Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Las Vegas
I Ride: 2012 RSV4 Factory
My first bike was the ER6n, which is the naked equivalent of the Ninja 650. I later moved into a Z1000, and while it "only" had 125 HP it had as much torque as 1000cc sport bikes, and peak torque showed up earlier in the revs than a liter sport bike.
I don't ride on the street anymore, and part of the reason I gave it up was from getting too many tickets on the Z1000. It was just way too easy to get up to illegal speeds. In the end, I had more fun on the 650 and if I were to ever get back into street riding again, I would be looking for something in that middleweight twins category again.
The 650 had really good off the line acceleration which made it fun to go from stop light to stop light, but it ran out of revs before I was about to get into speeding ticket territory. Cycle world claims it can do 0 - 60 in 3.5 seconds. Plenty of performance for street riding!
Last edited by dazo; 03-09-2017 at 07:00 AM.