If I could, I'd get an FE due to the incremental changes it has - especially the 3-phase 520W alternator, transmission ratio with "hunting tooth" (32/59 instead of 31/62), slighly revised headers for a little better ground clearance, internal oil lines in the heads, deeper heat sinks, and all the little things - like the reversed orientation of the starter solenoid so you can check the electrical connections alot easier and such. Then put the silver bodywork away and get some cheap OEM's or sharkskinz do the monoposto to biposto mod:
If you like a red biposto, it's just as easy to do - here's mine (although I prefer the older, fairings without the vents):
Cool, I didn't know about the changes in the 98.
Good to know.
They seem to be a fair bit more money though, and I am in Canada so I have to pay exchange and 14% tax on it.
The bi posto looks good but I like the red one better.
The older SS bikes have 31/62 gearing. That means that every 2 revolutions, the teeth on the Z31 are back to exactly where they started from and mesh with the same exact teeth on the Z62. This is because 31 is a multiple of 62 (e.g. 2X). The argument is that constant meshing of the same teeth causes undue wear. It would be better to have the gearing NOT be muliples of each other to prevent/minimize this.
With the 1998 SS/CR engines and the 1997/1998 FE engines and going forward with the FI SS engines, they went to the 32/59 gearing. The "hunting tooth" essentially refers to the condition that the teeth do not see the same teeth constantly.
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Tykester »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> I am in Canada so I have to pay exchange and 14% tax on it.
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by duc97sp1 »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Also the last year in the faster color-yellow. I know, I have one...also not for sale.
Keep an eye on ebay and CycleTrader. They show up fairly often. A yellow 97sp with < 6000 miles went for $7500 a couple weeks ago. That's more than the typical FE brings!</TD></TR></TABLE>
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