First post on here (hence the introduction) !
I`m just coming back to biking after a 7 year break, and I`ve just bought myself a 2016 Z1000...
We all know that biking is never out of your blood, and my interest was completely re-ignited by some friends we had over for Christmas lunch, where we ended up talking bikes for most of the afternoon, as they`re both bikers also (wife was made-up with that one, I can tell you !
Anyway, with the seed sown, I started to look around again. Almost every bike I`ve ever owned in the past has been a Sportsbike, but these days, the old aching bones will no longer accommadate a Sportsbike riding position, so I decided I wanted a Super-naked instead.
I didn`t really want to spend Tuono V4/Superduke R money, so I was thinking more about a Yamaha MT10, a Triumph Speed Triple R, or a Suzuki GSX-S. Yes, I`d thought briefly about the Z1000, but they were considered "old money", along with a CB1000R, and off the pace, weren`t they ? I was to find out quickly that you shouldn`t believe everything you read, and see on Youtube...!
About 3 weeks ago I test-rode an MT10 from my local Yamaha dealer. Now I don`t know whether it was because I was so rusty on a bike, or the cold, but I just didn`t enjoy it. The bike somehow felt "tall" to me (I`m a short-arse 5`9), and I just didn`t gel with it, returning it to the dealership disappointed.
A week on, and with the weather (marginally) better - dry but damp - I took out the GSX-S first. Great bike, undoubtedly, quick enough for me these days, and comfortable no doubt, but it just didn`t have what I was looking for somehow.
Next up was the Kawasaki Z1000. As soon as I sat on it, and lifted it up off the side-stand, I expected it not to be for me, as it immediately felt quite a bit heavier than the "Gixes". Bloody hell then, once on the move, where did all that weight suddenly go to ?? Oh, that`s right, it was all carried low-down, with the bike swinging from side to side above, like an inverted pendulum - BRILLIANT trick with weight-distribution Kawasaki.
To be honest, I think I`d only done half a mile, and I already knew the Zed thou was the one for me. I loved the power, (no jerky throttle-response like the Suzuki), loved the handling, and loved the riding position. This also had a pair of lovely Arrow cans fitted by the previous owner, and it sounds fantastic. In short, I just loved everything about the bike - it`s absolutely excellent !!
I was out quite a while on the Kwak, only returning when I felt I had to.
I already knew I`d be having it, but though it would be foolish not to ride the Triumph Speed Triple R, seeing as the dealer had it ready for me. To be honest, I only went round the block on it, as it just didn`t feel right after the Zed - riding position was canted too far forward, and it felt heavy compared to the Kwak. To be honest, the last owner hadn`t done it much of a favour, fitting shorty levers on it, as the already-heavy clutch was a nightmare, giving me an arm-pump like Mike Tyson by the time I brought it back.
As it stands then, I now have myself a beautiful Zed 1000, and I`m totally over the moon with it !
Apologies for the mega-intro, if you`re still awake, but I can`t help waxing lyrical about this bike.....cheers.