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Old 01-18-2013, 03:00 AM   #886
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To my eyes, the only thing retro about this bike is the tank paint. Everything else is ultra-modern naked streetfighter.

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I agree,but then I'm one of the few that didn't care that much about the original Z.I didn't hate it,it just wasn't very appealing
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:33 AM   #887
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Oh, Good Luck. With emission standards being what they are, a two-stroke triple ain't in the cards.

My older brother had a '74 Mk IV Triple. One hairy bike. He rode with a guy who had a '73 Z1. THAT'S the bike I'd like to see repro'd or tributed.
I hate to take this off topic more, but what the heck... This is from a company in Germany that makes a retro body kit for the Kawasaki ZRX:
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:46 AM   #888
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Here's the retro Z concept that was on display at the EICMA show a couple of months ago. This one might appeal to some who feel the CB1100 is close, but no cigar.

Meh. I'm afraid this Kawasaki Z1 Concept isn't even close to being a tribute bike. To these eyes, it's merely a half-hearted attempt to evoke the early 70's Z1. The Honda takes the cake. No Contest.


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Old 01-18-2013, 03:53 PM   #889
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It is cool looking. My taste doesn't run to thumpers, though.

Now, if Kawasaki would come up with a tribute to the 72-73 Z1, that would be something. Perhaps they are watching the US Market acceptance of the cb1100.

they tried that already with the ZR1100. Great looking bike that fell flat on it's face in the showroom.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:29 PM   #890
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they tried that already with the ZR1100. Great looking bike that fell flat on it's face in the showroom.
That was 20 years ago.

Not long enough an interval between the origional Z1 and the ZR1100 to generate enough interest, is my guess.

Or, maybe I'm wrong. All wrong. Maybe the cb1100 will fall flat on it's headlamp.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:29 PM   #891
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they tried that already with the ZR1100. Great looking bike that fell flat on it's face in the showroom.


Nice looking bike. This was about 15 years ago, 97 model. They were made from '92 to '99. Maybe they sold some over its eight year run. Fifteen-twenty years ago, I doubt that those of us currently interested in a retro had any desire for one, back then. We were looking for the most modern with the newest technology. Not so much, today...
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:35 PM   #892
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they tried that already with the ZR1100. Great looking bike that fell flat on it's face in the showroom.
Actually, according to Wikipedia, the Zepher Series did well, especially in Europe, where it was responsible for kicking off the naked bike craze in the 90's. Maybe it just did poorly here in the States.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:38 PM   #893
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Nice looking bike. This was about 15 years ago, 97 model. They were made from '92 to '99. Maybe they sold some over its eight year run. Fifteen-twenty years ago, I doubt that those of us currently interested in a retro had any desire for one, back then. We were looking for the most modern with the newest technology. Not so much, today...
If you keep an eye on Craigslist you'll notice that these get snapped up VERY quickly these days. They were just before their time.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:39 PM   #894
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Me, at 5'10", 30" inseam. Looks like standards made today are very much the same as 20 years ago....
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:57 PM   #895
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Nice looking bike. This was about 15 years ago, 97 model. They were made from '92 to '99. Maybe they sold some over its eight year run. Fifteen-twenty years ago, I doubt that those of us currently interested in a retro had any desire for one, back then. We were looking for the most modern with the newest technology. Not so much, today...
THAT's a great looking bike. So, Kawasaki has already provided the market with a good follow-on to the Z-1. I guess it's too soon to expect them to do it once more.
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This was the first year, '92. Reservoir shocks, and great looks...
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:58 PM   #897
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You know, it's funny how one's taste in motorcycles (or a lot of things, for that matter) change with age and time.

5 years ago, I would have called an unfaired bike old hat. Now, I call it beautiful.

But, it took the cb1100 to change my tastes. To me, it is technologically pleasing to the eye. All the pieces have a certain form follows function beauty about them. It seems to be a satisfying bike just to look at, and admire. You can SEE all the engineering that went into it. Plus, the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:09 PM   #898
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Here's the retro Z concept that was on display at the EICMA show a couple of months ago. This one might appeal to some who feel the CB1100 is close, but no cigar.

If this Kawi has 100+ horsepower like a modern street fighter, I'll buy one. That's my only disappointment with the CB 1100. It's a gorgeous bike, but at 80 horsepower it's hard for me to justify trading in my old Honda 919 (~100 horsepower) for something retro-cool with 20 less horsepower...
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:35 PM   #899
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+1 on the 919; I am seriously smitten with the 1100, but I miss my 9er every day...
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Fighter Kawi...

That Kawi is a great looking Streetfighter. I love the Speed Triples, but this bike has much more character than the S3. Bet it would be a blast to ride. Shame a tail light and license plate would be needed to keep street legal. It's not a retro, but is really nice... tomp dd50
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