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i was watching a guy on a CBR600 rr today going to work. he was shaking his hands constantly. just looking at him made my neck hurt. i used my friends CBR to take my moto lic test a few years ago and it was beyond un comfortable.
these bikes are track bikes with lights. at one time a street bike was called a sport bike if it had a powerful engine and was not a cruiser. what is called a sport bike today to me is a race bike that is street legal.
i would call a Z 1000 a sport bike what do you think.:dontknow:
 

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Depends what insurance you call. Nationwide has the z listed as a sportbike. BUt yes I would say a z is a sportbike without fairings.
 

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i was watching a guy on a CBR600 rr today going to work. he was shaking his hands constantly. just looking at him made my neck hurt. i used my friends CBR to take my moto lic test a few years ago and it was beyond un comfortable.
these bikes are track bikes with lights. at one time a street bike was called a sport bike if it had a powerful engine and was not a cruiser. what is called a sport bike today to me is a race bike that is street legal.
i would call a Z 1000 a sport bike what do you think.:dontknow:
That is exactly why I did not get a pure sport bike, or 'crotch rocket'. I knew that if I did, I would only own it for a very short time as I would hate the clip ons and the crouched riding position for any good amount of riding. Ask any sport bike rider how often they take day long rides and I guarantee most all of them will tell you that they are only out for a couple of hours or so at a time. I've ridden dirt bikes and supermotos in my past and am accustomed to the single handle bar and that upright riding postion, it just feels 'right' to me and love the way a bike feels and handles with a handlebar. To me, the Z offers the exciting looks that a sport bike offers (and also definitely looks the part from a sport bike as it's a streetfighter), has great performance yet is still very comfortable to take a day long ride on. It absolutely fits the bill for me.

Depends what insurance you call.
I go through Geico and they consider the Z1000 a touring bike, so it is considerably less money to insure than if it were classified as a sport bike from them. That was another selling point to me after I called my insurance to get a quote before I bought one of these.
 

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that race bike riding position sucks. yes it is the right way to get around a race track, but the other 98% of the time it sucks. notice how a lot of track bike owners ride with one hand off the bars so they can sit up for a while.
some will not admit it is a problem [ BULL] i did 10 miles on a BUSA and it was un comfortable also. your neck and head are in such a bad position trying to see ahead with your body lying down on the tank and bars. i do not know what is worse the hard seat. lay down riding position with all the weight on your wrists, or your legs cramped up on the pegs . i do not expect a motorcycle to be a LAZY BOY on wheels they make cruisers for that. i like the riding position a lot on my Z 1000.
 

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As far as most insurance companies are concerned the Z is a sport bike. Not to be confused with a supersport, a sport bike is just as it always has been. Regular riding position on "top" of the bike instead of leaned back (cruiser) or on your face (supersport). Some might call it a sport touring, but progressive doesn't at least. How they make that distinction I have no idea. Maybe it has something to do with one big seat vs separate seats for rider and passenger, because I believe a ZX14 is considered a sport touring.:dontknow:
 

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I've have sport bikes and you have to learn to hold your body with your core and not let your upper body weight rest on your hands. After you get used to doing this it's not bad. Most of the problems I've had is my legs cramping but after riding for a month or so in the spring that goes away. For real long rides a less aggressive riding position is much better. That's why I bought a VFR and now a Ninja 1000
 
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