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Old 04-29-2013, 05:37 PM   #346
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How much was that Penske? The rear shock on these bikes suuuuuuuuck.
$650 from BRP, and worth it.

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Why both an ER-6N and an STR? These two seem to be redundant.



Because I had the Street Trip already, and was looking for a 2012 ninja to turn it into a naked bike.
My build with all the info, and more pics can be seen here >
http://www.riderforums.com/ninja-650r-performance-upgrades/75062-winter-project-how-2012-ninja-650-er-6n-636-front-end-swap.html

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They're worlds apart..
They used to be worlds apart, now very similar (brakes, suspension, and handling), aside from the Street Trips hp. advantage. I love the ER-6N so much I sold the Street Trip 5 days ago.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:59 PM   #347
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Wow. So after suspension upgrades, you think the ER-6N chassis is that good? So, now I have to know. What are the specifics of the front end swap?
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:35 PM   #348
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Wow. So after suspension upgrades, you think the ER-6N chassis is that good? So, now I have to know. What are the specifics of the front end swap?
Even stock, my previous Kawi Versys, '09 ER-6N, and the 2012 never had any problem keeping up with or even leading rides with guys on supersports, as long as the straightaways are short. They are good handling fun bikes. Although the new suspension and brakes (don't forget the brakes) put it in a different league, she's a fun little ripper. I wanted the Penske shock, because it has ride height adjustment, so after I set the sag, I dialed in 2 inches of additional ride height over the stock shock, to put some more weight on the front end. Only 1 ride in the twisties with the new shock, but feels great so far. Compliments the front end very well, much more compliant and well controlled, and no more getting bounced out of the seat.

For the specifics on the swap see my previous post for a link to my build, all the info is there.

Love the Hawk gt and the single sided swinger, cool bike, good handling. That would be a little killer too with a front end and shock swap. I love to hit highbridge, ben howard, and tolt hill. If you like the twisties, feel free to hit me up for a ride sometime.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:01 AM   #349
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They used to be worlds apart, now very similar (brakes, suspension, and handling), aside from the Street Trips hp. advantage. I love the ER-6N so much I sold the Street Trip 5 days ago.
Damn!

I liked the engine in my 650R, but not much else..
I guess you made it a lot better.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:22 AM   #350
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I see that the "gee, I wish they still made the SV650" crowd can now be sent over to the Kawi dealership...



... And I mean that in a good way, because I like the SV650.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:15 AM   #351
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+1

The current 6n is gorgeous.

At the time I bought my 650R (ER6F) back in 2007 when 1st generation
was out there.. the 6n looked horrible to me.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:20 AM   #352
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Are they going to sell the nakie version here? I thought they stopped doing that?
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:45 AM   #353
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Are they going to sell the nakie version here? I thought they stopped doing that?
I went to their website after commenting earlier tonight and didn't see the standard--er, "naked"--version of the Ninja.

Too bad.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:07 PM   #354
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Are they going to sell the nakie version here? I thought they stopped doing that?
We don't get the new sexy version since, big surprise, no one wanted the ugly old one.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:32 PM   #355
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Damn!

I liked the engine in my 650R, but not much else..
I guess you made it a lot better.
Ya, I love these engines, scrappy little bitches that love to rev. I'm sure you've read before with suspension upgrades it's like a different bike. Mine really is a different bike, and there was a 20 pound weight loss to go with the new look. I wish they sold the '12-'13 ER-6N here, that's what I would have started with if they had.
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We don't get the new sexy version since, big surprise, no one wanted the ugly old one.
That might be your opinion but it sure isn't mine, I loved the look of it, and always had someone complimenting it when I stopped for fuel. Here's a pic of my '09 ER-6N, with the side panels removed, and the coolant reservoir relocated as that's how I preferred it. The headlight was also modded, and the turn signals took the place of the running lights inside the headlight housing since the side panels were removed. I do prefer the look of my new one with the double tube frame and swingarm, and no side panels.



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Old 04-30-2013, 01:43 PM   #357
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Now that's a naked I could live with!

I like the Versys to death but would much prefer the Ninja's engine in that chassis. You know, they way the thing was meant to be tuned

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Old 04-30-2013, 06:17 PM   #358
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Now that's a naked I could live with!

I like the Versys to death but would much prefer the Ninja's engine in that chassis. You know, they way the thing was meant to be tuned

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Don't discount the Versys' slight hp deficit, I had one of the first in Washington state, and had it for a few months while I had my '09 ER-6N. The Versys was easier to wheelie, I could pop the front end up in second gear without the clutch, stock. It was even easier once I had the pipe and power commander on it, and that helped with the top end loss it had compared to the ER-6N. I say if you like the Versys, go for it, you wont be disappointed.
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Don't discount the Versys' slight hp deficit, I had one of the first in Washington state, and had it for a few months while I had my '09 ER-6N. The Versys was easier to wheelie, I could pop the front end up in second gear without the clutch, stock. It was even easier once I had the pipe and power commander on it, and that helped with the top end loss it had compared to the ER-6N. I say if you like the Versys, go for it, you wont be disappointed.
Now that's the kind of encouragement my bank account doesn't need

Pops the front end up in 2nd you say?

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Don't discount the Versys' slight hp deficit, I had one of the first in Washington state, and had it for a few months while I had my '09 ER-6N. The Versys was easier to wheelie, I could pop the front end up in second gear without the clutch, stock. It was even easier once I had the pipe and power commander on it, and that helped with the top end loss it had compared to the ER-6N. I say if you like the Versys, go for it, you wont be disappointed.
+1

Many people prefer the tune of the Versys.
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