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Old 12-07-2018
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I got a first gen ZX 14 ninja and a Z 1000, the 1000 looks awesome fully moded but is real bad to ride down the highway, your body is a wind plow, fun in the twistys but runs out of legs fast on anything open.
See i'd prefer a full naked KTM 990 or Mt01 or Speed etc. But i got 60km of hwy and 2km of traffic. So i need some kinda combo or hwy friendly, fun low down, nimble traffic machine.

Its probably the VTR i used to have
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never really ridden a big KTM like you speak of, not ruling one out in my future , I just keep on changing bikes ,im not brand bias at all.
I used to have a blackbird , it was a great all round bike , honda really got everything right with those bikes, the 14 is much the same a real big pussy cat but if you want to turn it on , oh my ! blackbirds do not touch it.


I think even 60km of highway would be killer on anything other than a full fairing bike, but that's just me I spose. I just find the bigger bikes do everything so much easier, except economy
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See i'd prefer a full naked KTM 990 or Mt01 or Speed etc. But i got 60km of hwy and 2km of traffic. So i need some kinda combo or hwy friendly, fun low down, nimble traffic machine.

Its probably the VTR i used to have

I think you're right Jimmy, I think mine (old VTR1000) is THE keeper, had it for ages now, and still makes me grin, and has enough lope to eat the miles.

It's pretty sorted though...
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I am not considering the blackbird...i'll just cook my license on the first ride...even the VTR just a gentle roll on from low revs = big legal issues.

I'll just keep an eye out for a bargain and go from there i guess. Hopefully s cheap VMAX 1200 will come my way

I really liked the VTR power, but craved some improved handling and a little more comfort. For the price of them now, it probably hard to beat.

@REDK Something cheap. Occasional weekend ride, few fair weather commutes...
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...I think even 60km of highway would be killer on anything other than a full fairing bike, but that's just I suppose...
Yep, it's just you. I regularly do 600-700km days on an unfaired bike.

Get yourself a skullcap and a bandana...
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Just did a Mitta Mitta ride from sydney last week on the 1200GS 500 km per day via some dirt and nice foggy and icy mornings Loved it always good having hand warmers
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Post 2001 vtr's are a sweet handling bike
In the right hands they will turn as good as anything from that era imo
A vmax will feel like a boat compared to a vtr
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Vmax's are a boat - no doubt.

However, they have more character and entertainment value than any other bike I've ever owned or ridden on road. Dodgy handling, worse brakes, teflon tyres and a floppy frame..

Shouldn't be worth thinking about.. but I'd have another in a heartbeat. Just straight funny..

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I think you're right Jimmy, I think mine (old VTR1000) is THE keeper, had it for ages now, and still makes me grin, and has enough lope to eat the miles.

It's pretty sorted though...
Tell me, whats done to yours?

What were the main difference between the VFR and VTR - i heard the Camry comments on the VFR, but i am probably ready for it. Main ride will be commuting (60km of hwy and 20km of traffic each way) and few weekend. Maybe bar risers on the VTR would sort this - i know fuel economy will suck, but i am not overly worried about that.

I dont really want to buy the same bike again, but cant find anything as interesting around 4k. What other twins can be had for VTR money?
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Tell me, whats done to yours?

What were the main difference between the VFR and VTR - i heard the Camry comments on the VFR, but i am probably ready for it. Main ride will be commuting (60km of hwy and 20km of traffic each way) and few weekend. Maybe bar risers on the VTR would sort this - i know fuel economy will suck, but i am not overly worried about that.

I dont really want to buy the same bike again, but cant find anything as interesting around 4k. What other twins can be had for VTR money?
versys also fine on dirt roads but not real powerful
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