I'm in lurrrrve
Today I test rode what might be the best motorbike I've ever ridden: the Kawasaki Z1000.
When I hopped on, I was stunned by how small and light it felt, despite being very roomy and being 12kg heavier than my ZX-9R. Immediately comfortable, with no "get used to it" time required. It just felt right.
The engine, a 953cc fuel-injected version of the ZX-9R motor, has been tuned for low-end grunt, and it delivers on that big time. Gorgeously smooth, grunty and crisp, it offered brisk acceleration in any gear, and the sound was lovely.
Good as the motor is, it plays second fiddle compared to the handling: the steering is awesomely quick, and the bike flicks easily from side to side. Aided by the upright seating position and high-wide handlebars, blasting this bike thru a tight series of curves is almost orgasmic, you feel totally in control. Yet the bike is supremely comfortable.
I can't remember a bike that was this fun to blast around on, you just want to ride and ride and ride for hours.
Drawbacks? Due to the total lack of fairing, you cop a lot of windblast, which could be tiring on a long ride. There was also a lot of rattling/vibration on my test bike. Pillion seat doesn't look that great, and there are no grabrails.
Eh, who cares. I want one, and I will buy one this year. Kawasaki have had a horrid time in the last few years, with a hopelessly outdated and outclassed range of machines, and collapsing sales worldwide. It appears the influence of Mazda guru Shunji Tanaka (who designed the Miata) has worked wonders. The bold new Z1000, and the new ZX6 are showing the Big K is - finally - going in the right direction.
Newsflash: leftie weasel squeals "I hate America"
This has got to be in the running for the most pathetically shrill hate-america rant of all time:
Read the rest, it gets much better. Thanks to Scott Eiland for the link.
The ACT Labor government is moving us away from prehistoric morality and will allow same-sex couples to adopt children. Naturally, various self-appointed "Christian" spokesmen have been all over the TV tonight, howling with outrage. Isn't it about time we all moved into the 21st century?
chaps at Silent Running have found a new home, far away from the tyranny
hope they get much, much lower, and soon. The less this country associates
with those worthless, corrupt bastards, the better.
Hedge thinks tank
bags are da bomb. My 2 cents: I hate the bloody things, though I do
have one for my ZX-9R in case I need to carry some groceries or some extra
stuff to work. They can be handy, but I found they make riding
bloody awkward if you're on a bike with a head-down, bum-up riding position.
Nakedbike riders should have little problem. Try to go for a ride with
one (full of gear) before you hand over the cash.
Interesting piece of medical research caught my eye today: apparently German philosophical giant Friedrich Nietzsche died of brain cancer, and not syphilis as has long been assumed.
What was more interesting though, is a theory on why the syphilis story took hold:
not only had his reputation distorted by his psychotic, Hitler-loving
sister, in death he had to wear the lies of academia. Sad.
The NSW parliament is finally introducing legislation to lower the age for homosexuals to 16 - the same age as heterosexual sex.
This is worth celebrating to be sure, but the nasty stench of homophobia still pervades this move: the government's pre-emptive promises of "safeguards" to protect the kiddies from rampant faggotry, in order to appease fundamentalist thug Fred Nile and the redneck sector are a cowardly and nauseous disgrace.
in 2003, it appears many cannot get over their obsession with sexual morality.
Just how many fucking guns does Kim Du Toit have?
if I'm nice to him, will he let me play with them?)
Murray Hill flaked out a few weeks ago, advocating carpet-bombing the civilian population of Iraq, now the normally reliable Dave Sims seems to be in full meltdown mode over the existence of perverted atheists in cyberspace:
A point which might be worth considering, had he not just authored these statements..........
And my favourite...........
What a guy.
Visiting Hollywood dullard Larry Fishburne reckons Australia has a racist "vibe", despite not being subject to a single racist incident at any time while in the country.
His reason? There are too many creepy white people:
Nice to know skin colour rather than behaviour is what matters to you Larry. Damn this immoral pale skin.
off home, you racist buttfuck.
Noone displays the wretched depths of progressive self-hatred than La Trobe University professor Robert Manne. Under the guise of offering his ivory tower wisdoms to the ignorant redneck populace, Australia's self-appointed Professor of White Guilt and PC Angst offers a childish appeal for the return of two-time loser Kim Beazley, to rescue the nation from the electoral clutches of the wicked John Howard.
Manne - unable to accept the reality of democratic elections - offers dictatorial fantasies for the death of his perpetually unpopular progressive dogmas:
By failing to mention that the republic model was rejected by the Australian public in a referendum, Manne - as with all Howard-hating squawkers - displays the typical progressive/leftist hatred of democratic practice.
The desparate and self-delusional reduction of popular democratic opinion to the fantasy of the Evil Howard Autocracy might be excusable for high-school hairy-armpit activists, but Manne's moaning shows the vacuous infanitilism to which the progressive psyche in this country has plummeted.
As part of his juvenile thesis, the good professor offers fuzzy-logic and Whitlamite nostalgia to show the horrible destruction Howard has spread to his beloved ideological pets;
What exactly is this piffle? The mumbling about this mythic "conversation" is an attempt to deny the reality that the leftist elites were talking entirely amongst themselves, and now cry repression to explain the utter indifference displayed by the ignorant bastards in the everyday public who - gasp - actually voted for the coalition.
And here we inevitably hop to the geopolitcal bizarroworld of the progressive left: Keating's underhand dealings with the the brutal Indoniesian junta, humiliating kowtowing to Malaysia's thug PM, and the softlee-softlee approach with Singapore's police-state autocrats, is seen as the actions of a progressive visionary, while strengthening ties with our most important ally is a sign of evil white-boy colonial tradition and subservience to the evil yanks.
Manne goes on to treat us to some neo-luddite dreck, with a grab-bag of unsubstantiated anti-capitalist blubberings to whimper for the return of the 'big hearted' Beazley, based on some vague commentary offered by the two-time Labor loser in The Bulletin:
Manne - a respected intellectual - honestly puts forth this meaningless garbage about respect being put forth as actual policy by a Federal leader. He gives no examples of course, so we don't get to see this brave new world of Teddy Bear Fiscal Policy and Warm Cuddles Economics. Not that this would matter to Manne, who - like all progressives - values correct language and good vibes over effective management and selling your ideas to voters rather than intellectuals.
sake, grow up.
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