Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Sunny Central FL..... ( . )( . )'s Galore
Any 14 will kill you if you are not careful. They are brutal, with gobs of tq on tap at nearly any gear and RPM range. A gentle roll on the gas to will put you in the three digit speeds before you have time to realize how fast you are going. It is that insane.
That being said, the Gen2s are surprisingly smooth and docile. Power is linear, and doesn't hit hard all of a sudden, and numerous electronic nanny aids do their best to keep you from killing yourself.
It ALWAYS comes down to the riders maturity and realization of their own skill level, but you can put it in KTRC 3 (allows ZERO wheelspin and wont lift the front) and ride it around like a baby. It is safer in the rain then my high strung full bolt-on ZX6R was(the removed flies, steep gearing, no KTRC, and very light weight made it very twitchy). In fact, when I get new tires I always do the first 50 miles or so on KTRC 3, just for piece of mind. The bike is so torquey you will be amazed at how easily traction control kicks in on level 3.
If that 650 is your first bike, and you have barely been riding a year, I would definitely put a lot more miles under your belt before going for a hyperbike like the 14. All the reading in the world isn't worth anything compared to getting miles under your belt.
2012 Metallic Spark Black ZX-14R: Black Coffman GP Duals, GPR v4 Damper, Lowered, lights blacked out, 8k HIDs, PP Road tires, BMC filter, Puig DB, Pazzo levers, Rizoma grips, Vortex keyless cap, Custom seat cover, Rim tape, painted fins.
152mph trap 2nd time out SWB/Stock motor. Now with nitrous...
The brakes argument is old, any 600 brakes are ample, you just squeeze harder.