 (racebike #2 2:07 lap times were more normal and far more consistant)

1984 Seca550

1985 Ninja 600R (3 of them...1 was totalled racing in an endurance race ~not by me~-the other 2 were raced, 1 in production(doubled as a street bike), 1 in SS classes for 4 years each...both of these had over 30,000 miles on them when sold..finally broke the 2:00 mark at BIR)

1986 Ninja600 RX (aluminum framed :rolleyes:. 50,000+ miles on that before selling in 92?)

GPZ750 turbo

1987 Ninja 250R (racebike #6)

1987 Ninja 250r (had given this to my brother for his 16th B-day. but he wheelied it into the principals car, so I took it back)

1982? Seca 920

1988 Ninja 600R (kept this bike for 19+ years and 256,000 miles and 2 Deer hits wihtout falling down)

1988 GSXR750 (racebike #7 never got this bike sorted for me but ran 1:52 lap times )

RD400 (owned for less than a month, got it in a basket, rode it for about 1000 miles)

1989 Ninja 250R (Racebike #8....Kept this bike for 21 years, it only ever saw the track....28,000 miles when I sold it last Feb...This bike I ran 2:00-2:015's at BIRs long course even with the then new turn 9....after attending CSS. I dropped several seconds per lap and was very consistant)

1989 EX500 (racebike #9&10)

1989 ZX7R

1989 FZR1000

1989&90 FZR600 (racebikes #11,12...finally pacing in the low 1:54's)

1990 ZX10

1991&92 CBR600F-2 (racebikes #13&14, finally broke past the 1:50 mark and could run 1:48 when really pushed)

1993 ZX11 (58,000 miles and broke the crank in half, rode it home from Topeka Kansas on 2 cylinders in '95...it never ran again)

1993 CBR900RR (owned maybe 3 weeks, raced 1 race weekend on it and sold it...but #15 nonetheless)

1985 RZ350

1982? Katana 1100 (the old silver one with a partial upper fairing)

1997 ZX6R

1998 GSXR600

1984 Venture Royale (a fixer upper project that ran well when done but looked terrible)

2001 ZX6R (in 2 years I had 65,000 miles on it when I sold it)

1992 Katana 750 (there was nothing about this bike I liked after riding it, likely I did not even put on 300 miles in the 3 months it took to dump it)

2003 R1 (Really didn't like it much, nor did it get ridden much, sold it in 2004)

2007 ZZR600, (pretty much a 2002 ZX6R)...currently the only bike I own, 68,000 miles on it, a Deer hit 2 years ago and again no fall down. Plan on breaking that 256,000 miles mark on this bike faster than I got there on the 88'. Lets see I started riding this July 2, 2008, so 4 full seasons average is only 17,000 per, so 15 years time.

 

Just about everyone of these was bought new except the CB350, Seca 920, RD400, FZR1000, Katana 1100, Venture Royal, Katana 750. The list does not include a few dirtbikes I owned before I was legal to ride on the street; XR80, XL125, YZ60, XR250R.

 

After the 900RR in early '93, the only racing I did was on the 250 Ninja until 2003 and even that was only at 1 or 2 Endurance events each year. That also happened to be the year I widdled down from the typical 6-10 bike garage to typical 3-4 at a time.

 

That '88 Ninja 600R and that '89 Ninja 250 were the longest kept bikes by far. Looking at the list, I must of had lots more disposable income than I do now, or perhaps it was my priorities, or both.

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I'll try to get them in the order of ownership, however that may be alot to ask;

 

1973 CB350 (4 cylinder, first street bike. Rode it for 2 seasons and about 15,000 miles. Sold it for the same $800 I paid for it)

197x CB450 (2 cyl. high pipe model, the 350 I thought at the time was faster, but this was bike #2 and 20,000 miles more experience)

1979 CB650C (fully dressed in Vetter, and a CB and a radio w/cassette player...lol and for some reason I still did wheelies on it and dragged the bags~yes they pulled off if dragged too hard~ and pipes on cloverleafs. but 75,000 miles of being a squidly on this bike. The engine finally rattled so bad I ran out and bought the Sabre)

1982 VF750 Sabre (Last time of allowing a friend to ride one of my bikes ever, ran over by a tow truck at an intersection jumping the light)

1982 GPZ550 (racebike 2:10+ lap times were "fast" but inconsistant)

1982 CB750C

1983 VF750F

1983 CB900C

1983 CX650Turbo

1984 GPZ550 (racebike #2 2:07 lap times were more normal and far more consistant)

1984 Seca550

1985 Ninja 600R (3 of them...1 was totalled racing in an endurance race ~not by me~-the other 2 were raced, 1 in production(doubled as a street bike), 1 in SS classes for 4 years each...both of these had over 30,000 miles on them when sold..finally broke the 2:00 mark at BIR)

1986 Ninja600 RX (aluminum framed :rolleyes:. 50,000+ miles on that before selling in 92?)

GPZ750 turbo

1987 Ninja 250R (racebike #6)

1987 Ninja 250r (had given this to my brother for his 16th B-day. but he wheelied it into the principals car, so I took it back)

1982? Seca 920

1988 Ninja 600R (kept this bike for 19+ years and 256,000 miles and 2 Deer hits wihtout falling down)

1988 GSXR750 (racebike #7 never got this bike sorted for me but ran 1:52 lap times )

RD400 (owned for less than a month, got it in a basket, rode it for about 1000 miles)

1989 Ninja 250R (Racebike #8....Kept this bike for 21 years, it only ever saw the track....28,000 miles when I sold it last Feb...This bike I ran 2:00-2:015's at BIRs long course even with the then new turn 9....after attending CSS. I dropped several seconds per lap and was very consistant)

1989 EX500 (racebike #9&10)

1989 ZX7R

1989 FZR1000

1989&90 FZR600 (racebikes #11,12...finally pacing in the low 1:54's)

1990 ZX10

1991&92 CBR600F-2 (racebikes #13&14, finally broke past the 1:50 mark and could run 1:48 when really pushed)

1993 ZX11 (58,000 miles and broke the crank in half, rode it home from Topeka Kansas on 2 cylinders in '95...it never ran again)

1993 CBR900RR (owned maybe 3 weeks, raced 1 race weekend on it and sold it...but #15 nonetheless)

1985 RZ350

1982? Katana 1100 (the old silver one with a partial upper fairing)

1997 ZX6R

1998 GSXR600

1984 Venture Royale (a fixer upper project that ran well when done but looked terrible)

2001 ZX6R (in 2 years I had 65,000 miles on it when I sold it)

1992 Katana 750 (there was nothing about this bike I liked after riding it, likely I did not even put on 300 miles in the 3 months it took to dump it)

2003 R1 (Really didn't like it much, nor did it get ridden much, sold it in 2004)

2007 ZZR600, (pretty much a 2002 ZX6R)...currently the only bike I own, 68,000 miles on it, a Deer hit 2 years ago and again no fall down. Plan on breaking that 256,000 miles mark on this bike faster than I got there on the 88'. Lets see I started riding this July 2, 2008, so 4 full seasons average is only 17,000 per, so 15 years time.

 

Just about everyone of these was bought new except the CB350, Seca 920, RD400, FZR1000, Katana 1100, Venture Royal, Katana 750. The list does not include a few dirtbikes I owned before I was legal to ride on the street; XR80, XL125, YZ60, XR250R.

 

After the 900RR in early '93, the only racing I did was on the 250 Ninja until 2003 and even that was only at 1 or 2 Endurance events each year. That also happened to be the year I widdled down from the typical 6-10 bike garage to typical 3-4 at a time.

 

That '88 Ninja 600R and that '89 Ninja 250 were the longest kept bikes by far. Looking at the list, I must of had lots more disposable income than I do now, or perhaps it was my priorities, or both.

 

Wow. I am trying to wrap my head around how many miles, total, you have put in on motorcycles, pretty incredible!!!!

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Pepsi,

 

That is a long list! I started riding a Honda Trail 70, but wasn't mine.

 

1976 Honda CB400F

1980 Ducati 900SS

1985 Honda Nighthawk S'

 

That brings me up to the '90's, to be continued..

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Hotfoot, the last time I did the math it was over 1.1 million.

I figure I have atleast 25-30 good years of riding left in me and would love to eclipse 2 million miles. Amongst some other lofty motorcycling goals.

 

I do have to admit, that perhaps 1/3 of those miles were not what I would consider high quality riding miles and my zest for anything Freeway/Highway has long since vanished. So now instead of riding to the Appalachians, Texas Hill country, Colorado, Arkansas or the mountains of Arizona, the bike is trailered to and then ridden for 3 or 4 days. So the miles accumulation has dropped to around 25,000 per year instead of what was common at over 50,000 miles a year. Which honestly felt like I never got off the bike, I don't know how some of these people ride 100,000 in a single year, must be retired and riding many freeway miles.

There were a few years I actually rode my racebikes to the various race tracks then prepared it for racing, spent the weekend racing, made it street legal again and rode it home.

Needless to say many thought I was crazy. But it was quite the experience. I even rode my Ninja 600 the 2200 miles to CSS in 86 or 87 and then rode about 5000 (fun) miles to get home, all in under 2 weeks time. Oh to be young and full of spit and vinegar...lol

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Ride to the track, race and ride back! A real man! What a cool story (I'm way too lazy).

 

CF

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Me (short list):

 

1982 Suzuki GS850G

1987 Suzuki GS1150EF

 

----------big gap whilst poor graduate student-------

 

2000 Ducati 750SSie

2006 Ducati Sport 1000 (started as street bike, current track bike)

 

n.b. Not one radiator among them!

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50,000 miles with the typical avg. speed I can maintain around here would require 3.5 hrs of rider every single day of the year. Too much. I rode just about every chance I had in 2012 and managed 6,000 miles. Ten times that boggles the mind - but not in an envious way.

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Pepsi,

 

That is a long list! I started riding a Honda Trail 70, but wasn't mine.

 

1976 Honda CB400F

1980 Ducati 900SS

1985 Honda Nighthawk S'

 

That brings me up to the '90's, to be continued..

 

I realized I forgot an FZ750. Liked the bike, never liked the 16 inch front.

 

Got a ZX 6 (1990). Nice bike, very solid.

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OK I guess I should weigh in on this, too. :)

 

1984 Honda XL250

2001 Yamaha XT225

2003 Kawasaki ZX6R

1988 Yamaha YSR50

2003 Suzuki DR200

2004 Kawasaki ZZR600

2004 Suzuki Savage 650

2008 Kawasaki ZX6R

2008 Honda Moriwaki MD250H

2010 BMW S1000rr

2006 Yamaha F450 Super Single

 

Out of this whole list the one bike I have had the longest and NEVER considered selling is the YSR50. Heck of a fun little bike, starts EVERY SINGLE TIME and is still fully street legal. I get a lot of double-takes riding that on the street - it looks like a regular sport bike until you get up close and see how small it really is. :)

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Pepsi,

 

That is a long list! I started riding a Honda Trail 70, but wasn't mine.

 

1976 Honda CB400F

1980 Ducati 900SS

1985 Honda Nighthawk S'

 

That brings me up to the '90's, to be continued..

 

I realized I forgot an FZ750. Liked the bike, never liked the 16 inch front.

 

Got a ZX 6 (1990). Nice bike, very solid.

 

That Nighthawk S also had 16" front, well actually front and rear.

 

 

Did you just aquire the 1990 ZX6 ?

 

 

 

Now that Hotfoot lists the YSr, yep had one of those too, we used to have maybe 15 of us who would rent the gocart track during the week and have races about once a month. It was great fun.

 

Most had the full on toomey kit, but several went further with the 80cc top end. I guess one thing that never changes with races, if you can win even up, start throwing money at the bike....lol

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I've lost count and the years but the most memorable ones have been:

 

Explorer (50cc), Kinetic Honda (scooter), Hero Honda CD100, Honda CB400N, RZ350 LC YPVS, NS400R, VF 750F, TS250R (dirtbike), Bandit 400, TDM 850, MT-01, Streetfighter 1098, HD 48 Sportster, FZ1 and now a 2011 R1.

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my personal experiences are:

2002 Kawi Ninja 250 x2 both ran flawlessly.

2002 Yamaha FZ1 brand new came with a bad spark plug wire. It took me a few years to find out what was wrong with the bike because the bike only misfired once a while. I thought it was the nature of the bikerolleyes.gif.

2007 Suzuki Burgman 400: the scoot ran great. It did have a noisy automatic clutch though. Known problem for the burgman.

2009 kawi KLR650: that bike burned a quart of oil every 1000 miles. I just had to sell it. checking the oil level after every ride was getting to me. Known problem for 2008 and 2009 model year. got better 2010 and on, so i hear.

Kawi 2011 ZX14: the motor is really smooth, almost no vibration at the handlebar at any rpm. smoothest bike i've ever ridden. It tends to run really hot in stop and go traffic, never over heat, but sooo close...

2013 s1krr: vibration around 4000rpm is worse than the thumper KLR. Then i hear, it is normal, and it did smooth out after i get pass 6000rpm. so no complains...

2012 Suzuki Vstrom 650: only have 150 miles on it, but so far i like it a lot. Good usable power for commuting. long travel suspension on the KLR and Vstrom is really good for back road riding in Jersey. Roads here are covered with potholes, with a sportbike, i have to carefully choose the path taken, with the KLR or the Vstrom, i just ride, take in the scenery, eating potholes like they don't even exist.

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