2019 Z900RS Cafe
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Post By m1ellison
2019 Z900RS Cafe
So I had to break down and get this beautiful retro looking bike. Love the styling and colors and it gets more looks and compliments than my Aprilia. Only have 160 miles on it so I am still getting to know her. It really is a good riding bike, but couple of things I have noticed so far though.
1. Engine braking.. wow.. this bike will almost throw you forward with the amount of engine braking. Could just be the gearing, but it takes effort to manage it.
2. Kind of goes hand in hand with #1, but the throttle sensitivity is really touchy and I'm having to get used to being very precise on my throttle control so I don't do the whiplash neck maneuver because I moved the throttle a bit.
3. Certain gears feel really rough, especially 5th. Almost to the point of thinking something is wrong. It feels almost like a grinding in my feet etc when in 5th. Shift in to 6th and smooth as butter. No, I'm not in high rpm when in 5th either.
4. Although the seat is nice sized and positioned very well, my butt goes numb after a few miles. Going to be upgrading the seat.
5. Really hard to find accessories in the U.S. however, I did find that Delkevik is now making some super nice headers, full systems, etc. for a great price. Getting my header for like $317, and going to use the stock muffler. Delkevic has full exhaust systems that look nice for under $500.
Would love to hear about other experiences.
CRG LS Bar-end mirrors
HEL brake lines
K&N air filter
LSL Mig-Light headlights
Fender eliminator / Libertek plate light
There are supposed to be TWO mufflers on BOTH sides!
good looking ride
Most of these mechanical irritations, could probabably be improved by flashing the ECU. Most are related to trying to comply with stringent pollution regulations, and still keep the performance.
I own a '16 Suzuki GSX-S1000, and instead of sending the ECU for flashing, bit the bullet and bought tuning software from Woolich Racing(not recommended for everybody). This has given me a great insight in all fueling, timing maps, sensors effect, and limiters set in the factory.
For instance; the GSX also had stock exagerated engine breaking. This was done by the ECU cutting the injectors on deceleration, whicn mproves fuel economy, and decrease polution but is somewhat disconcerting. In the software is just a enable/disable check mark. Same for O2 sensor, which is constantly changing injector timing on ECU depending on exhaust readings.
Also, there is timing, fuel mapping, VS TPS postion, which could be changed for milder throttle response. ...and this could be adjusted for all gears or for each independent gears.
They also sell 'throttle tamers" which are easy to install. They are throttle tubes with a non-linear cam on the cables.
Woolich Racing sells software for the Z900, but is a lot simpler and much less expensive sending to somewhat who does ECU flashing (they buy software from Woolich or such)...and tell them what bothers you, if installing an aftermarket exhaust, the fuel mapping would have to be revised anyway.
Congrats. If I were an Inline 4 fan I would own the retro rootbeer one.
Skill is what keeps you on two wheels.
Situational awareness combined with skill is what keeps you out of harm's way.
ATGATT combined with Situational Awareness and Skill means you might live to ride another day when that deer runs into your bike or that drunk blows through that stop sign.
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