3 questions

Drew Blanchard drewblanchard at gmavt.net
Sun Jun 14 08:34:48 PDT 2009

1.  I noticed my "new" '96 is designated as a ZX1100E2.  My old '95 was 
a ZX1100E1.  Why the different model number?  Is there really that much 
difference between the 2 years?  I didn't notice anything different when 
going over my new blue toy with a fine toothed comb, but it's also been 
10 years since I last owned a GpZ.

2.  I've noticed a very slight head shake at lower speeds.  Barely 
perceptible.   Keeping one finger on the bars is enough to quell it, but 
taking my hands off around 35 - 35 immediately produces significant 
wagging.  This /*may*/ have happened on my '95 as well, but I don't 
remember clearly (hit on the head too many times).  Is this a sign of 
head bearing or tire balance issues (or maybe alignment)?  Everything 
seems tight.  Running to higher speeds and taking my hands off the bars 
shows no problem until speed drops to 45 m.p.h.  This does not happen 
with any of my other bikes (the Super III or the wife's Shadow 500).

3.  Previous owner installed Dunlop Sport Max tires, which have about 
600 miles on them.  I've never run these tires, but I like what they're 
doing so far.  Anyone else run these?  Any idea what kind of mileage I 
can expect?  I normally run Michelin RoadSmarts on the Triumph, ran Avon 
Azarros on my '95 and like the mileage/handling combo in both applications.

Drew in VT

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