ZZR600 or Ninja 650r - Wrist Twisters
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post #1 of 4 Old 09-04-2013, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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ZZR600 or Ninja 650r

Hello All,

A friend of mine is wanting to get a bike, and I volunteered to help him out in teaching him. Smart guy, never ridden a motorcycle before, but he's quick to learn.

We've been searching for bikes on craigslist and he wants a plastic bike (or else he would have bought my SV650n and been done with it lol) Anywhose, we've narrowed it down to either a 2005 Kawasaki ZZR600 for $3k, or hold out for a Ninja 650 (hopefully in the same price range). I got to ride the ZZR600 since I'm good friends with the guy who owns the Cycle shop, and it rides like a dream. It has power, but only if you twist for it. I've never been a fan of clip-ons, but it was a lot more user friendly than my brother's '06 ZX-6R. The specific bike has 14k miles on it and it is in pristine condition. Clean Clean Clean! I really like it, but I dislike the thought of 4-carbs (has been rejetted for the D&D exhaust and sounds AWESOME!)

On the other hand, Ninja 650s are kinda hard to find in the area, but hear they make awesome starter bikes. My buddy is wanting a bike to commute (interstate) on as well as to take weekend rides and whatnot.

He's signed up for an MSF course and taking his permit test later this week, and wanting to pull the trigger and own a bike.

I have no doubt he will be able to handle either the ZZR or the 650, but I'd like to ask your opinions on which one to recommend, and some reasons to buy one bike over the other.

Thanks in advance!

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Don't volunteer to teach your friend unless you're an MSF instructor or something. I tried to do the same with one of my friends and he bought a 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) hand SV650 for cheap while having just a permit. Didn't work out too well. He ended up dumping the bike multiple times in parking lots before getting the hang of it.

There's a set curriculum they teach at the MSF and I suggest following that to get the best and safest result.

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-04-2013, 10:48 PM
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+1, have your friend take an msf course. Best thing you can do as a friend. 650r is pushing it in size. I suggest something smaller to start wig. But the 650r gets my vote over the other bike.

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Start out on the cheaper bike in my book. Even cheaper than 3K as long as it checks out mechanically. At least he won't lose much (mechanically) by dumping it.

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