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Old 10-12-2011, 06:55 PM   #31
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My girlfriend has a 2009. Great bike for her. Not having a centerstand is no big deal - it's easy enough to lift the rear of the bike to lube the chain, and at home we use a trackstands.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:49 AM   #32
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Fantastic! Whoever is running Kawasaki these days is doing a fabulous job. Honda could take a hint.
Agreed. It seems like they really are listening to the customer. Now there are undenied rumors of a Versys 1000 as well. I love both new Ninjas. Very easily made into sport touring machines.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:33 AM   #33
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agreed on the chain. a trailside jack can also work nice to hold the bike up too.

as far as kawi leading the pack in dirtbikes, say what???
http://www.kawasaki.com/Products/SubCategory.aspx?id=11
same line up last year. maybe you're a 140cc kinda guy.
sure they've got some nice mx bikes but...
I think he meant MXers when he mentionned
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But I never looked at that OFF ROAD lineup! Wonder how they would pull with my 240lbs ass on it!
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:58 AM   #34
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Even the 250cc MX'er would haul you around effortlessly, they are quick and the 450s are insanely fast. MX bikes are just a whole different ball game. A KX250F will out-accelerate my XR650R at least at low-mid speeds (maybe the XR650R would pull harder at 70+mph).

For reference, a KX450F has 10hp more than my XR650R and weighs 50lbs+ less.

A KX250F has ~5hp more than a DRZ400S and weighs ~80lbs less. Also they've both got much more instant throttle response and lighter flywheels so when you tell the bike to go it goes straight away.

The 140 wasn't what I had in mind, but FWIW it's without a doubt the best in its class by a big margin (way lighter than the CRF150F + better suspension + real brakes). My mom rocks one

I don't know that I'd say Kawak is the absolutely best MX'er out there, but I wouldn't say that about any of them. Best really depends on what you want. All the major japanese MX'ers are astoundingly good and all capable of winning at a national level more or less as standard. I happen to like the feel of the Kawak quite well.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:08 AM   #35
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Just read that Kawasaki have sold 60,000 ER650s since launch, mainly in Europe. That's pretty impressive.

I didn't realise how much has changed with the 2012, but this major revamp is an attempt to keep up with the Ducati Monster et al, at a lower price point. Not that that's a bad thing.
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:00 PM   #36
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Just read that Kawasaki have sold 60,000 ER650s since launch, mainly in Europe. That's pretty impressive.
Can you post a link for that?
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #37
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The new 2012 650r looks more aggressive than its previous model. Good on Kawasaki to up date this bike.
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:54 AM   #38
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Interesting that for this year the naked version seems more appealing than the faired version, they finally nailed it with the naked this time Maybe some day ill try one, for now im just too happy with my bandit
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I bought mine (faired) in 2007 and thought the naked version was very fugly.
I even liked the Versys better (and wish I got that).

The next naked version was a bit better, and I could live with it, but if I was
buying new now, the naked wins (for me), no contest.

But my 2007 is still going strong after 22k+ miles!

This one!
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:21 PM   #39
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Just picked one up a few days ago:

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Old 03-03-2012, 04:22 PM   #40
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:27 PM   #41
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Itís tamer than I expected. It's still powerful as fak (to me) but it doesn't surprise you. I had it in my head, that it looks like a supersport, itís gonna be super aggressive. But, you know exactly what to expect and when to expect it power wise.

The suspension is better than that in my wife car. Itís super comfy but at the same time not squishy at all. Itís not race hard, like I think Iíd prefer, but I think itís still really well done.

Itís definitely a sport touring bike, which cool, because thatís what I needed. A small, lightweight, sporty, touring (commuter) bike.


Love it.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:28 PM   #42
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Nice! Love the pictures, as I just bought one Fri sight unseen. It was their first 2012. Should have it over here for pictures next week.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:38 PM   #43
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Nice! Love the pictures, as I just bought one Fri sight unseen. It was their first 2012. Should have it over here for pictures next week.
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What color?

I have the Candy Lime Green. I have to work late all weekend, but I plan on taking some good photos on Monday.
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:39 AM   #44
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Same, So two Candy green, and one Pearl Orange in the shop at the same time.
Will make a great picture
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:47 AM   #45
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I have to say the ER6N is pretty nice. What are these engines like, character wise?

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