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i really hate what they've done with the '07 kawasaki :(

it's such a shame and a really big annoiyance for me too, because i got caught in an accident with my '06 zx6r and now have to find a new zx6r to finance, but all the brand new '06 black zx6r's have been sold! (and i HATE green!)

the rear of the '07 is alright, it can grow on me and i kinda like it already... but the front is appauling! those lights are too small, it looks old not new, and it looks like a kitten compared to the '06s evil looking front. :/

plus the step down to a 599cc engine wasn't too appealing for me, sure it's meant to be faster but blegh. -and- then you have the whole size issue, they made the bike smaller! yay.... now i can feel like i've got a tooth pick between my legs!

i dunno what everyone elses fascination with small thin toothpick style bikes are, but i prefer to feel like i'm actually riding something, and the '06 "fat" looks, don't look fat at all to me... they look perfect!

has supermodel stick thin annorexia taken over the whole 600cc market or something?

i just hope to god that i can find me another brand new black '06. in the UK somewhere...
 

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Yea, the whole skinnier and smaller thing really turned me off, although the silver with red rims is very nice. I liked Kawi because they were fat. I like the looks of the gixxers, but them being so skinny felt unatural, comparable to going from a 250 ninja to a 636.

I'm still gonna give it a chance and go take a look at one in person, but everything they're bragging about is exactly what I don't want.
 

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Drazek -> Have you ever ridden a twistie in your entire life? If you have, you SHOULD be aware of why people want narrow bikes. The step-down to the 599cc engine comes with a higher redline, more power, and more torque...so all you're stepping DOWN in is the number of CC's. My penis is still the same size. And the 06 front looks ALMOST as much like a little child with down syndrome as the CBR 954. Personally, I'd LOVE to ride a 600cc sportbike that feels like a toothpick between my legs with more power and torque than a 636. That's a very good thing.

For everyone else, here's some pics from the Kawi site.

Check out the sexy dash!


Look at the ground clearance, even at full lean. Very impressive.


The red is so sexy...it's almost a Ferrari red.





I love that tail even more every time I see it.


Look at that sexy triple...mmm.
 

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Great pics! I hate the fact that weight and torque are TBD. I want to see specs!!
 

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Originally posted by jp636
Great pics! I hate the fact that weight and torque are TBD. I want to see specs!!
Yeah, I'm pretty anxious about that too. Is it just me, or is the dash VERY reminiscant of the MV Agusta F4 dash? Which is a very good thing. Minus the yellow faceplate, of course.
 

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dragknt - by "riding a twistie" if what you mean is riding a very bendy road... then ofcourse i have! i live in the UK, our country is full of em! and i had absolutely no problem with bombing it down a bendy main road through wales at about 1am doing 120-130mph in my 2006 kawi. (highly illegal! (and probably dangerous) but hella fun! ;o)

those new pictures you posted, yes i think i do like the rear end, it's different but it's not worse. and i like the new gauges, too bad i still can't see a petrol gague unless it's that lcd inside the rev counter.

... but my view on the front end still stands, god damn ugly! downsindrome on the '05/06 you say? i fail to see it, i'm usually very picky when it comes to looks and style, and i fell in love with the 06's looks from the moment i saw it... the 07 however, produced the complete opposite reaction on first glance; only after looking at it for longer periods have i seen bits about it that i do like, but i still hate that front! >.<'

and i'm just not a toothpick bike person, as trig agreed with me... in a style 'show off to my friends' perspective, stick thin bikes really aren't all that cool, they're too common - hence why i don't like ducatti's... :| - ofcourse opinions in the US are bound to differ, but atleast some people agree with me ;D

i'm going to the national bike show here in england on the 28th, and i hope to see the '07 there in person so i can get a proper up close look and decide whether i want to go for one or continue my search for the far better (i'm my opinion) '06.
 

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Originally posted by Drazek
dragknt - by "riding a twistie" if what you mean is riding a very bendy road... then ofcourse i have! i live in the UK, our country is full of em! and i had absolutely no problem with bombing it down a bendy main road through wales at about 1am doing 120-130mph in my 2006 kawi. (highly illegal! (and probably dangerous) but hella fun! ;o)

those new pictures you posted, yes i think i do like the rear end, it's different but it's not worse. and i like the new gauges, too bad i still can't see a petrol gague unless it's that lcd inside the rev counter.

... but my view on the front end still stands, god damn ugly! downsindrome on the '05/06 you say? i fail to see it, i'm usually very picky when it comes to looks and style, and i fell in love with the 06's looks from the moment i saw it... the 07 however, produced the complete opposite reaction on first glance; only after looking at it for longer periods have i seen bits about it that i do like, but i still hate that front! >.<'

and i'm just not a toothpick bike person, as trig agreed with me... in a style 'show off to my friends' perspective, stick thin bikes really aren't all that cool, they're too common - hence why i don't like ducatti's... :| - ofcourse opinions in the US are bound to differ, but atleast some people agree with me ;D

i'm going to the national bike show here in england on the 28th, and i hope to see the '07 there in person so i can get a proper up close look and decide whether i want to go for one or continue my search for the far better (i'm my opinion) '06.

I'm with you all the way. I was going for a 675 until I met one in person, and I felt like my knees were about to touch each other - I couldn't stand it. It sure is pretty, though. I felt the 636 had the perfect width for me, so it came to live with me instead.
 

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i think the rear is hot! once you clean up all those lights and slim it down it'l look killer! front's growing on me...slowly. and finally they ditched the gold! i would buy one just for that ;)
 

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i Personally like the new bike..i'm just glad they didnt go with the GP style exhaust like you see on the 06' gixxers my biggest concern is WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 636??...Please dont tell me that 06' was the last year for the 636...
 

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Originally posted by brandonh98
my biggest concern is WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 636??...Please dont tell me that 06' was the last year for the 636...

yes. 2006 was the last year for the 636. it's been known for a while now. the zx6r is now truly a 600cc bike. they claim they improved the bike using technology instead of displacement.
 

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Originally posted by dragknt
Personally, I'd LOVE to ride a 600cc sportbike that feels like a toothpick between my legs

Check out the sexy dash!

The red is so sexy

I love that tail even more every time I see it.

Look at that sexy triple...mmm.

Man, it's like motorcycle porno! You should be using those adjectives for the ladies :D
 

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Originally posted by Drazek
dragknt - by "riding a twistie" if what you mean is riding a very bendy road... then ofcourse i have! i live in the UK, our country is full of em! and i had absolutely no problem with bombing it down a bendy main road through wales at about 1am doing 120-130mph in my 2006 kawi. (highly illegal! (and probably dangerous) but hella fun! ;o)

those new pictures you posted, yes i think i do like the rear end, it's different but it's not worse. and i like the new gauges, too bad i still can't see a petrol gague unless it's that lcd inside the rev counter.

... but my view on the front end still stands, god damn ugly! downsindrome on the '05/06 you say? i fail to see it, i'm usually very picky when it comes to looks and style, and i fell in love with the 06's looks from the moment i saw it... the 07 however, produced the complete opposite reaction on first glance; only after looking at it for longer periods have i seen bits about it that i do like, but i still hate that front! >.<'

and i'm just not a toothpick bike person, as trig agreed with me... in a style 'show off to my friends' perspective, stick thin bikes really aren't all that cool, they're too common - hence why i don't like ducatti's... :| - ofcourse opinions in the US are bound to differ, but atleast some people agree with me ;D

i'm going to the national bike show here in england on the 28th, and i hope to see the '07 there in person so i can get a proper up close look and decide whether i want to go for one or continue my search for the far better (i'm my opinion) '06.
Yeah, actually I'm sure the UK has a lot more twisty roads than FL does. We have a few decent corners, some good on/off ramps for highways, and stuff...I had to fly to Nevada to get a good ride in on a nice, slow, technical twisty road though. hehe

The narrowness of a bike allows you to tuck in better (knees come in farther so your elbows don't stick out so much in a full tuck), and also allows you to anchor the bike better when leaned off in a corner, and gives you better control when flicking from one side to the other. I -love- how narrow the Ducati's are. Different strokes, I guess. I can't stand a fat bike. My 03/04 is a lot narrower and slim than just about all of the I4's out there now, and the tank still feels a little too fat for my tastes, especially after spending a few hours in the local Duc shop (06 999r Xerox and 999s Parts Unlimited bikes...mmmmm....) I'm really not a fan of the 675, though. It looks like a squished version of the Daytona 600 and 650, which were some fat and damn ugly bikes. (honestly I liked the 600 and 650's in pictures, but when I saw one in person I almost vomited)

Also, Trig's oppinion doesn't count. He's still a newb. hehehe j/k

As for the petrol gauge, those are for ST bikes. Sportbikes haven't had gas gauges in forever. The LCD inside the tachometer is the gear indicator (good stuff, eh? :D)
 

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is this the gear indicator? or something else?

from the kawasaki site:
Gear Position Sensor

- The convenient gear position sensor gives instant information to the rider, this is especially useful for improving consistency when testing new settings on the racetrack
- The system compatible with the semi-automatic shifters (legal in AMA Supersport racing) which temporarily cut ignition to facilitate clutchless shifts at full-throttle
 

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Originally posted by cmikepee
is this the gear indicator? or something else?

from the kawasaki site:
Gear Position Sensor

- The convenient gear position sensor gives instant information to the rider, this is especially useful for improving consistency when testing new settings on the racetrack
- The system compatible with the semi-automatic shifters (legal in AMA Supersport racing) which temporarily cut ignition to facilitate clutchless shifts at full-throttle
I'm not entirely sure what you're asking.

The first bullet point they listed is about the gear indicator that's inside the tachometer on the new dash.

The second bullet point is just stating that the new Kawi's ECU is pre-set-up for using semi-auto shifters (it's a dealie that plugs into the shift lever and into the ECU via the wiring harness, and when the sensor on the shift lever detects pressure (you trying to shift) it sends a signal to the ECU that cuts the throttle for a split second so that the tranny clicks smoothly into the next gear. You can be wide open on the front straight or what not, and just click the gear clutchless without having to let up on the throttle between gears. You could set it up on the older bikes, but the new setup just makes it cheaper and easier for a club-level racer to set it up on their race bike. Or you or me setting it up on their track bike for track days.
 
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