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Z1000 or ZRX1200 Top Speed?????

This is a discussion on Z1000 or ZRX1200 Top Speed????? within the General Z1000/Z750 forums, part of the Kawasaki Z1000, Ninja 1000, Z750 & Z-750S category; I was ridding on the highway at about 70 mph when a ZRX1200 pulled up beside me. He made a motion like he wanted to ...

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    Z1000 or ZRX1200 Top Speed?????

    I was ridding on the highway at about 70 mph when a ZRX1200 pulled up beside me. He made a motion like he wanted to race but I was at my exit.

    Do the ZRX's have more top end then the Z? I always wanted one of those bikes and wish I would have deove an extra exit to find out how fast they are.
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    I don't think they have quite as much top end. They only have 5 gears, and I don't think top gear will go as fast on the ZRX as will the Z's top gear. I think that stock, the Z1000 will go faster, but the ZRX engine has more potential. They are very similar though. Ever been to www.zrxoa.org? All you could ever want to know about the ZRX and lots on the Z as well.
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    i own a ZRX1200R & a Z1000 , i purchased both bikes new this year & put stage 1 modd's to both . the ZRX1200R is slightly quicker off the mark than my Z1000 due to its massive torque & top end is about the same , but the Zed is more aggressive & rapid . both bikes are vastly different , the ZRX1200R is shear muscle / grunt , while the Z1000 is agile / aggression ..
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    Top speed on either bike is reached just before the rider is blown off the back of the bike from the wind and lift on their chest. What else can we expect from a bike with so little wind protection?

    I stopped when I got to around 120 mph. It was getting pretty breezy and bumpy by that time. With my racing leathers on I'd probably be "clean" enough to bump that another 10 to 15 mph. The bike had more to give but it would have been doing it without me aboard if I kept going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCRider View Post
    Top speed on either bike is reached just before the rider is blown off the back of the bike from the wind and lift on their chest. What else can we expect from a bike with so little wind protection?

    I stopped when I got to around 120 mph. It was getting pretty breezy and bumpy by that time. With my racing leathers on I'd probably be "clean" enough to bump that another 10 to 15 mph. The bike had more to give but it would have been doing it without me aboard if I kept going.

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    i had my '02 fairingless bandit 1200 to an indicated 146mph, and from what ive heard and read the z1000 is good for around 155mph. does it really matter at that speed?(with speedometer error?) for christ's sake have fun and be safe! im so drunk right now.... i keep looking at my z, reminding myself that ill die if i ride right now... why did i drink tonight???

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    Ran mine up to 154 mph indicated so less 7%, 143 ish? Not a clue about the rpm. Sunday morning 5 am going to work.......

    Everytime I moved to look at the speedo it slowed down. Without the backpack I could squeak out another mph or 2.
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    I went on a nice streatched out open road once and jacked up my Z1000 to 155, I knew it had more in her but I backed off, My chin was on the tank and the wind was something firece. I have a taller shield now and may consider giving a pull at some point if the right conditions were to appear.
    I don't start feeling the pull of the wind till about 130 or so, I guess I've grown used to it below that speed.
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    Around 100 is about all the faster I really like to go; after that I really have to tuck in deep. The fastest I've gone is 150 indicated, it was fun and scary at the same time. You can go 120-130 and the bike gets there real quick, but you do have to tuck in real deep. My bike always feels stable to me, even at those speeds.
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    i have a speedo healer so my speedo is acuurate to within 1/2 a mile per hour, i regularly hit 142 mph, which is 6th gear redline with my 15/44 sprocket setup. i might add that aside from the wind buffet on my helmet, in a tuck i have no problem holding on at over 140, in fact i often pop back up at about 110 to help slow me back down
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    Quote Originally Posted by KXonZ View Post
    ......in fact i often pop back up at about 110 to help slow me back down
    Oh lordy.... when I read that I suddenly got this vision of you popping up too soon and ... THWOOP! ! ... there's you with a surprised look on your face flying off the rear of the bike like a human parachute.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCRider View Post
    Top speed on either bike is reached just before the rider is blown off the back of the bike from the wind and lift on their chest. What else can we expect from a bike with so little wind protection?

    I stopped when I got to around 120 mph. It was getting pretty breezy and bumpy by that time. With my racing leathers on I'd probably be "clean" enough to bump that another 10 to 15 mph. The bike had more to give but it would have been doing it without me aboard if I kept going.
    Not me! I saw 150MPH ("indicated" or so it appeared looking cross-eyed down my nose,) tucked under the fly screen and left hand on the fork leg a la Jay Springsteen. The Zed was steady and stable, and felt like there was more top speed on tap. The stability actually surprised me, I didn't expect it! Only bummer was I crushed my A's hat into my banana in the tank bag. ;-)

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    Riding naked isnt about top line speed , but getting to approx 120mph in a blink of a eye . riding hard in the corners or fighting in the streets against the fairing brigade , the factory street fighter Z1000 always shines ..

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    Yeah the Z is a cool hot-rod,but it sure gets windy at 150,thats the fastest I had mine up to ,that's on the speedo...they say it will do 162 ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEAN 1 View Post
    Riding naked isnt about top line speed , but getting to approx 120mph in a blink of a eye . riding hard in the corners or fighting in the streets against the fairing brigade , the factory street fighter Z1000 always shines ..

    i could not agree more, really im not all that interested in great top speed, which is exactly why i have the gearing set up on my bike the way i do. down one up front and up 2 in the back. some of the guys on here think thats too low, i think its the perfect compromise. with a top speed at a still very respectable 142 and yet it accelerates WAY faster. i really do think that a 15/44 setup is optimal gearing for the Z1K. add in to that my throttle quickener and im very pleased with the responsiveness, throttle control and acceleration of my Zed.

    oops got a little off topic.
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