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August 1, 2005, 10:17 AM

Posted on .com also.

Put 350 break-in miles on my future trackbike this weekend, got a good taste of how good of a streetbike it is.

And the answer is - its an excellent streetbike. Its been 5years since I rode a 600 on the street ( logged a lot of track miles on 2 R6's however ), and I must say the improvements are vast. As I was leaving the garage Sunday morning I thought "I cant believe my Duc is sitting there while I ride a gutless 600 around, sigh...". But I was wrong, the mid-range of the bike is more than adequate to keep fun street pace without winding the bike out. Here is a breakdown of my impressions.

Riding Position : 8/10 - Pegs too low and foreward for my personnal tastes ( I like the hardcore track setup ), but the bars are nice and low, with a nice angle to them. The seat is high which makes the bars feel even lower. Short riders may have a problem standing flat-foot with this bike.

Engine Characteristics : 9/10 - Although I havent railed the thing to redline yet, I slowly increased its range and got a decent enough impression to say that it should make an excellent track bike. The throttle response is super smooth. The mid-range is superb for a 600.

Handling Characteristics : 8/10 - Ran it up/down Saddleback and Mt. Storm a few times ( roads that most of you never heard of or will ever see, but they are at least the equal of 211 ) and once again, it should be an excellent track bike. Steering is slower than an R6, but still quite quick - took some getting used to after riding a Ducati. However picking up the throttle while leaned over produced a couple twitches in the front end - this thing needs a dampner for the track!

Transmission : 8/10 - A bit notchy 1-2, but positive and very slick shifting otherwise. Seemed to get better as I put more miles on it. With synthetic oil it should be sweet. Slipper clutch is awsome. For some reason it doesent produce the pulsing sensation that my 10r did, perhaps because I wasnt working it as hard.

Brakes : 9/10 - Best stock brakes I have experienced with the exception of my Ducati's - those are a 10 in my book.

Fit/Finish : 9/10 - Really nice for a Kawi. Wish I could polish it

Suspension: 8/10 - Seems really nice for a stock 600. Quite plush but at the same time firm. Spring rates seem pretty good for me at 185lbs. Also, it steers on the brakes, something I couldent say about the last Kawi I road ( the 10r ). I think thats because the front end isnt quite as extreme with the compression dampning as the 10s.

I will update this post when I have it at the track the first time.
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August 1, 2005, 02:31 PM

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And the answer is - its an excellent streetbike.
yup. I concur. this is my streetbike.

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Engine Characteristics : 9/10 - Although I havent railed the thing to redline yet, I slowly increased its range and got a decent enough impression to say that it should make an excellent track bike. The throttle response is super smooth. The mid-range is superb for a 600.
Ive redlined mine, 1, 2, 3 and 4 - it keeps pulling all the way up to 15.5

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this thing needs a dampner for the track!
Ive heard this as well, but only time Ive ever needed (on the street) it was when I caught air out in Middleburg

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Transmission : 8/10 - A bit notchy 1-2, but positive and very slick shifting otherwise. Seemed to get better as I put more miles on it. With synthetic oil it should be sweet. Slipper clutch is awsome. For some reason it doesent produce the pulsing sensation that my 10r did, perhaps because I wasnt working it as hard.
no issues yet and only engaged the slipper clutch once trying to beat a light off the interstate, all I can say was it was cool.

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Brakes : 9/10 - Best stock brakes I have experienced with the exception of my Ducati's - those are a 10 in my book.
yeah, I'd like to see what happens if I change to Galfer/Goodrich lines and pads. my 03 (trackbike) has galfer lines and ebc pads and I can breath on the brake lever and stop.

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Suspension: 8/10 - Seems really nice for a stock 600. Quite plush but at the same time firm. Spring rates seem pretty good for me at 185lbs. Also, it steers on the brakes, something I couldent say about the last Kawi I road ( the 10r ). I think thats because the front end isnt quite as extreme with the compression dampning as the 10s.
I can steer on the brakes on my 03 and 05 (buttpucker factor is usally around 9 when I do). Ive done no suspension settings on my 05 and Im good, the godfather and 600killer helped tweak my 03 though.

cant wait to hear about the track performance.


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The Kawasaki 6R annoys the poo out of me. Mostly that it's more than 600ccs. Why didn't Kawi just keep a 750 around?
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August 5, 2005, 08:11 PM

just bought the new 6r, got the new candy plasma blue...i think the color is hardcore and of course the bike is awesome, especially after riding a 250VTR heh, doesnt go real fast with a 240lb frame on it. Glad for the 6r


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August 5, 2005, 09:23 PM

wow that was a good story you wrote there now go read my post why buells are #1


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wow that was a good story you wrote there now go read my post why buells are #1
Go play hide and go BUELL yourself

nice write up!


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wow that was a good story you wrote there now go read my post why buells are #1
Go play hide and go BUELL yourself

nice write up!
dont be mad cause your bike did not make it in the top 50 bikes


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