Kawasaki ZZR 600?
October 19, 2008 at 7:23 pm #2274
Would anyone recommend this bike as one that would be a good buy? Im looking for a med-size bike with some get up and go and a friend referred this one to me but I know absouletly nothing about it. Looking for some peoples suggestions.October 19, 2008 at 7:26 pm #14005
or maybe the ninja 650?October 19, 2008 at 7:30 pm #14007
between those 2 bikes, the 650r. Again, i’d probably recommend the sv650sf over the 650r only because it’s been around longer and aftermarket parts are a breeze to find.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…October 19, 2008 at 9:14 pm #14014
Kawasaki Ninja 650, Suzuki SV650/S, Gladius, GSX650F, Yamaha FZ6, FZ6R.
Hotter bikes include Honda CB600RR Triumph Daytona 675 and Street Triple.
I wouldn’t consider any of the bikes I’ve mentioned to be beginner bikes although some would disagree.October 20, 2008 at 1:32 am #14022
I sat on the zzr this weekend. it is a nice bike and really well balanced. It has a really nice sized passenger seat and is in a pretty standard position. It has bar risers instead of clip ons. I still have yet to find a 650r to sit on. The dealer said that everyone is buying the 600s so they don’t even keep them in stock.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineOctober 20, 2008 at 4:13 am #14027
If you find yourself interested in Suzuki’s Gladius, you might also be interested in Kawasaki’s new (to the US) ER-6N. And if you find yourself interested more in commuting and sport touring, there’s the Kawasaki Versys. The ER-6N is a naked Ninja 650. The Versys is also based on the Ninja 650, although with some significant changes in suspension, engine dynamics (much more mid/low torque), and ergonomics.October 21, 2008 at 1:30 pm #14120
You found the ZZR 600 comfy?
I found the forward lean to be so-so (nothing like a CBR, but not as suited to me as the ZZR-250 or Z750S – but that is all personal taste), but what got me was how high the pegs were. My knees were really bent on it…
I’ve heard the ZZR-600 refered to as “the fastest couch ever made” for how comfy it is at speed (even with a passenger). But I think whoever said that a) had much shorter legs than me, and b) was more accustomed to sportbike planks than real padded seats
Oh, and Jmango, I’m guessing you aren’t looking for this as a first bike?
As a first bike it would be lousy. As softened as it is, it is still a very powerful and fast-reacting bike. It is simply an older ZX-6R with some changes to the geometry to make it more road worthy.
According to the local dealership, most ZZR-600s go to guys moving away from supersports. They’ve had their fun, but now want a bike that is easier on the body while still providing the thrills (including track days) as their ZX-6Rs and CBRs (“90% of the track worthiness for only 10% of the discomfort”). Guys looking for a sporting road bike, coming from road oriented bikes, tend to go with the 650R.
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”October 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm #14130
I am only 5’7″ so I didn’t notice if the pegs were a little high or not. It was taller, but well balanced. It is a sport tourer. I wish I had the 650 to compare it too. I have a felling I will really like the 650. Also sat on the spyder. That thing is all kinds of tricked out. 16k is way too much for me though.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineOctober 23, 2008 at 3:00 am #14207
I saw one today, at first i thought they were kinda ugly on the website, but seeing one on the road next to me, it loooked pretty sweeeeeeeet. changed my opinion on them
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