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Old 03-13-2008, 07:15 AM   #1
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Question Your opinion on naked bikes

Ok, so the sale on my shadow is pending and i am seriously looking into getting a naked bike. I am partial to hondas but i will consider other 3 makes too. In fact yesterday i saw a good deal on Z1000. And someone here posted his Z's pics and they looked really cool.

So what's your opinion about each kind of bike:
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:20 AM   #2
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i love my fz1, even though i put the fairings on it, it is prolly the most comfy bike i've been on, bought mine nov. 06 and just rolled 20k on it, i might also mention this bike has tons of torque, anytime we go ride again, you're more than welcome to check it out.
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i love my fz1, even though i put the fairings on it, it is prolly the most comfy bike i've been on, bought mine nov. 06 and just rolled 20k on it, i might also mention this bike has tons of torque, anytime we go ride again, you're more than welcome to check it out.
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i talke to you at the galveston ride, and my dad is the guy with the purple honda shadow 1100, we're leaving friday to go to germany for a week, but when i get back, we can meet up somewhere if ya want to check it out
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i talke to you at the galveston ride, and my dad is the guy with the purple honda shadow 1100, we're leaving friday to go to germany for a week, but when i get back, we can meet up somewhere if ya want to check it out
Oh yeah i remember you! Great thanks again!

have fun in Germany although you know i just got back from europe - i could barely afford to eat out there - the dollar has taken a lot of beating recently!
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I had a first gen Z1000, '06. I really liked the bike do to that it had a really comfortable riding position, and it had wicked looks. The only thing that I didn't like about it was that it had a bad buzz in the handlebars, and it would put your hands asleep pretty quickly. This can be fixed though by buying anti-vibration barends.
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I had a first gen Z1000, '06. I really liked the bike do to that it had a really comfortable riding position, and it had wicked looks. The only thing that I didn't like about it was that it had a bad buzz in the handlebars, and it would put your hands asleep pretty quickly. This can be fixed though by buying anti-vibration barends.
well riding a v-twin engine i know what it feels like. I remember i couldnt feel my hands at all after the first time i rode hwy on my shadow.

the advice that i was given that worked for me was not to squeeze the handles and hold on to them as lgihtly as possible. either the advice that worked or i simply stopped noticing it but now the "buzz" doesnt bother me anymore...
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I had a first gen Z1000, '06. I really liked the bike do to that it had a really comfortable riding position, and it had wicked looks. The only thing that I didn't like about it was that it had a bad buzz in the handlebars, and it would put your hands asleep pretty quickly. This can be fixed though by buying anti-vibration barends.
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No surprise here which one I prefer. I looked at all those same bikes when I bought mine. They are all decent bikes and they have their own charm. Get the one that you like the best. I did, and I don't regret it.

Also, check out insurance costs on each bike. The Z is basically a sportbike with no clothes on (bored out zx9 engine and acceptable suspension). I pay something like $500/yr for full coverage.

I thought that I wanted the SV so that I could be lazy and just roll on the torque at any rpm, but the Z has enough to keep me happy in any gear. I can't whack it open in 1st and have to be careful in second or the front will start coming up.

The 919 is a little dated to me, still a good bike though. If Honda would bring the CB1000R to the states though, that would be pretty hot.

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Or you can fill the bars with lead shot and bb's like I did. The vibes are very mild now. I have Suburban Machinery bars though, so I don't know how those compare vibe wise with the stock ones.

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No surprise here which one I prefer. I looked at all those same bikes when I bought mine. They are all decent bikes and they have their own charm. Get the one that you like the best. I did, and I don't regret it.

Also, check out insurance costs on each bike. The Z is basically a sportbike with no clothes on (bored out zx9 engine and acceptable suspension). I pay something like $500/yr for full coverage.

I thought that I wanted the SV so that I could be lazy and just roll on the torque at any rpm, but the Z has enough to keep me happy in any gear. I can't whack it open in 1st and have to be careful in second or the front will start coming up.

The 919 is a little dated to me, still a good bike though. If Honda would bring the CB1000R to the states though, that would be pretty hot.



Or you can fill the bars with lead shot and bb's like I did. The vibes are very mild now. I have Suburban Machinery bars though, so I don't know how those compare vibe wise with the stock ones.
thanks. what was it about z1000 that you liked the best? The looks? the seating postion? ...
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Ok, so the sale on my shadow is pending and i am seriously looking into getting a naked bike. I am partial to hondas but i will consider other 3 makes too. In fact yesterday i saw a good deal on Z1000. And someone here posted his Z's pics and they looked really cool.

So what's your opinion about each kind of bike:
1) CB919 (hornet)
2) Z1000
3) FZ1
4) SV1000

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Google comparison on em... :-)

I've got an 05 Fz1, and I love it.

You can go to http://www.yamahafz1oa.com/forum/ and find some reviews/comparisons in regards to the models you've referred to. (Imagine there are probably some dedicated to the other models too, that you can check out).
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I voted for the Z1000...a great naked bike with plenty of power and part of the fun is modding them to personalize the bike. Not too many seen on the street.

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thanks. what was it about z1000 that you liked the best? The looks? the seating postion? ...
The looks ultimately tipped the scales for me. I just really dig the way my bike looks. The bike got a lot of good reviews too.

The seating position on my bike is more forward than normal Z's due to the bars that I have, but it's a good compromise between aggressive and upright. The seat I sometimes think I want to swap out and other times I'm fine with it. :dontknow: I guess it depends on the type of riding I'm doing at the time.

I'm really happy with the powerband of the engine. If I keep the revs below 5k the bike is totally tame and I can easily lug it through the gears and still have roll on power if needed. Rev it up though and the front gets pretty light. I probably rarely use full throttle at high rpm's it's just too easy to get into highly illegal speeds. Some owners of stock Z's complain of weak off idle acceleration and a flat spot at low rpm's but I have none of these issues with my pipe and pc3.

The bike feels pretty stable in the corners to me, and has fairly quick turn in as long as I'm not on the throttle.

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Yeah, but the BKing is a pig at 518 lb. I sat on one at the show and I didn't really like the way it felt and looked. You'd also have to get a license plate that said "Whpr" or something like that.
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Have had no problems with my 919, they all have there pros/cons, just have to sit on a few and see which one suits you best. I would also look at triple as well....
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1st gen FZ1 has good brakes, suspension, motor, and would probably be my first choice.
The 2nd gen FZ1 has fueling issues and no mid range, and I'm still undecided on the looks.

The 919 is nice, good engine, typical Honda quality, but will definitiely need suspension upgrades.

The SV1000 is a bit better in the suspension department and has a great engine and brakes to go with it. I'll sell you mine if you're interested, although it's not quite stock anymore.

The Z1000's suspension is o.k. (not a big fan of the rebound 1 fork leg / compression another set up), the brakes are good and the engine is awesome.
Check your insurance though, it'll probably be more expensive, for some reason most insurance companies put it into the sportbike category.:/:

The new Bandit 1250 is pretty good imo.
Decent suspension, awesome motor, good brakes and it's the smoothest of all of them.


If you were a real man you'd buy a Ducati Monster though!

A good one to look at would be the S2R 1000.
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I'm partial to the older Bandit 1200s for naked bikes. It's just a blank slate waiting for you to make it your own...

Some very cool things you can do to those.

If you just want a naked bike to do basic mods like exhaust maybe suspension and just ride it, then my preference in your list would be the 919 (Honda quality) or the SV1000 (love big twins)...
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