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Old 04-19-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:25 PM   #2
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Riding a bike like this hard is one of life's great joys. Looks like a perfect track day and general purpose sporting around tool for reasonable money.

I do wish it had the inverted forks like the Versys though.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:46 PM   #3
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Local dealers have 09 Ninja 650s for $5600, no prep or shipping. Just $5600 plus tax and license fees. Still a buyer's market.
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Old 04-20-2010, 05:36 AM   #4
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Nice writeup Jeff! Your reviews are quite good. What did you do before you became a MOron?

Kawi sure is getting a lot of mileage out of that platform. It's the same frame, suspension, and engine for the ER-UH6N, and the Versysys, right? I'm not a parallel twin fan myself. Too many inherent balance issues compared to other layouts I guess it's compact and cheap to build though. This would make an outstanding 2ond bike.
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:36 PM   #5
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Nice writeup Jeff! Your reviews are quite good. What did you do before you became a MOron?

Kawi sure is getting a lot of mileage out of that platform. It's the same frame, suspension, and engine for the ER-UH6N, and the Versys, right? I'm not a parallel twin fan myself. Too many inherent balance issues compared to other layouts I guess it's compact and cheap to build though. This would make an outstanding 2nd bike.
Thanks Ken! We aim to please. I found myself considering this bike for its practicality, parallel twin engine and all. Maybe you could tell, because I wrote how I'd tweak it to make it good to go for my purposes. I'd still keep my literbike tho

To answer your question, I have a journalism degree, have been a reporter, news editor and managing editor for newspapers, and also used to write car repair manuals for do-it-yourselfers. I began riding in 1980, have done lots of street riding and some racing through WERA.

I double checked with a Kawasaki tech writer your question about the bikes.

Answer: the other 2 bikes sharing the EX650R's engine are are "Pretty much same as ER for all, except not sure if the damping settings might be a little bit different. Frame the same for the Versys, but suspension different. Versys has long travel and the gull wing swingarm."

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