2005 SV650 vs. 2006 Ninja 650R

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Which would you choose?

  1. 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

    23 vote(s)
    53.5%
  2. 2005 Suzuki SV650

    20 vote(s)
    46.5%
  1. machine81

    machine81 New Member

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    I'll be getting a bike within the next three months (finally!)

    I have had a love affair with the SV650 for a long time, but the new Kawasaki 650R is a damn good competitor. They make virtually identical power/torque and have the same ergonomics.

    The Kawi will offer more wind protection (the SV650S and the Ninja do not have the same seating position) and might have better brakes.

    The Suzuki is tried and true and, to be vain, offers better paint colors.



    Which would you choose?

    (These are my colors of choice)




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  2. noxxs

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    ninja, purely for the fact that i'm not the biggest fan of v-twins and naked bikes. both of which are very shallow reasons, i've heard alot of good things about both bikes.
     
  3. z31maniac

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    Honestly, neither.

    The Kawi is ugly, and the SV lacks adjustable suspension.
     
  4. Buck-O

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    Tough call.

    I like the Ninja 650R, becuase Kawai ALWAYS has some kick ass deals on financing. SO you can pick it up cheap. Plus its a nice chassis, and has VERY good ergos for a begining rider. HOWEVER, its a paralel twin, and sounds like a fucking blender as a result. But, petal brakes, nicer wheels, and a narrower seat width, and adjustable suspension, are nice little extras the SV doesnt have.

    The SV650 is awesome becuase of the V-twin, which i really like. And has a proven chassis if you do decide to start tooling around with it for performance. But honestly, if i was looking at the Kawai 650R, i would be comparing it with the SV-650S. Reason being for the increased wind protection.

    Honestly, i think when it comes right down to it, the better bargain of the two is the 650R, but the SV-650 has a certain amount of nostalgia in it, and a bad ass sounding V-Twin (if your into them that is). So go with what you prefer. Value, better ergos, or classic V-Twin hooliganism.
     
  5. Frequency

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    SV650.

    Insuarance will be tons cheaper.
    When you drop the bike the ninja will cost more to repair plastics

    Although the Ninja is much :cool:er looking go witht he SV for your first bike but i would also reconmend you guy with something used and a little older(2003 or so) and not from a dealer
     
  6. V!

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    If i may ask, what has made you narrow it down to these two bikes/
     
  7. machine81

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    1. The bike I get has to be a twin. I've only ever ridden a v-twin, but I don't like the buzzy sound of in-line fours.

    2. I don't like clip-ons. I prefer a more upright seating position.

    3. I don't want something overly powerful. My only other bike was a 550cc and I feel that I would get myself in trouble with an engine any larger. Plus, I don't need to go 170mph. I will mainly be using this for city riding. Finally, larger displacement = higher insurance.

    4. Light weight is important. It needs to be flickable.

    5. Cost is a factor
     
  8. Frequency

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    a sensible rider :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
     
  9. Reznik

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    Just go with your first instinct. You seem to know what you exactly are looking for.

    For me personally, that SV looks bad ass.
     
  10. TL1000RSquid

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    Sounds like your sensible and off to a good start.. I know several people who started on SV's and some who racem all are pretty happy with them tons of aftermarket stuff out there for them. The Ninja is new so I don't know anyone with any first hand input on them. Cost being a factor I lean towards the SV, you can pick up one thats a couple years old pretty cheap. For your first bike i wouldn't buy brand new. Less plastic on the SV to trash if something does happen, and IMO the SV looks better then the Kawi.
     
  11. V!

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    Less plastic to trash, but that frame is WIDE open to damage
     
  12. Frequency

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    IMO all bikes hsould come with frame sliders stock
     
  13. MonkeyFridge

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    Im thinking of buying the 650R myself....it looks bad ass, for a reasonable price...
     
  14. Jujharoo

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    Ninja looks so good
     
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    i'd go w/ the sv, the motor is bullet proof, sharkskinz makes full race fairings you can convert to street, has aftermarket clip ons, rearsets etc
     
  16. trez157

    trez157 You can't trust freedom when it's not in your hand

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    I like the Kawi
     
  17. machine81

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    Agreed

    It'll be the first thing that I do to it though.
     
  18. Jerm

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    SV, mainly due to there is more of a aftermarket & following for them.

    In regards to overall performance and comfort, have never ridden the Kawi, so couldn't answer that.
     
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    Manufacturers gotta leave something to work with for aftermarket industry.
     
  20. Frequency

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    :dunno: 06 and newer buels come with them stock b/c of the frame being so important and exspensive
     
  21. s2k

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    personally, i like the ninja look wise
     
  22. ragnarok

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    vtwin and naked FTW
     
  23. Jesse_Boyer

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    I could have typed that word-for-word before I even opened this thread, man. Evidently, I know you a little too well! My take: you need to ride both and decide. You've narrowed it down to these two based on looks, but that's a very small portion of the decision. Looks/colors are important, but I don't really care what it looks like if it's uncomfortable to ride.
     
  24. Ivy Mike

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    Don't forget that the ER6n has been on sale in Europe for a year or two already.

    Its gotten its startup bugs out of the way...and there don't appear to be many.

    I kinda like the features on the Ninja too. They borrowed a few things from the Buell book.
     
  25. V!

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    :wtf: is a ER6n
     

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