Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Mighty ZRX

There are many different types of motorcycles on the market today. Most of them are designed to fit a specific need, cruisers for old fogeys and fat asses who want to look cool and rebellious, sport bikes for young idiots with little sense and huge balls,  motards for people who know how to ride, have fun, and break all the rules, and finally, standards, for people who want real performance without a bad back and high insurance but still want day to day functionality. It is under the former category that, in my humble opinion, the greatest motorcycle ever made makes its home, the Kawasaki ZRX. The ZRX is something of a jack of all trades, good at everything, great at nothing. In its stock form the Rex boasts a 100hp inline 4 with a fantastic amount of tourquey grunt that makes stoplight to stoplight jaunts something of a white knuckle affair. The lines and styling are remarkably similar to the KZ1000 and thats definitely a good thin. The looks of the rex immediately bring memories of ripping through the gears on an 80's vintage superbike, relish the feeling of being Eddie Lawson coming around the carousel at laguna seca as you merge with traffic on the I-45. All jokes aside, the ZRX is amazing mostly because in stock form, its great, but with a few inexpensive mods its downright amazing. You can make a ZRX into anything you want it to be with some minor tweaking. It can be a drag racer, a road racer, a cross country tripper, a dirt bike, anything. When I think about what the perfect bike for me would be, I always end up coming back to the Rex as the sensible way to satisfy your in-sensibilities. It is for that reason the Rex will always hold a special place in my heart.

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