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post #1 of 63 Old 04-23-2015, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Why did you pick the Z?

Honestly, until the option to trade for my Z came up, I had never heard of it. I was raised on Harleys and later Buells. We always had quads and the occasional dirt bike but never anything remarkable. The thought of having a sport bike was never something that interested me. Other than a few Ducati models owned by friends I couldn't have told you much about them either. Then this wonderful hybrid fell in my lap. I get all of the enjoyment of a sport bike without having to visit the clinic after every ride!

I love my bike now. After making it my own and adjusting to the riding style of it, I wouldn't have it any other way.

What was the defining moment for the members here that made this bike something you wanted? Styling? Power? Handling? I am just curious of what makes up a Z rider's mind when picking this over other nakeds on the market.

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Was looking for a standard, bought an ER6n initially, saw the Z next to it, really liked the way it looked and promised myself one day it would be mine. Voila.

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100% due to the $1500 price tag. If I would have chose a bike, I would have gotten a CBR. But I am very happy with my Z and plan to keep it till its pointless to have anymore.


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Saw the YouTube reviews and motorcycle test ride videos and had to have one.

Haven't looked back since.


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I mean... Come on...
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Decided I did not like the idea of paying the insurance company a 250% premium for a "race bike". Did some research and found that there were a couple of choices where manufacturers made effectively the same bike without plastic and the insurance guys called them "sport touring" or "standards" and cut the insurance by a huge margin.

The Z1000 and the FZ-1 were the two that peaked my interest, and let's be honest, Kawasaki did a way better job with the styling.

Found a good deal on a buddy's friend's bike with next to no kms on it, and voila!

$149/year insurance and a litre bike with some pretty spectacular handling between my lets. Win/Win.
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Minimal Plastic
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As my dad pointed out. The bike has an attitude problem. Also it eats children, no one knows what it is, surprises supersports when I pass them in a turn(People around here cant corner for ****)
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I was looking for a larger engine with a more vertical position and handlebars. Was initially looking at a new FZ-09 or duke 690 but happened across a Z review on YouTube, found a NOS '13 for an awesome price an hour from me and have been loving every minute of it
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Hi,
I was away from bikes for a while - work and family commitments.
When it came time again I didn't want a CBR or R1. I liked the new MT-07 or 09. Looked around online reviews and the Z won. Also, the Z1000 has been a major player for a long time.
I am glad I went for the Z, I am loving it.
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