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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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My daughter and I were out riding last weekend and found this. Price was right and have always wanted one. Want to guess what happened?
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You brought it and the pic is parked in your driveway
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Yep! I had a poster of the original Eddie Lawson replica in my room many years ago. When these came out a few years back, always thought it would be cool to have one.
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I owned one! Fantastic motorcycle, great fun. Congrats on a good find.

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Congrats on the new bike. Remember, as Peter Egan says, you can never have too many bikes-just too many batteries.

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Hi Larry.
You are partially to blame for this multiple bike syndrome. I dont think I'll be able to slip another one past the wife. By the way, the DR is doing great. Been riding it to work almost every day.
Have a great day,
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Fred,
Remember the old joke-My wife said if I bought another bike she'd leave me, I wonder what she's doing now...
Some days I miss the DR, but I am glad it found a good home. AND I have put more miles on the V than I would have put on the DR this year.
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A buddy has the ZRX 1200. Nice bike, but a little weak in the suspension / handling department. Power and comfort are great though. A couple thousand in suspension work and it is a great bike.

I stopped in at a Kawasaki shop in Crossville, TN that has an Eddie Lawson Replica behind glass. They also have a "brand new" 1972 H2 Triple. Still has the plasic on the seat.

And a 1000R turbo.
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Compared it to the Versys.

It was a nice weekend to ride. Sat had some errands to run in Roanoke so I broke out the ZRX. Finished up sooner than expected, so I took a longer way home. Hit the Blue Ridge parkway over to Lexington, then went thru Goshen pass over to Clifton Forge. About 150 miles in all. On Sunday, my daughter and I reversed the route on the Versys. I realize that the two bikes are really intended for different things, but since they both are sitting there, thought it would be fun to compare them.

Power: ZRX. Wow! The power is addicting. You can leave it in fourth and just give it the gas to pass, or click down one and hold on. Once you pass 5K on the tach, things start happening very quickly.

Comfort: Versys. Not even close. The seating position, and wind protection on the V are much better. My knees were hurting pretty bad on the ZRX after about 100 miles or so. On the Versys, its easy to go a whole tank without stopping.

Handling: Versys. It changes course easier, especially mid corner. The V has more wheel travel and has made me a bit lazy when it comes to watching for pot holes and such. Hit some of that stuff on the ZRX, and it jars you pretty hard.

Brakes: Never had a problem with the V, but the ZRX's are quite a bit stronger.

Looks: I realize that this is the Versys site, but the ZRX in the old kawasaki racing colors just appeals to the 1982 teenager in me.

If it came down to keeping just one, the Versys would stay. But the ZRX sure is fun.
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i was following the Z rex forum for a while and planning on getting one....but then they stopped making them and made the z1000 and the versys instead. So I am here now.

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Congrats and enjoy your multiple rides..

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