Z1000SX ABS Tourer .. Now with new Pillion cover.

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Z1000SX ABS Tourer .. Now with new Pillion cover.

Post by KD » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:46 am

H...

I am most definitely impressed .. and to be honest for the person that doesn't really care about preload sag .. the rear shock works ...
The cockpit area and instrumentation is user friendly ... the information it supplies is ..

Usual analogue rev instrument, digital speedo (adjustable between MPH and KPH), temp and clock.
Fuel gauge
Odo
Trip 1
Trip 2 ... Gonna use this as a servicing mileometer.
Raw fuel economy
Av fuel economy ... I think i got 44.4 yesterday.
Miles countdown to empty.
2 power modes.
4 traction controls (inc. off)

There is an economy ridding indicator .. (No point in that really).

There is a mode toggle switch on the left handlebar to scroll through the information. Really easy to use and it keeps your hands on the bars.

The screen .. not totally sure how good that is even though you can adjust it .. I just left it in mid position.

There is a hazard warning switch, but this only works with key to acc.

Seat is comfortable enough .. Nice flat seat.

Handle bars are obviously taller. Makes the riding position more upright, which ables me to be able to turn and look behind. The mirrors are excellent .. They actually work.

No real space under the pillion seat. Tone gave me a thin wire strand cable to attach to the bike so I can attach the lid to the bike when the panniers are off.

Even though the single headlight comes on in dip .. the spread is across the whole lane. On sharp corners you might have an issue. Main beam on the other headlight is great too.

Panniers .. big enough for a lid in both ... They are really effected by high winds (common issue for all panniers) but they are easy to remove and attach and sit nice on the bike .. You do have to be careful when getting on and off the bike or you'll easily scratch them.

Riding in the rain ... Good protection. Even though I rode about 10 miles in the heavy rain .. I wasn't totally dripping.

I'm running it in at the mo so staying at a max speed of 74mph which is 5000 rpm. At this speed its really nice. The book says I should be at 4000 rpm for the first 500 miles, then 6000 rpm for the next 500 miles. But there is no way I was gonna sit on the dual carriageways at 60 ish.

The bike really does ride well I like it. Its stance is very Kwaka and looks great with and with out panniers..

Exhaust cans .. They look ok. :shock:

Foot pegs ... they are rubber mounted and have added vib weights behind the heel plates (well thats what we think they are). Result is a really comfortable feel.

At Tone's I put Neil's tank bag on my tank. Yes the tank is a bit small at the front. There might be an issue when your on full lock. I think its manageable though.

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I'm sure more info will follow. Stay tuned. :)
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Post by Steve-TC1 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:27 am

8) Very Nice bike and interesting first impressions that should come in handy for others moving over to the Z1000Sx

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Post by KD » Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:02 pm

The nice aspect of this bike is that once the panniers have been removed, it has the look of a sports bike. 8)

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Post by red_zx9r » Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:34 pm

i do like the look of them 8)
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First modification ...

Post by KD » Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:04 pm

So... It's a really crap day so I pop over to SP Engineering.

After a long chat with David we came to the resolution that the carbon oval GP 380mm end can was far too long and too tall.

So ... I now have 2 tri oval carbon 250mm GP end cans.

After weighing an OE can and then the SP can I have total weight saving (total for both sides) of 2.736kg.

The new cans come up at a higher angle (as the they weren't designed for the touring package) to fit the panniers on as well, but as I have R&G exhaust hangers to fit as well which do away with the front pannier attachment, so changing over the exhausts to go touring won't be too much of a big deal.

I think they look jolly nice too 😃

Even Colin may approve of this change .. ;)

Cant fit the R&G hangers as yet cause they were designed for the OE cans .. Not aftermarket ones. The strap on the after market ones goes to the outside of the hanger they are sitting 25mm away from the R&G hanger bracket.

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Post by Hazzo » Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:55 pm

That looks ace with those cans, I'd be tempted to chop the rear muddy/lightmount and stick clipons on it.

I know you'll probably not agree but it does look more for a sports stance than tourer, the one I looked at in Newcastle was black n green met, lush. Just those cans/muguard and bars look outa order for me, still nice though.
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Post by Steve-TC1 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:25 pm

8) they look smart =D> :!: ,

I would have thought a larger weight saving but it looks like the main baffle box is still used ..


one thing though , is there enough room for the passenger to get his/her feet on the footrest :?:

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Post by KD » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:28 pm

Steve-TC1 wrote:8) they look smart =D> :!: ,

I would have thought a larger weight saving but it looks like the main baffle box is still used ..


one thing though , is there enough room for the passenger to get his/her feet on the footrest :?:
Thanks H and Steve. I'm really pleased with them. They have a nice burble on idle.

@ H. If I odd that there would have been no need to swap out the bike from a 9. :)

@ Steve. Yes mate there should be enough space for the feet. They might have to keep their toes up though ;)

The OE can was 3.387kg. An SP can is 2.019kg.
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Post by Steve-TC1 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:31 pm

I was thinking there heels Dave

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Post by KD » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:33 pm

Steve-TC1 wrote:I was thinking there heels Dave
Oh right :shock: I think there is enough space underfoot. ;)

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Post by kwakattak » Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:09 pm

8) Cans look much better, i bet they sound nice too. =D> =D> =D>
cheers, Nick.

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Post by KD » Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:14 pm

kwakattak wrote:8) Cans look much better, i bet they sound nice too. =D> =D> =D>
They certainly have a deep burble on idle ;)

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Post by mikekr1s » Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:39 pm

Looks 8)
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Post by red_zx9r » Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:58 pm

looking well 8) dave so come on where`s the vid of the lurvely sound ;) gotta agree with H though on a tail tidy ;)
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Post by Trev Miles » Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:18 pm

KD wrote:
kwakattak wrote:8) Cans look much better, i bet they sound nice too. =D> =D> =D>
They certainly have a deep burble on idle ;)
Who gives a monkey's about idle!! Get a vid done with sound at 6000-7000 rpm!!
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