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Old 01-06-2006, 09:05 PM   #81
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

Hello, everyone! This is my first post here. I've been considering getting back in to motorcycling, and today I made the rounds of some of the local dealers to see what's out there. My previous (and first) bike was a 1988 Kawasaki EX500 that's currently in pieces in my garage (and has been for the last decade, some of the pieces are missing).



While walking the floor at the local Kawasaki/Suzuki/etc dealer, I happened upon the EX650. Wow. I didn't take it for a ride, because I've let my motorcycle endorsement lapse in the interim, so here's just a few impressions.



1. This is exactly the sort of bike I'm looking for. I loved my EX500, and the Ninja 650R is like a modernized version. A lightweight, mid-displacement, liquid-cooled, inline twin with good looks and a relatively cheap price.



2. $6300 is more than double what I paid for my 1988 new in October of 1988. Not a complaint, just an observation. It's still quite a bit cheaper than most other bikes.



3. I'm 6'1" tall. I wish Kawasaki hadn't tried to make this bike easier for shorter people to ride. I have a 34-35" inseam (long legs), and the seating position slightly cramped my legs. I also think the seat could be a little more plush for my 37-yo rear. Other than that, I appreciate the upright seating position and the design of the bike that still lets you lean over on the tank farily comfortably. Maybe an aftermarket seat is just the ticket. I could live with the stock one, though.



3. It's fuel injected. Yay!



4. Replacing broken plastic when you drop your bike is expensive, but I still want the plastic. Count me as the "have crashed" type of rider...but a bruise on my leg and a 1/4" hole in my AeroStich suit, plus replacing every protruding part on the left hand side of the bike was all I had to show for it...



5. I'm not sure I would recommend this bike for a new rider, especialy a youngish new rider. My EX500 and my invincibility complex got me into plenty of trouble--I bought it when I was 19. The dry weight of the 650R is about exactly the same as my EX500, with even more power. Even though I thought I would be very careful with my EX500 when I got it, it wasn't long before I was pushing the limits of the bike (not to mention my skills). I'd say the EX500 or EX250 would be a better choice for a younger rider who wants a sporty-looking bike. For someone in their 30's, though, it's perfect.



6. I like the handlebars of the EX500 better.



7. I hope they keep this model around as long as they kept the EX500 around.



Now to dust off the old AeroStich suit and Shoei GRV...
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:09 PM   #82
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

Oh, and:



8. When I get my new Ninja 650R, the first modification will be to remove the "Ninja" stickers...too bad they didn't just decide to keep the EX name, or bring back the old GPZ name (the EX500 was also known as the GPZ500).
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Old 01-07-2006, 02:46 PM   #83
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One more thing, I just checked out the pictures of the naked version on the Kawasaki UK site. It looks like some sort of alien insect. Not bad though, I wouldn't be embarassed to be seen on it. It's not quite as naked as I expected--still has vestigial fairings. I'd buy that one if it were available here.
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Old 01-12-2006, 07:22 AM   #84
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Default Re: First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

I rode a loaner EX500 for a long trip and although it went well, I never liked the motor. Briggs&Stratton? Vacuum cleaner? Whatever, with in-line engines four is definitely better than two.



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Old 01-12-2006, 07:56 AM   #85
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Whaddaya mean, everybody has a score 1 apart from two 2s.



This whole moderating thing is complete BS: brainless nannying in case there are some hapless people on the line who can´t tolerate an opposing view or a risque choice of words. How ridiculous. I´m going to moderate this my own posting as -1 just for the hell of it.



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Old 01-14-2006, 04:31 PM   #86
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as reported by several owners on their low mileage machines is coming in right around 50mpg, city + highway.
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Old 09-30-2006, 06:07 AM   #87
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I've read where the 1/4 mile results were 12:06/108.8 mph.



Did you guys happen to get a 0-60 elapsed time.



Traded in my klr650 on the 650r, am happy.
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