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post #1 of 18 Old 05-16-2010, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Bye 919, Hello Z1000

So a friend of mine owns a Z1000 and let me ride it a few weeks ago. I haven't been the same since. Coincidentally the same friend just happened to find a Candy Plasma Blue Z1000. I piked it up yesterday - love it.
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post #2 of 18 Old 05-17-2010, 05:31 AM
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Congrats on the new bike.

So give us the details: What differences have you noticed from the 919?

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I was floundering back and forth between the z and the 9er when i went with the 9er. The cheesy LCD tach and my bad gut feeling about kawai kept me off it. Its a seriously nice machine though.... and kawasaki makes a great product I'm just holding on to the 90's.

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Congrats on the new bike.

So give us the details: What differences have you noticed from the 919?
Most notable difference in the way the bike fits my body - the seat and tank shape make riding it effortless. Not to mention the endless power band. The 919 was fast but this is downright frightening.

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Nice bike. Nice motor. I agree with the above about the tach. I don't know if I could adapt to an LCD tach or not.

Congrats.

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Enjoy the new bike! I think the 2010 Z1000 is one sweet machine not really to keen on the style of the pervious model. But the colour sounds awesome.

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One of my favorite bikes, just looks great all around. Congrats!

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That blue is terrific; have fun!

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Lots of great choices out there. You made one of them. I've always liked Kawies.

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Nice Z and thanks for the pic.
On a side note after getting used to a bike how often do you look at the tach? I only use it see top gear.

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The 03-05 Z1000's used the same as the 04/05 ZX10 tach which sucked.

Don't the newer Z1000's use a conventional tachometer?

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The Z1000 felt like a 600cc frame with a 1000cc motor stuffed into it. I liked it the only time I road one. The only thing I didn't care for with the vibration/buzz, but like my 919 doesn't buzz. lol I did hate the tach, though. Can't read it in the sunlight.

I would seriously entertain buying one, though. I believe you'll enjoy it a lot and have a great time on it.

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Just curious, but what's the big deal if you can't see the tach? I never look at mine and rarely even look at the speedo.

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I ride the 2011 Z1000 at bike week, it will look to the sky in 1st - 3rd gear. What a ride..

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Sweet looking ride. I probably check my gear indicator more often than my tach, and both of those just rarely on the street. Does the Z have a gear indicator?

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No gear indicator, or at least I haven't noticed. I'm too busy smiling and giggling like a school girl after eating a big bag of M&M's every time I get on it.

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The new one is a nice kit. Lots of improvements over the previous models.

Good to see that Kawasaki landed them in the USA as there was some doubt for a while according to the magazines.

Lots of excellent bikes have failed to light sales in the USA and the makers are apparently very cautious.

Which is kind of odd if you consider all the good stuff we get in New Zealand that you don't and our sales market is very small in comparison with a total population of 4 million.

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Most notable difference in the way the bike fits my body - the seat and tank shape make riding it effortless. Not to mention the endless power band. The 919 was fast but this is downright frightening.
Congrats on the Z! Kawasaki's styling is generally great, very aggressive looking, I like it. They also don't detune it too much like Honda is so often critized for. The new one is also a very cool looking bike, pics are deceiving. I think they are becoming more noticable with regards to styling, model range, value for money and performance IMO.

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