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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-25-2005, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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2006 Ninja 650R


I was browsing Kawasaki's website the other day and I noticed their new Ninja 650R. I like the look of the bike (the bottom exhaust is cool too), and its numbers look good as well. The strange thing is its only around $6k MSRP, which is considerably less than comparably equipped bikes. What gives? Is it really slow or something?
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Well, it's not a Yamaha, so they know they couldn't get top dollar for it anyway.

BTW, I have to disagree about the exhaust. It looks like dead tech post modern crap to me.

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Well it's not a replacement for the current Ninja ZX-6R. It's listed on the site under "sport," not "super sport."

If you read the description, it appears it's the new competitor for the Suzuki SV650. 2-cylinder, and designed for both "novice and experienced" motorcyclists.

Seems like a pretty cool bike for the money.
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Looks ok, bet it would be a good first bike. Probably intended for those who want a sportbike but dont want the race replica or who cant quite scrape up the extra money!

Lookin forward to seeing these on the road to check out in person!
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Twin

This is a twin and not a repli racer inline 4. No inverted forks, no radial calipers, etc. etc.

A nice rider nonetheless if magazines are to be believed.
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Re: Twin

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This is a twin and not a repli racer inline 4. No inverted forks, no radial calipers, etc. etc.

A nice rider nonetheless if magazines are to be believed.
Whats the benefit of inverted forks?
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Looks ok, bet it would be a good first bike. Probably intended for those who want a sportbike but dont want the race replica or who cant quite scrape up the extra money!

Lookin forward to seeing these on the road to check out in person!
I would love a new gixxer or r6 but after checking out insurance rates on these bikes here are my results. I did both quotes with $500 deductables for comp and collision insurance through progressive. Im 18 heed you.

650r : About $71 a month.
gsx-r600: About $270 a month, insane.

I know you can find cheaper insurance elseware but they are ballpark figures, and $270 a month is way out of the ballpark.
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Ninja 650R

WOW! That is a monumental difference in insurance prices.

Well, the 650R sounds like a GREAT beginner bike to me. I've sat on one, at it seems to be very roomy and comfortable. The bike was designed to be more user friendly and be more of an "all purpose" kind of bike- Sport riding, commuting, and sport touring. Based on the magazine reviews, it fulfills all of these roles quite nicely.

Plus, running low to mid 12 second quarter miles, with a top speed of 125mph, I wouldn't classify the bike as slow either. It definitely compares favorably vs. Suzuki's SV 650.
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Actaully to clarify, I made a mistake. I went to the progressive website and it was not listed, so I selected "Other model not listed" instead of "other high perf model not listed". I went to the gieco site and got a quote for the ninja650r and was discusted to see that it was actaully a few dollars more to carry full coverage on it than on the gixxer.
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