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What is the consensus in the new Kawi?

I was thinking that this Kawi might be a competative platform (with a batter rider than I currently am LOL). What do you all think?
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It will go head to head against the sv650 in racing. A few SV teams have made the switch to Kawi in order to claim the hefty contingency money Kawi is offering up. Should make for an interesting year in CCS and WERA.

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I definitely like this bike!

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I think it looks cool and give it up to Kawi for making something other than another I4 but I don't know of any strong points a parallel twin has.

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I'm glad to see Kawi going in this direction. Its a beautiful bike and if I had the money I'd seriously think about getting one......

.... and painting it GREEN of course.

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From a track standpoint, it will need the regular tweaks to suspension, brakes. Anybody tracking one now will have to do some fabricating to make it work. But with Kawi's hefty contingency payouts, people will start racing them. HP is comparable to the SV, if the torque curve is good it might be a winner. The newer SV motors have been prone to some failures at track pacing. If this motor is reliable, a lot more people will switch. Buells are becoming "the" lightweight bike of choice in CCS, but cost almost twice as much to get to race trim (new swingarm and chain converion, spare rims, etc). If it's a reliable motor on a cheap bike the racers will run to it in droves.

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The bike seems fresh and interesting, and will be a winner if it lives up to expectations.

One thing I noticed is Kawasaki's marketing department STILL insists on slapping the "NINJA" label on everything they sell with plastic on it.

This silly, overused, cliche of a name goes back all the way to 1984!
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I think it looks cool and give it up to Kawi for making something other than another I4 but I don't know of any strong points a parallel twin has.

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Parallel twins are damn reliable...... think old school.....the Kawi Ltd lines..305, 440, so on.
Yamaha twins were around forever too... 650 , 750 specials...

Isnt the motor on this bike just an bored out EX500 though?


I like it BTW!

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I think I'd wait a season to find out what the bugs are and for them to get the bugs out and or for people to create workarounds and parts.

Otherwise it looks like a really good option from here.

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Parallel twins are damn reliable...... think old school.....the Kawi Ltd lines..305, 440, so on.
Yamaha twins were around forever too... 650 , 750 specials...

Isnt the motor on this bike just an bored out EX500 though?


I like it BTW!

Not quite. It's fuel injected and liquid cooled. Guess it's been in Europe for a couple years.

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Unless the Kawi motor has been over built it too will fail with extreme use. Sv motors haven't been failing too often, just enough to get everyone talking. For the first couple of years sv's were considered bullet proof, but folks have taken them to the edge of reliability (I know there are documented rod and crank problems but not in all SVs). Same will happen with any motor from any manufacturer. By the time Kawi catches up with the SV in set-up and handling I think Suzuki will step up and redesign the SV motor to be even more reliable.

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