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First Ride: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja® 650R

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Might get me to trade my bandit.
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LOVE the bike. I've got an NT650 Hawk and a Z1000, so this is right up my alley, especially with the Hawk being for sale.

I have two questions for MO:

1) A guess as to performance vs the SV650? Qualitative assessment is fine (e.g. "about as fast, handles a little slower" or whatever). I know you have to put them back to back, but take a stab at it.

2) Like the SV and Hawk, this thing wasn't designed to race, but is destined to find itself there. Does it seem to you to have the stuff for the job?
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