Just wanted to say hi again. It's been roughly 4 years since I sold my 2004 Z1000. It was not my first bike, but was my first Z and I loved it. I had other bikes after that and a full year with no bikes. After a few weeks of shopping, I ended up buying a brand new 2016 Z1000 in matte graphite gray / red color (to match my Lexus! lol) at the stealership. Here it is:
Personally, I would have liked to see a graphite gray & black version, but the red is not that ugly... Anyways, I ended up plastidipping in black the gas tank cover and the front fairing part that are originally red. The forks, a small plastic piece on the side fairings and the passenger seat are the only red parts remaining on the bike. I did not have a chance to ride it yet, but will go for my first ride after work. The 1000kms break-in period will be real torture...
The following parts are ordered and will be installed ASAP:
-Fender eliminator + LED turn signals (that big bracket is really ugly...)
-Small Bar End Mirrors
-Flush mount LED front turn signals
-Slip-on exhaust (not ordered yet - probably the black Vance&Hines urban brawlers)
I will post my initial thoughts later on after my first ride... My friend bought a 2016 GSXS1000 - which was my second choice - I will be able to compare them. I noticed that the Z1000 did not have any gear indicator, traction control and seemed to have stiffer suspensions. The seat is also very stiff and lacks cushion as compared to the GSXS1000. Can't wait to go for a ride. It's 40-50F degrees here right now so still a little chill. We had our first 70F degrees of the year yesterday so that's a good sign.
Have a good day!