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Old 05-27-2011, 07:36 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:12 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I was at the Kawasaki factory a few weeks ago and no sign of a new generation Ninja 650R. That doesn't mean it's not coming, just that it's not gone into production yet... (Of course it is only May) ;-)
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:13 PM   #23 (permalink)
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There is nobody who has more of an inside line than me on Kawasaki's planned models and that includes BRP, and as far as I'm concerned and until I hear different, the bike will remain unchanged for next year.
From your lips to his ears... the longer the model remains static, the longer our value holds up.
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:53 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I was planning on buying a new 2011 in the next couple of weeks. I'm actually going to a couple dealerships today. I will definitely inquire about the 2012 model and if they know anything about any design changes.

If there are going to be updates in as described in a previous post (torque, seat design, body work, brakes, etc.), I will definitely wait for the 2012!
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split seat i hear you say? i'm hoping for something like this then...

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Only rumours I have heard so far include:
New body work
Split seat
More Torque
Better brakes

Will be very interesting if it inherits some of the new Ninja 1000 looks....Certainly not a bad thing!!
Great, new body work, again..
SHeesh.

The bike needs better brakes and suspension, engine is fine, looks fine.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:32 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Well I went to the dealer and looked at a sweet "candy burnt orange" 2011.

I asked the sales staff if they had any info about the 2012 model and any design changes. They told me they don't get next year model information from Kawasaki until August or September.

I told them I had cash in hand, ready to buy, if and when they heard anything one way or the other.

I'm really looking forward to my new 650R!
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Like factory saddlebags, tailbag? It is supposed to be aimed at sport touring
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Like factory saddlebags, tailbag? It is supposed to be aimed at sport touring
Huh? Since when? Kawasaki don't market the EX650 as a sport tourer...
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Huh? Since when? Kawasaki don't market the EX650 as a sport tourer...
Only in USA they don't.
It's a sports-tourer everywhere else, and IS one in reality too.

But stick a Ninja badge on it, and kids buy it and think they got a supersport,
then clipons, stickers, cheapo aftermarket exhaust.. and VOILA, you got a
bike that's got a reputation of being a noob squid top choice.

The bike is in reality more like a Versys then a ZX6R (Ninja 600), but few
know that (or care).

If it was sold with the Ninja 650 name here (EU), I wouldn't have bought it
for that reason alone.

Anyone wanna swap their naked Bandit 650 for my 650R?
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