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Old 12-20-2005, 12:01 PM   #21
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

How about testing a bike with a rider taller than Frodo? May be Mike Seate? Some of us are taller than the average bear and would like that perspective.
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Old 12-20-2005, 12:44 PM   #22
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I agree, and further, what is a good standard for those over 6' tall?
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Old 12-20-2005, 12:59 PM   #23
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:08 PM   #24
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I why do I have a score of 0? I guess he didn't want to just reply. Hearn.
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:22 PM   #25
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Default Re: Need an SV comparison

The Ninja 500 and probably the 250 are going away in 2008 for sure: there is NO WAY either bike will pass CARB2008/Euro III emissions standards.



IF they have an ABS option, I'm BUING ONE ASAP. I want a light, fun, ABS equipped bike that doesn't break the bank (EG, no BMW) to replace my VFR (too much of a pig for the track, and if I want to tour, my GF has a WeeStrom).



I'll just get a black lower for it (I don't like the two-tone lower).

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Old 12-20-2005, 01:31 PM   #26
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Default Random thought on transmission.

It wouldn't suprise me if these days, a casette transmission is CHEAPER by making it easier to assemble the bike, especially given the relatively low power the transmission needs to cope with.



Also, is there some other Kawaski they might have stolen the transmission from? Doesn't this use the head components (valves etc) from the ZX-12R?



It's amazingly much a parts-bin bike, while still looking and feeling 100% new!



And I wonder how long until there will be a ER-6T giant trailie and an ER-6C mini-power cruiser (after all, it has about as much power as that Road King you reviewed last week)

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Old 12-20-2005, 01:47 PM   #27
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

What is the gas mileage??? How heavy?
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:08 PM   #28
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Yes and how does bungeeing a milk crate on back with all the crap Gabe reviewed affect handling and the price of tea in Zimbabwe?
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:09 PM   #29
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Pete? what, "Pete"? That's Mr. Robbovius to you, pal. Geezo, am I conversing with the Real John Burns? (Sheet, I'd best proofread for typos)



hmmm. I was a big fan of both those '80s machines, and can recall multuple visits to Bernardi Honda in natck MA to repeatedly sit on one of those SRX jobs, hemmed and hawed and one day it was sold, oh well... I wa still emnamored of my GT750 back then.



I recall those two bikes having expansion boxes under the frame, with the muffler poking out to one side, rather than the actual muffler itself under the bike, with only the muffler outlet poking out, as does the new Kawi, and every Buell since they were kit bikes.



yeah, in both my motorcycle history books, (the Motorcycle World circa 1976, and mid 90s "The Ultimate Motorcycle Book") there are oldsters with mufflers under the bike, but that, I'm sure, was simply an engineering packaging issue, back then,and not claimed as a low-CG and mass-centralization feature.



Wasn't claimed as that on either the hawk GT or SRX either as I recall. damn, I'll have to search thru my old magazines...
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:31 PM   #30
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..I wants the nekid one....
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