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Old 02-26-2012, 01:52 PM   #46
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There are hardbag mounts available. I sold one of these to a guy when I sold Asian bikes and he had bag mounts purchased off the web before he got home.
Remember that they sold this bike for a while in Europe.
SW-Motech makes them:
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...tview/1995/77/
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:54 PM   #47
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The black looks good. I was all hot for the plasma blue one we had in our showroom when that guy bought it.
It's a terrific all arounder. just a wonderful machine.

Yours looks really great. Practically new.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:03 AM   #48
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During my cruiser to sport-touring conversion, I spent almost a full year researching bikes. I didn't want/need anything around 1000cc's since I rarely travel two-up but still wanted something that would handle freeway speeds comfortably. At one point I had it narrowed down to a Ninja 650, Versys, V-Strom 650, Suzuki GSX650F and a Yamaha FZ6R. I was lucky enough to ride all of them except the Strom. After riding them all I really like the Suzuki and the Yamaha, which was hard after owning 2 Vulcans. I had become pretty loyal to Kawasaki over the years. The Suzuki was a bit heavier, which is great on the highway but the Yamaha seemed to do everything just right for me. I must admit I swapped out the front sprocket for a +1 so it cruises on the highway at a bit lower RPM but that is just me being picky. I know a lot of Versys and 650R folks who do the same. I have almost 10K on my 6R now and I have no plans of getting rid of it anytime soon. I've done several multi-day trips on it and I use soft bags because it's nice to strip her down naked if I feel like hitting some twisties on a weekend.


My .02 cents brother. Best of luck...






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So I've narrowed it down to the following bikes I'm finding in my price range. Which of the following can easily have the bars brought back enough to make it quite neutral for a short armed guy like me. Also - which machine in your opinion is the best blend of motor quality and suspension/chassis quality with longevity/reliability?

98-02 vfr 800
Bandit 1200
Ninja 650r
2004 Honda 599
Honda 919
Cbr 600 f4
Zx9r
Sv650 standard model
Ninja 500


Am I missing anything that might fit me well and still be a strong (effortless) highway hauler but still be great in the twisties (great suspension)

Thanks in advance for any help
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:51 AM   #49
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Congratulations! An oft-overlooked bike, since they weren't offered here for more than a couple of years.

Keep in touch as you modify it to suit your taste.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:40 AM   #50
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Okay, I'll read further before I reply next time.



I think you will love the z750s.


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Hey all just wanted to thank everyone for their help.

I spend some time sitting on bikes and fell in love with something I didn't even know existed.

I bought a used 2007 Kawasaki z750s. Fits me like a glove and the engine is really quite impressive! 14000km on the clock, black, and bone stock.

I'm looking forward to starting my sport touring adventure this spring.

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Old 02-27-2012, 12:55 PM   #51
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All the questions from the OP about throwing bars on a sportbike and not one mention of the LSL Superbike bar kit.

Wow.
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