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Old 12-20-2005, 10:01 AM   #11
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Default Need an SV comparison

Need a comparison with the SV:



a) Low skill riders: How are both as novice bikes.



b) Real world riding: How are both as day to day bikes.



c) Track time: How are both on the track.





What's dissapointing to me: In Europe, Kawasaki has a $500 ABS option on this bike. Also, in Europe, it comes with real grab rails rather than a weeny-strap.

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Old 12-20-2005, 10:20 AM   #12
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Default Re: Need an SV comparison

Good point about the grab rails, nweaver. Here in the U.S. Kawasaki wanted to keep the "aggressive" look of the Ninja line on this bike. As a result grab rails are an "option."--Pete
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Old 12-20-2005, 10:25 AM   #13
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Default Re: Need an SV comparison

Pete, did anyone ask if the naked bike has a shot at coming to America? Also, I was told by my local Kaw dealer that the ABS option would make it here by summer- any truth to that?
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:02 AM   #14
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

nice write up Pete! That is a good looking bike, and I think that is what is going to sell them to there intended market. I rode an ex 500 once and had a blast, and it sounds like the diff in price will be worth it. My hats off to Kawi for creating an interesting bike. I'd ride it with pride like I do my low budget 1200 Bandit.
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:06 AM   #15
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

I could have summed it up - first ride reports deliver less than what I'm hoping to learn from them. In this case I'm particularly interested in the Kawi 650. OK, It's almost Christmas fer crissakes - thanks for the report.



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Old 12-20-2005, 11:07 AM   #16
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

Yeah, me likey naked also!
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:08 AM   #17
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Sorry, no talk of either. I couldn't even get a clear answer on why a cassette tranny. And more importantly, where this bike will leave the Ninja500. In my opinion, this new Ninja makes the 500 moot. But they claim, at least before the 650R, that the 500 is still a top seller.--Pete
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:12 AM   #18
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Bandit 1200. One of the best bikes ever put together, from other bikes. Ride proud my friend, ride proud.--Pete
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:16 AM   #19
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

I'm guessing the rider of the Silent Gray Fellow wasn't concerned with mass centralization or polar moment.



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Old 12-20-2005, 11:49 AM   #20
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Funny how my 1988 Honda Hawk GT has that same setup.
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