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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2016, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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I've been kinda enamored with the new Zuk GSX-S1000F. Looks to be a hoot. One thing I'm not so crazy about it is it seems to be a peaky engine. I've read/heard that the Ninja 1k is actually more powerful in the normal range it would be ridden.

Anyway, that got me looking at the Ninja 1k which shares an engine with my V1k, though I think my V1k has even been tuned for more low-mid range power than the Ninja, but I digress.

So while looking at exhaust options to clean those ballasts off the side of the Ninja 1k, I noticed that it uses the same cam mechanism to tension the chain as my old ZRX used. It was a fantastic mechanism. Loosen a bolt, adjust the cam on one side and it's done. None of this nonsense of trying to diddle around trying to get the two sides equal.

Why the hell did that not get fitted to the Versys?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2016, 11:32 PM
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Zook saw how good the Ninja is and copied it, no original ideas.
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...Why the hell did that not get fitted to the Versys?
Seems to me the 650s DO...!


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Seems to me the 650s DO...!

Looks to me like the same thing the V1k uses. A bolt on each side of the swingarm. The ZRX design moved the entire axle to and fro so it could't get cockeyed and cause the tire to be misaligned which apparently wears them out a lot quicker.

It looks like this:

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Agreed, the new Suzi is interesting but it is a small bike.
I haven't demo'd one but I've sat on it. Small but light.
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