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  • Mcdoggy2000
    started a topic ZZR1200. What to love and hate?

    ZZR1200. What to love and hate?

    Hello. I do not own ZZR1200 yet. Considering now and I would like to hear current owner’s voice.
    I would appreciate if you could honestly tell me real pros and cons on ZZR1200.

    What I think based on what I hear and read.

    Pros: Awesome power. Higher RPM
    Dependable best out of 90’s Kawasaki technology. Carbs, no ABS. Chain drive
    Great handling. Sharp turning in.
    Low price.
    More “sports” than “touring” C14. FJR etc.

    Cons: bad vibration.
    Riding position (clip on too low. Legs are too tight. )
    Not great window protection.
    Break feel and stopping power.
    Heavy when energize is off.



    I have been riding since 16 on and off.
    Last 15 years. ‘96 VFR750. ‘98 superhawk. ‘01 ZRX. ‘01 Yamaha Roadstar (cruiser bike - not my thing but only bike I have now after Rex is gone last year)

    I sold REX to get fund to buy car for my 16yo son. But i got itchy for non cruiser bike. More sports touring
    I can not afford garage queen so reliability is very important for me. But Honda in-line 4 bike does not do much for me. Superhawk was fun.
    ZZR1200 seems to be good price (really cheap) however no ZZR1200 near me (Atlanta GA area)

    Young active 50 yo. Able to ride supersport for fun but do not wish to own myself. Lol. 5’9” 190lbs inseam 30in (short leg)

    if you could share your experience (maybe compared to my previous bikes) I would appreciate it.

    Thank you
    Last edited by Mcdoggy2000; 04-19-2019, 05:38 PM.

  • CHARLIE
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    I have had the ZG double bubble on my 02 Zed for 10 years or so. The stock screen,I didn't know just how much buffeting it caused until
    I changed to the ZG. I'm 6'2" just for a height reference. I have too noticed that since then that helmet type has more effect
    with this than I though as well. I'll keep my ZG for now, I have the dark smoke color by the way, as seen in avatar pic.
    I still love the ole girl even though she turned 17 this year. When I get another bike in the future, I'll probably keep it just cause
    of the smile it puts on my old face, still. Best bike I've ever had.
    Last edited by CHARLIE; 05-25-2019, 12:52 PM.

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  • 9am53
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    Thats funny, you just threw the guy for a loop looking for a screen for a tall rider lol. I'm tall as well and like the db. keep in mind Ive never had a "new" bike like the zzr so I may not be a good person to take advice from on this topic, I'm used to ujm's more or less.

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  • Moise
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    Originally posted by 9am53 View Post
    based on the ZG pictures I have the double bubble for sure, ti has those creases
    I had the ZG double bubble on my Zed for a while, but found the buffeting too much and went back to the stock screen. I'm quite tall though.

    But I have a different brand of double bubble on the R1 and am happy with it. The airflow coming off it is quite smooth and I can tuck in enough to get out of strong headwinds and rain.

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  • 9am53
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    based on the ZG pictures I have the double bubble for sure, ti has those creases

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  • 9am53
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    This I cant tell you. To make sure I wasnt a liar I tested it out yesterday on the ride home from work. FUlly tucked so I can just see out of my rf1000 (remember I'm fat too so I cant tuck as much as many of you) I get hit right on the back of my helmet, like where the "spoiler" is I can take a picture of the windscreen when I get home. I can say pretty confidentlly that its not a tall "touring" screen, it has 2 creases along the sides that allow for a ;curved screen area right in the middle of the bike if that makes sense. I am very happy wiht it. I can move around and take as much wind as I want and hide from the rain if I want as well, it gives me options.

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  • Moise
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    Originally posted by Ian Legg View Post

    Dont mean to hijack just a quick one...is the zero gravity screen good? Im 6'5" also and the stock one puts the airflow right at helmet level if i try to tuck in for corners.
    The other question is which ZG screen. They make 3 different styles from memory.

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  • 9am53
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    I like it, if I tuck I can get right out of the air, and sitting straight up its a nice not buffety.

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  • Ian Legg
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    Originally posted by 9am53 View Post
    I thought I'd wade in because I love my new Zed :) for reference I'm 6'5" 350# The fairing is excellent. With regular jeans on at 40 degree farenheit weiather my legs are warm as can be and the ZG windscreen I have deflects air perfectly so I can comfortably ride wihtout buffetting and I can cruise without too much weight on my wrists. With stock exhaust it is quiet, very quiet, and the chrome quality on the mufflers is very good. I have a tiny bit of yellowing in one spot, buut otherwise its very nice and clean. I dont need earplugs anymore as the bike simply whirrs along. The headlights are stellar...I'm used to one anemic bulb in an 80s reflector...this is a massive step up. The mirrors are great, I can see everything behind me with just a tiny twitch of my elbow, great power and good mileage per tank to boot. I dont know why these bikes are so often forgotten about as "never rans" its such a great value for money in a super fun practical sports touring platform for the used motorcyle buyer
    Dont mean to hijack just a quick one...is the zero gravity screen good? Im 6'5" also and the stock one puts the airflow right at helmet level if i try to tuck in for corners.

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  • jmenon
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    If you can find a great seat on ebay etc go for it. Mine had the corbin seat when I got it and I found it too hard. I sold it. Had a local auto upholster take the stock seat and change the foam shape height... and put in a gel pad i think i paid 150 or so...

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  • ZRX/ZZR
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    Rage will get you every time.

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  • 9am53
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    funny thing happened on friday. I dont know how but the keyed seat release cable popped off the little lever part on the key drum. this happens on every GD bike I have owned in the past 10 years. I always remove the key part and instaall a pull cord to remove the seat so it cant become locked on. well about a week before I got around to it it happened again lol.. in a fit of rage I ripped the corbin off the bike so now it doesnt have the tab on the front to hold it down and the pan is cracked near the back and the seat doesnt sit flush at the back. I will have to repair that before I go riding with the honey this weekend. thank goodnees its fiberglass.

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  • ZRX/ZZR
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    Like my Corbin seat. Bike came with it, have the stock on the shelf, can't see much difference just looking at them, but no reason to take the Corbin off.

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  • CrazyTrain
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    FYI, the Zed has two electric fuel pumps.

    Glad you guys are loving your bikes, McDoggy & 9am

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  • Mcdoggy2000
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    I know Corbin is upgrade from Kawasaki stock seat. I had gunfighter and lady with back rest in my previous ZRX. Also Inage Sargent on VTR1000F.

    Corbin’ shape sits back and surface is hard, but go distance with no issue. I remover Sargent feels better as I remember on superhawk

    I always on naked bike like ZRX or supersports like CBR so ZZR1200 is so comfortable even I mentioned stock seat shape. I will keep my eyes open for aftermarket seat and -or modification ideas for future.

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