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Nov 20th 2020, 01:22 PM   #1
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Z h2

Have any of you ridden a new Kawasaki Z H2?

I'm not completely sure why that bike seems to have inveigled itself into my mind, but it has. Definitely, I'll get through the Winter & Spring with the Z900....and I don't NEED to replace it....but, if I were to do so....that seems like a pretty special machine to experience. Financials will have to be heavily scrutinized if that is even possible.

Still, sitting at traffic lights in pouring rain for a couple of minutes at a stretch, sometimes the mind wanders, and then the fingertips onto the keyboard.
Nov 20th 2020, 03:49 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100 and Moto Guzzi V7 III Milano
Just looked up the specs. It's pretty hefty, but if you can't have fun on it then maybe motorcycles are not for you.
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Nov 21st 2020, 07:52 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
I have a big picture of it on my garage wall to lust after, gorgeous me thinks, but since seeing that Canadian vlogger funny guy do his empirical testing, I decided all that new electronics and HP and technology would not really be a step forward in my enjoyment factor..at that price. It is heavy, and thirsty when given the crop.

I have my 15 year old ZX-10 Nekkid that has paid for itself a couple of times over, weighs 100 lbs less, still gets 35 MPG at track days, and does not have all the 'lectronic interventions. I also have custom luggage that snaps on and I can tour for a week on it as it is comfy for 500 mile days. So I am still looking at it, but saving my shekels.
Nov 21st 2020, 09:08 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
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Originally Posted by Tripledij
Just looked up the specs. It's pretty hefty, but if you can't have fun on it then maybe motorcycles are not for you.
Oh I could have fun on it, up to when I managed to kill myself when my "self control" relays dropped out and I got curious. My sporadically irresponsible right hand has absolutely zero business having that much power available. It would just be a matter of time when I would decide to see what I could get out of it. (I've had the front tire up on my Guzzi Norge)

Knowing me made me walk right past the MT-09 to jump on my MT-07.
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Nov 21st 2020, 01:36 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100 and Moto Guzzi V7 III Milano
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Originally Posted by Syringe
Have any of you ridden a new Kawasaki Z H2?

I'm not completely sure why that bike seems to have inveigled itself into my mind, but it has.
Maybe you REALLY love pizza?

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Nov 23rd 2020, 09:51 AM   #6
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Yes, maybe I DO love pizza. In a garage clean-out and rearrangement yesterday, we actually did get some delivered.....but, not by Ari who would let me try the Z H2, unfortunately! :-)

It is a bit hefty, and I'm sure it'd guzzle the gas-o on a sporting ride....that fun factor's pretty high, though.

As far as the electronics -- they might take away something, especially the ECU limits on power in the first 2-3 gears. However, the anti-wheelie feature on the ZX-10R I ride at the track is pretty stellar. It'd certainly be needed on this bike, especially sitting up like you do.

Finally, 30-something mpg on a ZX-10R at a track day?! Low 20s here.
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