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919 31 23.31%
Z1000 35 26.32%
FZ1 36 27.07%
SV1000 31 23.31%
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:40 PM   #21
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its nice to see honda pulling off into a lead.... i think Zs have the best looks though...

here is the deal about my situation: i park my bike in a covered car spot, no garage so i am not looking to get anything too expensive/fancy. I'll prolly go for under $5K. Tomorrow I will get my $4400 from my shadow.
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the z1000 will probably be your best option at that price point then. they can be had with extremely low miles for around 4-5k all day long.
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Well I had to vote FZ1 becouse I'm biased I guess....
I just bought my first fuel injected, first 4 cyl., and first sport bike with a shield in my life so, I did a little reaearch before pulling the trigger on this one.
These 2nd. gen. fizzers aren't as comfy as the 1st. but I have done an 8.5 hr. day and was more sore in other places than the seat.
My main reason for my choice was the "bang for the buck" H.P./to weight ratio vs. the other "affordable" nakkeds.
There is better out there but for more $$$.
I love the Cobalt blue was the second reason, comfort, and price last but you might have different priorties, either way sit on them get your pic, whatever you choose be comfortable with it first.
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I miss the torque of the Vtwins - Buell, Zuki, and Duks but not in my price range.
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stock i like the sv1000 but flipsideup has hooked his 919 up pretty nice.
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I miss the torque of the Vtwins - Buell, Zuki, and Duks but not in my price range.
Thats why you get the Bandit. TQ kings. Over 70 ft/lbs from 3500 rpm, stock.

And in that $5000 range I would seriously look for clean used Bandit and then drop a few dollars in a pipe and jetting and ride the outta it.

And if you wanted to upgrade suspension there are some cheap and not so cheap ways to go.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:40 AM   #27
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i had an o2 fz1 and loved it. had many 500+ mile days with no problems
I REALLY like the looks of the new fz1 and hope to have one in a few months
I heard that the bandits are way detuned and can really open then up with a few mods.
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imho most companies naked models are usually an aquired taste kinda thing, i think there naked bikes seem to be the more torquier more easier to ride bikes, i like the fz1 i know nothing about 919s you know how i feel about the sv, as for the z1000 that may be my next bike
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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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check out http://www.customfighters.com/www.customfighters.com the site is crazy i dont know ur intentions with the bike (commuter, or toy) but either way they are proof that no matter wich one u choose with a little time they can all be amazing. i have a bandit 1200 and those are some fun bikes. the newer ones are comfy but can easily become a gorgeus motorcycle
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Obviously, I voted the 919!! I love my bike, but it's a constant mod-pit. Nevertheless, that's the beauty of owning a naked... it offers an excellent platform for personalization. Most nakeds are geared to be more street friendly, but even within that niche, they go from one end of the spectrum to the other. As an example, the Triumph S3 had tons of torque, and tips the scale towards the hooligan side, and the Bandit and 919 are probably on the more civilized end of the nekkid spectrum.

I had a tough choice between a FZ1, Bandit 1200, Z-Rex, and the 919. In the end, I chose Honda because I knew I could rely on Honda quality through and through. The 919 also reminded me of my first streetbike, a Honda 650 Nighthawk.

I wasn't too partial, design-wise, to the Z-1000. It looked to plasticy, and cheaply built.

I really like the Bandits, and if I had not decided on the 919, the Bandit would have been my ultimate next choice. In fact, I may still want to get a new 1250 Bandit some time in the future.
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Oh man! I love the S3, but it's a totally different bike than a 919, Bandit, or even a FZ-1. The S3 is pure sexy. It's a torque monster, and an absolute beast.

But therein lies the question. What kind of bike will suit your needs and preferences? You're gonna have to test ride the bikes you are considering, then how it fits your riding lifestyle. Between the 4 you are considering, I would break it down to either the 919 or the FZ-1. I also love the screaming sound of an inline-4. In order I would go 919, FZ-1, SV-1000, then Z-1000.

You mentioned earlier that you are ok with the buzz, because of your cruiser. The handlebar buzz synonimous with an inline-4 actuates at a higher frequency than that of a v-twin, and usually at around 4-5k rpm. You can't get around it, but you can mitigate it to some extent, via heavy bar-ends, and accessories of the like. The best thing to do is replace the stock, steel handlebars with aluminum bars like Renthals, or Pro-Tapers, but even that won't completely eliminate the high frequency vibrations that may cause some numbness to some rider's hands.
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See if you can try em all and see which one feels better to you. At least check the bikes out in person to see if you feel different about it when it's in front of you. Picking a bike is a personal thing, and you should be able to walk out to the garage and stare at the bike and get excited about it. Most if not all of these bikes will have areas that they can be improved upon. Pick one that makes you happy and call it a day.

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I wasn't too partial, design-wise, to the Z-1000. It looked to plasticy, and cheaply built.
Really? I don't think there's much more plastic on the Z than on any other bike. Plastic is used for most coverings because it's light and fairly resilient. Are the side panels on the 919 metal? I don't feel the bike is cheaply built at all, fit and finish looks good to me and the bike is a solid performer. :dontknow:
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If you decide on a 919, get an 'o4 or later, since they came with cartridge forks up front, and the rear shock came with preload and rebound adjustability. You may want to at least swap out the rear shock though, or at least replace the spring. The stock spring is sprung for 2-up riding of 250#, so it's a harsh ride unless you turn down the pre-load all the way.
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See if you can try em all and see which one feels better to you. At least check the bikes out in person to see if you feel different about it when it's in front of you. Picking a bike is a personal thing, and you should be able to walk out to the garage and stare at the bike and get excited about it. Most if not all of these bikes will have areas that they can be improved upon. Pick one that makes you happy and call it a day.



Really? I don't think there's much more plastic on the Z than on any other bike. Plastic is used for most coverings because it's light and fairly resilient. Are the side panels on the 919 metal? I don't feel the bike is cheaply built at all, fit and finish looks good to me and the bike is a solid performer. :dontknow:

The Z-1000 is a great bike, too. Don't get me wrong. I guess when I say plasticy, I don't mean it literally. It's more of design issue for me, whereas it's got a more radical (or I should say less conservative) plastic design than a Bandit or 919. It doesn't suit me personally, but then maybe that's because I'm more "old school", and wanted a more simple platform to work off of.
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