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Old 06-18-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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New bike in the garage.

Bike arrived yesterday in the back of a semi from Michigan. Of course since this is Wyoming it was F'ing snowing yesterday. So my maiden voyage had to wait until today.

The bike is a 2001 ZRX1200.
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Took it out for about 240 miles today.
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Love the power that the 1200 makes. Torque everywhere. The handling was better than I had expected. It holds a line well and dips into corners easily enough. If the road is pretty rough it can get a little upset mid corner but once again, not nearly as bad as I had expected. What I don't like are the brakes on it. I guess I am spoiled with the R1 brakes on my Speed Triple. These don't have the initial bite or power, of course the bike is pretty heavy. All in all seems like a great bike so far.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:51 PM   #2
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I've always liked the ZRX's, congrats!
Change out the master cylinder to a radial, add some steel braided lines and some HH pads and you'll be good to go on the brakes.
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I've always liked the ZRX's, congrats!
Change out the master cylinder to a radial, add some steel braided lines and some HH pads and you'll be good to go on the brakes.
Any specific suggestions on a radial master cylinder?
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I've always liked the ZRX's, congrats!
Change out the master cylinder to a radial, add some steel braided lines and some HH pads and you'll be good to go on the brakes.
It has steel lines on it now. If I end up keeping this one longer than 6 months I'll look into upgrading the brakes for sure.

I thought the 5 speed would be irritating, but with that motor it seems 5 gears is plenty.
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I've been riding my ZRX for eight years and 75k miles. You've made a good choice.

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Any questions you may have about your bike can be answered @ ZRXOA.ORG.
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I've been riding my ZRX for eight years and 75k miles. You've made a good choice.

I love your header. I have a Muzzy with a shortened round can.

Any questions you may have about your bike can be answered @ ZRXOA.ORG.
Be cautious of the resident know it all, Kwick. He's got a lot to offer but isn't above selling you you don't need.

congratulations on a great bike!!

Thanks, the bike is pretty much setup the way I would have done it for the most part. And it was cheap! Only thing I'd consider doing is the brakes. Having ridden the bike for 75k what are your thoughts on a fork brace? Do they even do anything?
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I never installed a fork brace. I read all of the testimonials for it and decided I didn't need one. Most report at least some benefit but there are still some that report no gain in performance.

what I did do was to change the stock fork springs for a heavier spring to accomodate my fat . That made a world of difference in the handling. But there's a good chance that is already done on yours. there's a good chance that lots of upgrades are done on your bike that aren't overly obvious.
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Bike arrived yesterday in the back of a semi from Michigan. Of course since this is Wyoming it was F'ing snowing yesterday. So my maiden voyage had to wait until today.

The bike is a 2001 ZRX1200.
picturephp?albumid1182&amppictureid6091

Took it out for about 240 miles today.
picturephp?albumid1182&amppictureid6092

picturephp?albumid1182&amppictureid6090

Love the power that the 1200 makes. Torque everywhere. The handling was better than I had expected. It holds a line well and dips into corners easily enough. If the road is pretty rough it can get a little upset mid corner but once again, not nearly as bad as I had expected. What I don't like are the brakes on it. I guess I am spoiled with the R1 brakes on my Speed Triple. These don't have the initial bite or power, of course the bike is pretty heavy. All in all seems like a great bike so far.

Where is that second picture at?
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Along the Flaming Gorge in Wyo/Utah. I think that was on the west side so probably 44 in Utah.
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Along the Flaming Gorge in Wyo/Utah. I think that was on the west side so probably 44 in Utah.
Oh poo :( was hoping it was in tx
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