I want to start out with saying that I have always been a Honda guy but in recent years they have just been sucking and getting bored with em and wanted to try something new and different. I figured I'd see what all the fuss is about with Kawi. I dove head first into it. I got two bikes now. I bought the 1st one middle of the season for the street and then Just this last month the one for the track for next year. I am very excited to see what these things can do and see if there is any improvement over my Honda. I am always moding crap so always looking and selling parts.. Just wanted to introduce myself officially!
1st: 2016 ZX636R (street)
- W/ Some goodies!
2nd: 2011 ZX6R (Track Ready)
W/ A lot of goodies!
I understand your dilemma, I too, was a Big Red Guy: CR250R [dirt bike], (2) CBR 900RRs, CBR 954RR, VFR750F, CBR 1000RR.
I agree Honda's Design Team is asleep at the wheel. The stuff they are turning out might be well built/finished, but damn, some of it is just plain hard to look at.
I never owned a CBR 600RR, but I think it's a mistake to bale on the Middle Weight class. Their most recent editions were merely BNGs on a 10-yr old bike. No wonder it didn't sell.
I have largely owned litre class bikes: Ducati 996, (2) YZF R1s, plus my Hondas, they were largely all good-great bikes, I rate the CBR 1KRR, the Yamahas, and the Viffer as the creme of the crop.
So, when it came time for a new bike I decided to give the Middle Weights a try. It came down to the Triumph 675 and the Kawi 636. I chose Team Green; I'll admit it took me 9-12 months to adjust to it. Initially, I wasn't sure I hadn't made a mistake. But, I've adjusted my riding style to develop a suitable synergy between me & it. And I'm very glad to have my sweet little '15.
A word to the wise: there are vastly fewer mods for any Kawasaki Ninja than comparable CBR _RRs, YZF R_s, GSX-_Rs. So, if there's something you want and you find it, you better get it.
You'll find the Forum members are very sincere in helping other members, and supply adequate links, directions, photos, etc. Ignore the occasional Trolls. They almost always fade back into the mist.
Glad to have you here.