Green light to buy a new bike

Which one should I get?

  • Kawasaki Z800

    Votes: 10 41.7%
  • Yamaha FZ8N

    Votes: 14 58.3%

  • Total voters
    24
  • Poll closed .

andycafe

Northern Suburbs, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
Ok, I'm going to buy a new bike and I would like some help from the wealth of experience here ;)

I have 2 I like, the Kawasaki and the Yamaha. Both spec's read very similar but is there anything else I need to know?
 

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DesmoBro

Busted Nut
DONT DO IT.....Get 5 Good running used bikes instead....(thats what I would do) do what you like man but you sure do have the space for 5 more ;D
 

Ringo

Active Member
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The Yamaha's looking pretty dated next to the Kawa. But, if I were looking into a naked, I'd try to snag an Aprilia Tuono...so I'm not much help.
 

grancuda

New Member
Esthetically to me the Yamaha looks more simple & has cleaner lines, the Kawasaki is a bit overdone & busy.
Mechanically I have read nothing on these bikes.
 

Busted Knuckles

New Member
Green light to buy a new bike

Having sold bikes(and vis-a-vis...ridden them), I have to say I prefer the Yammie. There's a tremendous amount of bang for your buck...and Yamaha has a tendency to "over-build" their bikes, in a great way.
 

andycafe

Northern Suburbs, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
DesmoBro said:
DONT DO IT.....Get 5 Good running used bikes instead....(thats what I would do) do what you like man but you sure do have the space for 5 more ;D
Haha lolv :D I do get to keep the CB250rs and CB400f ;)
 

andycafe

Northern Suburbs, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
grancuda said:
Esthetically to me the Yamaha looks more simple & has cleaner lines, the Kawasaki is a bit overdone & busy.
Mechanically I have read nothing on these bikes.
The FZ8n is definitely simpler however the Z8 isn't that bad in the flesh :eek: :D Very similar read on them both mechanically ???
 

andycafe

Northern Suburbs, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
MILLENNIUM FALCON said:
Have you test ridden either of these bikes? That usually make my decision for me.
Not yet but definitely will be, just sitting on the Z8 I would have to get a higher rise in the bar to be comfortable :) My dealer was out of FZ8n's so still to find out how that feels ???
 

andycafe

Northern Suburbs, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
Re: Green light to buy a new bike

Busted Knuckles said:
Having sold bikes(and vis-a-vis...ridden them), I have to say I prefer the Yammie. There's a tremendous amount of bang for your buck...and Yamaha has a tendency to "over-build" their bikes, in a great way.
this is true the yam has bullet proof built in :) , how about the technology that has been integrated into the Kawi?
 

ronnie

Calm down and sail on
grancuda said:
Esthetically to me the Yamaha looks more simple & has cleaner lines, the Kawasaki is a bit overdone & busy.
Mechanically I have read nothing on these bikes.
Second that.. Kawi looks like some play on a futuristic bike or something. Way too much plastic and jagged lines too. But I like clean lines that flow so.. I made the vote 50/50. I vote for Yamadog! ....and Pedro.
 

Busted Knuckles

New Member
Green light to buy a new bike

Tech can be good and bad. I personally like the FZ. It's got the heritage of the R1/R6 behind it. The Kawi just LOOKS so bulky to me. I have a really good friend that was a team mechanic for the Attack/Kawi team...and he rode an R1 as his personal bike, that has always been a resonating point in my memories.

Like one of our fellow forum brothers stated above, you gotta go with what "fits" you best...and for me, that's always been "blue" lol.
 

beachcomber

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andycafe said:
Ok, I'm going to buy a new bike and I would like some help from the wealth of experience here ;)

I have 2 I like, the Kawasaki and the Yamaha. Both spec's read very similar but is there anything else I need to know?
Both look the same - just different colours ........................

IF I were buying something like that I assume it's for regular long haul use not fun - so I'd buy a car and a Guzzi V7
 

VonYinzer

Active Member


Vintage styling, modern Honda reliability, (reported) awesome performance, guranteed to be a standout in a sea of all plastic fantastics. All wins in my book. :)
 

Maritime

Well-Known Member
I agree with Yinzer, if I had the dough for a new bike now I would go with the new CB in a heartbeat. It would be my daily and trip bike and I would then have a few projects for "fun" bikes that would not have to serve multi purposes, A cafe, a dirtbike, a race rep... etc. to ride and wrench and work one etc. My GL fits that bill now but it is 34 years old and something a bit newer would be nice.

So I am no help either, although if your heart is set on one of the two, I like the looks of the Yamamha better and Have read both bikes are very close performance numbers wise but the yammie is more refined, Kawi more raw.
 
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