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Old 06-28-2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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Old 06-28-2010, 02:56 PM   #2
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Glad I was wring about the hp rating. I was gonna be sad it see it cranking more than the versys. Although the little motor would probably be a hoot in a KLR set-up.
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I wish they would have been less economical with this so called new model and changed the body style, frame,-specially the worthless shock-and handlebars.

Iv seen the number of people who are attracted by this certain look and it's not many. Most
choose this type of bike reluctantly, because it's
a starter bike and their choices are very limited. Why is it that a starter bike can't be made to look more robust? Memories of a killer 400 comes to mind, one that redlined at 14k. Can anyone name her?

Its opportunities like this that the manufactures seem to overlook. In my opinion it could have been used as a way to sway the idiots that come in and want to buy GSX1300's for their first bike.
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I wish they would have been less economical with this so called new model and changed the body style, frame,-specially the worthless shock-and handlebars.

Iv seen the number of people who are attracted by this certain look and it's not many. Most
choose this type of bike reluctantly, because it's
a starter bike and their choices are very limited. Why is it that a starter bike can't be made to look more robust? Memories of a killer 400 comes to mind, one that redlined at 14k. Can anyone name her?

Its opportunities like this that the manufactures seem to overlook. In my opinion it could have been used as a way to sway the idiots that come in and want to buy GSX1300's for their first bike.
There was several high-end four-cylinder 400s built for the Japan and Euro market. Honda CBR400RR, NC30, GSX-R400, etc,
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Another great bike we'll never see. However... I'm on the fence about this one. I'm of the mindset that the current Ninja 650 is a passable (albeit, not perfect) starter bike. It's going to be a hard sell here in the US to have new riders buy a 400cc bike, when a 650cc bike will carry them that much further down the new rider road.
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Another great bike we'll never see. However... I'm on the fence about this one. I'm of the mindset that the current Ninja 650 is a passable (albeit, not perfect) starter bike. It's going to be a hard sell here in the US to have new riders buy a 400cc bike, when a 650cc bike will carry them that much further down the new rider road.
The 400's MSRP would have to be waaaay lower than the 650's for it to sell in enough numbers in America. But then the margin would be very low. I gotta wonder how much Kawi Canada is making on a bike $1200 cheaper than it sells the 650 for. After all, the 400 will cost only slightly less to build than the 650.

I like to see more smaller-displacement options for sport-minded newbs, but I don't see a strong business case for this bike in the USA.
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An interesting comparison would be this model versus the venerable Ninja 250.
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There was several high-end four-cylinder 400s built for the Japan and Euro market. Honda CBR400RR, NC30, GSX-R400, etc,
You mean like the zx4rr, gsxr400. Knew they had em back in the day but don't think they make these models nowadays. Don't understand the FZR400 was a hugh success in America in 88.
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Bandit 400, CB-1......
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