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I just bought a 2012 Ninja 650. Would love to see a review on the new version of this bike. It weighs about 70-90 pounds heavier than the 2007 Ninja 650R, but has a meaner sportier look to it.

Rehbecca Lowder
High Point, NC
Sunday, April 8, 2012
I just bought a 2007 Ninja 650R and I am in love! It is comfortable like a tourer but has the get up and go of your normal street bike. It is so easy to ride and fits the rider perfectly. If you have never owned a bike I would surely consider the 650R. You will not be dissatisfied!

Levi Sheffield
Leary, GA
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I'm 31, and I've been riding for 16 years. I am short; I think I have less than a 29-inch inseam. One of my current bikes is a Suzuki M50 (used to be known as the Marauder), a respectable 800cc middleweight cruiser with a tad of muscle bike looks. Through the years I've had it, I've liked it less and less. Although cruisers have a low seat clearance compared to sport bikes, they are often very wide. Almost all my friends ride sport bikes, and while I don't succumb to the peer pressure of the group, I wanted to have a taste of what they were getting out of the curves, while I'm still young enough to give it my all.

I've been looking for more than two years for a sportier bike that would suit my needs without being too tall for simple daily riding, as I ride the gamut: twisty day rides, weekend trips, annual trips to Tail of the Dragon, commuting, you name it. I had been told by numerous people that the Ninja 650R is the bike for me: light, fun, good riding position, affordable, and all the aftermarket accessories I could ever want if I decided to outfit it as a smaller sport-tourer. What I dreamed of was a VFR or a Concours but small enough for my proportions, and small enough to be a daily rider. I recently had the occasion to buy a 2009 650R from a friend who pretty much just broke it in.

I am just now back from a 561-mile round trip on my 650R. This trip included several hours of interstate, many miles of highway, driving though two states, two major cities (Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio, at rush hour on a Friday in 100-degree heat), neighborhoods, grocery stops, gravel roads and grass in a camping area, and two laps around the Mid-Ohio race course. This weekend I have ridden packed to the nines for the camping, then without any luggage at all, and back home through the gusty front end of a storm for almost an hour.

I never thought after all my years riding that I would feel like this after such a demanding weekend trip. I am not exhausted. I am not sore. I am invigorated - even riding through the rain was a pleasure. I feel like I rode through a Sprite commercial. This is without a doubt the bike I dreamed of but refused to believe existed. I fully believe that with a few simple modifications to control vibration, like foot pegs and grips, I could perform an Iron Butt on this bike.

I still owe money on my M50 (bought it new). If I didn't, I'd put it on craigslist right now.

Jennifer
Lexington, KY
Monday, July 25, 2011
Editor Response
Thanks for the feedback regarding the Ninja 650R. You truly put the bike through some real-world riding. We appreciate your sharing your thoughts with the WRN readers, and so glad you found your dream motorcycle.
Genevieve Schmitt
I've had my Ninja EX250 for the last 3.5 years and just sold it this week. I've been trying to decide between the 500 and 650, but you've got me sold on the 650 now. Can't wait to try it out myself!

Jessica
Colchester, VT
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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