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Old 09-01-2005, 11:05 AM   #21
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Default Re: New ZX-10R and Ninja 650R (ER-6N)

I give a big YUCK! to the Ninja 650. I think the Euro model is waaayyyy better looking than that little bastard. Should have kept it to a half or no fairing like the SV.
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Old 09-01-2005, 11:24 AM   #22
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Wow! I love the black and yellow paint scheme and the handling additions of the ZX10R.



That underseat exhaust is atrocious! They should have stayed with a conventional configuration or followed Yamaha(new R6) and copied the 05 GSXR 1k. Leave undertail exhausts to Honda or Ducati; even the R1 looks terrible with aftermarket pipes. If were to buy that bike I guess I would look for an aftermarket company that made a single canister configuration.
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Old 09-01-2005, 01:59 PM   #23
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Check out the ride reports on the ER-6N in the Kawasaki link. This is the best site I have found for checking out pretty much any bike.



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Old 09-01-2005, 02:16 PM   #24
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I'll keep my current ZX-10r, thank you very much!



I think the new one does look pretty nice, but from what I hear on this board, did I just hear the resale value of the 04 and 05 ZX10rs go up?

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Old 09-01-2005, 02:44 PM   #25
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Wow. I am impressed with the 650R. This is going to be a great selling bike for Kawasaki. This is a real sporty streetbike with new unique styling and technology. It's not just a parts bin econo special. I love the style. I love that they seem to have really paid attention to the riders comfort and riding position. When is the last time you saw a design this fresh and innovative that wasn't meant for the track? I love sportbikes, but come on... the new ZX10R doesn't interest me at all. Why? because it is too uncomfortable and too capable. These new sportbikes are actually boring in a way to me bacause they just yawn at you if you ride normally on the street. I refuse to ride hard enough on the street to wake these bikes up so what's left? Well I bought a Z1000 this year because I wanted a comfortable sport bike. This new 650R seems to fit the same mold. I think I may add one to my garage. I really think this bike will appeal to all skill levels. I've owned in order:Ninja250, ZX6E, ZX6R, VFR800, VTR1000, Z1000 and I can't wait to ride one of these babies. Just like the SV it looks to be all about the fun and not the specs. Kudos for using the twin. I'm sick of inline fours. Good job Kawasaki!
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Old 09-01-2005, 04:09 PM   #26
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I have a sneeking suspicion that the buying public will not receive the styling of the new ZX10 nearly as well as KHI would have liked. Whether the bike needed more development time (2 year turnover on model life may be just that little bit too short) or what I'm not sure. This should have been a new from the ground up performance and stylistic wonder....disappointing.
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Old 09-01-2005, 04:32 PM   #27
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Just glad there is a black version. Much better than the silver. I wish they would have brought the naked one over too, but the faired one will be much more practical. Looks like the perfect bike though. Just wondering if there are any bungee hooks on the back though. Can't wait for a test. I want one. The new 10r looks great too, but I know I will never own one unless I win the lotto and can get one just to blast around on.
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Old 09-01-2005, 04:42 PM   #28
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Looks like a 500R replacement. I like the overall package, but that fairing is a little bloated.
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Old 09-01-2005, 04:47 PM   #29
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I don't think the full-fairing is a bad idea, but would personally buy a half-faired version if given the option.



Regardless, this should sell better than the 500, despite the higher price tag.
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Old 09-01-2005, 05:13 PM   #30
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While I LOVED the Benelli TNT influence on the ER-6N, in all fairness it's kind of a bad omen, isn't it? I mean, isn't Benelli currently halted and waiting for the bankrupcty shoe to drop?



If Kawasaki can sell a few units here with that big box on the front, more power to 'em. In 3-4 years, I'll buy one for a couple grand, sell the plastic on eBay, and put a pair of Hellas on it. Lay it out like the Buell Lightning or maybe that Ghezzi & Brian beastie that Yossef wrote up a few years back...
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