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Do I need to go back to the '70's?

Seriously...Has anyone seen a stock or mildly modded 4-cyl sportbike that has a reasonably retro upright ride and is almost completely naked? Not you...the bike.

Also...how difficult would it be to make a 600ZZR naked? Doesn't it have some kind of fairing induction? Induction might be the wrong word...

Thanks for the help!
 

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You'll only have to go back to 1983! LOL

You are not a lone. The closest thing available is the W650, and they quit importing them earlier this decade.

I will use my tax return to buy one next year, if I can find one!
 

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I just love the EVIL sound of a well respirated medium to large displacement 4-cyl sportbike.
 

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yeah, I understand. That's part of the reason I like the twins. Ever since I heard a Honda Superhawk one time with a great sounding exhaust, I've wanted to have a big twin sport bike. I just got my 650R and going to do some work on it next year, but I don't think it will sound like the big V Suzi would.
 

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Was the W650 a 4-cyl?
[edit] Specifications
MSRP $6.500 USD
676 cc
Air-cooled, SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, vertical (parallel) twin
50 bhp claimed at 7,000 rpm
Torque: 42.2 lb/ft at 5,600
8.7:1 compression
Electric and kick starters
Digital CDI ignition
Twin Keihin CVK34 carburetors with K-TRIC system.
Final drive: Five speed constant mesh, return shift.
Chain drive (KX-inspired chain adjusters)
 

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Do I need to go back to the '70's?

Seriously...Has anyone seen a stock or mildly modded 4-cyl sportbike that has a reasonably retro upright ride and is almost completely naked? Not you...the bike...
Sounds like you wanna find a ZRX-1100/1200




Classic/Retro styling with modern muscle and components. Not for the faint of heart, though!
 

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Do I need to go back to the '70's?

Seriously...Has anyone seen a stock or mildly modded 4-cyl sportbike that has a reasonably retro upright ride and is almost completely naked? Not you...the bike.

Also...how difficult would it be to make a 600ZZR naked? Doesn't it have some kind of fairing induction? Induction might be the wrong word...

Thanks for the help!
The KZ1000 was a really good bike. Millions were used by cop services, so there are lots of them around.
 

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The new Suzuki Bandit or possibly the Suzuki B-King might be what your looking for. The Kawasaki Z1000 and the Yamaha FZ-1 are supposed to be upright naked sportbikes but they seems more sportbike and less upright to me.
 

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Lots of Zephyrs, Nighthawks, etc from the 90s. Big heavy aircooled fours. Very nice but not much more technology on them than what you'd find in a 70s bike.

I personally like the looks of these bikes WAY more than a modern naked 4. Z1000 etc are just fugly.

A big +1 on the ZRX1200!! I love those bikes. I'd love to have one after a few more years are under my belt.
 

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Yamaha FZ6?? Inline-4, 98hp, upright seating, naked streetbike. Sounds like you might want to check it out. FZ1 maybe since you're 6'1". Uses R1 engine and I think it's 135+ hp at the wheel.
 

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Lots of Zephyrs, Nighthawks, etc from the 90s. Big heavy aircooled fours. Very nice but not much more technology on them than what you'd find in a 70s bike.

I personally like the looks of these bikes WAY more than a modern naked 4. Z1000 etc are just fugly.

A big +1 on the ZRX1200!! I love those bikes. I'd love to have one after a few more years are under my belt.
That's what I like about the ZRX. They intenionally tried to give it some "retro" styling cues. The 919, Bandit, Z-1000, etc.., are all great bikes, but if you like the look of an old UJM muscle-bike, the ZRX is about as close as you'll find right now.

I keep toying with the idea of replacing my old ZX-10 with one, when the time comes. It'ed make a nice sport-touring platform, but I want a bit more fairing. But what I want, changes on a weekly basis (which is why I sill have the ol' 10 :biggrin: )
 

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Didn't think of that. They did a comparison, FZ1 vs. R1 on motorcycle.com and they were really impressed with the FZ1 even though it weighs like 100 pounds more or something.

Sit Up or Lay Down?
 

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That's what I like about the ZRX. They intenionally tried to give it some "retro" styling cues. The 919, Bandit, Z-1000, etc.., are all great bikes, but if you like the look of an old UJM muscle-bike, the ZRX is about as close as you'll find right now.

I keep toying with the idea of replacing my old ZX-10 with one, when the time comes. It'ed make a nice sport-touring platform, but I want a bit more fairing. But what I want, changes on a weekly basis (which is why I sill have the ol' 10 :biggrin: )
Plus the 1200 gives you the advantages of liquid cooling. I wish they had a 600 version of it TBH. 1200 is out of my league at the moment.

I've heard rumours that honda is going to bring back the CB750 stateside. They have a version of it in Japan now which is essentially the Nighthawk unaltered from 2002. Maybe they'll realize retro UJMs are in demand over here... I'm considering buying a friend's neglected Kz750 in the meantime.
 

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Yamaha FZ6?? Inline-4, 98hp, upright seating, naked streetbike. Sounds like you might want to check it out. FZ1 maybe since you're 6'1". Uses R1 engine and I think it's 135+ hp at the wheel.
Wow.

WOW!!!

Thanks StreakingTiger...you may have just found my next bike!!!

Here is one of my favorite things about those Japanese I-4's when they are naked...reminds me of a KZ1000...

 
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