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post #1 of 16 Old 05-25-2009, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Guys I have decided to buy a bike after a several year absence. Been sitting a home with the darn flu all weekend - thanks honey for bringing it home from school!
I have narrowed my search down to these bikes - Yamaha FZ1, Honda 919, Kawasaki Z1000 and a really nice used Kaw ZRX1200.
They all seem to be about in the same hp range with the exception of the FZ1. The FZ1 seems to be all about RPMs to make it's hp where the rest appear to have a more broad power curve.
The ZRX and 919 look to have very similar power bands = easier to ride on the street. I can't seem to find out much about the Z1000.
Any thoughts or first hand experiences would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-25-2009, 09:20 AM
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Can't go wrong with a FZ1 or a 919. The Z1000 isn't as well reviewed, great engine but not so great suspension. The ZRX is more old school but I've always liked their looks.

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post #3 of 16 Old 05-25-2009, 09:37 AM
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Can't go wrong with a FZ1 or a 919. The Z1000 isn't as well reviewed, great engine but not so great suspension. The ZRX is more old school but I've always liked their looks.
When I went through this, the FZ1 and the 919 were the last two standing. I chose Total Package over horsepower advantage and have been unbelievably beyond happy with my 9er.

There's a reason there are so many 919 loyalists WITH A FEW NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS...

And I hear you about the freaking flu. I've been too busy to check WT much for the last 4 weeks or so, and now I have about 100 posts over the last week.

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One bike you didn't mention that you may want to consider is a Suzuki Bandit. They are probably in the same range of HP. My short list was FZ1, 919, Bandit, and V-Strom. 919 won out as the best all around fit for me. All are great bikes, buy what makes you grin from ear to ear.

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I almost bought a ZRX1200 but it felt very heavy. The only other bike I'd think about buying in this class besides the 919 is the Speed Triple.

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post #6 of 16 Old 05-25-2009, 05:22 PM
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+1 they do feel heavy

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I almost bought a ZRX1200 but it felt very heavy. The only other bike I'd think about buying in this class besides the 919 is the Speed Triple.

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post #7 of 16 Old 05-25-2009, 05:37 PM
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or do what FJR919 did. He owns both a Gen. II FZ1 and a 919.

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post #8 of 16 Old 05-25-2009, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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That might be a push buying both. I am tempted to buy a 2001 Kaw Concours that is a one owner bike with under 6,000 miles on it. I can get it for $2500. I can work that one and a 919 into my budget.
Looks like I am leaning more toward the 919 than the FZ1. Seems like the 919 has more streetable power. I like a bike with a broad powerband - kind of like my old 750 Norton Commando.
I know a FZ1 will run in the 10's without too much trouble, but a 11 second 919 is not too bad either.
Heck I have only had one 11 second car - 1987 Buick T Type. Ask me how much I wish I had kept that car.

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post #9 of 16 Old 05-26-2009, 02:41 AM
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Can't go wrong with either bike...I personally own a 08 FZ1 and enjoy it


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The 919 is lighter than all those bikes. Has a nice big fuel tank for a long range and most of all it's a Honda.

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post #11 of 16 Old 05-26-2009, 08:01 AM
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When i looked for my new bike i made i through the yamaha's, saw the 919 and stoped looking! Well, I looked, but nothing drew my attention like the 919. Now it don't know how any one else does't have one:001_smile:Plus everybody knows you meet the nicest people on a Honda!

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Depends on what kind of riding your planning on doing most - If your gonna go touring, you should get the Connie ! Its a plain bike, but, with 6k miles on it, its not evern broken in yet ! Load of folks get well in the 100k miles sans problems !

As for the others -
Z1000 - fun bike, crap stock suspension - if yo uget one plan on new springs at least, if not new shock, spring,s and gettin the stuff to match the adjustments , and fork valving . Once yo udo that, the thing rides on rails ! Great bike on those issues are worked out.
ZRX - BIG bike, yeah its heavy, but, its a BIG bike !

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I was torn between the Ducati 696, STREET Triple and the 919. The 919 was the best value for the money. 919 might be older technology, and have the ergos of a UJM from back in the day, but it makes for a damn fine everyday ride. Like the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Now if I could make it as light and flickable as the 696 and sound like the Street Triple that'd make me the happiest gal in the world.

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post #14 of 16 Old 05-26-2009, 08:33 AM
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Depends on what kind of riding you plan to do.

For city riding/commuting and a bit of sport riding I would pick the 919. Its super reliable and a good bike all stock. For any kind of mixed riding including touring I would take the Fz1. The Fz has a nice windscreen, a lot of luggage options and great for 2 up.

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Don't ask me. I'll just start chanting Z-REX! Z-REX ! and go all Tim Allen on you.

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post #16 of 16 Old 05-26-2009, 10:16 AM
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Depends on what kind of riding you plan to do.

For city riding/commuting and a bit of sport riding I would pick the 919. Its super reliable and a good bike all stock. For any kind of mixed riding including touring I would take the Fz1. The Fz has a nice windscreen, a lot of luggage options and great for 2 up.

I can attest to the FZ1 statements here...It's been great thus far


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