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posted August 17, 2004 08:51 PM        
2005 ZX-12R??

I see this on LAB.... lifted from MCN.. but cant find the article on MCN...

anyone wanna help try find the link?

quote:

MCN: 2005 KAWASAKI ZX-12R kicks busa out of its class ...

List Price: £8995

Insurance group: 16



Kawasaki have always been known for big, brutal bikes
and the ZX-12R is one of the biggest and most brutal.

With around 178bhp at the rear wheel it'll rip to an indicated 220!!!mph-plus in the blink of a Gatso camera,
and with a 200kg weight it'll do it in sports-touring plushness.

But its sporting side will also wheelie into infinity or easily lay darkies on corner exits.
Intimidating figures and performance for sure,
but everything's kept under control by impressive cycle parts.
For such an intimidating bike
the ZX-12R handles exceptionally well,
with quality suspension and brilliant brakes,
but its real stamping ground is limit-free autobahns.

As a performance mile-eater it can justifiably lay claim to a resurrected Gran Tourisimo tag.
It really is the return of the gentleman's express.

For 2005 the ZX-12R handling came on leaps and bounds
and it's now agile enough to make it a serious prospect on a track.

Better still is the new look.
Restrained colourschemes and subtle colours have never been Kawasaki's strong suit,
but the new range looks mega,
and it's a relief to see the back of that odd wavey design that blighted the flanks of the 2001 model.

The updates have taken the ZX-12R well past the Hayabusa in almost every respect.
Fractions behind the 146bhp Suzuki from 0-60
it nips to 130mph almost half a second ahead of its old sparring partner,
nearly 20 bike lengths ahead thanks to a 7bhp advantage.

Irrelevant on the road, but crucial down the pub.

Now that the speed war is dead, it's no longer about who has the fastest, but who has the sharpest.

And the new ZX-12R is right on the cutting edge.



here's the thread on LAB ... http://www.labusas.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=53984
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posted August 17, 2004 09:13 PM        
Typical MCN bullshit. Remember the Super Blackbird?
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posted August 17, 2004 09:57 PM        
Hum...I'll believe it when I see it.
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posted August 17, 2004 10:26 PM        
'Zactly...
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posted August 17, 2004 11:02 PM        
I haven't seen this particular MCN, but if it's part of a "Buyer's Guide" kind of thing, perhaps it's just, as is commonly done, carried over from year to year except where changes are known.

Or maybe the way they do it is they start every bike off in the system by carrying over the previous year (which will prove correct for most bikes) and then writing new summaries as info on new models comes out.

The above text looks VERY similar to what I've read in a Brit mag in a 2004 article comparing the current 12R and the Busa. Exact same language in a lot of places.

The Brit mags have indeed published this kind of opinion for the 2004 ZX-12R vs the 2004 Hayabusa, particularly their great liking for the B model changes over the A model, and that at least the UK version of the Hayabusa slowed down quite a bit this year.

That's all I think the above is.

Not any super-spy stuff about 2005.

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posted August 17, 2004 11:40 PM        
Here you'll find the original text. Not a word about 2005...

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/nav?page=motorcyclenews.bikes.model&product=MCN&workflowStatus=ACTIVE&fixture=BIKE_MODEL&action=search&make=KAWASAKI&model=ZX-12R&resource=707641&fixture_bike_model=707641&resourceId=707641


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posted August 18, 2004 07:51 AM        
Odd how the Brits and Europe love the 12-R, but Amurcans still think the Busa is tits.

Shame, I tell ya.

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posted August 18, 2004 08:22 AM        
Perhaps I will see it in Munich next month. Will definetly watch for it.
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posted August 18, 2004 08:39 AM        
Even though.....

Even though the ol' 12R is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, not even close really, I still love riding the beast. If Kawi does some serious upgrades to the bike It'd be hard for me not to consider purchasing one in the future. I love the Gixxer 1K, and the new 10R for sure. But @ 6'4" weighing over 250 geared up I think the 12 is definitely a better bike for me.
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posted August 18, 2004 09:07 AM        Edited By: swft on 18 Aug 2004 09:09
I just bid on a trashed ZZR1200. Since I have an extra ZZR minus motor and wiring harness, I'm considering sending my frame down to Computrack and having it checked out / straightened, then pulling the plant from the donor bike and doing a turbo. Since it's a carb'd bike, that should be easy. Mmm...Grand Touring comfort and turbo performance...
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posted August 18, 2004 09:11 AM        
Turbo Barcalounger - nice.
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posted August 18, 2004 09:18 AM        
'Zactly!
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posted August 18, 2004 09:50 AM        
swft that'd be a kickass bike for sure!!!!
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posted August 18, 2004 10:26 AM        
Id love to see the ZX12R in new kicking ass design, id love to update my 02 to the 05 if it has more power and newer design. Id hate for kawasaki to bring it in new form till 2006, come on kawi, keep us loyal and bring another beast out .
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posted August 18, 2004 11:25 AM        
I plan on hanging onto my 2002...approaching 25k miles as it is on it...

Next bike for me is still a ZX-10R, as a second bike of course...after that is a Duc...aaah....

But I will follow the new 12's...no matter what materializes or not.

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posted August 18, 2004 11:50 AM        
Man, I'd like to see 'em updated - there's really not much out there in a true "GT" bike. But since there's really not an autobahn here to barnstorm it's kinda a dead category in the US.

But I still love the 12 for what you can do with it - haul ass all day long and be comfortable doing it. Good wind/weather protection. Only drawback is the passenger accomodations - there aren't any unless she's 5'3"

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posted August 18, 2004 12:08 PM        
http://www.motorcyclenews.com/nav?page=motorcyclenews.articles.articleCategory.article&resourceId=1166298&articleCategory=NEWS_NEW-BIKES

New Honda Blackbird
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posted August 18, 2004 02:57 PM        Edited By: DaveInDaytona on 18 Aug 2004 14:58
You beat me to it. The Honda is the shit. Bahahahahahaha

August 17 2004
VFR1200 revealed
Honda is to launch a 1200cc V5-engined replacement for the Blackbird. It will be packed full of anti-crash electronics and be capable of cracking 200mph.

Factory insiders say it will be on sale in 2006 and be blessed with the most powerful engine a road bike has ever used - making around 190bhp.

The bike - named the VFR1200 - will feature traction control and the latest development of Honda's combined braking alongside ABS.

Read the full story and see more pictures in the August 18 issue of MCN.

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posted August 18, 2004 04:04 PM        
article is incorrect. no major changes for 2005. wait for 2006.
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posted August 18, 2004 10:44 PM        
as freek and swft point out... consulting our magic 8-ball with regards to this article comes up high on the "bullshit meter"...
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posted August 19, 2004 08:23 AM        
Yup.
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posted August 19, 2004 01:00 PM        
Sounded good whilst it lasted!!
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posted August 19, 2004 01:50 PM        
That is an old write up about the 02 12r.I remember reading it when i was buying my 02
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posted August 19, 2004 05:30 PM        
Hey.........swft!
Is that the helmut you wear on yer ZX10R?
Where do I get one? It sure looks light weight!

Is it carbon fiber?
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posted August 24, 2004 08:25 AM        
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