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    Mine was a '64 Mini Cooper, right-hand drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GS1150Pilot View Post
    Mine was a '64 Mini Cooper, right-hand drive.
    If had any idea what they would be worth today, we would have kept them.
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    Though chain drive aside, I have to say Iíve been leering at the Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe as a new machine, even more so than the Triumph T120 that I thought was my dream bike.

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    In southern California we have some big dealers, Del Amo, Berts, Chaparall, and a bunch of smaller guys. Now I hear complaints that internet sales are hurting their business, but I remember before the internet I could walk into my local shop, ask for a part, the guy would look on the micro-fiche and then tell me he had it and would grab it if I wanted it. If it had to be ordered it was 1 or 2 days wait before I'd pick it up, and they had lots of inventory on hand. Now when I go in, nothing is stocked anymore and must be ordered, but I can order it myself and get it to my house just as quick. Maybe the OEM manufactures shifted their policies that changes the credit the little guys had, I don't know. What I do know is I have little need to walk into a motorcycle dealer anymore unless I need some fork oil right away because I let my personal stock dwindle.
    My last internet order was for some Michelin Pilot 2 tires and Motion Pro rim guards. I ordered it through bikebandit.com and I got it the next day, dropped shipped from Parts Unlimited which apparently has a warehouse 20 miles from me. I am just ranting, hopefully the Motorcycle hobby survives because it drives my lifestyle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by earlfor View Post
    If had any idea what they would be worth today, we would have kept them.
    I had three of them at one point, plus a TR6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jabcb View Post
    Was at the local mega dealership a few days ago. They have a green Z900RS & a T120 Diamond Edition. Both are sweet. Its a tough call.
    All depends what you want.

    Reliable, Japanese, Throttle by cable, less frills... Z900RS
    Not as Reliable (but still decent) , More options (cruise, heated grips, USB charging, ABS, TC, etc), Throttle by wire, 2 year warranty (mine came with 3) .. T120

    41K on my 2018 T120 and I would confidently say I would still do it all over again. I did manage to throw a leg over a Z900RS and it would make a great mule but the T120 hands down has more personality and better option for my riding style.

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    Dealers don't carry parts because of the new business principals of running "lean". If they can't sell the part 4 times per year they don't stock it. Younger generation doesn't enjoy the freedom of riding like the older gen does and the bikes made for us who still ride look like a vehicle from the Jetsons. Why do you think retro bikes sell well? Old people buy them cause the look good work fantastic and can be ridden all day. Big dealers do well by embracing all types of powersports, having items people can touch and feel and cost the same as the internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedz123 View Post
    All depends what you want.

    Reliable, Japanese, Throttle by cable, less frills... Z900RS
    Not as Reliable (but still decent) , More options (cruise, heated grips, USB charging, ABS, TC, etc), Throttle by wire, 2 year warranty (mine came with 3) .. T120
    I absolutely hate throttle by wire, and don't think I will ever own a bike with it.
    Having it in cars sucks enough...don't need it on the bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedz123 View Post
    ...2 year warranty (mine came with 3) .. T120

    41K on my 2018 T120...
    Was that tranny covered (fully or partially) by that warranty? What about the "new" one (with 21k on it)? Any warranty on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob S. View Post
    Was that tranny covered (fully or partially) by that warranty? What about the "new" one (with 21k on it)? Any warranty on it?
    As an ex-service manager in the mc biz, old tranny should be fully covered and the repared version would be covered by the balance of the remaining warranty period.
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    Past Rides: 72 Honda SL-125, Kawasaki KE-175, 77 GS750 with total yosh stage 1 kit, 79 GS1000s, 80 GS1000S, 82 GS750e,82 GS1000S, 84 VF500f, 86 FZR600, 95 Triumph Sprint 900,96 Triumph Sprint, 97 Triumph Sprint, 01 Kawasaki ZRX1200, 07 Triumph Tiger 1050, 01 Yam YFZ250F
    Work in progress: 78 GS1000, unknown year GS1100ES

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