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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-04-2006, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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ZZR600 as a commuter/ sport tourer?

Last 9000 miles has been on a '05 ZX6R. It is a real great track day bike and a blast to ride, like a half power superbike, but I am beginning to think it is too narrowly focused.

Having no wind protection, racing seating position with low bars and a pillion seat that is just one step short of violating the Geneva Convention...

So I have been looking at trading for a new ZZR600. Any one have experience with these? Basically the same bike Kawasaki called the ZX6R '98-2002...

Can't afford a VFR or ST3 so will this be a good compromise between sport and street?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-04-2006, 07:41 AM
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I'm not sure that you're really going to get that much more comfort or touring capability from an 05+ ZZR600. The PRE-2005 ZZR 600 would actually be a much better sport tourer.

Maybe you could keep your 05 6R as a track bike/roadburner and buy an older ZZR 600, aka ZX-6E as an additional bike. You could probably pick up a mint ZX-6E for $3k.
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Sporttourer+commuter=BUSA!

Comfy, no wind, and fun.



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Yeah, the dealership in Hot Springs has a beautiful anniversary special white/silver one but I don't think I can come up with the coins...It would be a little heavier than I wanted and a little sportier in the ergonomics and a little too much on the rear tire bill I would imagine...
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Re: ZZR600 as a commuter/ sport tourer?

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...I have been looking at trading for a new ZZR600. Any one have experience with these? Basically the same bike Kawasaki called the ZX6R '98-2002...
Not too sure if the older US ZZR-600 is the same as the Aus one, but ours is a great bike. It's the same size as the 250, just with upgraded brakes, tyres and, of course, a few extra cc's. There's more cosmetic differences between them on the later models.

I'm trying to convince Mrs Tree to let me trade-in the 250 and move back up to the 600. The '99 model, which our 250 is, even has exactly the same colour-scheme.




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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-04-2006, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Like this?

Does your ZZR look like this...
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-01-2006, 05:07 PM
 
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If you can find one, last month's Sport Rider magazine had a comparo including the new zzr600 with 3 other sport-touring bikes.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-16-2007, 06:03 AM
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its a great bike with gentle ergos compared to the new 600's, my son wants one now himself, theres one in Fayetteville with his drool all over it
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-22-2007, 04:31 PM
 
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Well with out looking I just posted a similar thread here in the forum. (I'm a dork)

I don't have any real experience with the bike yet, just got mine about 85 miles ago, but when looking I was in the same spot as it sounds like you are in now. I too looked at the VFR and ST1300 before gong with the zzr. I really liked both of the other bikes, but in the end for the amount of actual sport-touring I would be doing I felt the st1300 was too much bike to move in and out of the garage, load up, ect. for my short commute to work. The VFR has a very similar seat position as the ZZR, has available hard bags, is a very proven popular bike, but insurance was higher, similar years and mileage bikes are more expensive and I figured since it's been awhile since I've ridden a sportbike the 600cc would be better for me. When our son is a bit older and it is easier for my wife and I to get out together for a weekend I may upgrade, but for right now I think it will work fine.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-07-2007, 07:07 AM
 
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FZ1 might be better 2 up choice (gen1 01-05)
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