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jimmihaffa


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posted September 19, 2005 08:46 AM        
If the glove don't fit you must acquit

Does anyone think Kawasaki may make minor cosmetic revisions to the bike (esp strakes)based on complaints received here and elsewhere before the bike goes into full scale production?

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238mph


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posted September 19, 2005 08:51 AM        
Why didn't Kawi show off 4 different versions and let the public decide which one
they liked best...???

That's why car manufacturers do concept cars, to get feedback...

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trenace


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posted September 19, 2005 09:05 AM        Edited By: trenace on 19 Sep 2005 16:05
This is pure uninformed speculation... my guess is it depends entirely on where the bike was styled, or the relevant aspects were.

If a US office of Kawaski is responsible, it could be changed.

If a Japanese design office and head guys designed and signed off on the features in question, no.

Out of cultural reasons.

And, if no, that's not entirely bad. There are times when one has to say, "This is our design, we believe time will support it, it's unfortunate that initial reaction is poor but we believe in the soundness of it."

Sometimes such a position will be wrong, sometimes it will be right -- being super quick to second-guess yourself after having put plenty of time into something can be a bad philosophy, though there are other times you damn well better change even thoroughly-thought-out decisions based on new information.

It seems like on the lights, there is split opinion, and there is practical value to better night lighting. The 12's lighting is really not that good, whereas supposedly the ZZR-1200 is really good in this regard and who knows this could very well be much better yet.

But it seems all but or even actually unanimous that the strakes should go and that the tail is much too heavy-appearing, so much so as to seriously turn off most existing customers of the closest related bike, which is never a good sign!


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CrotchRocket


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posted September 19, 2005 11:31 AM        
The cosmetic stuff is minor...

I want the ZX14 to be a finished product as the 2002 B1 ZX12 was !!!


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238mph


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posted September 19, 2005 12:17 PM        
Tren, I'm WAAAY impressed with the stock lighting of my '02 12... when I'm out in the desert
where it's pitch black I can see fo ra good 1/4 mile or more... no complaints there...

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gunner


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posted September 19, 2005 12:20 PM        
Shoot both my A's have great lights on them. Damn near floodlighting compared to days gone by.
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trenace


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posted September 19, 2005 12:32 PM        
Compared to other bikes I agree they are OK, and better than lights of the past, but compared to good car headlights mine don't seem up there. I'll try aiming them a little higher and see what happens, though I thought they were at the right height.
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aughtsix


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posted September 19, 2005 12:50 PM        
quote:
The cosmetic stuff is minor...

I want the ZX14 to be a finished product as the 2002 B1 ZX12 was !!!




Aren't you the one who prefers the B1 over the A1?

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