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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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What bikes have you owned ?

Over the years I have owned 12 new bikes, as you can see they do vary in type and power. The truth of the matter is that I have enjoyed riding different types apart from supersports where the forward position has never appealed to me. I am hoping the new Z650 will tick all the boxes. I was looking for lightweight, not too large, reasonable running costs and practicality. I found the Z1000 over powering, although I enjoyed winding her up, 150mph appeared far to quickly (on private roads you understand) . The Z650 looks a fantastic bike and hopefully fits my current needs, so time will tell.

Heres my list :-

Peugeot StreetBoard Scooter 50cc - 2001
Honda Shadow 125 - 2002
Honda Hornet 600 - 2002
Jinlun JL13 125 - 2004
Kawasaki BN125 - 2005
Kawasaki VN900 - 2006
Kawasaki Z1000 - 2007
Yamaha 1700 Warrior - 2008
Triumph Thunderbird 1700 Strom - 2011
Vepsa GTS 300 Touring - 2012
Piaggio X10 500 Executive - 2014
Kawasaki Z650 - 2017

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 12:26 PM
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And on the complete opposite end of the spectrum... All I've owned was a 250cc CBR...

But nice list though! That's amazing that you've experienced so many different style and power bikes. Which bikes do you still own ?
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Only one bike at a time

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-18-2017, 06:12 PM
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1995 Kawasaki EX500 - 1998
1997 Honda CBR600 F3 - 1999
1995 Honda Shadow VLX600 - 2010

Guess you never forget your first love, going back to Kawi parallel twin!
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CBR250
CBR600R

now I want something a bit more relaxed but with good punch, and i'm open to different brands hence why i'm here.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-20-2017, 07:36 AM
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Honda CBR 125
Kawasaki Vulcan S
Kawasaki Z650
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-20-2017, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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What was the Vulcan S like ?

I was originally interested in buying one until I saw the Z650

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Suzuki GSX-R 600
Kawasaki Ninja 300

Chose the Z650 because it seems like a good middle of the road bike. It hasn't disappointed me so far!
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What was the Vulcan S like ?

I was originally interested in buying one until I saw the Z650

Steve
I really liked the Vulcan S, but due to lower back pain I sold it and bought the Z650 for the upright riding position. Of course, it's hard to compare a naked bike to a cruiser, the riding position and feel is totally different.
As long as my back wasn't troubling me, it was a comfortable ride, not to heavy, pretty fast (basically same engine as the Z650), light steering, looks, ... Loved it!
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The Vulcan S is an extremely gorgeous bike! Not my style but darn.. it looks good.
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