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Kawasaki Demo Days

OK, yesterday being father's day (and a happy father's day to all the fathers out there ), I decided to give myself a father's day present and head over to the Kawasaki Demo Rides being given in Englishtown, NJ. Took me about 90 minutes to make the trip from my house, including a stop for gas. First ended up at the motocross site, but was directed by the people there about 500 yards down the road to the demo rides.

Got there and there weren't too many people there. I had signed up for a couple of rides with the dealer, but all in all there were only about 10 people riding that day. You needed a helmet, gloves and a jacket, but as I was in my usual full gear, it was no problem. The rides were escorted ones, about 30 to 35 minutes in length and had some small twisties, but mostly sweepers and suburban streets.

First up was the new 2010 Z1000. I was really looking forward to riding this one as I had a 2003 model and put 33,000 miles on it before trading it. Let me tell you, it is like night and day from the old bike. This one was smooth as silk, with almost no vibrations through the handle bars or pegs (alloy ones, not rubber). It is surprizingly quick, comfortable and handles almost telepathically. You just decide you want to turn and you are leaned over. And at normal speeds, no wind problems!!! I was expecting to be nearly blown off, but even up to an indicated 70mph there was hardly any wind pushing me back. I imagine it could get bad in winter, but there is already a small screen on the accessories list from Kawasaki and anyway, I do have heated gear. It is an awesome bike and if I could it would be in my garage tomorrow. As is, my better half said that maybe next year and I am going to be sweet talking her from now until next March!

Next, I tried a Concoours 14 with ABS. It is a big bike and you feel it, though I have to say that it rides a bit smaller than it actually is. Fast, smooth and comfortable. I got a kick out of the electrically adjustable windscreen and the ABS and traction control are nice as well, but it just wasn't right somehow. Where the fueling on the Z1000 (and the Versys, for that matter) is nearly perfect, the Concours seems to have a very tricky throttle. It was very hard to smoothly apply the power, though when you did give it the gas it went and how. Felt like some driveline snatch. And you do have to deliberately tip it into the corners, but once in a curve it holds its line pretty well.

I was going to wait and see if I could try some other bikes, but my wife said we had obligations and as I want that Z1k I said "Yes, dear" and headed home. Granted, it is hard in 30 minutes to get a complete idea about any bike, but that Z1000 is awesome and I really mean that. Still, for now the Versys wil be a perfect ride for what I need it for and maybe I can convince my wife that 2 Kawasaki's are better than !

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OK, yesterday being father's day (and a happy father's day to all the fathers out there ), I decided to give myself a father's day present and head over to the Kawasaki Demo Rides being given in Englishtown, NJ. Took me about 90 minutes to make the trip from my house, including a stop for gas. First ended up at the motocross site, but was directed by the people there about 500 yards down the road to the demo rides.

Got there and there weren't too many people there. I had signed up for a couple of rides with the dealer, but all in all there were only about 10 people riding that day. You needed a helmet, gloves and a jacket, but as I was in my usual full gear, it was no problem. The rides were escorted ones, about 30 to 35 minutes in length and had some small twisties, but mostly sweepers and suburban streets.

First up was the new 2010 Z1000. I was really looking forward to riding this one as I had a 2003 model and put 33,000 miles on it before trading it. Let me tell you, it is like night and day from the old bike. This one was smooth as silk, with almost no vibrations through the handle bars or pegs (alloy ones, not rubber). It is surprizingly quick, comfortable and handles almost telepathically. You just decide you want to turn and you are leaned over. And at normal speeds, no wind problems!!! I was expecting to be nearly blown off, but even up to an indicated 70mph there was hardly any wind pushing me back. I imagine it could get bad in winter, but there is already a small screen on the accessories list from Kawasaki and anyway, I do have heated gear. It is an awesome bike and if I could it would be in my garage tomorrow. As is, my better half said that maybe next year and I am going to be sweet talking her from now until next March!

Next, I tried a Concoours 14 with ABS. It is a big bike and you feel it, though I have to say that it rides a bit smaller than it actually is. Fast, smooth and comfortable. I got a kick out of the electrically adjustable windscreen and the ABS and traction control are nice as well, but it just wasn't right somehow. Where the fueling on the Z1000 (and the Versys, for that matter) is nearly perfect, the Concours seems to have a very tricky throttle. It was very hard to smoothly apply the power, though when you did give it the gas it went and how. Felt like some driveline snatch. And you do have to deliberately tip it into the corners, but once in a curve it holds its line pretty well.

I was going to wait and see if I could try some other bikes, but my wife said we had obligations and as I want that Z1k I said "Yes, dear" and headed home. Granted, it is hard in 30 minutes to get a complete idea about any bike, but that Z1000 is awesome and I really mean that. Still, for now the Versys wil be a perfect ride for what I need it for and maybe I can convince my wife that 2 Kawasaki's are better than !

Thanks for the excellent write up. I went on a long ride this weekend with a guy (Oldkawboy) that works with Kawasaki doing demo days and he HIGHLY recommended going. I can't wait to ride the Z as well, especially after reading your write up.

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Glad you liked the post. You WILL enjoy the Z1000. Awesome bike with near perfect ergonomics, at least for me. The demo truck should be heading your way pretty soon. I know they were off to Maryland this weekend and I think they are working their way south from there...

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edit: there a schedule for these demo rides on the kawasaki website.

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I rode the Z1000 a little over a month ago here in S. California.

I love the bike!!! Still thinking if I should do it... The only thing stopping me is Z1000 has no windscreen, will be hard for longer distance/ cool weather ride...

The main thing that stop me from buying is... It is a jail bate... With all that power... I am afraid I can't stop myself from doing illegal stuff...

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