I've heard that S model has slightly changed front
fork angle, so it's more stable at the road. But at the same time supposedly
doesn't go in the corner as naked one. But,
it's supposed to be driven on more open roads, the opposite as naked, which
is designed for rushing through the corners.
As my friend told me, who tried naked one, it's kind
of motor to be a bit afraid of, if you're not
experienced, since the bike practically goes into the corner almost by
itself, so you must watch out and push it out of it... In this regard, S
model is suppose to be more modest and as such better for people who are
still learning to drive so hi-powered bikes. And believe me, this bike with
it's 110 HP IS the beast on two wheels! So powerful acceleration...well,
it's hard to describe, you must simply try it out to see.
Supposedly S model also have slightly changed EEPROM
fuel ignition map, which is needed because it has windshield, which causes
the bike to react differently at high speeds. Both Yamaha Fazer's (naked and
shielded) also have different EEPROM maps for the same reason.
I found one US review on bikeland's site, so you can
read it HERE. (PDF,
4.7 M) It's just this article
says how this bike is impossible to lift on the back wheel...it's not
exactly true. From my knowledge it can't be lifted only with acceleration,
but driver must help itself with a clutch. I never tried it myself nor I'm
planning to, though...
Some my impressions and comparisons
Z750 - fazer FZ6S
So...first good stuff, then bad stuff...
way better...it grips more gradually...not like Fazer, when first couple of
times engine stops when you try to drive off...
Really, I think what I hated most on Fazer was the clutch. I remember each
of my friends who tried my Fazer for the first time bike died a few
times... In a period of 4 months even I didn't learn to drive off right and
each time I feared that bike will die... Especially when waiting at the
traffic lights and hoping for fast drive-off...
But brakes are
indeed gripping less than Fazer ones. At first... Tests of Z750 said that
when you squeeze brakes harder, they grip very well, and from i see up to
now, it's true. One English test of Z750 I've read say that Z750 stops
sooner than Fazer, so brakes are good. Other thing is - they wrote in the
manual that a rider should always use BOTH brakes - rear and front! This can
bedangerous, so this should be taken with caution... I understand this when
riding a scooter, since it has weight towards the rear side, so in order to
achieve good braking, a man must use both brakes. But on sport bike you are
leaning forward, so most of the weight is more at front. I do use both
brakes for years now and I can say that if you use it often, you learn how
much pressure is needed and safe and so you'll be able to brake fast and
safe even in an emergency.
Torque...WOW you can feel it! In low RPM's -
like 3-4k, the bike really accelerates better than fazer, which was very
lazy in that rpm's. Bigger displacement really shows here. And I bet it also
shows in fuel consumption...
And I really like analog instruments.
They are digitally controlled anyway. Small LCD can show two trip times,
clock, odo, and other one fuel gauge. Bike doesn't have temperature gauge,
though. This function was good on Fazer - when it's cold, one LCD segment
flashes in order to tell you that engine is cold. On Kawasaki I couldn't
tell this. But, then again I always looked to that damn flashing LCD too
much, not paying attention of the road like I should....
Another good thing is so-called positive
neutral finder - system is
designed so that if bike is not moving, then you can't shift from 1st to
2nd, but only into neutral. So, end of painful and long neutral finding and
swinging between 1st and 2nd gear. Just shift to 1st, stop and raise lever
to enter neutral. Really useful!!
What's not that good is however neutral
light. On Fazer, this light was very quick - I mean, when I downshifted
and I went from 2nd to 1st, this light briefly flashed so I instantly knew
that I have first gear. On Z750S this light has slight time shift, so in
such situation it remains off. So, I'll have to learn to downshift until it
won't go anymore.
I think side stand is situated a bit strange - since I
have bike shoes, I was having a bit of trouble pulling it down, since it's a
bit too close to foot stand and it's not protruding out enough. This is
especially hard if you wear bike boots, since (at least mine) have somewhat
shorter bottom rear edge, so stepping on this stand is hard. I guess I'll
have to weld some extra stuff on it.
What I miss in instrument panel is fuel low km
counting. Fazer has this useful thing: when last digit flashes (warning of
low fuel), it starts to count km passed with fuel reserve. Z750S only have
flashing last segment, which means you have only 5 liters of fuel left,
after that you must count km by yourself and also remember when segment
began to flash...
Also either exhaust or my helmet (Schuberth S1 -
excellent helmet, by the way) has one annoying resonance somewhere between
2500 and 3000 rpm and then you can hear exhaust pretty loud, which is very
annoying. As a result, long slow driving in traffic or city can cause
headaches. I hope I'll use to this sound. But overall exhaust sound is
better than fazer one. I think a bit because of bigger displacement, but I
bet main reason is one big exhaust instead of two small pipes. It almost
eliminates the need of buying other exhausts, like Akrapovic, Remus etc.
What's supposedly down side is - as I've read
elsewhere - the fact that engine is painted in order to save money. So, this
paint can start to peel off with years, which looks ugly. Also if a bike
accidentally falls to one side (like when standing still and you can't hold
it), it's not such big deal on fazer, but of Z it immediately causes
scratches which are visible from miles...while same scratches on fazer are
almost invisible. This calls for some sort of crash bar...
Also first period of running-in is more restrict
stated. While Fazer have max. 6000 rpm first 1000 km and max. 8000 (I
believe) until 1500, Z have max. 4000 first 800 km and max. 6000 until 1600
km. This results in max. speed of 90 km/hour (@4000 rpm), which is veeeery
slow for such bike.
In short, I really think it's better buy than Fazer.
Don't get me wrong, since I'm not advertising anything just because I owe
it. I just feel this difference.
Lastly, you know what people say...any Kawasaki color
is good color, as long it's blue... :-)
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