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2001-01-02 1995 Kawasaki ZG1000-A10 Concours Motorcycles View Listings

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I bought one used in 1998 and put over 8000 miles on it in one summer. Summers last most of the year except for the rainy season here. Short and sweet is: powerful but buzzy make that VERY buzzy at speeds over 70 on the highway, Heat around the engine is very strong around town in the summer, heavy steering due to high CG and weight but one you are underway it's OK.ZX-11 is a lighter faster bike for the money but you can carry a lot of stuff in those big bags. Good bike for the money for touring.
- G-Man, Guam

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2000-12-13 1995 Kawasaki ZG1000-A10 Concours Motorcycles View Listings

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I just bought mine used with 8900 miles on December, 2000. Unfortunately it is starting to get really cold up here in the North so I bought a pair of Gortex winter gloves, flannel lined jeans, and started riding. Judging by the scant 10-15 hours I've put on the bike it is: really fast; comfortable; has a nice sewing machine quality to the sound of the engine; smooth; fairly quiet other than some wind coming over the curved windshield (may buy an aftermarket Rifle setup to "cure " this and, did I mention fast? I can't wait for springtime to start taking some iron butt rides. :-)
- jinglesii, Rhode Island

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2000-10-30 1995 Kawasaki ZG1000-A10 Concours Motorcycles View Listings

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Bought my 95 used in Feb of 99 with 25000 miles. It now (10-00) has 48000 miles and has never once let me down. Always starts, and still has the "sport-bike-with-bags" feel that attracted me in the first place. You'll hear a lot of complaining about vibration on this bike from people who haven't owned them very long. It's a SPORT BIKE, guys (and gals)! It's not gonna be as smooth as a Wing or Venture or even a Voyager (its cousin), but then, if you wanted THAT, you bought the wrong one. 1: Valve adjustments: must be done every 6250 miles. Yes, so every other oil change, you adjust the valves. Very simple. No shims...just a screwdriver and a 10mm wrench. Unless you're anal about it, they're usually close enough that you don't have to do any adjusting, but you should check them. It's NOT THAT HARD! Get a copy of "Chalkdust" from the Concours Owner's Group...walks you right through it. 2: They vibrate a lot. That copy of Chalkdust will get you through some of that vibration, too. 3: Uncomfortable seat: kind of subjective. I got used to mine with the stock seat/bar/peg set up and have NO problems with comfort, but if you MUST fiddle with it, there are many companies with aftermarket seats, "peg lowering" kits, and "bar changing" kits just waiting to hear from you. Personally, I think you should ride it for 8-10,000 miles before changing anything. You might just find (like I did), that the stock set-up is the most comfy. 3: It's "underbraked": Yes, probably if you're coming off a ZX7R or something else with equally great brakes, it needs a little help. OK "Braking" makes GREAT rotors for this bike, add some stainless lines and good EBC pads and you're "off to the races"! 4: Front end is weak: OK, you'd be too if you were carrying one of the most protective fairings in the industry, but, no problem. Go for the Progressive springs, and maybe even the GOLD VALVE Cartridge Emulators. You can make this little pig handle! don't forget that fork brace! 5: It's not as quick as my buddie's ZX-10: No, it's not supposed to be. But if you really want to "hot it up", check out Dale Walker's "Holeshot Performance" for a pipe and jet kit that will make your tour bike scream. Let me know if I left out your complaint, and I'll probably refute it with a fix. And the best thing is, you can pick one up CHEAP! If you haven't experienced the "Concours", TRY IT! A post '94 is better because of an improved fork set up, but I've seen folks absolutely SCREAM on 87's. BTW, I have 4 other bikes in my garage, and this is the one I ride most. The others are more "state of the art", but none "do it all" like my Concours!
- Jack W, Pewaukee Wisconsin

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2000-07-05 1995 Kawasaki ZG1000-A10 Concours Motorcycles View Listings

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Generally a very nice bike for regular riding. Worth the money and an inexpensive used bike purchase. It has been a very dependable machine and convenient with the cases and fairing protection. I commute 60 mi/day with 20 in city, remaining 2-lane country. 43 mpg overall, up to 50 mpg on longer rides. The warts are the weight, the buzz, valve adjustment interval and heat buildup in city driving. Between 45-65 mph the bike is comfy. On the interstate in traffic at 70-75 the vibration is too noticeable for comfort and tough on the hands after 1/2 hour. Weight makes it hard to move in parking situations but not noticeable when underway. Weight prevents easy use of centerstand. Heat buildup in the summer in the city is bad. If Kawasaki tuned it for more low-end torque, hydraulic valves, EFI and rubber engine mounts I'd buy another. If not - my next is a BMW-RT. If I have to wait till Concours breaks down, I'll never get the Beemer. Can't go wrong with a Concours - great for the guy who would prefer a bike to a car for getting around.
- dick hinman, Virginia

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