This is a discussion on ZRX1200R vs. FZ-1 within the ZRX Land forums, part of the Other Bikes category; Originally Posted by jrohner Okay, I know this topic has probably been discussed before, but with the new addition of ZRX's to site members I ...
Gravedigger !!! This thread was started almost 10 years ago and last post before yesterday was over 8 years ago . I think he's made up his mind by now but maybe not .
Well I guess I'm in a great position to give a unique view to your question. First is the ZR7 totalled of just a bit banged up ? Andway here goes. Starting in 1980 I bought a 80' KZ750 E1 Truely a Great motorcycle and I put 136000 miles on it as my everyday bike. In 1992 I bought a very low milage 92' ZR750 Zephyr. It was a Retro Homage to the original Kawasaki Z1 in looks and was a fun bike but not as good a overall motorcycle as my KZ750 though it shared the same engine with good detail changes and some timely improvements. I rode it on a "One Lap of America ride" in 1997, 45 days 18800 miles and 46 states. In 1999 I bought one of the earliest 99' ZRX1100 in the Wichita area. Fun bike (I still own it) and enjoy it greatly. In 2005 I picked up my second ZRX a 05' ZRX1200R which I also still own. To answer your questions the quarter fairing gives "ok" protection from the wind and some good accessory "touring style" windscreens are available from several makers Givi ect that are higher and give you more coverage. The added power is a nice thing but costs around 10mpg or so. I do enjoy riding both of my ZRX's and they do gather a croud often when I go to events with a lot of other motorcycles.
Now the rest of the story, in sept of 2011 a local used motorcycle shop that sells "metric" bikes from Japan, England, and Europe as well and I was cheching his website and they had a well used but very solid 2000 Blue ZR7, I bought it as soon as I could make it to the shop and guess what the ZRX's spend a lot of time in the garage under their covers. I love riding that 750 and have put almost 11000 miles on it in 14 months. Well the same shop came up with an one owner 2018 mile red 2001 ZR7S that I bought immediatly and absolutley love to ride it too. So in my garage are a 99 ZRX1100, a 2000 ZR7,a 2001 ZR7S, and a 2005 ZRX1200R.
The ZRX's are really fun to own and ride but are not as good overall motorcycles in my opinion because 1. they are about 100lbs. heavier all gassed up weighing in at about 550lbs and you do feel that extra weight. 2. They are liquid cooled and as such are way more complicated to maintain. 3. They don't have center stands so chain and other general naintaince is a lot more of a hassle especially on the road away from home. 4. Engine upgrades for the 1100 are more available because it shares the same engine as the ZX11 the 1200 shares the basic engine with the ZZR1200. The ZRX's share the same basic bodywork so replacement parts are available but at a price. I enjoy them greatly and will be keeping them for a long long time.
As for the ZR7's they share the same basic engine as the KZ750 KZ700 GPz 750(air cooled) and the ZR750 Zephyrs and the ZR7's & ZR7S's so you are looking at an engine made for almost 25 years that was sold in the USA. As for it being buzzy at highway speeds, compared to what ? A ZX14 ? Get some heavier handlebar barend weights some gell or foam grips and a 17 tooth countershaft (front) sprocket and enjoy one of the best most cost effective funnest motorcycles ever made by anyone. Period. And if it isnt totalled fix your old one and Ride On !!!
Well this is an update in the waning months of 2012 I bought a very low mileage 2001 Red ZR7S with only 2018 miles and have installed a Corbin seat (that the ZR7 can share) and a Zero Gravity Double Bubble windshield. Needless to say I'm one very happy camper !!!
Last edited by lpscruggs; 10-09-13 at 10:58 PM. Reason: Update to my story