Back in 1980 Ėwhen I first started riding---the KZ1000 was the s**t-------they were massive bikes with 100 or so horses----this was about the time when the inline 4cyl bike was really catching on-----a noob had no business being on this bike. A guy at work bought one of theseóbrand new----he was a smaller guy----when riding that bike he looked like a fly trying to wrestle a buffalo----thatís just how big and heavy that bike was. Most people at the time were used to Harley performance----and these KZís were off the scale---literally. Remember the old CHiPís shows----thatís why they ruled the road----nothing else came close to that kind of speed and acceleration.
Then in the late 80ís------early 90ís---they really started upgrading the bikes and sportbikes were really coming into their own.
The 600 of today will smoke those old KZís----same 100 horses---but 150lbs less weight and an engine that red lines at 14,000rpmís instead of like 8,500 or so. A 600 is faster and quicker than ANY street legal car on the road----do you really understand just how fast that is??
My first bigger bike was a 82 Yamaha 650 Maxim---bought new in 84----it had like 65 horses and weighed around 500lbs-----and this would still eat up ANY car on the road. That was considered a good in-between bike then---too much for the noob-----boring for the expert.
Those considering the 1000cc bike of today----185 horses and 375lbs-----Do you even have a clue what this bike is capable of?? This bike will nail you into the pavement---when it comes on top of you---from throttle only.
The 600 of today is NO noobs bike----as its more bike than those old KZís---and that was an expertís bike. The 1000 bike of today is an expertís bike---as in YEARS of experience---and even then itís questionable if someone should get on one----a noob has no idea what one of these is like----hell if youíve never ridden before----a 600 will make you crap you pants. If youíve never been on a bike before---you just have no idea what these are all about----get a 250 or 500 and learn to ride first-----before you even think about mounting one of these space launch vehicles.