I will have to put some thought into this. When I rode the Z750S, it fit exactly like I’ve wanted the SVS to fit all these years. Hummmmm.
Sounds to me like you’ve already put all of the thought into it that you need to. A little rationalization is all that’s lacking!! 🙂
2001 Suzuki SV650S
High mileage, but impecably maintained
Yoshi RS3 pipe and 2 cat stickers included.
Make offer…. quick!
From my perspective, the problems with the ZR-7 start with the insipid, old-tech, character-free, buzzy engine and continue through the cheapo cycle parts and finish to the low-spec suspension.
If you want an alternative with similar ergos, try an FZ1. The engine and suspension will blow you away…
Low-spec suspension? I’ll feel right at home after the SVS! 😉
Actually, the funny thing is, the crappy suspension on most bargain bikes doesn’t bother me at all. When you’re 100 lbs, it just doesn’t matter whether they put 5 weight or 10 weight oil in the forks.
I have heard that the Zs are buzzy bikes. It didn’t bother me at all during my track session, but perhaps it would on a long distance trip. Something to think about.
Cheapo cycle parts…hrm. Do you have specifics in mind?
Re the FZ1, I’m really not in the market for a literbike.
>When you’re 100 lbs, it just doesn’t matter >whether they put 5 weight or 10 weight oil >in the forks.
Point. Well, until you want to push harder or the road surface deteriorates, and then a poorly suspended bike will still tie itself in knots, in my experience. Budget bike suspension seems to give up the battle far too easily. Of course I weigh 19 stone so…
> Cheapo cycle parts…hrm. Do you have
> specifics in mind?
Well, this is from memory – I had a naked ZR-7 as a service loaner for a day a year or so back – but it looked like a budget paint job on a cheap and nasty frame and tank. No part looked to me like you’d actually want to own it, from the handlebars to the tail-light!
The FZ1 isn’t intimidating to ride, it’s just great fun, with the engine more user-friendly bottomless pit of power than life-threatening highside provider – and I expect that if you tried one, you /would/ be in the market for an FZ1. The FZ1 isn’t a firebreathing monster like the GSXR1000, the ZX-10 or the R1, but neither is it the bargain parts-bin special that the FZ6 is.
This discussion is going off track. The ZR-7 and Z750s are two completely different bikes. They don’t share any parts.
Sorry, Carolyn, I’m not even commenting on the same bike! I misidentified the one you are riding – you had the one with the weird and funky clocks, didn’t you – and not the cheapo parts-bin commuter bike…
Ken, you eejit…
Ignore me :-).
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