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Hello to everyone!

Picked up a red and black 03 in Aug. 2008 with 14mi on it! My uncle had it "lying around" and hadn't ridden it since he bought it at auction 2 years earlier in 06. Bone stock and less than 2K mi now (darn CO winters).

Actually this is my first ever bike and I love it! Easy to ride and handles beautifully! I'm not a real aggressive rider at this point so it's power/performance is fairly untapped but some day I'll grow up and see what she can do!

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Hey guy, welcome to the forum and to riding! Be careful, the Z's have a lot more power than they let on (because they're so user-friendly, it's easy to get in over your head with speed and turns). Z's aren't as "top-end" as other 1000's, or 600's for that matter, but on the street they're super-tough and all day comfortable. If you're married definately get a Corbin rear seat. Kinda ugly but she'll feel comfortable and like riding with you (stock rear seat is a joke-looks good, but chicks hate it). Sign up for the MSF course. Easy free way to get your license, and teaches you VERY good fundamentals/basics you should learn, before developing bad habits. Welcome.
 

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Thanks Max!
I did take the MSF in 2008 Before I ever took a turn on the old girl! Best riding career investment I could have made IMO. Looking forward to many miles with this bike over the next several years. Probably one that I will hold onto and eventually retire as memorabilia some day!
 

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Hello to everyone!

Picked up a red and black 03 in Aug. 2008 with 14mi on it! My uncle had it "lying around" and hadn't ridden it since he bought it at auction 2 years earlier in 06. Bone stock and less than 2K mi now (darn CO winters).

Actually this is my first ever bike and I love it! Easy to ride and handles beautifully! I'm not a real aggressive rider at this point so it's power/performance is fairly untapped but some day I'll grow up and see what she can do!

:cool::cool::cool:
Good to see another 1st Gen rider. Welcome.
 

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Congratulations and welcome to the club!

We will need some photos of you and your ride submitted and maybe one of your girlfirend as well just for our archives. We will send the decoder ring and your official insturction manual to the secret handshake post haste!

Do you have any plans for modifications?
 

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Hello to everyone!

Picked up a red and black 03 in Aug. 2008 with 14mi on it! My uncle had it "lying around" and hadn't ridden it since he bought it at auction 2 years earlier in 06. Bone stock and less than 2K mi now (darn CO winters).

Actually this is my first ever bike and I love it! Easy to ride and handles beautifully! I'm not a real aggressive rider at this point so it's power/performance is fairly untapped but some day I'll grow up and see what she can do!

:cool::cool::cool:
Welcome to the site, bro!!

Take it easy on her - it seems easy to ride, but these bikes can bite you! As long as you have a healthy sense of self-preservation, you will be fine...

Enjoy it!
 

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So the majority of you would not recommend the Z for a first bike? A dealer here in Northern Illinois has a brand new 2007 black Z1000 for about $7,000. This bike has been sitting in the showroom for three years and has the dust to prove it. Having never driven a bike before, would this bike be too much for a newbie? 7000 seems like a good deal for a virgin bike.
 
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