2012 Ninja 650

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by DOUBLE-O G, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. DOUBLE-O G

    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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  2. DOUBLE-O G

    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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  3. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Loving the red one. I bet that it's a great bike to ride.

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  4. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Fantastic! Whoever is running Kawasaki these days is doing a fabulous job. Honda could take a hint.
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  5. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Aspiring advrider

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    I agree. Kawasaki is kicking it up a notch.
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  6. Silver King

    Silver King Maita'i roa ae!

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    ....and the first thing to go? Those awful license plate holders. :puke2
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  7. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Necessary evil those things, but I know you know that. :deal

    But yes, that is a LOT of extra plastic that add nothing to the bike. If I were to have one of these, that would probably be the first to go :evil
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  8. R-A-M-O-N

    R-A-M-O-N Been here awhile

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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 :clap Maybe some day ill try one, for now im just too happy with my bandit :freaky
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  9. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    They still need to bring the ABS versions to the US too.
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  10. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I had one, an '06.

    If I were to do it again, I'd get the naked version. Little bit less weight, better looking, lower bars, more wind, more fun.
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  11. Gas Hog

    Gas Hog Two Wheel Fanatic

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    Damn I love this time of year!!:D
    Kawi is really putting out some nice stuff. :beer
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  12. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    hopefully that same kicking will happen with an ADV version of the versys!
    they are so close...
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  13. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    I can see now why Honda have that new 700cc motor in a variety of guises. I just wish Kwak didn't have such an aversion to center stands. Makes life much easier.
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  14. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I don't think it is an aversion to center stands as much as it is a desire to maintain the weight balance and style they've created with the sideways battery, laydown shock, and underbelly exhaust. It really is a tidy package - the bike feels smaller than it weighs, and it is very flickable.

    I had a rear stand for mine at home, and I've seen fairly effective little stilts for the rear axle that allow you to at least spin the rear wheel for chain maintenance on the road.
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  15. RMZMZM

    RMZMZM Not adventurous

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    Nice looking bikes! Looking at their other models, it seems they are trying to make all of them appear more aggressive.

    I have an '07 and really enjoy it. As a short female I really like how narrow and light this bike is. It has more power than I'll ever need and handles very nimbly (at least on public roadways).

    (Sidetrack - I have to laugh at people that claim it lacks power or is a "snooze" to drive - they demonstrate how clueless they are with regard to their motorcycle knowlege, driving skills or both)

    At some point I'll have decide if I want to make serious modifications, or change bikes (financially neither is a current option), but the more I learn about different bikes, the more modifying and keeping this one looks like the better option.
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  16. RMZMZM

    RMZMZM Not adventurous

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    Maybe I'm demonstrating how little I know about these things, but given the configuration on the underside, could a centerstand be mounted? If it could, would it be very stable given the width of the frame? When I'm working on it or won't be riding it for a while I put the rear on a PitBull stand.
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  17. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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  18. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Ogre took this one, but there really isn't any place to mount it, as the frame doesn't extend below the motor or exhaust. Look at that versys centerstand, holy shit what an ugly convoluted mess. I guess it works, but, wow.
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  19. RMZMZM

    RMZMZM Not adventurous

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    When there is a will, there is a way. Personally, I'll stick with my pitbull.

    Next dumb question - what are the advantages of having a center stand?

    (The only things I can think of, are chain maintenance and tire inspection/repair away from home.)
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  20. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    My FZ6 came stock with one, and that is the long and short of it. Chain lubrication and adjustment, tire changes, etc. Only other nice thing is when fully loaded with luggage and stopped on soft ground, I'll put it on the centerstand to both level the load and keep it from auguring in. A sidestand puck or crushed soda can fixes that just as easily.
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