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I've had the 250r for about a year and a half now and my commute is about to get a whole hell of a lot longer - time for an upgrade.. i just can't handle the high revs the 250 pulls on the highway - it hurts my heart :nonono:

I got the chance to test ride some sort of 650r today (i think it was suzuki.. i was just amazed that i was actually given the opportunity to test ride something so i took it).... anyways.... wow.. the power difference is freaking crazy.....

I was pressed for time, so I ended up driving off without trying some old zx10 or something (damn it), but that's probably for the best.

I was torn for a time between the zx6r and the 650r, but realistically i am forced to go with the 650r due to price constraints and insurance rates. If the penis could have its way, I would definitely be going with the zx6 and turn into an irresponsible 20 year old dickhead with too much horsepower.


ANYWAYS... here's what i'm realistically considering right now. It seems to be quite hard to find a used 650r, but this seems to be a gem. What do you guys think? I already sent the guy an email asking if i could check it out

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R
 

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You can't go wrong with that bike L1felock. It looks is very good condition.
Some of the colouring of the plastics look a little funny, especially in the forth pic. Perhaps the bike has been kept outside, or by an exterior window since the plastics look faded. The cables and brake lines that you can see under the speedo in the first pic look dirty as well which makes me think it has been kept outside for a time.
If you go to inspect it, make sure you check out all of the lines and hoses very carefully. Look for any premature aging(From sun exposure) and especially rodent damage.
Also check out the tyres carefully to ensure they have no flat spots. With that low a mileage, it has been sitting for a long time.
Take it for a spin, and see what you think.
They handle slightly different to the 250R's, and are slightly more top heavy, so take it easy.
Good luck with whatever you decide to purchase.
 

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Going from a 250r to a zx10 is not a good idea. The 650 was and is the best way to go in my opinion. It's a good medium but in no way performance like the 600 or the 1000. And you probably rode a sv650. Which is as close to the super sport 600's you can get without changing classes. Still will rev high but not as high. It will be a lot more comfortable on the highway for sure. You will enjoy it a lot more. Just keep in mind you don't need as much throttle as you did before and now you will finally need to learn throttle control more than ever. Wasn't as important before and now you've already learned the improper habit of not having good throttle control due to a lack of power more than likely but work on that and your other habits(hopefully good) will make you faster smoother and more stable.
 

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I have a Ninja 650....N here's my thoughts.....:facepalm:
If ur commuting it is perfect.....:thumb:
Ur sitting upright n comfy.......:dance:
It has plenty of get er up n go for the city/towns....n......:whistling:
It will do u good on the highways......watch ur speeds......:eek:
Very easy to get climbing to 100 MPH n not notice....:whistling:
As the other said........:rolleyes:
Check tires real good....Hoses 2.....cables will need to be lubed....:ermm:
Radiator hoses will most likely be needing to be replaced be4 u start adding the heat to them.........:eek:
Old is old no matter what the miles.......:popcorn:
Plastics can be armoralled if u want shiny....Hell walmart sells plastic paint.......:thumb:
Check the chain also to see if it is starting to freeze up.....:facepalm:
See how bad the calipers may be pitted.....rust is not ur friend.....:whistling:








 

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The 650r is a great all rounded motorcycle for commuters. Comfortable riding position, plenty of power for the highways, and it handles well for its class. Out of the different bikes you listed, a 650r would match your needs very well.
 

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one thing i'm curious about... water in the gas tank from it sitting so long.. and the oil likely hasn't been changed. what happens when oil isn't changed for five years?
Just don't turn the bike on and pump all the gas/water out of the tank. Same thing with the oil, change it ASAP. That's really all you can do without causing unnecessary damage
 

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Okay so oil does break down over time and with all the deposits from your engine and blow by the oil will sludge. No to big of an issue if you had decently new oil in the bike when it was put up but the problem is clogged oil pump pick ups or gummed up engine components where oil sat and gummed. Change the oil and the filter with a cheap oil of a light weight and viscosity and a new filter. Run that for about 300 miles with a oil system cleaner. And change the oil for a good quality and oil and filter. That's all you should have to do. If it's really gummed up. Put two cap fulls of diesel in the oil with the cleaner. The bike will smoke but it's okay. When id is in the oil. Don't get crazy and rip the bike. Let it idle . What this does is changes the engine temp to burn off oil deposits. Also thins the oil you putting in it. This is only to be done if you have lots of sludge issues. I really don't suggest riding at all like this just idle for a long time just before oil change. Hope this helps.
 
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