Originally Posted by Ninja Dan
It wasn't for me either Tim_Tom. I should warn you, the engine braking is also fairly severe. Between that and the throttle it can make for a jarring ride. Of course once you've had the bike for some time you adapt to the throttle and understand how to use it better and the strong engine braking has it's benefits as well.
I know I sound a bit negative in those comments but believe me, the good far out weighs the bad for the current Ninja 650.
Cortez, I see you have the Downtown 300i maxi scoot. That is a very nice bike, KYMCO makes some of the best machines around.
Amen to that.
The engine braking is also a good point, I've locked up the rear wheel on
my first ride at least 3 times, just letting go of the throttle in 2nd gear.
I was NOT expecting that.
But I've had more issues with the surging and the reaction to throttle when
opening it up, even when clutching it a bit.
I used my bike as an all-rounder, commute, shopping, joy rides, 2 up, it
needed to do it all, and for that, it wasn't a good choice IMHO.
The Downtown, however, is.. and I can still do 80mph corners at 80mph
just like I did on the Kawi, the suspension and brakes can take it, I just
miss that 72hp engine.