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Bike #3.... Kawa ZRX1100

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by J.R. Bob Dobbs, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. J.R. Bob Dobbs

    J.R. Bob Dobbs Nerd

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    ...green, of course, a 2000 model in minty condition. Should be quite a bit more responsive than my 750 Nighthawk :) I pick it up Saturday.

    Been looking at used liter-class standards for a few months, also considered Bandit 1200 (too "jappy") and Honda 919 (don't want EFI), decided on the retro-look Zrex.
     
  2. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Just don't get too "happy" with the throttle.
     

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    A buddy of mine bought a red one.
    Snappy acceleration until you run out of gears.
    Cool retro look to it too.
     
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    Sorry, but not my cup 'o tea.

    However, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
     
  5. J.R. Bob Dobbs

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    Yeah, I'm definately aware that it'll come up quick if given too much throttle in 1st. The two hour ride home should be a grinner. Any hooliganism on my part would be completely unintentional and likely have a bad ending.
     
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    MStarmer In Jail...

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    I had an '02 1200 and it was a blast. If it had fuel injection and a 6spd it would have been perfect.:supergrin: It's heavy but it does come up (or at least that's what I've heard :upeyes: ). Enjoy it and keep the carbs clean. Big following over at zrxoa.org
     
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    Once you have a fuel-injected bike, you will never go back. The injection on the Honda 919 is superb. The throttle response is incredible and the bike is in tune at any altitude. A modern, well-engineered fuel injection system will give better gas mileage, better performance, better reliability and less maintenance over the life of the bike.

    I had a Honda 919 for a year and a half or so. It was by far the nicest bike I ever owned, up until my most recent one. The 919 is an exceedingly fun bike and it has power to burn. I do like the ZRX's as well though. They are a more traditional bike and they produce a lot of torque. It is a fun ride too. I wonder if Kawasaki will come out with a ZRX-1400???:supergrin: Eric
     
  8. J.R. Bob Dobbs

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    I picked up the Zrex yesterday, and took it for a mountain ride this morning. :hearts:

    As of yesterday I was going to keep the Nighthawk, but have just parked it on my driveway with a "for sale" sign.....I just don't see myself ever choosing it for a ride over the green machine.
     
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    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Silver Member

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    The sales manager at the dealership I bought my ZX14 at has a 2000 ZRX-1100 for sale with more than 79,000 miles on it. The bike still looks almost new and runs great. He obviously took good care of the bike, but it is a testament to the quality and engineering of the ZRX that it is still ready to roll after that many miles. It is a hell of a bike. If they do come out with a ZRX-1400, I will be the first guy in line to get one, although I will keep my ZX14 as well.:supergrin: Eric
     
  10. J.R. Bob Dobbs

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    79k miles and still going strong, that's great to hear. Mine has a paltry 6500 miles on it. I ride about 1k/month so the miles are going to start building fast.
     
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    I could name a half dozen or so guys over at the zrxoa that have over 100K on their Rex's, myself not included.
     
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    Here's a pic of my old 02 ZRX1200R:

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    She'd pull hard to 150mph on the speedo, and lift the front-end real smooth at lower speeds. I flogged her like a $2-dollar-mule for 5,000 miles before I decided that I'd pushed my luck far enough. That was my first streetbike.

    EDIT: you can see bits of my old 2001 CR500R harescrambles bike parked behind the ZRX. That CR was pretty strong too.