Best Sports bike for a Starter
This is my first sports bike, previously I was riding a 150cc engine and now moved to 650cc engine damn the bike is very powerful. This is a ninja EX650R, full version with 75hp. It has a very quick acceleration and riding comfort is really good. When you are riding a long journey you don't get a back pain as the riding position is really comfy. The pillion rider seating is perfect. I bought this bike on gumtree for 5800$ it is 2013 model with ABS and full version, not the LAMS. I love riding it in the rush hour as you can go in between the veh...icles and park it on the footpath and not worry about the hefty parking fee. I fell in love at the first time I saw this and decided this is my bike and I don't regret buying it. I thoroughly enjoy every moment when I ride my motorcycle.
My bike is 2012 model but I love it. Enough power, goes like a rocket. has done 7000Km but no issues apart from needing a battery change. Bought from eBay for $60 and took 20 minutes to change. Comfortable seat, hard to do many Kms though. Definitely recommend. Looks great and sexy.
So far so good Non LAMS 650
I was stuggling to find a bike in the 650 range that wasn't a LAMS job & could afford. I settled on the NINJA 650. I stepped up from a 300 NINJA as I found it too under powered for what I was used to.I find the 650 almost too quiet when cruising along but it has a good growl under acceleration, it seems a full exhaust system has to purchased for the new 2017 model. Insurance costs are very reasonable. I ride the bike daily as a commuter & to date no faults, starts first time everytime. Fuel economy is almost the same as the 300 so am very happ...y. I have found the clunck when selecting first & from first to second a bit daunting but am getting used to it. The adjustable screen I don"t find to be all that effective. The bike's handling very responsive when changing direction. The seating position is comfortable but i would be
Great commuter bike!
I purchased a 2013 version of this bike (current generation) and am very pleased with it. Comfortable riding position, exception fuel consumption (< 4.0 L/100km average even when commuting in traffic) and a good note when you put an exhaust on (I added an IXIL system). The two cylinder has plenty of low-end grunt (although it obviously misses the top-end power of the 4-cylinder bikes) and it always pulls away well in traffic.
Starts perfectly, ABS is a life-saver (literally!), parts are cheap and easy to replace and pillion is super-comfy (according to my wife). I'm coming from 4-cylinder super-sports bikes, and this bike is comfy, practical and reliable.
I have ridden this bike for approximately 2500 km.
Ninja 650 non-LAMS, ABS
Had it for a year and done 10,000 kms of hard city commuting. It holds up very well and has given precisely zero trouble. The ABS is really good for the type of riding I do, especially when someone brakes hard in front in the wet. Riding position is comfortable, power is great, looks are great, suspension is great, weight dist is great. The gearbox can be a bit clunky shifting from neutral into first, but you quickly get used to that. I find the seating marginally low for me given I'm around 182cm, but not uncomfortable by any means. Not sure what magic they've done with the steering, but you can flick this thing so easily. Very satisfied with the purchase!
Kawasaki Ninja 650 (non lams)
2 weeks in and cant fault. Have stepped down from Honda 1000 Firestorm(very performance modified). Loved the Firestorm can't say a bad word as she was awesome but very loud and probably upset a few neighbors! The Ninja is very quiet at idle and reminds me of my 2nd bike a Suzuki SV 650s 2007 which I also can not fault as that also was a great bike. The Ninja pips it with the full fairing and adjustable screen but the power seem similar although I have not taken the Ninja above 5000 rpm (running in) but the growl from the under belly exhaust is ...better than the SV (stock) exhaust at around 3700+. Quality appears very good although the seat and passenger seat seam to have a high tolerance with the locking device. This bike does seem to have quicker steering over the SV though but apart from that and the extra functions on the display (which looks very similar) feels like the same bike. I do prefer the Kwaka styling though especially the under belly exhaust compared to the torpedo tube stock of the SV. I had a Leo Vince on the SV and the sound from that was mint. In conclusion if the Firestorm had fuel injection and was still around i would of stayed that brand but out of the middle weights i'm very happy with the (1st I've owed) Kwaka and it can only get better once i can unleash it from the chains of "run in". Cheers Andy. Cheap-Styling-Insurance cost-Very nimble-Build quility-Sound above 3700rpm Sound at idle almost too quiet! Early as still running in but can't really fault as yet.
Kawasaki Ninja 650 (non lams)
Collected the bike recently, a 2013 white colour, good to see drivers giving way suddenly, realised it's the White bike that does it.
Very powerful down low with solid gear change, need a gear shift indicator though, I'm impressed with this new model, it's very quiet and extremely good on fuel at 4.1lts per hundred kms, I owned a versys and was impressed with that as well, I will hang onto this bike from now on, it has all the good riding appeal and feel is also very positive, great soft feel to the clutch and the overall finish is very, very ...
Questions & Answers
My daughter has a 650,couple of years old, and is having braking problems, took it in to get it checked out, they really don't now , but said it could need a new ABS system ??? at a cost off $1000.00, what are your thoughts??
I'm buying my 1st bike and thinking the ninja 650 LAMS. Just want to get some input on if it's good on the freeway? I travel 15-20 mins on the freeway each way to work and back so hoping this bike is suitable for that. Everything else about the 650 sounds good to me so hopefully freeways will be a breeze too. Cheers
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