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Old 07-29-2012, 07:48 PM   #211
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Hi all, been lurking for a while and saw this thread and thought I'd post.

New rider, started riding after taking a course in october and bought a 2011 Ninja 650R



mid june I lowsided it in a corner and did a hell of a job on it. I loved the bike, so I went one year newer two weeks ago



first service (1000km) was yesterday and today was a short 400km trip from Vancouver to Hope for a bite to eat and back. Absolutely love the 2012. The biggest issue I had with the 2011 was the angle of the seat, it put pressure on my bad knee and hip, meaning I'd have to get off the bike after an hour and walk off the numbness and pain. The 2012, with the redesigned seat, has been unbelievably comfortable and has completely removed this issue for me.

Absolutely love it.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:26 AM   #212
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My wife rides a 2009 650R and likes it. She's getting some bar vibration from the left handle bar and her pinky & ring finger goes numb. Has anyone ordered heavy duty bar end weights from HVMP? If so, were you happy with them? Did they solve your bar vibration issues?

These Ones

I have already put grip puppies on there for her but I think I might order these heavier bar end weights as well.

We also ordered some aftermarket slip on exhaust from Arrow which should deliver tomorrow.

This one

I found this video online that compares the stock exhaust with the new Arrow exhaust. I'm hoping she likes it!

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Old 07-30-2012, 10:28 AM   #213
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My wife rides a 2009 650R and likes it. She's getting some bar vibration from the left handle bar and her pinky & ring finger goes numb. Has anyone ordered heavy duty bar end weights from HVMP? If so, were you happy with them? Did they solve your bar vibration issues?
How long since the last valve adj and throttle body sync? Mine was like a whole new, smooth bike each time it was serviced.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:31 AM   #214
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How long since the last valve adj and throttle body sync? Mine was like a whole new, smooth bike each time it was serviced.
Well we bought it this Spring from the original owner and it only had 700 miles on it and the seller had it serviced right before we bought it! Now it has like 2,100 miles on it is all. So the bike is barely even broken in.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:37 PM   #215
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Well, hopefully picking my 2011 up tomorrow if my 401k loan hits the bank. I have accessories piling up in our living room for a bike I don't have yet. Hopefully I'll be able to post up some good pics tomorrow night.

Got a few quick questions...

1. What is the valve adjustment interval?

2. A lot of Versys owners report that the clutch cable frays easily. Does the 650R have this issue?

3. Oil. What is recommended in the manual? What kind do you use? Are synthetics ok for bikes? Also, I live near Savannah, GA. We have 2 seasons, Summer and a cold snap in January. During the summer the humidity is unbearable. Should I go with a lighter weight oil because of this? FWIW, I use 5w30 in my cages.

Thanks guys.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:52 PM   #216
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1) Around 26k miles (and I think mine were checked at the first service
around 600 miles).

2) No issues with my clutch cable in the 4 years/20k+ miles of ownership.

3) Kawasaki Europe got the info from the factory in 2008 or 2009 that
15W50W should be used, and I've heard this at a couple of dealers.

I've done most of my miles using Total 10W40 fully synthetic, and switched
to Motul 5100 15W50 as per Kawasaki's recommendation. Both rather
expensive.
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:37 PM   #217
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Arrow Exhaust!

Well we installed the Arrow Exhaust from Biohazzard Cycles. We got it in about 3 days. They ship out of Las Vegas. I can't believe how nice of an exhaust it is for only $250.00, very well made! And man it....

SOUNDS AWESOME!!!!

It has a 9" long (that's what she said ) "silencer" sleeve that comes mounted inside it. It looks like it's definitely removable and it is held in by a compression spring. But man it sounds very, very nice as is. My wife is happy with it and it gives the bike a completely different attitude. I think if you removed the silencer sleeve it would be obnoxiously loud. However you could always take the sleeve out and cut it down to 3" or 4" long and put it back in and see how that sounds.

But again it sounds ridiculously awesome as it right out of the box. I already knew that the stock exhaust sounded lame but man it's even more obvious when you compare it to this exhaust.

Installation took about 45 min. but it would go much faster now that I've done it. You'll have to remove the right side arm thats connected to your footpeg. It's 3 bolts and two smaller bolts (on a 2009 model anyways). This allows you to remove the long stock bolt that drops your stock exhaust down and off the bike.

Just some bad camera phone pics with bad lighting. But the pipe looks really good on the bike and is about 1/2 the size & 1/2 the weight of the stock exhaust.



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Old 08-03-2012, 02:46 PM   #218
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This arrow exhaust won't fit on the 2012 though right? IIRC the 2012 exhaust system is all welded on :/
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:43 AM   #219
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This arrow exhaust won't fit on the 2012 though right? IIRC the 2012 exhaust system is all welded on :/
Right. It fits the 2006 - 2011 models only. We ended up pulling out the silencer sleeve. We like the sound even better!


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Old 08-04-2012, 01:16 PM   #220
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Ok...it sounds awesome. Any change in performance??
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:42 PM   #221
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That's awesome that last pic is sick too. I can't wait to get my pipes now lol
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:25 PM   #222
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Ok...it sounds awesome. Any change in performance??
According to the Dyno sheet that they sent with it you should get a 4hp increase. 68hp with stock pipes & 72hp with the Arrow exhaust. Here is the sheet & the silencer tip that we pulled out.



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That's awesome that last pic is sick too.
Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:06 AM   #223
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According to the Dyno sheet that they sent with it you should get a 4hp increase. 68hp with stock pipes & 72hp with the Arrow exhaust. Here is the sheet & the silencer tip that we pulled out.
4hp is a significant gain...and it doesn't sound particularly obnoxious either.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:48 AM   #224
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:10 AM   #225
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Nice looking bike! What tailbag is that?
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