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May 12th 2018, 07:03 PM   #16
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
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Originally Posted by Pavement Tested
Uuummm...didn't you own a 690 Duke like 2 years ago?
YES! It was a 2010. It was the older body style that still looked sorta like a sumo.

it was the old LC4 that felt like a paint shaker. It was constantly dropping hardware on the highway.

I sold it away for something bigger.

I liked it. It was fun. But damn....bbbbbzzzzzzzzzzz..........

Any way, i have a big bike now, and i am wanting something small i can sneak into tight parking spots at work, stuff like that.
May 13th 2018, 10:16 AM   #17
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
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Originally Posted by unicykle
My opinion is a yamaha zuma fits all the requirements listed and youd have enough cash left over for boatdrivers gsxr1000 race bike and trackday entry fee
Zuma > Grom?
May 14th 2018, 02:28 AM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
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Originally Posted by Sentinel

Any way, i have a big bike now, and i am wanting something small i can sneak into tight parking spots at work, stuff like that.
Ninja 400?
May 14th 2018, 09:10 AM   #19
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  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
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Originally Posted by Sentinel
Want lightweight, fun, economical, low-maintenance bike that I don't have to wash too often, gets good mpg's, and isn't a beyatch to push around the garage.
I have had my 2015 FZ-07 for about 2 1/2 years and 26k miles. It is literally everything you described above.

I wash it like 4 times a year. You don't have to worry about scratches/dirt too much because the "tank" is actually a plastic cover over the tank. In fact, my FZ used to be dark gray, but I paid $100 and swapped the silver from a newer year to change the look. Now it feels like a new bike. Maintenance is EASY without any fairings.

If I ride like grandma, I can get 57 MPG (and I'm 6'2" 225lbs). Average is about 49-50. Even riding really hard still gets me around 42 MPG.

Super maneuverable - both in the garage and on the streets. 0-60 is just as fast as any inline-4 600cc bike. It starts to fall off after 80mph or so but TBH that is perfect for me (don't need to be going that fast lol).

And I got mine for $7k brand new. Finding one under $6k used with mods already on it should be no problem.

The ONLY thing is that if you are heavier the OEM suspension is gonna not be the best. For me, someone who only really commutes on it and is not a track-day guy, it didn't bother me a ton (I had it for almost 2 years). I eventually got new forks in front and a stiffer spring in back and braking/passenger carrying is much improved.

May 14th 2018, 10:06 AM   #20
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  Jan 2016
  Renton, WA

  2010 BMW S1000RR, 2015 Yamaha FZ-07, 2009 Husky TXC250/310
I'll put in another vote for the FZ-07. Have had my 2015 model for almost 2 years and mainly use it for commuting. Easy to work on, reliable, light weight, couldn't ask for anything more for commuting and general riding. Since I'm only 150 lbs the stock suspension works for me.
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May 14th 2018, 01:16 PM   #21
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
seems like fz07 is the right answer.

i go probably 190 in full gear.

btw: my Concours 14 gets an average of just over 44 mpg at like normal (70 or so) highway speeds plus in-town stuff.

thx for thoughts.
May 14th 2018, 09:18 PM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  In the past.

Or a Street Triple. I rode the FZ-07 and it was meh. I went over to check out the zero for commuting and ended up with the Street Triple R. A bit more expensive new but here is about the same price as a new FZ-07 in PO https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/m...588593497.html
May 14th 2018, 10:26 PM   #23
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham, WA

  Yamaha FZ-07
I love my FZ-07. A new shock made a huge difference (I am 200 lbs. in gear). I just got the forks done (Matris F15K which I am happy with) but the shock was definitely the worst part of the suspension.
May 15th 2018, 06:31 AM   #24
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  Feb 2016
  Birch Bay

  2014 Yamaha FZ-09, Blazing Orange all decked out. :)
That's easy... FZ-07!

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