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post #1 of 11 Old 05-31-2004, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ordered something faster than my Ferrari today...

Since I bought the Ferrari, I've been struggling to find time to ride my motorbike - which I thought was a real shame. So for the last few weeks I've been making a concerted effort to do some "biking" - and it's been excellent fun.

The only problem has been that after moving house last year (August) I'm a bit further from work than I used to be, and I've been suffering from problems with my lower back.

So I decided that the ZX-6R, which is a 600cc sports bike, had to go. I needed something a little bigger - both physically, and engine size - and a little more comfortable.

Largely due to Ferrari shopping all last year, and moving house, I've not really kept up to date with the bike market - to the point that I really didn't know what was out there for me.

Anyway, I started looking a couple of weeks ago - and, as you do, drew up a shortlist...

1000cc Twins
Aprillia RSV-R
Suzuki TL1000R

Sports tourers
Honda VFR800


Ridiculously powerful sports tourers
Honda Super Blackbird
Suzuki Hayabusa
Kawasaki ZX-12R

The twins are real sports bikes - and in the end are just not comfortable enough. They're hideously fast and handle excellently, and if it wasn't for the bad back they'd be the default choice - but not now.

Before I started looking, the Honda VFR800 was the top of my hit list. Having tried one, I simply don't like it. It is very comfortable, but the riding position felt very strange - like I was sitting on it, not in it. My father would love it - but I'm not that bloody old!!

So it comes down to the ridiculously fast sports tourers!!! :green:

They're physically bigger and heavier. They're comfortable without losing the "sports like" riding position (apart from the Honda which is really more tourer than sports). They're also all hugely fast!!

Anyway - this morning I ordered a ZX-12R. It's currently the fastest and most powerful production motorcyle ever - but this wasn't the only reason I chose it (honest!)

I've always had a soft spot for Kawasaki - this will be my 4th - so it was the one towards which I naturally gravitated anyway.

It's been tested by various agencies at between 190 and 200mph - and upwards of 165bhp at the back wheel (about 185bhp at the crank). Which bearing in mind it only weighs 210kg is much much more than enough!!! Imagine what 880bhp/ton feels like :green:

It's due to arrive a week Tuesday - I can hardly wait!!
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-31-2004, 09:56 AM
 
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looking pretty cool Bazil
now we just need some track shots of you then :wink:
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euhm?
you didn't consider a Ducatti?
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-31-2004, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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now we just need some track shots of you then :wink:
and
euhm?
you didn't consider a Ducatti?
I'm dangerous enough on the road!!! NO WAY will this be going on the track - it'd be an absolute missile - but it'd also be a bit of a handful

Nah - I'm not really a Ducati guy.
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-31-2004, 10:22 AM
 
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i can bet it's dangerous, i've never driven something like that and i don't think that i want too, might be a bit too dangerous for me, i preffer my four wheels
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-31-2004, 02:19 PM
 
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I prefer Bazil's four whells instead of Dirk's Golfcar ;-)

Anyway serious cool looking bike! Did you order it in yellow too? Have to get my license for two wheels someday...



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post #6 of 11 Old 05-31-2004, 02:30 PM
 
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I'm more of a Cruiser bike guy than a Sport bike guy.
I prefer a Harley Davidson V-Rod or a Fat Boy and am concidering buying one very soon as our current car is almost paid off! (YEAH!!)
In fact...here's a picture of me trying the V-rod on for size. It is a very comfortable bike and it feels as if it wants to stand up on it's own (very well balanced in other words).
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-01-2004, 02:55 AM
 
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you look seriously cool on that pic Robert
now that's something that i would like to have also, relaxed cruising around, with a nice sound of the big engine
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-01-2004, 04:24 AM
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You sure look cool! dude.

Enjoy the toy, Spyder.
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-01-2004, 04:41 PM
 
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Very cool, Bazil! 8)

Robert, you seem to fit well with the V-rod. I velieve Schumacher has multiple ones, including a special one he got as a sort of present from HD. It's supposed to have "a little extra" over the standard V-rod.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-01-2004, 07:12 PM
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360, you is made for that bike. ha:

Baz - how did you possibly overlook a Honda Valkyrie Rune??? It just yells BAZIL!
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post #11 of 11 Old 06-02-2004, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Baz - how did you possibly overlook a Honda Valkyrie Rune???
Easy - I've already got 2 cars - I don't need another one!! :green:
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