Alex here from Los Angeles. I am looking for a new bike for my daily freeway drive (30 miles round trip) to work and I have always liked Z1s but have never had the opportunity to buy one. How are Z1s suited for commuting?
There's a 2003 (I really like this model year) on Ebay right now about 400 miles north from me.
What do I need to know about these early models before buying one? I did a Google search to see if there had been any recalls or service advisories and the only thing I found was about possible steering bearing problems?
I don't know much about the 2003 bikes, but I've been commuting on my 2012 for 5 years now. Depending on the speed, you may want to add a taller windscreen, but the ergonomics are comfortable for commuting and the upright position gives you good sight lines over cars.
The bikes are rather reliable. Mine and @BriansZ1000 are both over 40k miles (his is 60k) with no noticeable issues.
Yep. About 95% of the miles on my bike is from commuting reaching speeds from 0mph to 80mph. Wind screen may help, but I just got used to it. Never left me stranded and has never had an issue other than a fork seal leak a few thousand miles ago. No idea about the 1st gen bikes as mine is a 2010.
I had mine for 3 years now. got it with about 8000 miles and now its around 13000. I used to ride it mostly on weekends and to work every now and then, but this year I take it on the daily round trip of about 50 miles. I really love this bike, and it really serves good as a commuter, I fill up about every 3 days.
Yep, but it can be a dangerous practice, and I'd suggest much louder exhaust than the stock cans. The several times I've been to SoCal, every bike I encountered was loud and I appreciated it because I knew to look before changing lanes while in a car.
I have an 03 with 8k miles and I'm having trouble with it. I think its a fuel pump issue, and my research says that this is a pretty common problem. Other than that I haven't heard anything bad/troublesome about them.