2006 Kawasaki Ninja 650r Review: 40,000 Miles Later

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Kawasaki Ninja 650R

2006 Kawasaki Ninja Review: 40,000 Miles

You’re kidding me…40,000 It seemed like I hit 10,000 yesterday. If you told me when I my 650r three years ago I would ride 15,000 a year, I would have you crazy.

But here I am, and maybe I’m the one.

If you don’t feel reading, I’ve summarized of my thoughts into a video:

the years, throughout the videos and ups I’ve discussed a lot of topics, but it to me that I missed a fundamental Ninja 650r! At first I putting it off thinking that I put enough miles on to get a proper of the machine. At this point I know how much more I can my 650r. In fact, let’s some numbers to get an idea of the time spent with my

Total Miles = 40,000

MPG = 50

Average Speed = 50MPH

Time Riding = Total / Average Speed

Actual Riding = 800 Hours = 33 Days

My … has been in the saddle for a of 33 days…what.

Number of Gas Stops = Miles / Average MPG / Average of Gas Used Per Tank

Number of Gas = 40,000 / 50 / 3.1 = 258 I bought my brand new Ninja 650r in March of It was my first motorcycle. After years and 40,000 miles I’m loving my 650r.

There are a lot of reviews out there, but most of take the bikes out for an afternoon, or at most, a week before about them. Hardly enough time to get to really a motorcycle. I have spent a on my motorcycle in the past three

Over 800 hours of time in the So I would like to take time to talk about the Kawasaki’s Ninja 650r.

the Rider, Then Know the

I can never trust any word a motorcycle until I have idea about the motorcyclist. So I like I should say something myself first. Riding experience, knowledge and enthusiasm the biggest parts in my estimation of a rider. My riding style depending on where and when I’m I commute daily and tour

Fast sweepers are fun at times, but I the switchbacks and tight corners The Ninja 650r is the first I’ve owned ( was a bit of a squid I started). I’ve been for 3 years and over 40,000 I practice motorcycle handling often and read as much as I can the subject. As for enthusiasm, several have expressed concern my “hobby” which has consumed my

So yea, I like motorcycles.

about me, let’s talk the 650r!

Torquey and Nimble.

I feel like I have spoiled with how nimble the is. I ride other bikes and I realized how slow and cumbersome can really be. The 650r just into the corners. It will into them if you want to.

The of input needed on the bars is so that you think the bike knows where you want to go. If for reason I won a free Hayabusa or a the first thing I would do is it and buy a bike half the size. bikes are more fun.

The 650r gives you enough not be bored and not too much to get yourself too much trouble very

The engine has a lot of torque between and 60mph. It’s power is much lower than bikes. I would rather power in the lower ranges. For and inner city riding you be going over 60 very unless you are a reckless rider. I’m to try and keep talk about styles to a minimum, but it does a factor when considering the of a motorcycle.

It took me a while to get lifting the front wheel off the (on non-public roads of course), but I did I found out how much power the can really pump out. No to pop the clutch, you can power wheelie low speeds (around 20mph) easily.

Sport Touring

Honestly, when I bought the I didn’t know what the “sport touring” even All that mattered to me was that I was when sitting on the bike and the relaxed and non-aggressive seating it fits like a glove. I can completely forward and tuck in the windscreen, or sit completely upright and have a hand on the bars.

I lowered my bars and I can still

Hauling luggage is an easy if you’ve got the right gear. I been using soft all these years. I use a Rev Pack Pack for bulky stuff and trips. Otherwise I stick to the lighter and smaller Cortech Tail bag or Saddle Bags.

I had no finding storage solutions for a two week trip.


I’ve had two major problems my 650r. My head gasket and I was leaking oil. Also the oil had a leak as well. Luckily I these things early I inspect my bike often. My said I couldn’t have any preventative maintenance to avoid

It just happens sometimes. The oil problem occurred at 32,000 about 2 years into the life. The second major I had was the stator going bad at 39,000

When I heard this I what the heck is a stator? The is a collection of copper wires in the magnets spin inside of and in produce electricity.

So those are the only two major I have had. Something had to go eventually, and I’m happy I went as as I did. I’ve gotten of trips to the shop and now I’ve got a service manual and am getting my dirty by doing the work

Maintenance Log

You have heard me the merits of keeping a proper log in the past. So I might as well you mine so you can get an idea of all that into keeping the Ninja running. It may look like a lot all in one but it’s really basic for the most part.


throttle lock

Lower Wanted a more aggressive At this point I might the stock bars better they are geared towards

IPod Mount: Gotta my music

Electrical Outlet: to keep all my gadgets going in the middle of nowhere.

Gerbing Heated Liner Harness

Tank protector

sliders: Saved my fairings getting all scuffed up 3 times. paid for themselves.

Fender Just cosmetic thing.

GPS Map 60CSx handlebar mount

Custom camera mount on swingarm spool

In Conclusion…

has changed my life forever. there’s another bike out that could have the 650r’s tires…who knows. I do know is how much this means to me.

I’ve grown to this collection of steel, and rubber. I know when running a little off, and she me when I’m a little off myself. strange to consider, but unmistakable for me to

Here’s to my first 40,000, and for another 40,000.


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