Originally Posted by Ninja Dan
A couple of items, I agree the engine braking is strong and will surprise a person new to the bike but my Ninja throttle has never surged. It's quite steady, just touchy. If you had an older model maybe that was problematic with them or you had a bike in need of repair.
Maxi-scoots are great, the two biggest flaws that is endemic with the lot of them is cheap suspension and cvt lag. The TMax overcomes both of these somewhat but even the best scooter suspension is no better than the worst entry level motorcycle.
Also, the Ninja doesn't have a 72hp motor, at least not the one I own. Closer to 64hp which is still more potent than all scooters.
Finally, I agree with Cortez, ABS is a great option to have. You hardly ever need it but the one time it saves your bacon it's worth every penny.
Yeah, mine was the first gen 650R, and it was my first bike back then
(2007), so no surprise about the engine braking. I had a couple of rides
on a ZX6R (2004 636) before taking delivery of my bike to get used to
a bike with some power, but the 650R ended up being way more dangerous
for a novice, as long as you kept the ZX6R at low revs that is.
Surging on mine was never fixed, and it was tried many times.
Cleaning up the injectors, throttle body sync, new chain, endless stuff.
It wasn't very bad, but that's the thing I'm most sensitive about on a bike.
Cheap suspension is right, but it's no worse on my scoot now then it
was on the 650R actually, but the scooter is harsher.
CVT problems are easy to fix.
Dr Pulley sliders do wonders.
Aftermarket CVTs do wonders too.
I actually use both.
It'll get up to 60mph almost as fast as a NC700X.
And ABS ftw, I wouldn't buy a bike without one again.