VFR vs. GPZ (was RE: A question)
tomhoy39 at comcast.net
Wed Jul 20 07:46:56 PDT 2011
Thanks for your input on theVFR debate, guys. I love the look of the VFr,
especially, 1994-1998 models, and I love the longevity of the motor. I
think, Rob you have answered the entire deal for me. You see, I am 6''4"
and about 235 lbs. I didn't really think at the outset of this that
horsepower would be the seller for me on either bike. 105 on a VFR
(according to the stats) is plenty for anybody. The seller is size, really.
All things being equal, the zx1100 series motor is the industry's other
bulletproof engine. It is the zx1100 that is the direct evolution of the
original zx900 water cooled plant, and and by 1995, Kawi had it pretty much
dialed in. Notable changes like the larger oil feed tube for the cylinder
head are tweaks that have made it trustworthy. Properly maintained and
unabused, it's not unusual to see zx11 and its cousins (zrx, Gpz, zzr, zx10
(b model) last into the 100's themselves.
But I'm thinking bigger is better in my case. I also love - LOVE how the GPz
Looks like the zx900's big brother. And as for performance, if I get the
wild hair in January, I can plant a couple of zx11 cams into it with a
pipe-and-jet... But then again, why??
Thanks for the input guys!
From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com] On
Behalf Of coldinvt at gmavt.net
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 7:27 PM
To: Thomas Hoy
Subject: VFR vs. GPZ (was RE: A question)
Don't know if I'm too late to weigh in, but I had an '03 VFR for a lot
longer than I had the '95 GPZ. For me, at 5'9", the VFR is a much more
manageable & comfortable package - a perfect fit. I found that it handles
and brakes much better thanks to its smaller size (I did not have ABS on
either bike). Though curb weight is similar, the VFR's more compact
dimensions really hide it well. Also, the lockable, detachable, waterproof
OEM hard bags are excellent. It could use a better windscreen, a Corbin
saddle as always, and maybe a set of handlebar risers. A nice set of pipes
wouldn't hurt either... the V4 sounds grrrrrreat! VTEC didn't bother me at
all. Lastly no, it's not as fast as the Beast, but it's plenty damn fast,
Fire off any other questions...
-Rob in VT
> Well, since you asked directly, I guess I'll delurk again :). Apologies
> for the slow response, but I've not had time to chack my mail recently.
> The VFR is a good package, but I miss the GPZ. Nothing particular wrong
> with the VFR, and the V4 rumble is quite fun, but the GPZ is smoother,
> faster, and seems more planted on the road than the VFR. I think part of
> it is simply knowing the GPZ and it's capabilities/quirks *very* well,
> but, for me, it comes down to simply being more comfortable with it.
> Hope that helps,
> VFR & Blue GPZ.
> Back to lurking :).
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Tom
> Sent: 06/24/11 03:02 PM
> To: Simon W
> Subject: RE: A question
> This side question is for Simon. While my plan to buy GPz in August is
> still rock solid, I can't help noticing that VFRs are a dime a dozen on
> craigslist on the U.S. West Coast. Question is: If you had to have just
> ONE bike between the VFr and your GPz to keep for always, which one would
> it be? -----Original Message----- From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com
> [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com] On Behalf Of Simon White Sent:
> Thursday, June 23, 2011 3:39 PM To: Thomas Hoy Subject: Re: A question
> /Delurk/ I still have mine, though it hasn't been on the road for a year
> for a variety of reasons. At something over 140,000 kms, I figure I'm
> just letting some of you others catch up :). Currently riding a '97 VFR
> 750. Nice enough, though I'm just commuting on it. I miss the GPZ. Simon
> '95 GPz1100 - in the garage feeling blue. Melbourne, Australia /Lurk
> ----- Original Message ----- From: dominatr37 at optonline.net Sent:
> 06/24/11 02:08 AM To: Simon W Subject: A question Lets have a show o
> f hands, how many listers still have their GPZ's? Ralph L Angelo Jr.
> Author of "Help! They're all out to get me! The motorcyclists guide to
> surviving the everyday world." Sent from my HTC on the Now Network from
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