VERDIVERDICT ‘Per­for­mance can be pain- free’

JON URRY MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

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The Z1000SX man­ages to re­tain a healthy dose of per­for­mance spirit within a very com­pe­tent and re­laxed road bike with mod­ern elec­tron­ics, and even has tour­ing po­ten­tial. It’s not per­fect, the vi­bra­tions are ir­ri­tat­ing and it is thirsty, but it is con­sid­er­ably bet­ter than the fun­da­men­tally flawed Suzuki – which is ru­ined by ter­ri­ble fu­elling, a poor shock

KAWASAKI Z1000SX

Price £9699 ( Tour­ing £10,299) En­gine Liq­uid cooled, 1043cc 16v in­line four Claimed power 140bhp @ 10,000rpm Claimed torque 81.9ftlb @ 7300rpm Elec­tron­ics ABS, two rider modes, three­stage trac­tion con­trol Frame Alu­minium twin-tube Sus­pen­sion 41mm in­verted forks. Monoshock rear Brakes 2 x 300mm petal front discs with four-pis­ton monoblock ra­dial calipers,

HONDA CBR650F

Price £7099 En­gine Liq­uid cooled, 649cc 16v in­line four Claimed power 85.8bhp @ 10,000rpm Claimed torque 46ftlb @ 8000rpm Elec­tron­ics ABS Frame Alu­minium beam Sus­pen­sion 41mm in­verted forks. Monoshock rear Brakes 2 x 320mm front discs with twopis­ton slid­ing calipers, 240mm rear disc with one-pis­ton caliper

SUZUKI GSX-S1000FA

Price £9999 ( Tour Edi­tion £10,299) En­gine Liq­uid cooled, 999cc 16v in­line four Claimed power 143.5bhp @ 10,000rpm Claimed torque 78.2lb.ft @ 9500rpm Elec­tron­ics Three-stage trac­tion con­trol,

ABS

Frame Alu­minium beam Sus­pen­sion 43mm in­verted forks. Monoshock rear Brakes 2 x 310mm front discs with fourpis­ton Brembo ra­dial calipers, 245mm rear and lim­ited prac­ti­cal­ity. The sur­prise was the Honda, which in a clas­sic CBR-F way of­fers far more in terms of per­for­mance and prac­ti­cal­ity than its size sug­gests, but ul­ti­mately the en­gine lacks any real punch to thrill de­spite be­ing a very com­pe­tent and easy-go­ing com­muter, and the styling is as bland as the own­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence is likely to be. 250mm rear petal disc with sin­gle-pis­ton caliper Claimed wet weight 231kg Tank size 19l

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