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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-27-2008, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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No one gives the 12 props!!!

I had a person ask me what I ride. I told him a ZX 12 (once I get through the salvage issue) He responded " I have a friend that has a busa. could you imagine how much power that busa has?" I was going to explain at that point that the ZX 12 was in the same class. But I decided that it would be a waste of time and I would sound like I'm trying to one up etc... So I decided to just move on.

But it did make me think of how the 12 never really got it's props! It was in 2000 the most powerful bike. But edged only by less then 5 MPH for the worlds fastest. I've rode mine one a few times and I'm amazed at it's agility for it's size. But still it does not get it's props. Now even more so since the ZX 14 take over.

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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-04-2008, 08:56 PM
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I don't know, I get constant compliments everywhere I go on mine.

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post #3 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-05-2008, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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I have to say in terms of looks! I agree but in terms of reputation of top speed bikes it seems no one remembers it since the intro of the 14! I know that once the company makes a step up the old becomes obsolete. But in this case the old 12 is still very competitive and in fact has it's advantages!
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But it did make me think of how the 12 never really got it's props!
my Dad has a 12, for some reason, they didn't get as much attention as the Busas did. It was probably a marketing failure on Kawi's part...

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post #6 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-14-2008, 07:59 PM
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the 12 is a great bike

just kinda thirsty

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post #7 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-14-2008, 10:14 PM
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the 12 is a great bike

just kinda thirsty
kinda thirsty? i call it damn thirsty! almost as thirsty as my 5000cc chevy!

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post #8 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-21-2008, 10:25 AM
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i get mixed reviews about my zx12. 90% of the time its all good but theres alwayz someone that has to bring up the BUSA!!!! these two bike are pretty much the same FAST AS FUCK!!!! so it dont even matter. ive raced my buddys 2000 busa and i jus jus a cunt hair ahead of him..... cant hate on a 200mph bike
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If I had the chance and the money I would get a 12 (not complaining about my 14 hehehe) but hell yeah the 12 is a f*cking badass, both performance and looks. I remember when I had the 636, my buddy on his 12 would let me rip ahead and then pass me like I was standing still, doing 120 on the highway. BTW, anybody know where to find a cheap rear caliper for a 12?

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Talking speek softly and carry a big stick..

at first glance you might not get props.. I have a 01 custom paint. not loud just candy black pearl purple overlay.. Not many said much or even knew what it was at first. I joked around and said it was a 6oo lol some of the local fools even bought that.. after being beat down they caught on, that it was not a 600.. I burned down 2 gxsr1000 3 busas and a 08 cbr 900r all in one night.. I let the losers of said bikes do the talking for me.. I never once said it was fast.. I just SHOWED it.. and after that I had the people I have roasted talking for me.. its funny to hear one guy tell another dont race that guy on the that kaw over there he will take you out. I rode off that night on a 2nd gear power wheelie and shifted into 3rd for good measure. I guess you get props when you show what your working with..

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I take my hat off to all 12'z and their pilots as they are the foundation for Kawi's supersport bike department from the all years of drag racing, reserch and beating the sh!t out of all the liter bikes and Hayabusa's alike without the 12'z there would be no 14'z!!!

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Hey, the ZX 14 is the new ZX 12. Just rest on that. I can't say enough about the ZX 12. I ride my ZX 14 almost everyday, but always acknowledge those riders on their ZX 12's. That is a great machine and will always have it's place in motorcycle history.

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post #13 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 07:36 AM
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I love my 12 - it was a choice between that and the Busa, I've ridden lots of Busa's and i like them (apart from the 08 model which just got uglier!) but i think the 12 handles better and looks better. As for the engine, well as somebody alreay put it so eloquently - there ain't a c**t hair between them.
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post #14 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 04:43 PM
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I guess since they called it a NINJA it had already lost it's hype. but bring in a new name like the Busa and it gets all the attention.
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post #15 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-01-2011, 12:00 PM
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For me the zx12 will never be forgotten , and many years from now, im sure it will be rememberd in the same way as the kawasaki H2`s were
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The ZX12 never really did much for me.
Until I saw this bike......
(it's kinda like the "plain Jane" at the office that you don't pay much attention to and then she walks in all hussied up one day and you do a )

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That's not only the sweetest 12 I've ever seen,
it's one of the nicest Kawi's I've ever seen, period.




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I especially like the 12r because it fits me and is a rarity - the same reason why I own a Triumph Daytona 1200 SE (which was a top dog back in its day and also is fuel hungry). Maybe I will become an owner in the future.

Until then whenever I want to take a 12r for a ride I go here, and watch it reel an ugly Busa in. Likely most of you guys have seen this, as this is a 12r forum, but below are all five parts of XZ12r vs Hayabusa vs Super Blackbird across Europe (Blackbird gets left behind).





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Dam i wish i could figure out to put some pics on here. I love my 2000 zx12r.
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