blackbird or super tourer

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by B, Jul 21, 2004.

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    B Guest

    I have had a big change of heart recently about what I look for in a bike.
    My current favourite bike is the Z750. Naked, fun, fast enough for me by a
    long shot, and nimble. But I have been doing longer and longer trips away on
    the weekends, and I am really beginning to wish that my ZR750 (not as nimble
    as the Z750 but running strong) had some sort of wind protection. I love the
    look of the nakeds, but I can see the advantages of those fairings...

    So suddenly I find myself applying for loans, getting insurance quotes, and
    planning to test ride a black bird and a ZZR1200 on the weekend. And feeling
    very excited by it.

    I think that I am realising that although I like a quick blat around town,
    it is the longer trips that I find particularly relaxing and enjoyable. That
    sense of getting out and finding some where new, just for the sake of
    finding a new road to ride. It makes the weekend much more enjoyable, and
    suddenly the extra money seems well worth it. And there is always that extra
    pay rise to look forward to.....

    So anyway. I was wondering - what do other people prefer in a bike, and why?
    Why the short sharp blasts, or why the longer trips?

    One of the things I enjoy about riding is that there is that sense of
    companionship, despite the vast differences in the design and style of the
    bikes people ride. Why is this? What is it about riding that we share?

    B, Jul 21, 2004
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  2. Blackbird in a nice bike... but keep the Z.. what do they say.. I like a
    good woman, but give me a slut any day..

    I've over the fast bike thing, got that outta me with the Blackbird and the
    ZX12, want a nice 600 Ducati Monster thing is wanting a fun
    bike..nothing too sporty (two kids now), just a nice little slut :)

    JasonBW - Wollongong
    Jason Burton-Woods, Jul 21, 2004
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  3. one more thing, if you get serious about the Blackbird then read this..

    Check the regulator/rectifier closely, they dont have cooling fins and are
    (maybe were) prone to heat damage - a very costly issue if you dont pick it
    up before it goes.. goodbye everything electrical!

    JasonBW- Wollongong
    Jason Burton-Woods, Jul 21, 2004
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    Marty H Guest

    Newworld Honda in Berwick (vic) have blackbirds for $14,998 +ORC IIRC ATM, I
    think its a aust wide thing.... that's a lot of bike for that money

    just cos its a 300kmh+ bike doesn't mean you have to take it there

    on the other hand.......a Z750 is nothing to sneeze at either

    Marty H, Jul 21, 2004
  5. Make sure you know the year of the Z750.


    Next you'll be claiming its a 4!
    Hamish Alker-Jones, Jul 21, 2004
  6. just cos its a 300kmh+ bike doesn't mean you have to take it there

    Actually, the blackbird never _quite_ got there. It is, however, a 290kmh+
    James Mayfield, Jul 21, 2004
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    B Guest

    The thing is that the ZR750 is plenty fast enough for me. but I want
    something that is more comfortable for longer trips. and I am seeing some
    very good prices on the blackbirds.
    B, Jul 22, 2004
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    Mad Biker Guest

    no no, theirs a video floating around, the old carbi model too, 300kph :)
    on the spedo anyway :)

    but whats 10kph at those speeds :)

    personaly i wanted a bird to do 2 up touring but the bike shop talked me out
    of it and i got a cbr600f4i instead, a year later im still thinking i should
    have got the bird, but 250-1100 is a big leap..

    Mad Biker, Jul 24, 2004
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    Marty H Guest

    yup....304kmh on the Autobahn.... then take of 10% for speedo error

    did a good search on google, 290kmh tops......James was right, the pedantic
    prick :)

    Marty H, Jul 24, 2004
  10. I went from GPX250 to CBR1000 with no problems, maybe it helped that I was 38
    when I made the change over and the Testosterone had settled down :)
    Mark Hutchison, Jul 25, 2004
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    Johnnie5 Guest

    was that after marriage and the testicals given to the wife hence the
    testosterone settled down ??

    Johnnie5, Jul 25, 2004
  12. Nah, still a bachelor, and I did say settled down, not disappeared :)
    Mark Hutchison, Jul 26, 2004
  13. On 25/7/04 10:29 AM, in article
    Yeah, many of us had bigger bikes than we should have had. The bike isn't
    the dangerous thing....

    Hamish Alker-Jones, Jul 26, 2004
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