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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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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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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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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 :)

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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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Surprisingly enough people liked them more than comparable harleys which says a lot fora ll that harley has tried to establish. That might be why they're taking a major different approach in who they're targeting from what it seems
 

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OK, here is the list, in order...Honda 50, Honda CL160, Honda S90, Royal Enfield 500, Triumph Trident 750, Harley-Davidson Aermacchi ML125 (2), Triumph 250, Kawasaki H1 500, Honda CB450, Ducati 450 Mk 3D, Kawasaki S3 350, Kawasaki H2 750, Kawasaki 90SS, Suzuki T500, Suzuki TS75, Triumph TR6 650, Suzuki GT750, Suzuki OR50, Suzuki GS750, Honda FT500 (2), Honda CB700SC, Honda CH250, Honda CN250, Honda GL500, Honda CH125, Vespa 150, Kymco R500, Kawasaki 250 Ninja, Suzuki GW250, Kawasaki Versys 650, Indian Scout 1000, Piaggio BV350.
Hey, you asked!
 
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