Well, what can I say about my bike given that I’ve now hit 45,000km (27,961 Miles) on my 2012 Ninja 650 within 1 year and 8 months... Apart from a few minor issues and the rear shock tabs that failed the bike is still providing me with week end thrills around my favorite twisty roads.
The overall power of the bike has always been a downside for me (having come from larger bikes in the UK) but here in Bangkok 72bhp and a bucket full of low down grunt still manages to give my old mug a smile when the traffic has calmed (11pm+) and my sticky Rosso IIs have warmed up. Some may argue but despite the stock suspension set-up that I have it’s still a perfectly predictable and sure footed ride, inspiring confidence with every outing.
She also commutes as good as any other bike in it’s class, surprisingly nimble through traffic given her dimensions and weight, I find myself regularly leaving smaller scooters behind…. This might be due to my confidence that’s built up over the years but I assure you the bike doesn’t feel as heavy as it’s spec sheet suggests.
My previous write up had a lot of info about my likes, dislikes and ability of the bike and there are plenty of other reviews out there since the bike appeared back in December 2011. I guess the only other thing I should mention is, how much longer will I keep this bike??
Well there are two answers for that question….
A) If I had enough money I would keep it till it dies and use it at my commuter while adding another supersport bike to my stable. Or
B) Sell it and use it as a deposit for something much more desirable, such as a ZX636R at the end of next year… The latter is the most likely option right now.
Either way I wouldn’t hesitate buying or recommending another 650 to other riders who are looking for something they can use every day and throw about at the weekends (With sticky tyres fitted)
Rear wheel bearing (wear and tear)
Grove worn into the underside of the fuel tank???
Front brake switch
loose front sprocket (From the factory)
Rear shock’s Upper mount cap fell out somewhere (Replaced with a billet alloy item)
Rear hugger bolt vibrate loose and fell out
Over the past 45,000km
Valve clearances adjusted
5 sets of tyres (Rosso II)
3 sets of brake pads (Stock)
2 stock chain and sprocket sets
Currently still running a RK chain, Renthal front and stock rear (steel) sprocket (all stock sizes)
New clutch (Started slipping at 42,000)
As well as all the other usual service items.
Here’s a pic of how she looks now, pretty sweet for a sports tourer. I’d like to spend more but one must know where to stop when they desire something better.
Enjoy your bikes and stay safe