Kawasaki have made a sports tourer out of their popular z1000 model called the z1000 sx. It does look more sporty than a tourer.
I definitely do like this and I can safely say when they drop down in price after a year or two and my restriction period is over I shall be looking at test riding and purchasing one of these :). Naturally I will opt for the non ABS model. The massive cans will have to go though. What is it with manufacturers putting massive cans on bikes these days!
Because I just don’t like bikes with ABS. The rider should be in control of what the bike does and you slowly learn what your capabilities are as well as the bike’s. Its only going to do what you tell it to… Can’t one have a personal preference? Also the ABS model costs more as well.
Valid point… I do tend to buy bikes that are just out of their warranty period with under 5000 miles on the clock. I reckon they will depreciate to about £4500 - 5000 give or take a few £s. We’ll see what the market looks like when my licence matures.
I quite like it, only change I might make for touring is aflip up screen and maybe get the seat refurbished with a gel pad?
As for ABS, if it has it, it has it, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t,either don’t bother me and I have a bike with and a bike without. Psychologicallywhen buying a second hand bike would you think the ABS rider might not havebeen thrashing the engine compared to the non ABS version?
All of the inpracticalities of a sportsbike (no wind protection, crappy passenger comfort, low down reach to the bars) with none of the advantages of a tourer (i.e again, no wind protection, no real ability to chuck ona tail pack and panniers without making it look like a crap bolt on and it probably has pants tank range too)