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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-02-2005, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Any other Z750S owners here?

Just wondering if anyone here has one...?
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how about Z1K owners?
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Yes, I have a 2005 Z-750S. I don' t have many miles on it as I just got my tag at DMV today!
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Yes, I have a 2005 Z-750S. I don' t have many miles on it as I just got my tag at DMV today!
Cool, what do you think so far? Is that your first bike?
I've got a little over 3K on mine now.

BTW, what did you pay for yours? I'm wondering if I got a little ripped off out here in CA.
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What I think so far I love it! Nice smooth power delivery which is one of the biggest reasons I picked the Z-750S. Also a less-aggressive seated position is comfortable for more laid back riding. A good medium-sized sport-touring bike is what I wanted (ha-ha, 20 years ago 750cc would be considered a large bike). The smoothness of the inline 4 cylinders was immediately apparent.

Is this my first bike NO. I have a 2003 KLR-650 dual-sport which I've put 11,000 miles on. I'm still keeping the KLR, as it does some kinds of riding very well. I'm glad the Z-750S isn't my first bike because it's pretty powerful to be learning on. My first couple rides I still had to spend some time cautiously feeling it out and respecting it's power.

How much did I pay for it That's between me and the private party seller I found. Yup, I found a used 2005 Z-750S!
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Glad to hear you're liking it.

My Z is my first bike. I walked into a Kawasaki/Yamaha dealership and asked a salesguy what bike is good for a beginner. Considering that the selections on the floor ranged between Ninja 636s, the 10R and Yamaha's R1, I can't say he was lying when he told me the 750 is an acceptable beginner bike out of what was available. I think it is probably slightly tamer than a 636, but I haven't ridden one so don't know for sure. They've got the same amount of power roughly, with the Z750 actually having much better roll-on acceleration according to the magazines, but I've heard the Z is less twitchy than the smaller supersport. Think so?


I was very careful at first with the power, but it helped not to be able to exceed 6K RPMs in the beginning. After I broke it in, I've taken it to redline a bunch of times, and there's a pocket there, about 8K to 11.5K that still scares the hell out of me everytime
It's the only band on the tach that feels out of control at full throttle.
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Everything I've read about the Z-750S said it's tuned for smooth power delivery, with a mostly linear, predictable power curve. Many sport 600cc-sized bikes are tuned for peak power and actually may have higher top horsepower than the Z-750S. The expense they pay is a power curve with hiccups and potholes that either feel dead below a certain rpm range or suddenly go into afterburner. So yes, the Z-750S is less twitchy than many supersports.

Wow, the Zee-7 fiddy was the tamest bike your dealer had??
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Wow, the Zee-7 fiddy was the tamest bike your dealer had??
Everything they had inside the store were supersports. Later on I noticed they had a 500r outside; I guess that would have been a better beginner bike but I wouldn't have liked it nearly as much, and definitely wouldn't have bought a new one.

I'm curious to ride a 600 supersport now, see what the differences are. I've had a lot of people tell me there's less power at low RPMs, then a large bump higher up--maybe like a turbo car. I guess I've taken for granted how smooth the Z is b/c it's all i know. But there is a definite spike between 8 and 11.5, less linear at least than the rest of the power band.
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Z750 is more practical for the street, low-end and midrange power. It just won't have the agility and speed of supersport when pushed hard (with equal riders on board). Plus it's a tad heavier than super sports, but then again it's meant to be as a streetbike.

You'll notice super sports are top-peaky, but will suffer under 3K rpms. Little harder to control on parking lot speed, but transition from side to side is easier at high speed. It takes a little more body control to bring it up from a good lean than a bike with bar-risers (like yours). If you're used to hitting top-end on Z750s, it won't be that radically different powerwise, but 636 has tendency to wheelie at lower gears on full throttle. Top-end on a bike is little different than a turbo car. On turbo cars, when the power spools up, you're basically pushed into the seat. On bike, it's more like spraying nitrous oxide, requires very good reflex/reaction time to guide the bike at that rate of acceleration, and tucking in. Top of that, there's wind to deal with.

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Z_Fanatic: That's a good summary of 600cc sportbikes vs the sport-tourers.

I notice with my Z-750S that I'm not as sure in riding as my KLR-650. It's getting better but the respecting all that power keeps me from riding hard.
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