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Well, between my friend's new Ninja 1000 and then others I know who have test ridden the new Kawis lately and getting me all excited (never mind teasing myself with test rides), I have new bike fever again.

Not sure if I want to trade my gsxr or not. I love it and don't really want to get rid of it, but I want a bike that isn't a schizophrenic drama queen (esp now the hot weather is returning, it's going to get worse). I really want a Z1000. With a kid in college who only works part time at minimum wage and will likely need a new car soon (doubtful he will be able to get one on his own at this point), it's so hard to justify though.

I have been keeping an eye out for a good deal on a used Z1k, or any other kind of deal I can find. It seems no one around here who has a 2010 wants to give it up yet. And... to be honest I prefer buying new if I can.

Anyway I was checking out Kawasaki's website to torture myself some more, and noticed an ad for something they have going on right now called the Good Times Sales Event. Apparently you request a game ticket, which they mail to you, then you take it to a dealer and see what you won with the ticket. I guess the ticket has a code hidden on it, which you unlock at the dealer. That will tell what you win right away from the ticket (which could be money off a new bike - what I am shooting for), then later you bring the code back to Kawasaki's website and use that to enter a drawing to win a 250R. So I requested a ticket.

Anyone looked into this yet? Gotten a ticket? How did it work? Here's the link to it

May as well give it a shot, hey, maybe I'll win a 250R! I'll ride it, I ain't skeered! ;)

There is a $750 discount on a '10 Z1000. So maybe if I get something off with the ticket, and maybe (big MAYBE) trade the gsxr, I can pull off the purchase.


Anyone want to buy a pyscho gsxr? :screwy: Maybe I could trade it for a used car for my kid. Hmmm... well maybe not. We'll see. Hopefully with the awesome deals going on I can find a way to keep it for a track bike, and have a reliable street bike with the Z1k.
 

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Knowing you....... well i dont know you personally but know who are :) you will find a way to keep your gsxr and get a z. I just pick up 2010 a few weeks ago. Still have an 05 zzr600 which I do like. im going to try to keep her for a season and see how much i will ride her still.

After reading your review of the z sometime ago, prompted me to go check it out and get a test ride. now I own a z. so thanks alot ;) cant wait to get the exhaust swapped out.

good luck with your search. I hope you find a way to get your Z and keep your gsxr

Spike
 

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Thank you for the confidence in my ability to spend money! Haha! :D

And I'm glad you found my review helpful, and congrats on the new addition to your stable. Very jealous!! I am curious how much of your riding time the Z will take over from the ZZR. I'm guessing that it will win out over everything except long highway rides, for the wind protection.
 

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consider a gen ! z1000. i bought my 2004 last year with 9,000 miles on it. you can find a nice one for 3,000 bucks. my friend has a 2010 Z1000.on rides we swap bikes often. the performance is about the same except for the mid range torque of the new one. if you like the looks of the new one better that is cool.with a full muzzy i got the weight down to 458 lbs wet and i am making about 125 RWHP. some of us are in love with the GEN 1. a very simple looking bad *** street fighter looking bike.you would be happy with the new one but if you got a used one you could keep the GSXR.
 

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Yeah that's a good point. I'd have to ride an older gen though to see if it's what I am looking for. I am not sure the handling on the older ones is as spectacular as the new ones, for starters. That's what made me fall in love with the '10 Z1k initially. I didn't really like it until I rode one. But then once I did ride it... WOW.
 

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Here is my story , been riding for 2 years now. I live in NJ so i only get to ride a couple of months here, i started with a gsf500 , only had it for about a month until i test drove my buddy's cbr and i knew that the gsf had to go. Bought a zx6r loved that bike to death, had 12k miles and it was time to get the clutch replaced so i prefered to let it go and buy my friends cbr(huge mistake). The cbr is incredible at handling will make the best track bike i tested, but was the most uncomfortable bike i ever had :lol:. So here i am with a bike i love to look at and hate to ride :D, saw the z1000 and i was ashamed to tell anybody that i loved it. I was afraid to change my bike again,(third trade of the summer :headshake:), but i did and i will never see my self riding those uncomfortable rockets they call sport bikes (for your info im only 22). THE Z IS INCREDIBLE :thumbsup:. hope this helps.:eek:ccasion:Good luck choosing.
 

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I owned a 03 Z for many years and many miles and loved her, I now own a 2010 and at first actually prefered the rawness of the gen 1. I do need to say I put a lot of time an $$'s into the Gen 1 to get her to be what I wanted. Stock for stock, hands down there is NO comparision handling wise and the power is very similar, Gen 3 all the way. The looks will be a pesonal opinion but the GEN 3 is growing on me ( like it had a choice at this point ) You could buy an Gen 1 for around 3 and spend another 1,500-2 and have an AWESOME but RAW ride. Good luck
I have seen two 2010's going for $8,000 right now
 

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I'm digging my new Ninja so I vote Ninja!! I rode 300 miles last weekend which was the first weekend I got it. The only thing that got soar was my butt and I hadn't riden a motorcycle in 5 months months. I have already ordered a custom seat to rectifiy that problem. Ergos on the Ninja are prefect for me. I'm 6ft, 190lbs. Much much better than my two previos VFRs and the CBR 600. If I was going to do a serious 600 mile a day tour, I might consider dropping the pegs an inch or so but I don't have any plans to do that yet. I love the sportiness of the bike and the up right position. It sure does not turn or feel like a 500lb bike.
 

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I've ridden the Ninja 1000 and the '10 Z1000, and I would love to have both. The Ninja for long road trips and the Z1000 for weekend riding and mountain trips. :D
 

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Easy solution for you.

When the kid comes knocking you up for money for a new car, you tell him "WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!!!"

Then you go spend YOUR hard earned money on that new bike that you not only WANT, you DESERVE!

YEAH!


(or, something like that...)

Some guy on this site is selling his 2010 for like $8000 or so. With low miles! Or, just sell the GSXR. Really - how often are you going to ride it? Thats how I ended up affording my 2010 Z...I sold my 03 Z and my Honda Shadow, because it was just sitting in the garage, not being ridden. And Im glad I did that, because with the new Z, that thing would have been ridden even less!!!!
 

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YEs the kid must buck up a drive a pile for a bit, b/c thats how things work. I am 30 and just upgraded from a 1985 GMC 1500 to a 2007 GMC 1500. I did what I had to do to keep the old one going as long as possible... BUY THE BIKE. YOU HAVE EARNED IT.
 

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I picked up my 07 in May of last year for $4300 bone stock....have put down 17,000 plus miles on it in this time and about $3000 in add ons.....Love this Machine!! I ride a lot, and this bike has the best of both worlds....style,performance, and comfort.....nothing wrong with buying used as long as you know what to look for as far as abuse......I have 22,000 current mile on the clock and still going strong....Wish you the best in whatever you decide
 

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Thanks guys :D

Easy solution for you.

When the kid comes knocking you up for money for a new car, you tell him "WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!!!"

Then you go spend YOUR hard earned money on that new bike that you not only WANT, you DESERVE!

YEAH!


(or, something like that...)

Some guy on this site is selling his 2010 for like $8000 or so. With low miles! Or, just sell the GSXR. Really - how often are you going to ride it? Thats how I ended up affording my 2010 Z...I sold my 03 Z and my Honda Shadow, because it was just sitting in the garage, not being ridden. And Im glad I did that, because with the new Z, that thing would have been ridden even less!!!!

Haha! Yeah I could say I will do that, but I am pretty soft hearted and he knows it. He'd call my bluff. :p

You know, I probably wouldn't use the gsxr for street riding much once I get the Z, but it would make a great track bike and I wouldn't have to worry about track prepping a bike every time or buying new tires before every track day. :)
 

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Yeah that's a good point. I'd have to ride an older gen though to see if it's what I am looking for. I am not sure the handling on the older ones is as spectacular as the new ones, for starters. That's what made me fall in love with the '10 Z1k initially. I didn't really like it until I rode one. But then once I did ride it... WOW.

hi acalliste,
you live in FL. when talking about "handling what kind of handling do you need when you only make turns at traffic lights. lol. that is if you live on the east coast as far as i know.

i'm in MA and believe me you need a bike that handles with all crummy road surfaces we have up here..

i like the idea of buying a used one and keeping the other. thats what i would be looking to do.

good luck with all the choices you could have.
 

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As far as you know being the operative words there. You obviously never wandered far from an interstate. ;)
 

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I have a GSXR also (03 1000), keep her if you can, that power never gets old, and its a great reminder why the Z is so much fun.

The Gen 1 and 2 (same bike to me) are fun also, like Mr. Toads wild ride. Rare, cool when modded, like nothing else and fun. I allways knew Kawi would finally put that Ninja 900 motor into something fun.
 
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