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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 ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrohner View Post
    Okay, I know this topic has probably been discussed before, but with the new addition of ZRX's to site members I was hoping for some more feedback. My ZR7s was totaled, they took it away today, I am trying to figure out what I want to get to replace it and I am stuck on a few different bikes, obvious choices. I like the zrx1200R for its power, similarity to the zr7s. Not sure I like the front fairing, how is it for wind protection?? I like the FZ-1 for similar look to zr7s but has more angled look. Doesn't look as comfortable for passenger or rider as zrx. Also I have looked at honda 919, I not too fond of the color, but I do like the body shape and it is fuel injected. No wind protection though and it seems to be more aggressive riding position. I am leaning towards the ZRX but wanted some opinions.
    i have a 09fz1 stock friend has a 04 zrx 12 and older 1100.1100 to slow for me.zrx not quite as fast as fz1 but fast enough.zrx more comfort for rider and passenger.i hear older fz1 has more comfort front and back. take test rides with passenger...1200 has little bit better low end power..

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    Quote Originally Posted by KawMan View Post
    How did you 'total' the ZR? Were you the victim of a cager or did you dump it?

    How long have you been riding? Have you ever rode a modern day bike? A ZR to the bikes I see mentioned is a BIG jump. The FZ-1 is basically a R-1 'de-tuned' for better midrange. That bike is a whole different universe from a ZR.

    A SuperHawk? - ***. Dumbest looking bikes on the planet. If you're going sport, get a full fairing.

    Z-REX? You'll kill yourself.

    Ducati? Don't waste good money on a 748 that was built to compete with 600s at half the price.

    Suzuki? Katana is old tech - but OK if your paying cash. Just remember it doesn't have GSX in front of it. Do they still sell a 750?

    Want a good all around bike? Try a VFR800. I own a Ninja and a ZR and I think the VFR is a perfect cross.

    That's my 2 cents worth.
    Suzuki gsxr the only 750 japan still making..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrohner View Post
    I think everyone probably hit the nail on the head. I have been riding for a year. I dumped the zr7s on a patch of sand going around a turn. I am not an aggressive rider, i don't push turns or acceleration too hard. So why move to bigger bike. Most mention how if they could get a bit more hp out of the ZR7 they would. I enjoy the ride/feel of it. I wouldn't mind a bit more power. I also would like to get a bike with a bit more refinement. I like the fz-1 for the style and higher seating position, similar look to ZR. I am not sure I like the look of ZRX, depends on my mood. I am not looking for a rocketship, want the refinements that the "rocketships" have. Tired of not being able to find aftermarket components for the ZR7s. Also don't like the blurple of the 2002. I would only consider naked/standard type bike. I feel I dumped the ZR7 due to inexperience in turns ( could have turned sharper) and unforseen sand. I feel my approach to riding has been a mature, thought thru process and I won't push a more powerful bike to it's limits if I have past my own skill limits. I appreciate the concern though.
    i had 99 r1,super fast. fz1 is rocket ship on less comparing it tor r1.I took the safety course after riding for 30 years.Its a good thing and gives you discount.riding for a year stay away from r1 motors.First gear on fz1 when i hit 60 then the power came on this bike is no joke..Be safe..

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    best price

    Quote Originally Posted by jrohner View Post
    I found a blue 2001 and 2002 fz-1. The 2001 is about 1hr away, 2002 is in town. What would be a good price for either. 2001 was offered at 8300 out the door. Not sure that is good deal. Dealer with 2002 sounded like he may also be able to do same deal. So what would be a good price.

    Jonathan
    you go on e bay and see what it going for.Cycles for sale on line.I payed 9000.In 09 for fz1.

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    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 .

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmoo View Post
    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 .
    I was thinking the same thing, the O.P. probably already wore out the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclesarge View Post
    I was thinking the same thing, the O.P. probably already wore out the bike.
    Not if he picked the right choice ( ZRX)

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmoo View Post
    Not if he picked the right choice ( ZRX)
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    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 09:58 PM. Reason: Update to my story

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