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Old 12-21-2005, 02:56 PM   #61
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

Nice Review. Nice bike. Wish it would of been around when I started...
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Old 12-21-2005, 07:21 PM   #62
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

A few things bother me about this bike. Many posts have already alluded to the lack of availability of the standard version in this market. I'm sure that Kawasaki did due diligence with their market research, but I just have to wonder, why on earth would this bike be sold with a full fairing and marketed as a Ninja? I think Kawasaki dropped the ball on this one. For one it's a bloody parallel twin entry level bike, let's stop with the racetrack pretensions. The fairing completely detracts from the purity of the design. Simple, efficient yet stylish transportation. Why cloak it as anything else? The hardware is barely up to backroad standards nevermind racetrack. There was a real opportunity for Kawasaki to attract riders to motorcycling without the racer boy bling mentality. Might have even carved a niche for more interesting designs from KHI in the future, based on alternative engine and chassis layouts. C'mon Kawasaki, quit listening so obsessively to your marketing types, and you just might be surprised at the following a machine with real originality and fresh thinking built in, might acquire.
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:08 AM   #63
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Default Ego BandAides!!

Because in the US people buy these bikes as ego bandaids that's why it say's Ninja on it!!!



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Old 12-22-2005, 04:33 AM   #64
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So, since I want some wind protection and standard ergos at an affordable price is in some way me needing an ego boost?



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Old 12-22-2005, 04:46 AM   #65
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

Nice. Can I expect to see a full-fairing kit on the Geezer Glide in the in the P&A catalog this year? Oh, wait...they did that already, and called it "Goldwing."
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Old 12-22-2005, 01:19 PM   #66
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Europe also gets the ER-6s (faired) as well as teh ER-6n (naked). The ER-6s is the Ninja 650, but WITH a ~$500 ABS option and grabrails.

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Old 12-22-2005, 03:01 PM   #67
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"Americans only buy cruisers and 'Ninja' sportbikes"

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Old 12-23-2005, 05:02 AM   #68
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

Nice bike.



Now if they got a designer who wasn't color blind..... where did they pick up that color scheme?
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Old 12-23-2005, 09:29 AM   #69
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

My wife is 5'1" and has a 29in inseam. 0.9in is not negligible considering it is 0.1in off of being a full inch which in short(no pun intended) doesn't seem like much but when you are tip-toeing a bike, it is quite a bit. Unfortunately, we believed what Kawi had said since September and my wife had been lusting after this since she first saw it on this website and so now it is up to OUR drawing board to get it to fit. I am sure she will love the bike but Kawi's answers to her calls were dismissive and downright rude(one Customer service rep told her the "suspension would settle up to 3in after being ridden for a few months"!!! She may be a woman but she is NOT stupid. If that were the case, she could ride my 04 R1 as I have been riding it for nearly 2 years and trust me, suspension doesn't settle THAT much. LOL
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Old 12-23-2005, 01:00 PM   #70
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

Good point about the fairing/windshield combined with raised handlebars. That does set the Ninja 650R apart from the Suzuki 650 options. I'm beginning to think, though, that the Yamaha FZ-6 or whatevers its called has gotten short shrift in various reviews (not sure how MO rated it, but I'll check later). With the FZ-6 you get a fairing/windshield, more or less upright handlebars, and a great deal more horsepower and top-end excitement. But the FZ-6 is not a beginners bike, either, IMHO.
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