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So I'm looking to add another bike to my collection. I've narrowed my choices down to either a 2019 Z900 or a 2015 Mv Agusta Dragster 800 (3k miles). I'd say I like the style of the dragster a little more but with a few modifications to the Z900 I could achieve a pretty similar look.

Both bikes will cost me around the same amount in cash. I know this is a Kawi form but I'm really interested what will be the better bike in the long run.

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Do you want to look at it, or ride it?

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It's hard to say what I enjoy more.. lol

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Motorcycles are not economic decisions. Emotionally, which one will cost you the most?

I can't see how the Agusta would be anything but a high maintenance, hot mess. The brand new Kawasaki is likely a lot more like the cute girl next door.....

There is value, in each. Depends upon your intentions.

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Old thread revival!! I miss you guys and wanted to throw an update up.. I ended up going with a 2015 MV Agusta Dragster 800 just shy of 1,100 miles. I've been riding it for a few months now and am in love with it!

I've only ever ridden super sports so the comfort of the upright position is amazing. It also came with a quick shifter, ABS brakes, traction control, and 4 different engine modes. All of which I have no clue how to use yet

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I could look the numbers up, but it's easier to ask you. What is the weight, wheel base, hp?

Can't tell from your photos, where are the footpegs?

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I could look the numbers up, but it's easier to ask you. What is the weight, wheel base, hp?



Can't tell from your photos, where are the footpegs?
Haha I'm happy to answer. The weight is 370lbs dry, wheel base 54.3", and HP is at 140.

As for the foot pegs they sit about where the subframe is attached to the main frame.

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That sounds like a hoot. What's difficult about the power modes? How many miles have you put on it?

What are the service intervals?

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That sounds like a hoot. What's difficult about the power modes? How many miles have you put on it?



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Its definitely a lot of fun man. So the power modes from what I understand are Normal, Race, Eco, and custom. With the custom mode I have 0 idea how to create a "map" so I leave it alone lol. I toyed around with the race mode when I first brought it home and the throttle is definitely way more responsive. To the point where it's near impossible to roll on the throttle without it wanting to jump. Normal mode is where I keep it which gives me a smooth acceleration.

So as of right now I've got it at almost 2,200 miles. So about 1,100 miles.

The owner manual says an oil change at 1,000 miles, 3,500 miles, and every 3k miles thereafter. The valves it calls to be done every 7.5k miles (not a fan of that). I may have to learn how to do the valves myself.

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The bike is sexy. Do you commute? Upright is probably nice.

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The bike is sexy. Do you commute? Upright is probably nice.
I appreciate that! I'm honestly obsessed with it lol. No commuting purely a pleasure vehicle. The shortest ride I ever take is like 30 minutes so it's a lot more enjoyable for myself having that comfort.

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That is a beautiful bike! MV's are my favorite bikes along with the Ninjas!

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That is a beautiful bike! MV's are my favorite bikes along with the Ninja's!
Thanks dude! I will say, I love this bike but I miss my ninja for sure.

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So I'm looking to add another bike to my collection. I've narrowed my choices down to either a 2019 Z900 or a 2015 Mv Agusta Dragster 800 (3k miles). I'd say I like the style of the dragster a little more but with a few modifications to the Z900 I could achieve a pretty similar look.

Both bikes will cost me around the same amount in cash. I know this is a Kawi form but I'm really interested what will be the better bike in the long run.

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I have owned a z800 and my buddy owns a z900. These bikes are amazingly smooth and very comfortable, I would not hesitate to get another or even look into the z1000s. I would bet that the Kawi is gonna be more comfortable, and easier to maintain. One thing everone looks past is insurance, my z800 was considered a "cruiser" on progressive so full coverage was $12 a month and I dont have the best record - something to consider
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I used to work the parts/service counter at a dealership that sold MV Agusta (Echo Cycle, Edmonton). My opinion is that they are one of the least reliable modern motorcycles on earth. Constantly having customers buy a new model off the showroom floor and have it back in the shop for months (yes, plural, monthS) at a time before it even hit 500km's. Dashes stop working or get glitchy, starter sprags are a huge issue. Multiple electrical gremlins. Abundant leaks. Worst of all the parts availability is absolutely horrific. There is no stock (95% of parts are made to order), no dealer support, and they don't really care. You'll get it when you get it and there is literally FA you can do about it.

If you order a part at the end of July it get's bumped in to September because they take August (all of August every year) off. September/October is consumed with the backlog from August, and they're back to "business as usual" sometime around halloween. By business as usual I mean we're down to two months parts availability again. But the part you ordered in July will get to your dealership or door around November. This is totally normal behavior for them.

The MV bikes themselves are beautiful and a blast to ride. Lightweight, low CG, very mechanical feel and totally different than a Japanese bike in nearly every way. Power delivery is awesome, and one of the best sounding stock pipes I've ever heard. But they're lumps of unreliability made of unobtanium and if I got one for free I wouldn't ride it, I'd sell it before it broke.
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