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Old 12-20-2005, 02:52 PM   #31
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

383lbs dry and 72 hp for the euro (naked) version according to http://www.motorcycledaily.com/15jul...asaki_er6n.htm
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Old 12-20-2005, 03:04 PM   #32
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Old 12-20-2005, 06:15 PM   #33
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If this is going to be marketed as a bike for new riders, I would think the naked version would be a better choice since new riders obey the laws of gravity quite frequently. Repairing that full fairing or buying a new one is bound to be very expensive.
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:12 PM   #34
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a good standard for those over 6' tall = Ducati Multistrada or Suzuki vStrom
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Old 12-21-2005, 02:53 AM   #35
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Good one, MO. There isnt a whole lot out on this bike yet and this was better, certainly with more pictures, than anything Ive seen.



It does sound like a good beginner's bike nowdays but it would probably have been considered blazing fast 30 to 40 years ago.



Silver and black are good disappearing colors.



Low seat height plus high footpegs--another indication that "everyone" in Japan does not include people 5'10" plus.
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Old 12-21-2005, 04:08 AM   #36
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

Try being 6'5". Talk about being Mr. Origami...Then again, some much bigger bikes do not have great ergos for big people too, like harleys. They target their bikes for riders with LMS.
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Old 12-21-2005, 04:11 AM   #37
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You've quiet lately...
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Old 12-21-2005, 04:29 AM   #38
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Sounds like a bike that Europe will love and America might like.



We Americans are a funny lot, common sense has nothing what so ever to do with a bike purchase here in the states, only ego. Kawasaki did the right thing with the styling, and I gotta love that they are copying Buell with the exhaust. Like was mentioned above a plain version might be the best for a new person, don't won't to mess up that pretty body work.



Didn't see anyone mention the Kawasaki positive neutral finder. That was the thing I really loved about my Kawi when I was starting out.
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Old 12-21-2005, 05:08 AM   #39
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Well finally a test for us"frodo" short guys!I dig it!
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Old 12-21-2005, 05:33 AM   #40
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Cuz it's ugly. Maybe not to you and me, but to the conventional thinking of American riders. Naked standards *might* hold their own, but naked sportbikes don't sell. it's for that same reason that we don't get the naked Z750, and why the naked Bandits were cancelled even a year or two before the faired models. I know of two unaffiliated Suzuki dealers in SoFla. that wouldn't even order naked SVs, and orders the "S" models only with the optional lower fairings, claiming that if the squids don't see plastic, they don't buy.
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