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Old 06 December 2007, 18:03   #21
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B1 had twin shocks and FI no fairing B2 was similar but with better FI and a bikini fairing .
the later A1 had unitrack and a bigger top fairing and more laid down riding position with fuel guage on the tank A2 was an updated model of the A1
My dad and I had identical B2's then he bought an A2 and I had the 900r when it first came out .

The 1100 models didn't handle too well ,flexy frame, but the 900r was a revelation , it won the IOM in 1984.
My mate had one too we went to a trackday at Goodwood and ended up in the local paper with the fastest speed ever recorded on a bike down the strait 147mph . Mainly because nothing very modern had raced at the old circuit in years. There was a copper there on a bike recording the speeds with a vascar I think.
Yeah, a 900r also gave an F14 jet fighter a good run down the runway at Miramar to a dodgy soundtrack.
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Old 06 December 2007, 18:09   #22
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The 1100 models didn't handle too well ,flexy frame,
No sh*t-I had to plan corners 30 seconds in advance on mine and woe betide you if you had to change direction in the corner. I did rather like it though. Something to do with that exhaust
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Old 07 December 2007, 03:02   #23
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Awesome in a straight line in their day....but handling?..Oh, My! Still we really didn't know any better back then.....
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Old 07 December 2007, 03:35   #24
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I think Randski had one when he was a boy

I had the Z900 (1976 I think it was) it went through a chain a month, frame had a hinge in the middle, tyres had NO grip in the wet But I loved it
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Old 07 December 2007, 03:51   #25
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Am I right in thinking that Kawasaki in the 70's introduced their own insurance as UK insurance companies were running away from them? People were falling off the old green meanies at such a rate.
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Not sure about the '70s but they did in the '80s. I remember a couple of mates being insured by them on new KMX125s.
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Old 07 December 2007, 08:44   #28
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Am I right in thinking that Kawasaki in the 70's introduced their own insurance as UK insurance companies were running away from them? People were falling off the old green meanies at such a rate.
Not sure, I was in the Army in Germany at the time and had German insurance, but could only insure them for three months at a time
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Old 07 December 2007, 09:33   #29
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i had one of those gpz 550 for dispatching but was a bit revvy and slow compared to the cbr 600 i also had at the time, chopped it in for a 650 maggot which was superb

i had a zx10 in black with silver stripes, that was a great bike with a nice useful fairing and was superb for high speed cruising thru france and spain

always liked the older kwackers
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