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Offline Oyley

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Re: Performace figures
Reply #30 on: June 06, 2020, 07:50:23 PM
There is a certain...irony to the GS version  :821:

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Goodbye for now
Reply #31 on: June 29, 2020, 11:02:33 PM
With mixed feelings Iím notify all my mates Iíve traded the 500 for a 2019 Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe. I rode 100% on-road and wanted more Ďstreetí than Ďadventureí which the X could not provide. The 500 was my first bike in 30 years. My previous ride, sold in 1990, was a Honda 750 F with the sport handling kit. Both were fabulous bikes. The rider who buys the 2019 X will get a sweet riding bike.
The RS Cafe is a totally different machine altogether. More power than Iíll ever need, great riding position, not too forward, just right for me. Running it in nice and easy. Concentrating on smooth, fluid riding. Uses 10W40 instead of the 500ís 10W30. Lots more aftermarket brands to choose from. But, oil changes are 500 miles from now. Plenty of riding time till then.
I plan to stay a member of this forum and chime in from time to time. Ride smart and come home safe.
KenD
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Re: Goodbye for now
Reply #32 on: June 29, 2020, 11:29:21 PM
*Originally Posted by KenD [+]
With mixed feelings Iím notify all my mates Iíve traded the 500 for a 2019 Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe. I rode 100% on-road and wanted more Ďstreetí than Ďadventureí which the X could not provide. The 500 was my first bike in 30 years. My previous ride, sold in 1990, was a Honda 750 F with the sport handling kit. Both were fabulous bikes. The rider who buys the 2019 X will get a sweet riding bike.
The RS Cafe is a totally different machine altogether. More power than Iíll ever need, great riding position, not too forward, just right for me. Running it in nice and easy. Concentrating on smooth, fluid riding. Uses 10W40 instead of the 500ís 10W30. Lots more aftermarket brands to choose from. But, oil changes are 500 miles from now. Plenty of riding time till then.
I plan to stay a member of this forum and chime in from time to time. Ride smart and come home safe.
KenD
PS: donít tell management

Congrats on the new ride.  Sounds like fun.

Any chance you could send me a Private Message letting me know what dealer has your trade?  I had sent a PM previously but maybe you didnít see it.  Thanks.
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Offline ewryly

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Re: Performace figures
Reply #33 on: June 30, 2020, 04:59:49 AM
Congratulations! The Kawasaki looks like a great bike, and part of the fun is riding different bikes!

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Re: Performace figures
Reply #34 on: June 30, 2020, 06:51:09 AM
All the best Ken, the kawasaki looks like it's a great bike  :028:

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Re: Performace figures
Reply #35 on: June 30, 2020, 08:27:29 AM
Great choice - if I were to change bike, a 'retro' design like the Z900RS would be on my list!!   :062:
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Re: Performace figures
Reply #36 on: June 30, 2020, 02:35:30 PM
Being I had a 1976 KZ900 back in1976 I had high hope when Kawasaki came out with the retro one very nice bike but to call it the reborn of the mighty Z 1 just don't see it-still nice for what it is and way better and cheaper than the Honda CB1100 another  retro bike that you got to look real hard to see any resemblance to the 1969 CB750 and yes I was in the middle of that one to- maybe the Japanese just don't know the real meaning of the word retro--anyway enjoy it I'm sure you will
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Re: Performace figures
Reply #37 on: June 30, 2020, 03:21:30 PM
I was a CB750 owner in the early 70s, a pal had the 'Kettle' and I was envious of his twin disc brakes...
Those bikes along with the Z900 sure killed off the Triumphs, Nortons etc and I never saw any spots of oil on the floor after a hard run out  . That was almost unheard of with and British bike.
Also...you never spent hours with solvol Autosol and a rag on the crankcase!
You could see holes appear in the exhaust within two years though..the answer on my CB was a 4-1 and a Norton reverse cone megaphone  can !
I do like the retro look bikes and I have owned a couple of Triumph Srcamblers a few years ago but they rode like an old bike and suspension was budget at best.
The Z900 RS looks great apart from...that huge radiator up front and the  almost horizontal rear shock absorber do ruin the retro look...I think a -2-2 exhaust would improve the looks, which I fitted on my Scramblers...a D&D from across the pond.
From what I hear and read,The Z900 does ride very well, better than the Triumphs...it would be up there with a Honda  'Retro' on my list.

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Re: Performace figures
Reply #38 on: June 30, 2020, 03:34:58 PM
The first picture I saw of the retro 900 did have 2into2 pipes looked good-Kawasaki's cost cutting answer for the 4into1 was well the first thing alot of owners did was change the pipes anyway-so true-mine included
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Re: Performace figures
Reply #39 on: June 30, 2020, 04:43:33 PM
*Originally Posted by Oyley [+]
Those bikes ..... sure killed off the Triumphs, Nortons etc and I never saw any spots of oil on the floor after a hard run out  . That was almost unheard of with and British bike.

British bikes had a vertical crankcase joint on the centreline of the engine, those crafty Japanese had a horizontal joint above the resting oil line......hmmmm  :084: .....I wonder which is more likely to leak?   :008: :008: :008:
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