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Old 01-07-2014, 11:37 AM   #331
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Wario, what a nice looking bike you had! My question to you and any other first gen Z1000 owner who might know is about engine vibes. I have read on few occasions that these bikes are too vibey for any long strech, is that true?
It's true, some of those first gen machines were pretty bad around 5000 rpm, including the one I owned for five years. I put beefier bar ends on, which pretty much cured mine.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:50 PM   #332
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Wario, what a nice looking bike you had! My question to you and any other first gen Z1000 owner who might know is about engine vibes. I have read on few occasions that these bikes are too vibey for any long strech, is that true?

They are a bit vibey. Not terrible, but noticeable. Heavier bar ends help. Gear it so your average cruising speed isn't at 5k-5200.

I've done lots of 600+ mile days. It isn't an st machine, but it's doable.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:18 PM   #333
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:24 PM   #334
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:59 AM   #335
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Well, that settles it. The best way around DC is by bike

That said, the Z isn't the most svelte of bikes, and I am sure the GoPro fish eye effect isn't helping, but some of those spaces looked really tight.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:31 AM   #336
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Well, that settles it. The best way around DC is by bike

That said, the Z isn't the most svelte of bikes, and I am sure the GoPro fish eye effect isn't helping, but some of those spaces looked really tight.
Wait till you see the traffic during Cherry Blossom season. It's fuggin nuts.

The bar ends are the only issue. They are the same height as most car mirrors. Still, I've never tagged one though. I have rubbed the fenders of a bus a few times though. Those things are massive and slow though. The best tactic is to go slow, take your time, and stay relaxed.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:00 PM   #337
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I believe I will have to test ride that 2014, it is that sexy imho.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:13 AM   #338
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This winter seems to be dragging on, it just keeps snowing. I'm super looking forward to getting my Zed out from its long winters nap in a month or so.
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Old 04-24-2014, 02:03 PM   #339
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:55 AM   #340
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Nice 2014 Z!

Your helmet is crazy looking.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:51 PM   #341
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:58 PM   #342
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The first time I've noticed the cat on your bike, what keeps you from putting a less restrictive exhaust on it?
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:13 PM   #343
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The first time I've noticed the cat on your bike, what keeps you from putting a less restrictive exhaust on it?
A few reasons. I'm happy with the power delivery as is, because of this, the thought of spending money and effort on tuning is an annoyance.

I ride a lot residential roads and I prefer to not annoy the locals too much. Keeps them from reporting "speeding bikes" to the authorities.

But, mostly... I'm a cheap-ass.
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:37 PM   #344
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:21 PM   #345
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A few reasons. I'm happy with the power delivery as is, because of this, the thought of spending money and effort on tuning is an annoyance.
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I ride a lot residential roads and I prefer to not annoy the locals too much. Keeps them from reporting "speeding bikes" to the authorities.

But, mostly... I'm a cheap-ass.
It can be ridiculously expensive,. You start thinking about an ECU reflash, airbox modifications, PAIR block plates, a fuel commander, etc etc.
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