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Old 03-10-2009, 05:16 PM   #1
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09 kawa ninja 650r or a Triumph street triple

I previously owned an sv650, loved that bike but wound up selling it to get a Triumph Speed Triple,despite the fact that it was too tall for me. That was also the reason i wound up selling it. Have been bikeless for a few months and i am getting the itch again.

I am considering either the ninja 650r or the street triple(perhaps the R), i know this isnt exactly a fair comparison what with the Triumph having 30+ more horsepower.

Anybody ridden either one or both? I have sat on them and the footing will be better on them than it was the Speed T.

The ninja probably offers the more comfortable ride with its fairing, and its alot less $$$$, but theres something about that Triumph that keeps calling me.

Thoughts and opinions?
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:21 PM   #4
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:55 PM   #5
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Not sure if someone mention this already but Speed Triple FTW!!!!!
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The triple R. Sexy and handles and is powerful to boot. Plus the R has the 675 suspension.
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:13 PM   #7
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I think it honestly depends on what you will do with the bike. I really like both, and I happen to own a Ninja 650r.

The 650r gets awesome mileage, is really fun on the street where you're in low-mid range RPM's and the thing still goes 130mph+... It's not like it isn't a "sport" bike, it's just not a "supersport" bike. Also, with the Ninja 650r being labeled a "sport" bike it is less costly for insurance as well. So if you like the idea of having full coverage for $80 or less a month, then the Ninja is a good bike.

Now if you're looking for a "what's faster" competition between the two, and that's all you care about, go with the Triumph. Personally, I think at least once a week about trading in my bike and moving to a 675. But then I remember all the good stuff about my bike and that it's still really fun on the street, and I don't care enough to actually do it.
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I think it honestly depends on what you will do with the bike. I really like both, and I happen to own a Ninja 650r.

The 650r gets awesome mileage, is really fun on the street where you're in low-mid range RPM's and the thing still goes 130mph+... It's not like it isn't a "sport" bike, it's just not a "supersport" bike. Also, with the Ninja 650r being labeled a "sport" bike it is less costly for insurance as well. So if you like the idea of having full coverage for $80 or less a month, then the Ninja is a good bike.

Now if you're looking for a "what's faster" competition between the two, and that's all you care about, go with the Triumph. Personally, I think at least once a week about trading in my bike and moving to a 675. But then I remember all the good stuff about my bike and that it's still really fun on the street, and I don't care enough to actually do it.

i highly doubt a ninja 650 can go 130+ (owned one myself) but it is a great overall bike and comfortable... but

id go with the triumph if i had the money
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i highly doubt a ninja 650 can go 130+ (owned one myself) but it is a great overall bike and comfortable... but

id go with the triumph if i had the money
You're wrong and I would gladly prove to you that bike will do that plus some. I own a 650R and have gotten mine above the mark you've mentioned.

Go with the 650R, you'll be happy with it.
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You're wrong and I would gladly prove to you that bike will do that plus some. I own a 650R and have gotten mine above the mark you've mentioned.

Go with the 650R, you'll be happy with it.
of course you know the speedo isnt that accurate especially at those speeds. most likely, your not going 130+

or maybe mine was slow since it was BLUE
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of course you know the speedo isnt that accurate? trust me. your not going 130.

or maybe mine was slow since it was BLUE
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haha my ninja edit was too slow.. didnt want to sound rude or anything

but in all seriousness.. the speedo said i was going 135ish but i HIGHLY doubt that
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haha my ninja edit was too slow.. didnt want to sound rude or anything

but in all seriousness.. the speedo said i was going 135ish but i HIGHLY doubt that
That's with any bike I believe but I guess the true way to test it is to get hit with a radar gun. Mr. PoPo will let you know how fast it's going.
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of course you know the speedo isnt that accurate especially at those speeds. most likely, your not going 130+

or maybe mine was slow since it was BLUE
I've seen one do 141mph on the speedo, so I'm thinking that's -15mph at most?


So you do that on the street right? My statement still stands. If you're not going to the track, why would you need to go over 100, let alone over 130mph?


I think if top speed isn't an issue, just sit on both and see which one is more comfortable. *shrug*

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So you do that on the street right? My statement still stands. If you're not going to the track, why would you need to go over 100, let alone over 130mph?


haha yeah.. you'll never need to go those speeds and the 650 certainly has enough power for the street

but i HATE the kickstand.. mine felt cheap and flimsy.. flimsy enough so i would get nervous everytime i set my kickstand down

any 650 owners deal with that problem as well?
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haha yeah.. you'll never need to go those speeds and the 650 certainly has enough power for the street

but i HATE the kickstand.. mine felt cheap and flimsy.. flimsy enough so i would get nervous everytime i set my kickstand down

any 650 owners deal with that problem as well?
That's weird... mine feels fine. Maybe you had a factory defect or something? Dunno...

Now I will say that I get sometimes that I have an 06. It vibrates at low-mid rpm's cause they didn't dampen the headlight/gauge enclosure and they rub together. Motorcycles Unlimited is getting the damper kit in for me though from Kawi. It only costs like $10-$15 I think.
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or maybe mine was slow since it was BLUE

ROFL I just noticed this comment. BLUE?!?! Dear man, black/red gives you like 20 more HP... everyone knows that.
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