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#1 oldryder

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 09:59 AM

With urging from my wife and acknowledgement that with daughter gone in the USMC I have too many street bikes I am getting rid of at least one.

I mostly ride my FJR, reverting to one of these when I'm feeling the need for speed. (either one is better handling and much faster than the FJR)

I like both bikes (for different reasons) and can't decide which one to let go. in a drag race they're pretty much even unless the NO2 is used on the TLR.

TL1000R - 1000cc. V-twin. torque monster. killer sound. not many around. highly likely it'll be a collector bike down the road. Yosh cans, PCIII, Speigler handlebar kit, dry NO2, venture tour rack

ZRX1200R - the current version of the Z1 I had in college. Corbin seat, venture tour rack, Muzzy Pipe, jet kit, and dyno tuned. fast and lively. much nicer passenger accommodation. handles very well for a "standard". not as cool looking as the TLR.

so, anyone got an insight that maybe I missed?

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:07 AM

Imo, you said the key word for keeping the TL "collector".
I kick myself every time I think about when I sold my '72 Triumph Trophy 250.
That would be so cool to have now.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:10 AM

Which ever one you sell now, later on you'll wish you still had it. Just saying.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:11 AM

I think the ZRX is cool, but given the choice, I think I'd keep the TL1000R.

Either one is a nice bike.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:25 AM

I'm a big fan of twins, even the engine type. So I'd say the TLR.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:10 AM

Observation: I always find it interesting that those that live in the great white north and that have a 6 month riding season per year would have 3 or 4 motorcycles in the first place. Being that it's hard enough to ride one motorcycle on a shortened riding season let alone 3 or 4 motorcycles. I used to live way up north and had a boat. But then after a while it got old making monthly payments 12 months a year on something that you can only enjoy using 3 or 4 months a year when the weather was warm enough. It's no fun paying & insuring toys that sit in storage for the majority of the year.

Keep the TL 1000R is my vote however. The TL is more unique and different than the FJR and provides the most chance of pace.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:04 PM

Both are really cool bikes......I'd love to have either one. One question I would ask myself depends on your age. For you young folks it's no big deal, but those of us whom are more "experienced" can have issues with comfort. It's no fun to admit that you can't ride a certain bike as long as you used to, due to muscle/joint pain. Sometimes stuff just catches up to you. I hate the fact that I have the early stages of arthritis, but I'm doing what I can to delay the effects from progressing too rapidly.

So, are you young enough (in body, anyway) to assume that you'll be comfortable on either for more than a few years? I'd love either bike, but if I was younger and HAD to make a decision, I agree with most of the others.....the TL.
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:07 PM

Well, I'm jaded. I have a TLR too and I would absolutely keep it! I have one and sold it back in '04. I just got another one last year and I won't be getting rid of it for a long time.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:44 PM

Wow! Thx everyone for responses.

Unanimous for the TLR! I did not expect that. Re: the riding position; the Speigler kit raised the handlebars considerably so it no longer requires a rider position appropriate for a proctologic exam. (Note the speigler kit was extremely well made.)

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:54 PM

Sold my ZRX1200 four years ago when I bought my FJR and still regret it. I remember my wife saying "why don't you just keep it, you love that bike". I did love that bike, would go out to the garage and just stare at it. I think if I were to have 2 bikes I would have something completely different than the FJR. That said, my vote still goes with the REX, you just can't beat the Eddie Lawson replica. Would get more comments on that bike than any other I have ever owned.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:21 PM

I don't know how similar that Suze is to my brother's bike (Honda VTR-1000,) seems close spec-wise, but if I had a liter twin and an "everybody-else-has-one" four and had to get rid of one of them, I'd probably keep the twin.
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:40 PM

I for one won't follow the crowd here. The TLR will never be a collector item (It never really distiguished itself as a race bike). They are simply too much of a pig and ill handling for my taste. The only racer I ever saw make one go was Tray Batey and he cursed everytime he rode it! He finally gave up and went back to his watercooled GSXR1100.
The rear cylinder heats up the frame and really toasts ones leg in the summer time. The bike had a short production span for a reason!

The ZRX has a cool factor all unto its own. It resembles the mighty ELR (I use to own one), but has all the good modern features with the chassis and engine. I only wish they were FI, but I can live without it on that bike. There's no mistaking a ZRX for anything else but a ZRX. Just a great modern day standard that will age well like a fine wine.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 04:18 PM

The ZRX has a cool factor all unto its own. It resembles the mighty ELR (I use to own one), but has all the good modern features with the chassis and engine. I only wish they were FI, but I can live without it on that bike. There's no mistaking a ZRX for anything else but a ZRX. Just a great modern day standard that will age well like a fine wine.


Best answer yet!

What the fuck is a TLR? Some kind of mult-function Japanese copier/printer/fax machine?

Although, I MIGHT be biased.....Posted Image.....:D

BTW, inco....ZRX WITH FI! (wrong color & damn Japan market only@!)

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 04:51 PM

You can obviously tell which one I would keep, but do seem to be the odd man out in this thread!

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 04:54 PM

You can obviously tell which one I would keep, but do seem to be the odd man out in this thread!


Really??? Did you happen to notice the post JUST before yours? :P
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:53 PM

Sorry boys, 4 cylinders is two too many..
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:00 PM

Keep the TL.

Sell the ZRX and do your best to see that it goes to an owner that will provide it with a nice, tropical climate!

Which color is it?

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:24 PM

Sorry boys, 4 cylinders is two too many..


.....said the dork with the busted-ass 6 CYLINDER bike in his tool shed! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:49 PM

I was just thinking something similar. Out of all the bike's Carver's got, which one's running?

The TWIN!!!!!!
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 09:35 PM

Depends how much you enjoy doing wheelies. Both are capable but the TL is probably the winner. In all honestly that's a horrible decision to make. The ZRX is more classic and better looking IMO, the TL very cool for its time too - though I hear they have longevity issues with their pistons.

I'd probably keep the TL though, just for a different character compared to i4 engines.
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