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View Results: Which of these inline fours would you get?
Bandit 1200/1250 33 26.83%
FZ1 41 33.33%
Z1000 29 23.58%
919 (Hornet) 20 16.26%
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:11 AM   #16
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ive been going down the same road and today picked up a new 1250 bandit
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:44 AM   #17
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I voted for the FZ1, after owning them....but only the Gen1's for me. The 06, and up are too "sportbikey" for me, both in ergo's, and power delivery..

Gen1's are proven reliable, with great ergo's power, and handling..
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:52 AM   #18
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The FZ1, (FZ6), and Bandit were on my short list. I wanted something upright, with bags, some weather protection. The Bandit was better in that regard, although I never did ride either of them.

I ended up getting a Cbf1000, which is nicer than any or them.

Good luck.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:04 AM   #19
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I ended up getting a Cbf1000, which is nicer than any or them.
Second that, brilliant bike. I tried for ages to find a good 1st gen (06-09) one (don't like the 2nd gen, 20kg heavier and I don't like the looks) but they are few and far between here. That's how I ended up with the 1250S Bandit.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:16 AM   #20
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Does the FZ1 have a crossplane crank like the R1?
If so, then the decision's easy -- for the exhaust note alone!
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:21 AM   #21
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I don't think you can go wrong with any of those choices.
The FZ1 first gen was an awesome bike, I put many miles on my 03.
The Kawi z1000 looks really interesting to me, I like nearly everything about it. I also like the Ninja 1000 as you get a bit more wind protection for long days.

If thinking new I'd also be looking at the CB1000r
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:39 AM   #22
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I'm going with the FZ1. It's still on the showroom floor (unlike the 919) and there is a lot of aftermarket support for it. The z1000 has just never appealed to me. I don't like the "transformers" look. The Suzuki is, well, a Suzuki, which I have come to believe is Japanese for "built to a price". I really like the 919, but it's been out of production for a few years, and I am not crazy about the underseat exhaust.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:00 AM   #23
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919 seemed to be more a part of me when riding; didn't have the raw power of my buddy's 1200, but was much more fun to ride.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:09 AM   #24
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:29 AM   #25
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The 919 is a very light handling motorcycle and has all the power you need. The rear shock is sprung well for two up or loaded with luggage. For me, I ride alone and it's a little harsh. That's the only thing I don't like about the bike.

My buddy has an FZ1 and it just feels like a boat to me. It's faster than a skinned cat but around town the 919 is much better IMHO.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:47 AM   #26
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Are we talking brand new off the showroom floor, or any year of any of these bikes (which I am assuming since you threw the 919 in the mix)?

I have a first generation FZ1, and so far I like it. I am still in that stage where I am getting used to it, so I will refrain from saying too much. One thing I can say, I am 5'10" and can just tiptoe the bike at a stop. I wish it was about 1-2 inches lower (or 50-100 lbs lighter than its current 500 lbs) for ease of maneuvering at slow speeds in town. That would sacrifice corner clearance though... As is, the bike seems to be very happy, and peppy, between 10-65 MPH Above 65 and the wind blast becomes an issue. I do have two different screens I am playing with to see which I like better.

If I could buy new... I have lusted after the new Z1000 since the style change a few years back. Check the Z1000 thread in road warriors. A guy from DC has one and takes beautiful pictures of it. He loves it for blasting around the Capital.

The 919s are loved by their owners. They were never as popular for some reason though, so aftermarket support isn't as large as the FZ1 or Bandit. That said, even my first gen FZ1 is showing its age regarding aftermarket support. Companies are not making stuff for it anymore since the first generation model has been out of production since 2006. Tons of parts are available now, I just do not know how long that will last.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:53 AM   #27
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I really like the 919, but it's been out of production for a few years, and I am not crazy about the underseat exhaust.
The exhaust its a easy fix, just run a CBR 900 header and slip on. Bolts right up, you just have to make a bracket to hold the slip on the the passenger peg.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:55 AM   #28
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The 919s are loved by their owners. They were never as popular for some reason though, so aftermarket support isn't as large as the FZ1 or Bandit.

Most people say that, but I have never had a problem finding goodies for my bike. If you look a bit you can find out what parts are interchangeable with other Honda models, and that really opens up the playing field for accessories.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:51 AM   #29
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Most people say that, but I have never had a problem finding goodies for my bike. If you look a bit you can find out what parts are interchangeable with other Honda models, and that really opens up the playing field for accessories.
That is very true, and something I hadn't thought of about the 919.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:00 AM   #30
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The bandit power curve is much more linear and manageable compared to the FZ1. I found the bandit very easy to ride slow, but the FZ1 was not suited to riding around town under 50mph.
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