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Author Topic: Kawasaki did it again - messing up ultralight classes  (Read 650 times)

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Re: Kawasaki did it again - messing up ultralight classes
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2017, 05:32:34 PM »
unfairly dominate?
It won't come close to beating some of the bikes that are legal for 500 classes. (equal riders)
My guess is there will be very little development beyond the EX500. It likely won't beat it's 30 year old preseason.

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Re: Kawasaki did it again - messing up ultralight classes
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2017, 08:33:28 PM »
Auto correct  :wtf:
Won't beat its 30 year old predecessor.

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Re: Kawasaki did it again - messing up ultralight classes
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2017, 09:19:45 PM »
I got an EX500 for a street bike.It only has around 10 hp more then most 300's on the track but it has good torque.Top speed isn't much faster around 5 mph.It is heaver so it would take alot of work for it to be a good track bike.I've raced against them before along time ago but they had SBK engines.Even at that they were even on the straight as my FZR.I'm sure a NEW Kaw 400 engine would be at 50 hp and light weight will be an even better bike.Only thing it will be good for 2 races like my bike and in other races with the SV's its not going to be that good.
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Re: Kawasaki did it again - messing up ultralight classes
« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2017, 11:39:37 AM »
Looking at the info available at this point I'll give you my unsolicited review of what this bike will be.
It's going to be built on the Ninja650 platform, an undesirable race bike in its current state, strike 1.
The engine appears to be built from the 650 as well meaning it will be overweight and bulky for it's displacement.
What it will be is a smaller displacement commuter bike that will be better suited for the road than the 300.
For the track it will be underpowered, ill handling and overweight, kind of Kawasaki's version of the Honda's CBR500 whatever thing.


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Re: Kawasaki did it again - messing up ultralight classes
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2017, 07:43:31 AM »
If it is built off the Ninja 650, I agree it's going to be a fat turd.  But I don't think it is.  I don't see a side mounted shock in those spy shots.

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Re: Kawasaki did it again - messing up ultralight classes
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2017, 08:41:08 AM »
There has already been that 400cc version of the 650 in other markets around the world,likely for the tiered licensing system so many countries have. I would highly doubt Kaw's best selling little ninja would be dumbed down that much for us here. They arent Honduh ya know........ :biggrin: