She no go - final chapter

Randolph Peters arpee44 at
Fri Feb 15 05:14:12 PST 2008

Hi Simon
Glad to hear that your woes are over.
Re: ZZR 1200, I'm on my second one since transitioning from my GPZ. ( Hurricane Katrina drowned he first one).
Had to install Contibars to raise the riding posture (I'm well past 50) and modified the seat myself (inserted gel pad) to keep the gonads away from the tank.
The ride is pure exhilaration: power and flexibility (not exactly flickability)
Definitely not the silky smoothness and aplomb of the Geeper (which I miss sometimes).
I have the stock pipes but recently switched to a K&N air filter and the bike became instantly raucous. The "open" airbox created by the ram air ports creates one heck of an intake roar.
Didn't get the OEM bags with the bike but got some Givis. Still don't like how they are all "out there" compared to how the Geeper OEM bags fit but ......
Hope this helps
Randy in New Orleans

----- Original Message ----
From: Simon White <swhite at>
To: gpzlist at
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 6:15:57 PM
Subject: Re: She no go - final chapter

That's the one - my mechanic tells me this is only the second one in 20 years he's known to fail, so it's not a common thing (lucky me!).

Collected my bike yesterday afternoon, and I must say it was so good to be back on it.  Felt very odd initially compared with the R1 - felt like I was sitting up in the wind.  Very noticeable also was just how smooth this bike is - not something I've really paid attention to previously, but then I've rarely ridden other bikes since I got the GPZ.

I'm still considering getting a ZZR1200. Although the GPZ has never let me down in the 8 years I've owned it prior to this, it's not a new bike, and mine has just ticked over 130k km - a not inconsiderable figure, albeit probably nowhere near its limit.  But, I can pick up a ZZR with <20k kms, staintumes, seat cover and bags for about $9k, which is half what they cost new without the accessories.  Given that I can probably get around $3-4k for mine still, and it looks like a good deal.  If anyone has any thoughts pro or con I'd be happy to hear them, but in all likelihood I'll be going that way in the not too distant future.

I'll still be staying on the GPZ list, of course.

Anyway, enough rambling - till next time.

'95 GPz1100 - It's big, it's blue, it's going again.
Melbourne, Australia
Life is the flower for which love is the honey..

> ----- Original Message ----- From: "schnowz" <schnowz at>
> > Bill, it's inside the ignition switch.
> >
> > Simon, thanks for the update..good to know.
> >
> >  Pete Staniforth
> >
> >
> >> Simon,
> >>
> >> Not doubting your mechanic for one second, but is this resistor in the
> >> wiring diagram, and where did they (physically) locate it on the bike? If
> >> there's a mystery electrical bit that may eventually give me trouble, I'd
> >> like to know about it. :<))

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