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From a naked bike standpoint, I've owned two Bandit 1200s (1st gens) both making around 130rwhp/80trq, an aprilia Tuono factory (second gen), the latest gen Kawasaki Z1000 (made 142rwhp tuned) a 97 Buell S1, first gen SV650, a Motoguzzi Griso, a KTM super Duke and a second gen Kawasaki Z1000. (this doesn't count a few Vmaxs, some cruisers, and some older vintage bikes with no fairing)

I've ridden about everything else out there aside from the Brutale, Ducati street fighter, and some of the super rare bikes.




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I've been on sport bikes since 1992 and have had......... 1988 CBR 1000 Hurricane, 1999 Honda CBR 1100XX Blackbird, 2004 CBR 1000RR, 2005 CBR 1000RR, Two.... 2007 CBR 600RRs....one for the street and one for the track, and then, the only naked bike I've owned so far, a 2009 Aprilia DorsoDuro 750, which I just sold in anticipation of buying the new FZ 09 in Sept.

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I started riding sportbikes in 92 as well. My first was an 89 FZR600.

I'm going off memory here...

I've had two YZF600s, and FZR600, 4 VFRs (91, 94, 98, 01) a first gen Hayabusa, a CBR1100XX, a ZX11, ZZR1200, latest gen R6, 93 GSXR600, VTR1000, and a 1050 Sprint. I might be missing a few.
 

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My first street bike in 1984 was a '81 Suzuki Katana 1000. It was also my first race bike and I had a pair for a while.

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I've had a CBR1000 Hurricane, XV550 Vision, and a few big dual sports too. Here is my latest ride, '03 Suzuki SV1000 with GSXR suspension and radial brakes. The FZ could be next?

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Very nice collection of bikes, all you guys.

Scot.......were you ever or are you now on the cbr1100xx.org forum? I'm "xrated" on almost every forum that I am on....motorcycles, guns, Ford Diesel truck. I just happen to think of "triplethreat" for this one because of the 3 cylinder FZ I'm getting.
 

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Swampass.........kind of rings a bell, but I can't say that I remember that for sure. I've been on there since 2003.
 

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From a naked bike standpoint, I've owned two Bandit 1200s (1st gens) both making around 130rwhp/80trq, an aprilia Tuono factory (second gen), the latest gen Kawasaki Z1000 (made 142rwhp tuned) a 97 Buell S1, first gen SV650, a Motoguzzi Griso, a KTM super Duke and a second gen Kawasaki Z1000. (this doesn't count a few Vmaxs, some cruisers, and some older vintage bikes with no fairing)
So how would you rate the latest gen Z1000 to the latest gen Tuono ? I don't expect them to be any where near equal, just curious the plus's and minus's of each compared to each other.
 

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Everything on the Tuono feels very high quality. It's a chassis/suspension masterpiece as far as I am concerned. All I usually do on my bikes is set sag. I don't fiddle with the other adjustments largely because I don't know what I am doing. The motor on the Tuono was more like an inline 750. It made ok torque but had a pretty good top end hit. The gearing from the factory is wonky. It's way too high. Coupled with a motor that doesn't like low RPMs and it's a lot of shifting. The feel of the bike make up for it.

The latest gen Z1000 is a rocket engine attached to 7/10ths the Aprilia's chassis. I did Ivan's full kit on it with the FCE and his proprietary map. my bike made about 143hp at the wheel. I actually had to gear it higher to keep it on the ground in 3rd gear. I could pull 70-80mph power wheelies by the ol throttle chop/bar yank.

I LOVED my Z1000. I switched out the wheels for a set of black forged Carrozzeria's and the bike was transformed (those are pictured)

The Tuono lives up to the hype and the Z1000 is a wolf in transformer's clothing. Stock for stock, the Tuono was much better. Modded to Modded it's a sledge hammer vs a razor blade. Both are a lot of fun to use.


I bought my Tuono used for $8500 with 1300 miles on it. I bought my Z1000 new for $8300. I didn't put much into the tuono and put another $4000-$5000 in the Z1000.
 

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View attachment 128 2003 SV-1000N

View attachment 129 2009 ER-6N

bikepics-1438115-200.jpg 2009 Versys

bikepics-2427450-200.jpg 2009 & 2011 Street Triple R's

bikepics-2533893-200.jpg 2011 Street trip R, with 2012 Ninja 650 (turned ER-6N, still in the garage)

Ridden lots of others, my favorite being one of my son's bikes, a KTM SuperDuke. The FZ-09 will be very similar riding position and power/weight to the S.D. I've always been more of a twins and singles guy, but can't wait for my new FZ-09. I might end up with an all Yamaha (street bikes) garage.
 

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Scot.... what's in your stable currently. As I said before the SuperDuke would be my all time fave street bike. Riding position is like a big supermoto, handling feels like what a superbly suspended (WP) SV-650 would be like, with freight train torque. I rode a 2nd gen Tuono (very briefly), in comparison it felt a bit weak on bottom, but had a huge top end rush. Never got to try it in the twisties, where I hear they are "magic", but so is the SD. Judging by the looks and specs of the new FZ, I'm hoping it will be (it is on paper) a match for the SD (aside from it's excellent WP suspension). The riding position of the new FZ looks like it will be identical to the SD as well.
 
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