Had one of there Yamaha 660cc single powered streetbikes for awhile, it was actually surprisingly fun, though not a performance bike, was fairly reliable for the 10K miles I put on it. And if it wasn't for the Orange I'd actually consider this too, I enjoy riding bikes that most don't recognize, makes you stand out a bit from the crowds of chrome and too much plastic.
I have a Yellow bike. The best thing about it is that can be seen easily. In the sea of black, navy, silver, and seal SUVs, yellow and orange really stand out. Also you can then dress in black or other dark colors. Nothing more comical to me is see a guy on a black Harley with a lime green vest...
I just bought a leftover '03 Z1000 (black and red) for about two-grand under MSRP. They obviously aren't selling too well probably because its style is so polarizing and the people that love it have already bought one. As long as MZ doesn't expect the sales volume that Kawasaki enjoys, I think they'll be able to sell some because there will always be people that want something different and want a bike that few others have.
Now they're not exactly the same, but I think that they're similar enough that the uninitiated might confuse the two of them. The MZ is $1500 and unknown -to me, and my knowledge is definitive- reliability issues better? What if I threw the MZ pipes on that thar Z?
I like it. Wish I would have waited before I purchase my new Duc. Now I see they are offering a Sport Tourer as well. Looks like alot of bikes from this one plateform. Hope they do well! Sure do miss San Fran though. Lived there for two years and loved every minute.
You're probably right about reliability, dealer support, etc.
I know this topic is about the MZ, but there is something the rubs me really wrong about the Z1000. This bike looks like it was designed by a committee of people who decided, "let's design a funky bike", without having an eye for what looks good. And while being seriously constrained by accountants. Various elements of the bike look "strange" for absolutely no reason, like for example the headlight/fairing unit, the plastic on the sides, the pipes, and so on. It all looks forced, which is my main problem with this bike.
Not only that, but all the pieces put together don't work at all either. There is no unifying idea in this design, no vision. Maybe as a graphic designer myself I'm a little harsh, but this is just a really, really crappy, really cheap-looking design.
Don't even get me started about that new Kawasaki ER-6n - that has even more of that forced funkiness/weirdness that really doesn't work.
So I guess if I were in the market for a naked bike I wouldn't buy either the Z1000 or the MZ1000SF, but forced to choose between those two I would pick the MZ.
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