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I've had good experience with VW Beetle parts from Brazil, why not bikes too? Cases, generators, stock carbs, etc. All good stuff, at a fraction of unobtainium German costs.



With the advent of the CNC lathe anyone with the desire to achieve a higher plateau of craftsmanship can. Look at the firearms industry, what use to be crap is now world-class (Tarus, FM).



And since the wife is from Brazil, I have to give it a plug. Oh, and I like the new Yamaha, BTW.
 

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Re: This is what I pay for?

Steve,

Did we do something wrong, by posting this reader's question? -Sean
 

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I don't know about the FZ, but I have a 2001 Yamaha TTR 225 that was manufactured in Brazil, and that little sucker takes large amounts of abuse without any problems, so I think they have the quality control part figured out, I understand that they produce the 225 in a street legal version that is also very reliable.

My two cents :)
 

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Buy the FZ. It looks more modern. There are more aftermarket goodies for it. In my area naked bikes are not popular at all. There are more FZs than Zrxs and hornets. I own a ZRX. So I kinda pay attention to naked bikes (at least till I find a buyer for mine).
 

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Let's all think about Steve.

Steve's my hero! Just look...

Screams escaped into void as the mind-scape of tortured dreams closed in on the Cretinous Crusader. Suddenly, he sees the pan-galactic, clockwork spiders crisscross the pavement of frozen mercury, tracing glorious parabolic arcs of poisonous sparks behind them, as they hang-off their plutonium, powered neurocycles, and race headlong into his cerebellum.

On the out-most periphery of his consciousness, our hero hears his name chanted by a multitude of fleshulous, sex-starved nemphoplasmahoes. "Steve…Steve…Steve," they cry out, begging for his manliness.

Unfortunately, that’s when Steve’s alarm clock went off and he, once again, found himself waking up in a slimy pool, of the Wesson Oil that he’d been using to pleasure himself with, the night before.

Just kidding! No hard feeling, eh?
 

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fernadopan:



Having checked your Info, and seeing that you are a engineer living in Brazil, it's pretty obvious that you would have all the technical aspects covered.



And, seeing that you're interested in the FZ6, it looks like you're not looking for a full-on sportbike, and have a good bit of common sense.



If that's the case, I was wondering if you might just consider the Suzuki 650 V-Strom.



Having ridden the Strom, I have to say it's probably one of the best examples of a "Swiss Army Bike" out there, and makes lots of sense. Yes, it is a mite ugly, but it makes up for that. From what I've heard about South American roads and traffic conditions, the Strom's upright riding position, suspension and versitility might be what you're looking for.



Still, you're the engineer and know what you're looking for. Just something you might want to consider...Good Luck: Kevin
 

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You are right, but...

Suzuki is importing the 1000 V-Strom to Brazil but not the 650. And its price is almost the double of the 599 price. So I'm not considering buying it because I can't afford it.

The 599 and the FZ cost about R$ 30,000 (US$ 10,000) here in Brazil so it's already expensive enough.
 
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