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post #1 of 14 Old 12-23-2016, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Z900 thoughts

I found out that the new Z900 will be replacing both the Z800 and the Z1000 this coming year as Kawasaki will not be selling the Z1000 in the United States anymore, I could be wrong, just going by what i've heard and have been told. What are your thoughts on this, the Z900 seems like it would be the bargain for 2017, 125 hp and 75ft. lbs of torque along with a 460lb wet weight non ABS for $8399.00 MSRP. I'm sure a full system could drop at least 10+lbs and gain another 10+ hp with a tune, making for a potent middleweight, plus the fact that it has adjustable suspension. Just wanted to get your thoughts on it, cheers
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I like it.

I do with they would have spent just a bit more for radial brakes, up front. Not that they are needed, it just looks more modern.

Love the frame, and its hard to get too demanding at 8699.00

My only problem with the z900 is Yamahas fz09. Its a much improved bike over the first gen. It has better fueling, and upgraded suspension.

Im not brand loyal. The fz09 should have a similar amount of power and is 40-50lbs lighter.

An exhaust on the fz09 will get you close to 400lbs and 115 hp...real, tested hp.

For me, the z900 makes the choice tougher...Suzukis 750 bike is upgraded, too. But, bottom line, for me, fz09.

Thats all great, but its you were talking about. YOU want a z 1000, and have for a long time. A some point, you need to buy what you want.

We cant do this with cars. I four budget is 20k, that vette is pretty much our of reach.

You can do this with motorcycles. The difference between 8699 and 11999 is not life changing. Especially if you went on cycle trader ans saw a z 1000 for 9999.00 and had a local shop match it.
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Hey Roland, how's it going?, oh i still plan on getting the Z1000 as my next bike, just wanted to talk shop about the z900 that's all. I think that the $8699.00 could be with ABS, I have checked out the XSR900 and to me i like it better than the FZ-09, I just never really liked the fz09, not that it is bad bike or anything, just never sat right with me, great engine though. I think the new XSR900 will be bigger hit than the fz09 over a period of time, since it does have TC,ABS and different modes, which will help.

The new Suzuki GSX-S750 which will be released as a 2018 model is what i think Suzuki should have done in the first place, i think the Suzuki and the Yamaha will have similar hp and torque ratings, but with a different wet weight, as with either model someone would probably put a full system on them anyway to increase hp and drop weight plus upgrade suspension. With more prominent middleweights putting out more power with bikes like the Street Triple 765 rs, XSR900-FZ-09, Z900 and the new GSX-S750 to name a few, could we be seeing more manufacturers going away from their super naked lineup as these new middleweights offer more real world performance. On positive note i am seeing 15 ZIK's going for $7499-$7999.00 MSRP which for me is a good thing, cheers and Merry Christmas.
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I like the 900's looks. If it had the z 1000front end, I would want one.

If the suzuki is an 18, we wont see it until summer, will we? That feels like 10 years from now as a run my snowblower.
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Lol, that suck's, i remember having to do that and shovel snow, I think the Suzuki will probably come out December next year, same here on the looks, it looks really nice with great body lines.
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I just bought the Z900, took it home yesterday, You will never miss the Z1000 I promise! This bike is light, smooth as glass, and power to spare, don't let the numbers on paper fool you.
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this is a nice one a little different a think they will be a canny but not as good as the z1000 gen4
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I like its looks.
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Ok I have owned my Z900 for 30 days now 1,200 miles, how does it compare to all the Z1000 Z1000SX that I have owned? Up's: light weight very nimble, super smooth almost like it's not running, best clutch ever, great instrument cluster, 165+ miles to a tank of gas. accelerates harder than the Z1000 I will not say that it is faster than the Z1000 until I get to the drag strip and then time will tell. Down's: It's hard to get the suspension dialed in but with a lot of work it's doable. Even with the tall seat my legs are cramped and pushes boys into gas tank , when accelerating hard, engine vibes are very noticeable in the gas tank, Still to new to get after market parts.

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With how deep that seat is I'm not surprised the boys don't have a lot of room. The mpg you experiencing, is that hard riding miles? My 1000 averages about 42mpg of stop/go/highway, but light on the throttle. High 30's if riding hard. I can only assume the engine has a bit more parasitic loss at this point since it's new...

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