2012 Ninja 650

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

  1. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I hope the kawi demo truck comes to MSP again. I miss my '06, and I'm curious how the changes since then have come together. I rode the Z1000SX last year and it was brilliant.
  2. southwade

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  4. Matticus91

    Matticus91 Been here awhile

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    Sweet pics man keep em coming!
  5. antwon412

    antwon412 Been here awhile

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    Well I picked one up today. Fun bike. Need to find a way to clean up the tail on this thing. The rear fender is MASSIVE.
  6. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Make sure you don't mind riding with wet back if you get rid of it.
  7. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    It isn't really that the fender is big, it is that the seat and tail section are so small... I really dislike that trend in moto design. put a comfy seat, a grab rail, and a strong subframe back there. Some of us use it. :D
  8. Murphy Slaw

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    What he said....
  9. southwade

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    Same here, I get comments all the time, "When are you getting a fender delete kit, brah?" I just tell them, "I ride in the rain." That usually ends the conversation. :lol3
  10. Grainbelt

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    God damn it. Demo truck is in town today, and I thought I'd see if the new 650R was as great as my memories of the '06 I out 25K on.

    I love these stupid little things. Great balance and power for a solo street bike. Anybody want an FZ6? :uhoh
  11. antwon412

    antwon412 Been here awhile

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    I too ride year round. I may go the same route I went on my/now my wife's so I could get a new bike cbr250.

    I took off the stock fender and cut it down a bit. Cleaned up the rear end a lot but still provides really good splash protection.

    I know I saw someone else go that route on another forum. I'll have to dig up that thread and look at it again.
  12. Grainbelt

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    Looks like you could unbolt the reflectors and some ancillary parts and leave the main fender and license plate bracket, but clean it up visually quite a bit. :thumb
  13. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    :lol3

    I bought my 650R in 2007, and by mid 2008 I was all over Yamaha shops
    trying to swap it for the new FZ6 S2..
  14. antwon412

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    My plan exactly. Wrenching on a bike is as fun as riding it sometimes. Especially when new!

    I just put the windshield in its upper most position. See how that does. Wind was brutal on the freeway on the way home yesterday.

    Already looking into either the MRA Touring or doube bubble screen. And possibly either a riser or some bars that are just a wee bit more back. But I'll but one miles on it before the bar mods.
  15. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I had the MRA Touring on my 2007.. it probably doesn't mean anything
    since the new bike has a completely different windscreen but..

    The stock bike was horror.
    I couldn't ride over 65mph for more then 45 minutes (I'm 5'11").

    The MRA Touring made it comfortable up to 75mph for about $100.

    I should have gone with the adjustable MRA Touring Vario, see if that's
    available still. It doesn't look "cool" but it works..

    Should have asked before and bought the ER6n.
    :lol3
  16. Grainbelt

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    I rode my FZ6 on half the demo route on my way home - definitely more legroom, smoother, more top end. Still love the big tank and the centerstand.

    But I tell you what, I'd be having more fun on the 650R. :ricky
  17. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I was too until the vibrations and buzz started ruining things.
    The FZ6 also had better suspension and brakes, my other main complaints,
    even for normal riding.

    The 650R rear shock was a joke.
    Even for my 200lbs frame the 6/7 was the only usable setting.

    With some luggage or a passenger, I was out of luck.

    Had better load carrying ability on my 125cc scooter.
  18. Grainbelt

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    You're a whiner. :lol3

    My '06 could scrub the tires from edge to edge with 80lbs in the Givis and my fat arse on it. Sure, it was a little jumpy, but that just added to the, uh, excitement. And the vibes are there to remind you that you are alive, and on a bike, not in a cage :D

    As always, YMMV. FWIW, the 2012 is smoother, no fairing buzz, and seems geared a hair taller. Really nicely executed. :thumb
  19. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    And every single new styling update is said to have a better rear shock, too.
    I've had the first version!

    I scrubbed the tires too, but it was never confidence inspiring.
  20. JamesG

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    Fairing design looks lifted from the Yami R6...