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#1 Unread post by Ryethil » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:39 pm

If I have anybody who will speak to me I have a problem you might help me with. I had sell my Honda ST1300A because of biz. *Shrug*

Now my brother (I think to p*ss off my mother) throws me the keys to a brand new Kawasaki 2005 ZZR1200. He says he got a good deal on it and I checked it out. It matched what he said. $4999 with full warranty and extended plan is available. It has a few options to go with it like hard shell luggage and he had a higher handle bar put on it to make it more comfortable. It's got a few other things but he wouldn't tell me anything else except when I got back on my feet, I would love it. Oh, its got an oil cooler.

Now the problem. What the heck is it? I've read everything I can on it and I get that it is a sport-touring version of their high end racer replica of the period. It doesn't have ABS, I think. Not a problem, I grew up on powerful bikes without ABS or LDS. It's just that it is nearly 5 years old and I have spec sheets and such but no idea of what the bike is actually like. Does anyone know anything about it? The local dealer was as useless as he has always been.

These aren't the pictures of "my" bike. I downloaded them to maybe jiggle someone's memory.

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Any help will be appreciated.


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#2 Unread post by PacificShot327 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:51 pm

Disclaimer: I have absolutely no experience with this bike.

That said... I did have the opportunity of riding around on a ZZR600 for a little while, and it is quite comfortable. And that's about all I can tell ya. :-D

Not sure how different it'd be from the 1200, other than the obvious, but I definitely wouldn't kick one of these out of the garage.

Especially with that beautiful color.

Wish I had a brother to throw me the keys to ANY bike. :-(
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#3 Unread post by Ryethil » Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:04 pm

PacificShot327 wrote:
Wish I had a brother to throw me the keys to ANY bike. :-(
Then you would have to be part of my family and that might be too much to bear. :laughing:
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#4 Unread post by PioneerUrban » Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:10 pm

Nice looking bike! For $4999, seems like a hell of a buy.
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#5 Unread post by Ryethil » Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:18 pm

PioneerUrban wrote:Nice looking bike! For $4999, seems like a hell of a buy.
OMG, I hope so, for my impulsive brother actually believes that I will get well enough to actually ride it.
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#6 Unread post by PioneerUrban » Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:20 pm

You will. You just gotta believe that you will.

Did you get the pm that I sent?
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#7 Unread post by Ryethil » Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:16 pm

PioneerUrban wrote:You will. You just gotta believe that you will.

Did you get the pm that I sent?
I've got to. I can't let anything get in the way of it. I'm to young to just stop.

I got your PM, thank you...

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#8 Unread post by PacificShot327 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:43 am

Ryethil wrote:
PacificShot327 wrote:
Wish I had a brother to throw me the keys to ANY bike. :-(
Then you would have to be part of my family and that might be too much to bear. :laughing:
I dunno, I've got a crazy family myself... :-) Feel free to PM and we can trade baby mama drama stories. :laughing:
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#9 Unread post by Wrider » Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:33 am

Good bike. I've also ridden a ZZR600 (actually a few of them) and basically the difference is engine and bike size. Like you said, for Kwaka, the ZZR is to the ZX-R as the Katana is to the GSX-R for Suzuki.
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#10 Unread post by Ryethil » Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:13 pm

Wrider wrote:Good bike. I've also ridden a ZZR600 (actually a few of them) and basically the difference is engine and bike size. Like you said, for Kwaka, the ZZR is to the ZX-R as the Katana is to the GSX-R for Suzuki.
Keep this window open...

I've been reading about the bike and it is rather facinating but I think a bit much for me as I am now. However, a small voice is already saying she wants it... Things may change quickly...

Vroom... Vroom...

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#11 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:45 pm

Ryethil wrote:I've been reading about the bike and it is rather facinating but I think a bit much for me as I am now. However, a small voice is already saying she wants it... Things may change quickly...

Vroom... Vroom...

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#12 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:52 pm

I bet the folks over on Sport-touring.net can tell you LOTS of info about that bike. Maybe even some things to look for as far as add ons, etc.

(I'm not usually inclined to send folks to other forums, except when they truly are a good source).

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#13 Unread post by storysunfolding » Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:40 pm

MY friend jim used one as a commuter and also went cross country a few times. I took it for a test ride through WV and it's a fun little scoot. Definitely not based on a race replica thought. It had power and was smooth but not a nicer powerband, nothing too abrupt and an entirely different riding position.
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#14 Unread post by Ryethil » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:01 pm

Lion_Lady wrote:I bet the folks over on Sport-touring.net can tell you LOTS of info about that bike. Maybe even some things to look for as far as add ons, etc.

(I'm not usually inclined to send folks to other forums, except when they truly are a good source).

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Lion_Lady, I actually honored. I'm not always this wierd but you're one of the smartest people here and I appreciate you taking time out for me.
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I was just on Sport Touring Net and they appear to be really knowledgeable. I was thinking of making a deal with the bike but now I think I may keep it.

Yes, ma'am. :D
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It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places. WtPooh

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#15 Unread post by Ryethil » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:11 pm

storysunfolding wrote:MY friend jim used one as a commuter and also went cross country a few times. I took it for a test ride through WV and it's a fun little scoot. Definitely not based on a race replica thought. It had power and was smooth but not a nicer powerband, nothing too abrupt and an entirely different riding position.
You and LL are trying to make my life difficult aren't you... :D

I had read some not so nice things said about it and I was just going to write it off. But I just got a Email from someone that said what you said only longer so now I have to rethink everything. Darn, a wealth of choices, who would have thunk!

Well, if they think they could pry my ST out o... Yea, they did that... shucks...
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It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places. WtPooh

My First Custom, Late 90's Sportster, Heavily Breathed On, Big Block, S&S HP Heads, Custom High Performance Pipes. Wickedly fast, Uncomfortable, Front end is a jackhammer. Age 18yrs, Still have the bike!

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