08 June 2009

KingCast presents: A nekkid Ninja 650R.

Ahhhh..... now THAT's better. I'll have to hook that up sometime this summer, much better appearance. In reviewing the torque specifications, I see even without an aftermarket pipe or anything it makes a hair more than the CBR 600, and it makes it over a more usable rev range. I look forward to some tight sections with the guys on the inline fours. Wise man say: You don't have to ride hard to ride fast :)

So I think I will ride it for a coupla' days with no mods, then add the pipe and a -1 +1 or 2 sprocket deal, either both at once or one at a time. That bike then becomes a giant-slayer on a budget, duh. The last time I did that I bought a 1986 Suzuki 550ES for $1,000.00 in 1987. Kawi 66hp/8,600 rpm 46 ft-lb torque; Zook 64hp/10,000 rpm, 37 ft-lb (slim pickings). Quarter mile Kawi 12.0 Zook 12.3 but that doesn't tell the whole story. When you're not running flat out the Kawi will walk away from that Zook like there's no tomorrow. Here is a funny 550ES video. IIRC I bought the bike for 1/3 of its Kelly Blue Book value. This Deal is not quite so sweet, but still well under its value.

It was meant to happen this way.

So funny then my association with Boston Mayoral Candidate Kevin McCrea (my pic is on his blog today) given that he too, is an open-government havin'......(professional no less) motorcycle ridin'.....sushi-eaten....

1 comment:

Christopher King said...

Motorsports Network:

We gave the machine quite a workout while riding up the California coast. We didn’t abuse the bike, but we did push it straight through, mile after mile, hour after hour, with little more than shutting it off for our brief overnight stay. This translated into two days of running with only quick fill-ups and a few stops for photos. We’re talking continuous riding for about 10 hours, and 15-hour days. (Hey, we never go anywhere in a straight line - and we had to eat once) What we learned is the new 650R is much like its predecessor, the bulletproof and proven Ninja 500R (still offered at $5,049 US) which was designated the EX500 when first released in 1987. Throughout it all, the new 650R ($6,399 US) never skipped a beat, started perfectly every time, and ran consistently whether we were cruising the freeways or hard on the gas over some of the best sections of Highway 1. This led us to the conclusion that the all-new 650R is certainly ready for prime time its first year out.

Through all this high revving, heavy braking, leaned over riding it was notable that we found ourselves attaching curves sitting straight up or slightly hunched over. This is what the 650R is about, just sitting up and enjoying the ride. You can ride faster by moving up over the tank to attach corners in full sportbike mode, but the ride is just so darned comfortable and pleasant while sitting back to enjoy it. The quick-hitting brakes worked well and provided good feedback, though it’s clear they aren’t cutting edge sportbike spec units. The extremely clean running engine (emissions wise) is docile for around town use, yet surprisingly strong throughout the mid-range out on the open road. The 650R runs particularly strong from 60-100mph. The power tends to fall off up top, but the magic of this machine is in its overall usability and upper mid-range punch.