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    Hello . Looking for opinions on which you would pay for if it was your money
    ZX 14 or Hayabusa
    Reasons why plusses and minuses of each etc
    owners knowledge gratefully accepted
    thank you
    Johnnie phatt

  • #2
    For me, it's the Busa, mostly because I've spent more time on them. They're both big, fast, steady road burners, but the ZX-14 seems to me to be more stretched out, not as nice for a little guy like me.

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    • #3
      I've never been on either, but the Busa has a longer run of being basically unaltered. That can be good or bad, depending on your view, but I have four Suzukis already in the shed, and I really like the company's engineering principles, even if its fit and finish leaves a bit to be desired. I presume parts would be easier to come by due to both Suzuki parts bin engineering, and the bike's long run.

      Buying new? I'd go KTM if I could afford it ...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Zac View Post
        Buying new? I'd go KTM if I could afford it ...
        Do you think the KTM's are as reliable or maintenance free as any of the Japanese bikes would be? Have a friend who is all hot for one of their big adventure bikes. The lack of dealers, and unknown reliability scare me away from them, especially for an adventure bike where you might be hours away from any kind of dealer, let alone KTM.

        Sorry to johnnie for not staying on topic.

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        • #5
          Forum member KLM (think that was his handle) should chime in. Probably a biased opinion but I think he has had a Busa for a long time and could probably give you all the skinny on long term ownership and pro's and cons of the model.

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          • #6
            Oops. It's KML Got him mixed up with the airline.

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            • #7
              one you would ride the other maybe not lol

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 2tall View Post
                Sorry to johnnie for not staying on topic.
                Not a problem Always value you input and advice. staying Japanese for price and number of dealers. Although the latter is dwindling

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 2tall View Post

                  Do you think the KTM's are as reliable or maintenance free as any of the Japanese bikes would be? Have a friend who is all hot for one of their big adventure bikes. The lack of dealers, and unknown reliability scare me away from them, especially for an adventure bike where you might be hours away from any kind of dealer, let alone KTM.

                  Sorry to johnnie for not staying on topic.
                  I see Johnnie bought the Busa already, so it's a moot point, but yes, I think the 1290 GT would hold up to any beating you delivered. Your licence might not hold up, though.

                  It's definitely a more sporty machine than the Busa, and almost as muscular.

                  I doubt he's going to regret buying the Suzuki.

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