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So I got another stinkin ticket on my MV this morning. There was a cop in an unmarked car on the local mountain road driving slow waiting for people to pass. I was the passing sucker.

Why is it I've had 2 tickets with a total of 4 infractions on my MV in the last 5 months, and I never got one ticket in 3 years on my R1! Sheesh...

I'm so bummed. I was going to buy a ZX-6R today but now I'm not going to. Punishment for being stupid.

-- Andy Ruhl (quadreverb@yahoo.com), June 29, 2002


I think it might be the man above's way of telling you to stay away from Kwaka's...............


-- Pete Hughes (hueyhuey@ozemail.com.au), June 29, 2002.

I actually like Kawasakis. What am I saying? I pretty much like all bikes. Doesn't mean I would ride everything I like, but I still like most things.

Here are the criteria I'm using for buying the ZX-6R:

o Must have a decent back seat for the girlfriend (the reason the R1 will probably go) o Must be able to do lightweight touring in relative comfort o Must be able to do track days o Bonus if one day I decide to race it, I can take off the street paraphanelia and race it o I'm not a huge fan of twins, but I may be made to like them if I had the right bike o I've learned my cc lesson. No more big cc bikes. Not as rewarding to ride hard for me.

That doesn't leave a whole lot of choices. I narrowed it down to the ZX-6R, or possibly the SV650, but I would have to do some work to make that bike something I'd like. My local dealer is trying to convince me to get a 900ss, but I don't know... Kind of a lot of money for that it is...

The MV will still rule the roost though! Nothing makes me grin as big as I grin when I'm on this bike.

-- Andy Ruhl (quadreverb@yahoo.com), June 29, 2002.

You're going to have 3 cool bikes and you rat on me for having that fluffy accelerating but well-balanced Boxster? :)

Was this mountain road Mt. Lemon? I've decided that when I take the MV to the mountains, I'm going to do it on early morning weekdays. The sun rises around 5 a.m. and there's not much traffic or law enforcement on those days and that time. Actually, the loonies and the law are the reasons I don't ride much in the mountain (Apache Trail) anymore. That plus getting smacked by an X5.

In regards to the ZX6R, sounds like it's a good choice for your needs. Have you considered a ZX7R (too heavy?) or a Honda 600 or 900 (900s may be a bit step on the insurance though). I was a Kawasaki fan before I went Euro in '97. However, I'm not too sure about the Ducati 900. It's a very nice looking bike, but the performance per dollar may be better spent toward a ST4. However, it's not a track bike. Good luck because there are a lot of good choices out there.

BTW, I've just met (via internet) another MV owner in Scottsdale who get got his 2002 all silver mono-posto. CRISCIOEDucky, welcome to MV Agusta central!

-- Allan Gibbs (Phoenix, Arizona) (Agibbs996@aol.com), June 30, 2002.

While I do not have experience on a ZX-6R, I do have experience with the SV 650. It is an excellent bike all around. I have ridden it on the street and raced in on the track. It makes for a very comfortable sport bike for touring, especially with a passenger. The seat is very comfortable, both front and rear. It is almost too much seat for racing. Further, it is a very affordable second or third bike. If I had to have two bikes, they would be an MV and an SV.

Good luck with the tickets...

-- Demetri Poulos (dpoulos@cyberlogtech.com), July 02, 2002.

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