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Offline stuartho

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Glowing review on the 2020 Z900
on: May 22, 2020, 06:32:44 AM
I've already posted this link in another topic but this is such a glowing review of the 2020 model that I wanted to share it.

https://bikereview.com.au/review-2020-kawasaki-z900-supernaked/
Last Edit: May 22, 2020, 06:42:18 AM by stuartho

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Re: Glowing review on the 2020 Z900
Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 07:24:34 AM
It's funny that they selected a pic where the guy is actively trying to lowside the bike  :001:


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Re: Glowing review on the 2020 Z900
Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 12:20:56 PM
10 out of 10 review

Yet what I find odd is the 2020 Z650 gets an 8 out of 10 in the "electronics" category....its the same general setup as found on the Z900 but without "rider modes" on the Z650. The fact they feel the Z650 gets -2 points subtracted because of no rider modes, kinda questions their scoring.

My 2018 Z900 comes with rider modes....my wrist  :164:

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Re: Glowing review on the 2020 Z900
Reply #3 on: May 23, 2020, 06:44:11 AM
*Originally Posted by Frontline [+]
..., kinda questions their scoring.

My 2018 Z900 comes with rider modes....my wrist  :164:

Agreed. Automotive journalism seems like a game to appease the readers/viewers and the advertisers.

I dont think the Z900 needed rider modes at all. But I understand that it will be easier for dealers to sell now when potential buyers are just comparing on specs.

The addition of traction control is something that I wouldnt mind but Ive only ever had a couple of times in the past 3 years where Ive had the rear end let go unintentionally but that was on the OEM tyres and even then was always easily controllable.

But overall the 2020 makes an already excellent machine an even more complete package... and even better value, given the few hundred extra Kawi are asking.

Last Edit: May 23, 2020, 06:46:31 AM by stuartho

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Re: Glowing review on the 2020 Z900
Reply #5 on: May 23, 2020, 07:13:24 AM

Good find. 👍
He likes it too.
I have never seen a value for the shock spring published before.🤔
Nice work Motorcycle.com.
Cazzy_R

Tighten it 'til it strips then back it off half a turn.

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Re: Glowing review on the 2020 Z900
Reply #6 on: May 23, 2020, 01:09:32 PM
A really nice review  :047:

...So the shock spring rate is increased by about 5%  :084:

ps. Forgot to add. I feel the Z900 is deserving of a "R" edition with upgraded suspension and brakes. I feel if Kawasaki were to offer that and increase the price by $1k-$1.5K (usd), they could still pull this off. Kawi could easily pull this off since they already have the parts....Imagine a Z900 with ZX10R type suspension/brakes in a limited production for $10.5K....sign me up. Try to name another bike at that price range that would compete with a Z900R.

Last Edit: May 23, 2020, 01:29:41 PM by Frontline

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Re: Glowing review on the 2020 Z900
Reply #7 on: May 23, 2020, 03:58:02 PM
*Originally Posted by Frontline [+]


 I feel the Z900 is deserving of a "R" edition with upgraded suspension and brakes. I feel if
....
Imagine a Z900 with ZX10R type suspension/brakes in a limited production for $10.5K....sign me up. Try to name another bike at that price range that would compete with a Z900R.

 :0461:

An R edition Z900 at the right price would definitely take sales away from KTM & Triumph.

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Re: Glowing review on the 2020 Z900
Reply #8 on: May 23, 2020, 07:53:29 PM
*Originally Posted by Frontline [+]
...So the shock spring rate is increased by about 5%  :084:

But....
I'm 103kg (227lbs) fully geared and with 3 turns of preload (5 visible threads), my rider sag is 38mm (12mm of those is free sag).

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Re: Glowing review on the 2020 Z900
Reply #9 on: May 24, 2020, 12:53:09 AM
*Originally Posted by 3alfa3 [+]
But....
I'm 103kg (227lbs) fully geared and with 3 turns of preload (5 visible threads), my rider sag is 38mm (12mm of those is free sag).
Then you have two options. Change spring or well, you know the other option  :150:

BTW: I'm taking about the shock, not forks.
Last Edit: May 24, 2020, 12:54:57 AM by Frontline