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An old Kawi ZRX is worthy of consideration if after this experience too. I suspect the ZRX has similar "easy" power, just considerably more of it, but without the air cooled rustle. Would be interesting to ride them around back to back and see how they "feel" as the feel is the thing with this kind of bike.
I dig the ZRXs. Surprisingly, I liked the 1100 more than the 1200, as it felt more nimble. And that's the biggest difference between the Kawis and the new CB. The Honda, with its narrow tires, feels many dozens of pounds lighter than the ZRXs.
 

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Thanks for the nice comments guys. Come by the house in March and you can take it for a spin!

It's interesting the ZRX came up here. I was talking to the Riva sales manager yesterday about retro Japanese bikes, and he brought it up as well. I don't know much about the bike, but apparently it has quite a following. Have there been any other new retro Japanese bikes introduced here or overseas aside from the ZRX or this Honda?
 

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I had a ZRX1100 for a couple years. With the Holeshot jet kit and a Yoshi exhaust it was surprisingly fast. Faster than one would think with "only" 100 rwhp on the stock bike. But the best part was the great front brakes. I wish I had those on my Tiger1050.
 

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Thank you!

I know you had a short ride, but do you recall if the bike had a fuel guage? I can't find that detail on the interweb sources; just that it has a ".9 gal reserve" in it's 3.8 gallon tank.
Oh Jeebus, Man! Shades of Honda HawkGT!

Better learn to get used to 120-miles between Fill-ups!
 

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Oh Jeebus, Man! Shades of Honda HawkGT!

Better learn to get used to 120-miles between Fill-ups!
Frankly I'd love to have an excuse to pull over on those road trips. "Sorry guys, need gas again!" Then I sneak off to bust yet another whizz, swallow another couple more Tylenols, stretch the aging joints...

But I think the damn thing is producing 70 mpg...which is ridiculous. That's 200 miles or more a tank!
 

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Frankly I'd love to have an excuse to pull over on those road trips. "Sorry guys, need gas again!" Then I sneak off to bust yet another whizz, swallow another couple more Tylenols, stretch the aging joints...

But I think the damn thing is producing 70 mpg...which is ridiculous. That's 200 miles or more a tank!
My GT1000 had a four gallon tank and got 42-45 mpg. On a bike like that, it's perfect timing for a break.

My BMW has a 7 gallon tank! The damn thing never runs dry and my a$$ is asleep before I pull over.
 

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Thank you!

I know you had a short ride, but do you recall if the bike had a fuel guage? I can't find that detail on the interweb sources; just that it has a ".9 gal reserve" in it's 3.8 gallon tank.
Yep, on the LCD panel between the analog clocks.
 

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My GT1000 had a four gallon tank and got 42-45 mpg. On a bike like that, it's perfect timing for a break.

My BMW has a 7 gallon tank! The damn thing never runs dry and my a$$ is asleep before I pull over.
I have a friend with a GS that has the "optional super-giant tank" (marketing term) and has something like a 600+ mile-range.

That he has run out of gas because he "forgot to fill it up". Like, middle of BFE, splutter-sputter-stall. Stop.

Twice......
 

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Oh, yeah, and Ken - I'm not gonna bust your balls because it's not electric.

I'm gonna bust your balls because it's just as much a retro, old farts' bike as anything in the Harley line-up.

Welcome to the Dark Side!
 

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Oh, yeah, and Ken - I'm not gonna bust your balls because it's not electric.

I'm gonna bust your balls because it's just as much a retro, old farts' bike as anything in the Harley line-up.

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I'm thrilled to be here! Not only am I buying a retro old-fart bike, but this article fits me to a "T" (aside from the fact that I'm not 60-something yet...still a youthful and dynamic 50ish).

"Old man act stupid. Old man fall down. Old man break brittle bones."
Older motorcycle riders more likely to get badly hurt
 

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I was decidedly "meh" on the CB at first, but a few days ago I was flipping through a motorcycle mag at work, and the damn thing started growing on me.

Who was the MOron who came up with the terrific phrase "event bike" to describe bikes you can't just up 'n' go on? I bet you'll ride that CeeBer a lot more than the Strom. Very good choice, Ken. I predict you'll be a very happy camper. Too bad you're 1500 miles away. We could go on a Harley/Honda ride and scandalize the bluenoses who frown on such unnatural co-mingling.
 

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I was decidedly "meh" on the CB at first, but a few days ago I was flipping through a motorcycle mag at work, and the damn thing started growing on me.

Who was the MOron who came up with the terrific phrase "event bike" to describe bikes you can't just up 'n' go on? I bet you'll ride that CeeBer a lot more than the Strom. Very good choice, Ken. I predict you'll be a very happy camper. Too bad you're 1500 miles away. We could go on a Harley/Honda ride and scandalize the bluenoses who frown on such unnatural co-mingling.
Meet in the middle and it's only 750 miles each, that's doable, oh and congrates on the new bike Ken, good choice! You'll need a flannel shirt, Levi jacket and some Dingo Harness boots to complete the look now along with your gold mettalflake 3/4 lid..
 

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I was decidedly "meh" on the CB at first, but a few days ago I was flipping through a motorcycle mag at work, and the damn thing started growing on me.

Who was the MOron who came up with the terrific phrase "event bike" to describe bikes you can't just up 'n' go on? I bet you'll ride that CeeBer a lot more than the Strom. Very good choice, Ken. I predict you'll be a very happy camper. Too bad you're 1500 miles away. We could go on a Harley/Honda ride and scandalize the bluenoses who frown on such unnatural co-mingling.
Actually I plan to be in the NC mountains in May for the annual VStrom gathering. They say they won't disown me if I show up on a Honda.

Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge near Deals Gap and Cherohala Skyway

That's about in the middle, isn't it? The event is 5/15 to 5/19. C'mon down, we'll put up a cot in the cabin for ya.
 

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I was decidedly "meh" on the CB at first, but a few days ago I was flipping through a motorcycle mag at work, and the damn thing started growing on me.

Who was the MOron who came up with the terrific phrase "event bike" to describe bikes you can't just up 'n' go on? I bet you'll ride that CeeBer a lot more than the Strom. Very good choice, Ken. I predict you'll be a very happy camper. Too bad you're 1500 miles away. We could go on a Harley/Honda ride and scandalize the bluenoses who frown on such unnatural co-mingling.
I will take credit for the "event bike" thought :D

Good point too - the new CB looks to be a jump on it and go kind of bike. Funny how that is. Bikes that are large or super sporty are "event bikes". Bikes like the CB, dual sports of any kind, Triumph Bonnies, are jump on and go kinda bikes.

Thing I like about CB type bikes, they are jump on it and go, but there is nothing really to stop the rider from just going and going!
 

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You'll need a flannel shirt, Levi jacket and some Dingo Harness boots to complete the look now along with your gold mettalflake 3/4 lid..
Don't forget the luggage rack with the bungeed milkcrate.
 
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