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post #1 of 16 Old 07-10-2019, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Long-term test Kawasaki H2 SX SE

Pretty good and impressive report. Makes me almost want to consider one as my next bike. Well, at least a test ride...

https://www.webbikeworld.com/2018-ka...g-term-review/
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-10-2019, 11:46 PM
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Sure if you are a tiny flexible person. I don’t enjoy riding motorcycles that I can bench press. Lol
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Pretty impressive bike. My son-in-law has the ZX14 and I've been somewhat afraid to ride it although he does and he isn't an aggressive rider at all so it should be OK for this old Geezer to give it a go.


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I'd love to give it a ride, but the seating geometry seems a bit....acute for long distance work - at least at my age.
I'm afraid that after a couple of hours I'd get a ticket racing toward a hot tub and martini.
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The article ;

Funny how the article compares the bike to O-Ren Ishii but there really isn't anything subtle or classy about the bike. That is not opinion, both of those are adjectives with well understood definitions. That doesn't mean it doesn't appeal, I am sure it more than appeals to some folks but even those folks would find it so because it is the antithesis of subtle and classy. Its more 'Transformer' than Classy Ninja. From the seating position to the sharp angles - everywhere - to the fairing wings and the paint job its about as subtle and classy as a meat cleaver to the forehead. And that paint... ouch. If I wanted to ride something that intentionally bedazzled it would be behind closed doors. just sayin'

But the bike - I have a soft spot for Kawis as my first big(ish) bike was a Kz1000r. Loved that bike, drove it everywhere much to the consternation of the collector crowd. This bike (after a good wrap or repainting) looks and sounds like it would be fun for day trips. I hope one of the guys at work buys one so I can do a bike swap now and then. I am not sure however that I could ever spend money on it when there are so many other bikes out there that provide a different experience from the K1600. Something in the dual sport or adv genre would be more likely.
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@Scotty LOL

There is thy gold, worse poison to men's souls,
Doing more murders in this loathsome world,
Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell.
I sell thee poison; thou hast sold me none.
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I have a suggestion...with all these blowers helping meet emissions etc, I don't know why they have to downsize the displacement. Like the F-150...why not put the supercharger on the V-8? Why do they have to downsize to a V-6? They still get about the same mileage and I bet the compression is quite high. Here's my suggestion...instead of leaning out the throttle response on the K16 like they have for emissions standards (presumably)...why can't they offer a tidy little blower on it??

It's not a real question, more rhetorical. I am not sufficiently motor engineering savvy to begin to understand how the design parameters would have to altered to accomplish such a feat, but...it sounds good to me.
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The article ;

Funny how the article compares the bike to O-Ren Ishii but there really isn't anything subtle or classy about the bike. That is not opinion, both of those are adjectives with well understood definitions. That doesn't mean it doesn't appeal, I am sure it more than appeals to some folks but even those folks would find it so because it is the antithesis of subtle and classy. Its more 'Transformer' than Classy Ninja. From the seating position to the sharp angles - everywhere - to the fairing wings and the paint job its about as subtle and classy as a meat cleaver to the forehead. And that paint... ouch. If I wanted to ride something that intentionally bedazzled it would be behind closed doors. just sayin'.
O-Ren Ishii is subtle and classy? I agree those words both have "well understood definitions," but I fail to see how lopping a guy's head off with a sword, then screaming at everyone as his decapitated neck spews a guyser of blood all over everyone else at the table, is either subtle or classy. Neither is participating in a hit squad with full-auto weapons, which tries to murder everyone at a wedding. Just sayin'.

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Huh.. the first service due at 600 miles costing 230 dollars.

Second service at 7600 miles.

Valve check at 15,200 miles costing approximately 1000 bucks.

Wears out tires at 5-6k miles...

Any of this sound familiar?

I think it's a cool bike but I couldn't do the ergo's for more than 50 miles.
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Huh.. the first service due at 600 miles costing 230 dollars.

Second service at 7600 miles.

Valve check at 15,200 miles costing approximately 1000 bucks.

Wears out tires at 5-6k miles...

Any of this sound familiar?

I think it's a cool bike but I couldn't do the ergo's for more than 50 miles.
Yeah, sounds like a K1600
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