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Old 08-06-2006, 02:14 AM   #1
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New Ninja 650R - Race bike?

I have sat on this thing in the dealer and I was impressed, a little squishy suspension but its purpose out of the box is to be a cheap fun sporty bike not a race replica. So I really liked it but never thought about it again, but then I saw this :

http://www.cyclezoo.com/gallery.asp?g=Ninja650

Now it can look the part, but does it really perform.. I then heard a rumor that people who raced SV's were improving their times with race prepped ninja 650R's. anyone in CMRA seen these running around on the track yet? I have yet to see one off the showroom floor, but if the rumors are true I think I just found my future race platform in lightweight twins. As long as the aftermarket is decent, I found track fairings but no aftermarket shocks/springs just yet.
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Old 08-06-2006, 02:17 AM   #2
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I have sat on this thing in the dealer and I was impressed, a little squishy suspension but its purpose out of the box is to be a cheap fun sporty bike not a race replica. So I really liked it but never thought about it again, but then I saw this :

http://www.cyclezoo.com/gallery.asp?g=Ninja650

Now it can look the part, but does it really perform.. I then heard a rumor that people who raced SV's were improving their times with race prepped ninja 650R's. anyone in CMRA seen these running around on the track yet? I have yet to see one off the showroom floor, but if the rumors are true I think I just found my future race platform in lightweight twins. As long as the aftermarket is decent, I found track fairings but no aftermarket shocks/springs just yet.

a sponsor on kawiforums swapped out the stock rear suspension and used the one off the 6rr or 636. they have a race prepped bike and did some tweaking to the fairing stays also.
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Old 08-06-2006, 02:24 AM   #3
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I found this shortly after posting:

http://ninja650shop.com/suspension.asp

apparently there are penske triple and doubles for the bike which is great since the shock sucks and cant be rebuilt, and the front end can either be race tech'd (revalved) or the entire front end can be swapped for a ZX-6R unit.
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Old 08-06-2006, 02:25 AM   #4
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a sponsor on kawiforums swapped out the stock rear suspension and used the one off the 6rr or 636. they have a race prepped bike and did some tweaking to the fairing stays also.
tweaking to the fairing stay? form or function?
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tweaking to the fairing stay? form or function?
i think he added some 636 race fairings to it. im not sure if he made some or just added what he could to it. ill see if i can get the link(s) to his progress. he has had a few threads about it and they get lost after a day of posting has passed.
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here is one link with two pics of the prepping and 636 suspension. i cant fond the one with the race fairings on but it looked sexy!


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http://www.kawiforums.com/forum/topi...TOPIC_ID=47214
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Old 08-06-2006, 01:35 PM   #7
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yeah most aftermarket shocks should fit i . they just get revavled/lengthen for individual bikes.

i seen a red one built by cyclezoo on the sv board when the bike first came out. i also bought some stuff from them before so they seem ok.

i also ran 6r and gixxer shock on my bike. as long as the length and spring rate are close to spec. they can be used as a temporary fix.

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Old 08-07-2006, 08:16 AM   #8
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I'm not aware of anyone in the CMRA competetively racing one.
It's heavier and has less power than the SV, plus some of the design choices make it problematic to race.
The 636 shock may bolt in but it's designed for a rising rate linkage vs a straight rate design.
All in all I don't think it will be much of a threat to the SV for awhile.
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it's the FZ1 of the lightweight twins!...

oh... wait... nobody races fz1's either... :eh:

ok... i'll stick with my sv... :icon_bigg
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2006 BLUE RIDGE PERFORMANCE ROAD RACING TEAM

NEWS

Round 1 WERA National Endurance Series
Jennings GP Track—Jennings Florida—3/25/2006



We arrived at the track Thursday night, so we could get set up and be ready to go for Friday’s practice without having to rush. Well, thanks to a parts supplier not being able to get parts done specifically for the 650R, we had to fabricate our own and took Friday morning to finish the bikes.
For 2006, WERA has started requiring qualifying for certain money paying races, taking a round of practice away. Therefore, we only had one round to get a baseline setup.


Saturday, we ended doing a shock swap and were as ready as we could be. Both Martin and Matt got comfortable on the 650Rs, citing how much better they handled over the SV650. Very encouraging indeed. But we knew they were down on power. Martin took the start, and was off to an early lead in class, pushing hard he built a slight gap on the SVs.

!!!!!!!RED FLAG!!!!!!!


This lost us any lead that we had built. Oh well, we discussed strategy for the restart.
Once again, we take the lead only to have another red flag situation. This race had the most I’ve ever witnessed.

Pit Stops

Working with our first ever full time pit crew was great!
With little time to practice, I was quite impressed. We chose not to use the pit to rider radios this round, so pit board communications was crucial. New crew members Jason Spencer and David Fisher did a great job guiding us to 30 second stops. Way to go guys.


End result: 1st Place!
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