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Thread: Upgraded from 12 BHP to 72 BHP, please welcome the Kawasaki Ninja 650

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    Default Upgraded from 12 BHP to 72 BHP, please welcome the Kawasaki Ninja 650

    Warning:- Some of you must have read the same thread on T-Bhp, so please ignore, this thread is for my XBHP bro's.

    This thread had been pending for quite some time.


    Yeah this upgrade was from a 2001 Suzuki Fiero to 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650.

    History :-

    I learnt riding bikes[geared] somewhere in 2000, I started off with my bros Splendor and then when I got a job, dad bought me a Suzuki Fiero this was after reading countless reviews. Today 11+ years later still no regrets. I still have the bike with me. As years passed the urge to get more power out of the Fiero started in me, so in 2006 I got a big bore job done on her, rode it on a big bore setup for close to 5+ years, the bike had started ageing the big bore setup needed more frequent servicing. Fed up, finally I got her back to stock state and she is fine today.

    Around end of 2010 news came in that Honda was launching the CBR, I was glued to the Thai CBR forums for more and more info, finally booked the CBR in Jan 2011 hoping to take the delivery of the bike as soon as it was launched, but my elder brother had some other plans, he being a builder, believes a lot in Astrology, someone told him that the family should not buy a new vehicle till Nov 2011 and I had no other go but to wait, by the time November passed, I lost interest in the CBR, by that time the KTM was in news, but then that too did not excite me, so started looking at the Ninja 250.

    Finally decided if I had to buy a bike it has to be a twin cylinder, the cost in Bangalore was 3.75 Lakhs when I last checked and then the Ninja 300 got launched, the waiting game was killing me, then one fine day me and my buddy were off to Chikmagalur on a bike trip and there it hit me why not the Ninja 650, discussed with my buddy and he too felt it made more sense to spend extra 2 Lakh and get the 650 over the 250.

    I have to recall a person here who made my decision making a lot easier, @GSFerrari, he is the guy who has owned a couple of super bikes, he sold off his Yamaha MT01 and bought a Ninja 650, I still recall reading his words about how practical the 650 was. I have never spoken to him or even messaged him. A big thanks to him, also a big thanks to Narula on Team Bhp and off course our own Zimbly for answering all my queries regarding the bike.

    Hunt For the Bike:-

    Anyone who has tried to buy a Ninja 650 will know what this section means. The KTM Bangalore guys talked about a lottery system and I was told there are 200 other guys waiting in queue, my heart sank on hearing this news, I guess I was reading Narulas Team BHP thread on his 650 ownership and someone over there mentioned about KTM Mysore, I casually gave a call to those guys, they just took my phone number and told me that would call me. I started bugging them daily, this went on for 15 odd days, I guess that receptionist at KTM Mysore would have been fed up looking at my number daily. I convinced them that I was a serious customer and would definitely buy it from them.

    Then one fine day I get a call from KTM Mysore, one Mr Balaji Shetty speaks to me and tells me, sir there is a 650 available and if I am interested, I could not believe when he said that, he asked me to pay a booking amount of 3 Lakhs, I agreed immediately, took the DD and tanked up my Fiero and off I was to Mysore this was on a Sunday, when I introduced myself to the lady at the reception, she said So It is you who kept calling and the following conversation happened.

    Receptionist :- "Sir you came to Mysore just to give the DD that too on a bike".
    Me :- Yeah.
    Receptionist :- And you will be leaving immediately now to BLR.
    Me :- Yeah, she thought I was crazy . I told her "You should allocate the Ninja to people like me, who love riding and love their bikes".

    Sometime later in the week, I received a call from Balaji asking me if I could wait for the next lot of 650, I was like what is going on I have paid 3 lakhs and now you are telling me to wait. It seems two of his friends were interested in the 650 and he only had one bike, if he gave the bike to either of those guys the other would be unhappy hence he decided to alot the bike to me and somehow one these guys got to know about this and started pressuring him how he could do this when they had booked the bike before me. Hence his request to me to let go off this bike, I said no way I am not letting this bike go at any cost as I was sure no one knows when the next lot of bikes would arrive.

    The following Sunday, I was at a restaurant with the family and I got a call from Balaji saying the bike is in transit and will be in Mysore in another 3 days and I was told to do the remaining payment immediately. That probably was the happiest day of my biking life.

    I had decided to pay the remaining amount through loan, contacted HDFC and I have to say the worst experience I have ever had with a bank, the KTM Mysore guys wanted to seal off the deal before the end of the month. The HDFC guys took more time than I had, finally cancelled the loan and decided to pay the remaining amount directly. Took the money, along with better half and son left for Mysore in car, little did I realize about the Cauvery issue, on the way to Mysore saw people shouting slogans, finally reached mysore and paid the remaining amount and saw the bike for the first time, words dont do justice when I saw my second life partner for the first time in flesh, wifes first reaction This looks like a bull, so big.

    The first look

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    I was told to collect the bike anytime next week, I decided Thursday to be the D-Day, reached Mysore bus stand and was shocked to see no Volvos, the cauvery water dispute had snowballed, all Volvos were stopped, finally after a lot of discussions KSRTC decided to send one red bus the basic one, I was not sure what to do, decided to take a chance and boarded the red bus, the bus avoided all those places where the agitations were going on and finally reached Mysore after 5 hours of off roading etc.

    Reached the showroom gave the showroom guys sweets and thanked all of them and decided to leave. I was given a brief intro about the bike, I was least interested, my only worry was how do I reach BLR, the route that the bus had taken was horrible and I could not even dream about taking that route back, all of a sudden decided to take the Mysore Hassan BLR route. Though the route was lengthy by around 100 kms, the route was scenic and beautiful, the Ninja kept everyone on the road hooked on to her, she is such a beauty, from front most think it is a Fazer and ignore her, but as soon as they see her from side on, boy, you should see their expressions. Maybe a 100 villagers told me the headlight is on, I kept nodding my head, whenever they informed me about it.

    Mysore -> KR Nagar -> Chennraypatna -> Kunigal -> Nelmangala -> BLR

    Total distance around 250+ kms.

    On the way to BLR

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    Postives :-


    1. Looks :- She looks big and beautiful.
    2. FE :- 20+ easily even in the City.
    3. Power :- No need to downshift to overtake cars on the highway, twist the throttle and off she flies.
    4. Ergonomics :- She is perfect and I havent had any back aches.
    5. Ride :- ride quality is far better than I expected.
    6. Headlight Adjustment: - You dont need to open the fairing to adjust the beam.



    Negatives:-


    1. Weight: - move her from standstill, you will know you are moving 200+ kilos bike, but once on the move you forget everything.
    2. Headlights: - Intensity could have been better.
    3. Ground Clearance: - I have scraped twice already.



    Accessories :-

    I have bought the following

    1. R & G crash protectors
    2. R & G tank pad
    3. Zero Gravity Double bubble wind screen


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    All the above from Performance Racing.

    Next on hit list, Morrimoto projector setup, will be ordering this one shortly.

    @All :- Do not curse me for the Saree guard not being removed, since the registration is yet to be done, I cannot remove it.

    I use the Fiero for my daily office commutes.

    As of today, the bike has done 930 Kms, will give her for servicing shortly and get all the accessories fitted on her.

    These snaps were from a ride I did yesterday 250+ kms. Even in runin I managed to do 120 kms in 100 mins. For the first time yesterday took her to 130, she flies. There are vibes between 4K rpm and 5.5k rpm, beyond that she is butter smooth. She can potter around 50 kph in 6th gear.

    All speeds in 6th gear.

    3k rpm - 70 kph
    4k rpm - 90 kph
    5k rpm - 110 kph
    6k rpm - 130 kph

    As for FE she has been consistently delivering 20+.

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    With the Baby Ninja, the baby Ninja has the best brakes in business, in comparision the 650's brakes feel very ordinary.

    The color on both the bikes is very different, the 650 has a metallic green color.

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    Check out the side stand of the 650 in comparison to the 250, it feels like a small stick .

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    The Console

    The first pic here shows the odo, the second one is showing the FE.
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    LED tail light

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    Congrats man. Great looking ride.
    By far the most practical high performance bike for Indian roads.
    You might be able to take care of scraping the bottom my tweaking the suspension a bit.
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    Congratulations on an excellent purchase. The bike looks stunning. Is this green different from the earlier 650? Looks a bit darker and more metallic but very nice. Any other colors available on this beauty?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlitos View Post
    Congrats man. Great looking ride.
    By far the most practical high performance bike for Indian roads.
    You might be able to take care of scraping the bottom my tweaking the suspension a bit.
    Thanks, I should try the suspension tweak.

    Quote Originally Posted by JayD View Post
    Congratulations on an excellent purchase. The bike looks stunning. Is this green different from the earlier 650? Looks a bit darker and more metallic but very nice. Any other colors available on this beauty?
    No, AFAIK this color is different to the 2011 model, I believe the color of the 2011 650 and present 250 is the same.

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    Very congrats man for a awesome bike, bike is looking really stunning....
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    Hey bprags, Great to see a new ownership thread, its refreshing to read a full perspective on the bike you love from another's point of view. I still need to pick up the R&G frame sliders. planning on heading to Bombay sometime next week, will do the needful then. I agree on the headlight intensity being poor. its okay for city riding, but for speeds upwards of 80-90, its throw and reach are not confidence inspiring. I am hooked on to this thread as well. BTW, have u joined the kawasaki 650 owners group on facebook. Incase not, look it up. lot of info available there as well. Cheers and safe riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimbly View Post
    Hey bprags, Great to see a new ownership thread, its refreshing to read a full perspective on the bike you love from another's point of view. I still need to pick up the R&G frame sliders. planning on heading to Bombay sometime next week, will do the needful then. I agree on the headlight intensity being poor. its okay for city riding, but for speeds upwards of 80-90, its throw and reach are not confidence inspiring. I am hooked on to this thread as well. BTW, have u joined the kawasaki 650 owners group on facebook. Incase not, look it up. lot of info available there as well. Cheers and safe riding
    Thanks! I had sent a add request to the 650 facebook group they havent responded yet and its been more than two weeks. For the headlights you should look at this Bi-xenon Morimoto Mini Stage III Kit (H1) - Complete Retrofit Kits from The Retrofit Source Inc

    I will be ordering it shortly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bprags View Post
    Thanks! I had sent a add request to the 650 facebook group they havent responded yet and its been more than two weeks. For the headlights you should look at this Bi-xenon Morimoto Mini Stage III Kit (H1) - Complete Retrofit Kits from The Retrofit Source Inc I will be ordering it shortly.
    Dont sweat too much about the lack of reply from the Owners group on FB, i sent the request around the 7th of Sept and i got inducted only the day before. Thanks for the link dude, will take a look at them. Cheers

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    Congrats dude..Its one mean looking machine..Ride safe..
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