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Old 12-20-2005, 06:14 AM   #1
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Might get me to trade my bandit.
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Old 12-20-2005, 06:54 AM   #2
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Hope all you WERA guys are ready to trade in your SVs to keep up. Clip-ons, Rece-tech and Penske, and the clubman classes are your oyster.
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Old 12-20-2005, 07:27 AM   #3
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I'd like to see a comparo with the SV. It seems that the SV will probably be a better value. Then again, I have always been biased towards Suzuki's, despite currently owning a Ninja.



I also wonder why we are not getting the naked version available in Europe. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
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Old 12-20-2005, 07:30 AM   #4
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Nice job as usual.
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Old 12-20-2005, 07:51 AM   #5
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Hmmmmm. Locating the muffler beneath the engine to lower CG adn centralize mass...Jeezo, where have I seen that before?



Oh right. Buell.



funny how the suzi GSXRs and Yammi Rs sport similar mufflage arrangements.



A tip o' the hat to Eric B pls.
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:01 AM   #6
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I'm no fan of "First Ride Reports". So skip the criticisms and go on to the next post if you are.



1) HP and Torque measurements? I don't care what the maximum is. I never ride at those rpms. I want to know what the bike can do in and out of the vibration range. Are freeway speeds right where you get maximum buzz? Is it torquey on acceleration and up to cruising speed or do I need to gas it to get it through a flat spot?



2) RPM at 65. Tells me how the bike is geared.



3) What does the thing weigh? MO is the only magazine (e-zine) I read that doesn't report wet weights. Is it that hard to get that number?? You can get pretty close by using a good bathroom scale and weighing each wheel separately. You have to get the other wheel perfectly horizontal, but you should be able to get within about 2%.



These are the things the advertising copy doesn't tell you or lies about. Ride reports just fill time and space - like me at work.
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:04 AM   #7
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Nice job, Pete. As to "midship muffler", my SRX6 had one in `86, and wouldn't be surprised if they had them in the `20s. I think i threw mine in the trash tho, stupid...
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:22 AM   #8
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This is a great idea for a motorcycle. It looks to be fun, reasonably quick, decent ergos, good fuel economy(?) and its nivce looking. I imagine this Kawasaki will sell quite well and if it is as good as it seems to be, it deserves to to do so. I'm sure the litre class sport bike crowd will look down on it but it sure seems like a real world bike for folks who don't need or want to go 160mph on the way to work.
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:29 AM   #9
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Maybe it didn't appear as obvious as I thought in the story. Nevertheless, I'll restate that the engine is turning roughly 5,000rpm at around 70mph.

As to your questions about vibration and "maximum buzz", again I refer to the story but will repeat that the 650R is very smooth, especially considering it's configuration. Have you ever ridden a parallel twin?

Since this was a press intro, things like weights, HP, torque and the like are frequently absent at the time. Not in every case but it's not unusual. Of course if you'd like to send us your bathroom scale--sans body hair, toe nail clippings and "stains", we'll consider adding wet weights to future stories--Pete
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:55 AM   #10
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I like the Euro (naked) model. Looks much more agressive than the model we get.
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