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Old 03-14-2013, 05:06 AM   #331
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How many of you 650 owners came from Ninja 250s? How did you like the change?

My friend has been talking about making the transition for a while now.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:13 AM   #332
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Uhh, that's weird..Ive been riding longer than most here have been alive, and Ive never been down once..ever.
And no abs..just lucky I guess, or I learned to ride early.
Can you put yourself in a position to where it might make a difference? Sure..people do dumb stuff all the time.
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Hey Gas Hog, you need to go knock on somthing wooden, right now. Just do it for us. You may have just jinxed yourself.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:47 PM   #333
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Hey Gas Hog, you need to go knock on somthing wooden, right now. Just do it for us. You may have just jinxed yourself.
I was banging my head against..something.. earlier, does that count?
Besides if winter doesn't end soon I may never ride again.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:00 PM   #334
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Here's my 2012 Ninja turned ER-6N with ZX6R front end.
More and larger pics can be seen here. http://www.bikepics.com/members/versysrider/12er6n/









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Old 04-07-2013, 03:38 AM   #335
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The 599 was stupid expensive and never sold well here.

I'd have a Kawi and the FZ6 in the garage. That's probably weird, but here we are.

The version of the Kawi I'd buy is the ER-6N. That's where that motor belongs, in a light, lean, naked package. Perfect complement to the Fazer.
Hey, I've got one of those!

Initial review after a few weeks of ownership (2009 model)

Great engine, turns in fast, starts first time even if I leave it two weeks (unlike my old Ducati), I can ride it like a V twin and stay in one or two gears riding from corner to corner using the engine braking and torque, only two issues so far are the seat which is a pain after a few miles and the suspension, which just seems second rate after my Aprilia (which did have an Ohlins rear).

If I was keeping it long term I'd change those two items and be pretty happy with the package. Lots of fun, good back roads scratcher, great urban tool.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:54 AM   #336
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Hmm...could use your green bits to change my red '12 to the proper color. Except these simple projects tend to become expensive and complex. With factory fuel tanks costing more than the price of a new bike....ok I'm joking, but still very afraid to price it all out.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:28 AM   #337
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Versysrider, that modded 650 looks pretty good. What happened in that first photo? Looks like the front of the fairing was cut out.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:50 PM   #338
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Versysrider, that modded 650 looks pretty good. What happened in that first photo? Looks like the front of the fairing was cut out.


Figured out how to post larger pics.
That's how I bought it, the headlight mounts were broken as well as some of the fairing. When I loaded it on my trailer the headlights almost fell out, I had to catch them so they didn't hit the ground.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:16 PM   #339
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How many of you 650 owners came from Ninja 250s? How did you like the change?

My friend has been talking about making the transition for a while now.
Short version: Love it. Great transition that I have no regrets making.

Longer version: I went from a Ninja 250 (first bike!) to a 650 a little over a year ago. Everyone has their reasons for going for a bigger bike, mine was primarily the fact I would commute 100 miles a day on highways and the little 250 was a bit strung out hauling my large frame around. Loved the 250 in town, and felt it was great to learn on as a beginner rider. Easy to rev, easy to handle for a guy my size. But I knew I wanted something bigger, and there is just something about the 650 that called me. As soon as I rode the 650 off the dealer's lot I knew I made the right choice. It's shocking at first how much more oomph the 650 has over the 250. When I first merged onto 494 to ride it home, and twisted that throttle and felt the pull, I can just imagine the huge grin I must have had. It has a pretty comfortable riding position that I have no problems with, and gives me more leg room than the 250 did. It's not a liter bike, but it has the kind of acceleration and passing ability that makes me smile every time I ride it. IMO anyone who has a 250 and feels they are ready to jump to something bigger, should seriously consider a ninja 650.
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:24 PM   #340
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Updated pic with the new Penske shock, added 2 inches of ride height over stock, compliments the ZX6R front end very well.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:01 PM   #341
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How much was that Penske? The rear shock on these bikes suuuuuuuuck.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:47 PM   #342
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Why both an ER-6N and an STR? These two seem to be redundant.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:39 AM   #343
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Why both an ER-6N and an STR? These two seem to be redundant.
They're worlds apart..
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:31 AM   #344
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They're worlds apart..
As a former Ninja 650 owner and a present Z1000 owner, I agree with this statement.

The engines alone are worlds different.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:10 AM   #345
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Short version: Love it. Great transition that I have no regrets making.

Longer version: I went from a Ninja 250 (first bike!) to a 650 a little over a year ago. Everyone has their reasons for going for a bigger bike, mine was primarily the fact I would commute 100 miles a day on highways and the little 250 was a bit strung out hauling my large frame around. Loved the 250 in town, and felt it was great to learn on as a beginner rider. Easy to rev, easy to handle for a guy my size. But I knew I wanted something bigger, and there is just something about the 650 that called me. As soon as I rode the 650 off the dealer's lot I knew I made the right choice. It's shocking at first how much more oomph the 650 has over the 250. When I first merged onto 494 to ride it home, and twisted that throttle and felt the pull, I can just imagine the huge grin I must have had. It has a pretty comfortable riding position that I have no problems with, and gives me more leg room than the 250 did. It's not a liter bike, but it has the kind of acceleration and passing ability that makes me smile every time I ride it. IMO anyone who has a 250 and feels they are ready to jump to something bigger, should seriously consider a ninja 650.
I missed this, thanks for the feedback! Appreciated.
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