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Old 04-06-2014, 03:42 PM   #1
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z750s Opinios?

SO, on an extreme budget, these are looking like a good option for a second bike to be sporty / naked / one up and ok ergos for my old body. Good examples around here at $3 - 3.5K.

Don't care too much about vibrations - I deal with an old connie and am comfortable riding across the country.

On paper, plenty of power for me, upgrade the front springs, and I'm thinking a have a good weekend bomber.

Sound right? Any common reliability problems?
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:28 PM   #2
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I have always liked that bike. From what I understand the engine is basically a sleeved down Z-1000 engine. If that's the case it ought to be very understessed. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:53 PM   #3
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I had one. I miss it.....

Very comfortable, mostly upright ride. Took it to the track on several occasions and had a blast, though the it hit the pegs in turns fairly quickly. Always started and purred nicely, loved the 750 size--never ever seemed underpowered. Took it touring also--around 400 miles each way. Good times. Pretty sure I got high 40's mpg.

It did vibrate a tad at certain ranges of RPM's--around 6k I think. You can usually just shift to avoid it. Engine was reviewed as very sturdy as was stated above.

Good all-around bike--something you can do a lot with.
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:08 PM   #4
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My ex had one new and it had a vibe around 6000rpm. She brought it to the shop and explained the issue and they said they would try and repair it. She looked at them horrified and said "Don't fix it....make it do it the rest of the time".

I put quite a few KMs on it and found it to be a good capable all around machine.
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:09 PM   #5
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Great bike. Not many sold here but the Euro crowd liked it and there are plenty of accessories for it by mail.

It's solid, even if it's on cheap suspension. But you already know that and have a plan.

I love the candy plasma blue ones. They're gorgeous and wonderful riding bikes.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:04 PM   #6
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Just finished putting the finishing touches (tires, lube and tune) on an '01 I found for my son for his next bike! He's moving up from an '82 KZ440 and he's really ecstatic with the ZR. It's a really solid machine, his is the S, and it's just got enough girth and substance to keep him visible and capable of getting out of the way! It's such a simple bike, I see it being ridden for years. I'm looking at the naked version for a city bike, the really are quite capable!
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:28 AM   #7
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The vibrations aren't bad, but there's some.

No reliability issues with the Z750 of any year that I recall, just bare in mind
that the Z750S was based on the 1st gen of the Z750 and not the 2nd gen
which was a bit better (and had 3hp less), and had the R version with some
better parts.

Suspension and brakes are it's weak points, like they were on my Ninja 650R.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:24 AM   #8
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I had a Z750 (aircooled version).

Never had a problem with it. Dead reliable and fun. Same applies for the air cooled Z750S (aircooled version). Just making sure we are talking about the same bike here.

Can't go wrong with it.

However the price is a little high. I would negotiate hard on that. FYI, I bought mine with 500 miles on it, for that price from the dealer.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:33 AM   #9
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I had a Z750 (aircooled version).

Never had a problem with it. Dead reliable and fun. Same applies for the air cooled Z750S (aircooled version). Just making sure we are talking about the same bike here.
I believe he's asking about this:



..which is the only Z750S that I know of, and was never available aircooled.

It's predecessor was the ZR-7S, and they don't share a single part between them.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:46 AM   #10
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I had the ZR-7S. It's my favorite bike of all the ones I had. Unfortunately some oil on the road and a farmers fence was not a great combo, and I was unable to keep it forever. For me...170lbs...it had enough power. At 5'6" it fit me very well. Did some 400-500 mile days on it with no problem. I have never ridden the Z750s, water cooled version. However, I know a few people that had them and found them to be very reliable and easy to own. Twisted Throttle carries several mods and add-ons for those bikes. I'd buy another one for sure.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:48 AM   #11
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It was a one or 2 year model here, 2005-2006 I think, it never sold as well
as the naked version. Too bad.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:54 AM   #12
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I liked it...

I demo'd one at Daytona in 2005 and loved it so much I took a second demo ride on the same bike.

Never really had any "traction" in the US, though. I think it was imported for two years maybe, 2005 and 2006. I think the last version was available in black.

The Z750S was water cooled, I think the "air cooled" bike others are referring to is the ZR7 (naked) and ZR7S (small fairing.) I liked those bikes too but never rode one. I think they were imported from maybe 1998 or so until about 2003 or maybe 2004. I think the idea was that the Z750S was supposed to replace the ZR7 in Kawasaki's mid-sized street bike category.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:57 AM   #13
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I demo'd one at Daytona in 2005 and loved it so much I took a second demo ride on the same bike.

Never really had any "traction" in the US, though. I think it was imported for two years maybe, 2005 and 2006. I think the last version was available in black.

The Z750S was water cooled, I think the "air cooled" bike others are referring to is the ZR7 (naked) and ZR7S (small fairing.) I liked those bikes too but never rode one. I think they were imported from maybe 1998 or so until about 2003 or maybe 2004. I think the idea was that the Z750S was supposed to replace the ZR7 in Kawasaki's mid-sized street bike category.
Yep, and they're very different to ride.
I think Z750S was 2005-2006 everywhere.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:20 AM   #14
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The Blue one above is an '05. Here is a (lousy) pic of my '06, black. I agree with the many positive statements made above about the bike. I did weekend tours, a couple of track days, day trips, etc. It handles all this with ease. I added a Corbin seat, Genmar(?) bar risers, and Buell mirrors. Other than that, bone stock.

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SO, on an extreme budget, these are looking like a good option for a second bike to be sporty / naked / one up and ok ergos for my old body. Good examples around here at $3 - 3.5K.

Don't care too much about vibrations - I deal with an old connie and am comfortable riding across the country.

On paper, plenty of power for me, upgrade the front springs, and I'm thinking a have a good weekend bomber.

Sound right? Any common reliability problems?
There are some good deals out there!

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