The Final Call
After a while, Sei-owners Pete and Gordon start swapping six cylinder carb issues: “Have you ever dropped the carbs on your Sei to clean them out? Do you find it tricky getting the middle one out? No, it’s getting the airbox off that’s the pain in the neck. It’s less finicky than the Z1300,” etc.
While they’re distracted, JB, Jimmy and I compare notes: the CBX is easiest to place – it’s a work-in-progress; a good base to build a bond with your inline six with a rebuild and resto. Before it can grace your drive, it should grace the inside of your garage. And while parts are still available, don’t think it’ll be cheap – only technicians with experience of inline sixes should really be trusted to get inside them.
The Sei is a nice example; a good-looking and distinctive bike that gets a regular runout. Again, a suspension and tyre freshenup would make it exponentially more fun; the engine is a nice mechanical device to indulge in; but it’s not really about transport.
The Z13 elbows its way to the top; it’s got massive presence and a brutal, blocky cool that doesn’t need to say a word to scare the hell out of people. But it’s also a cracking ride, delivering a deeply sixual experience you simply can’t get anywhere else in the modern world.
“A BRUTAL, BLOCKY COOL THAT DOESN’T NEED TO SAY A WORD TO SCARE THE HELL OUT OF PEOPLE”
This is them trying to work out which way is up, never mind reach a verdict for the test. Honestly