Sunday, March 28, 2010

Look What The Kat Dragged Home

Well, now I've gone and done it. We traded the Suzi, and this came home with us today.
I wish I had a better pic to present, but alas the computer has decided (yet again) that it doesn't recognize memory cards, so more pics when I can get them off the camera. This was taken Friday evening before leaving Taylor's.

Three things stood out on the very fun ride home.

My helmet isn't as quiet as I thought.

Nothing now stands between me and the bugs... my poor helmet shield. I won't be leaving it open so much. On the other hand, with all the wind I won't need to. Note to self: carry cleaner and a rag.

I'm supposed to keep the rpm's below 4,000. That's barely 55 mph! It's gonna be a long 600 miles. Actually with the unfamiliarity of it all, I was going pretty slow anyway.

It' late and I'm exhausted tonight, so I'll leave it at that.


  1. Wow, Kari! Congratulations! Very nice bike! So you got it Friday night and this is your first post on it? You must have been riding it all day yesterday. We'll expect more pics! The color is nice, I think it's the fastest!

    I'll bet you look good on it. Now I'll have to watch for a green blur down your way! After it's broken in of course. :)

  2. Congratulations on your new bike! I sure hope you got out yesterday it was a beautiful day.
    The 650R is a great bike for blasting around the backroads, commuting and wheelies, just watch for cops with that green color, to them a sportbike is a sportbike is a sportbike.
    I've never followed break in rules and flogged both our new bikes home. The only thing I do for break in is heat cycle the engine, and vary the rpms.
    A Zero Gravity windscreen will help with the wind noise and bugs, also use earplugs. Get yourself some R&G frame sliders right away, (you already know how I know). The '09 body style requires cutting a hole in the panels but minor body work now will save you major body work in a tip over or slide. Check out and, both are great resources for questions and accessories.
    Again congrats, I'll be watching for ya!!!

  3. Congratulations on your new ride. I know you've been wanting one. I wish you many happy days of riding.

  4. Hi Mike, and thanks
    We brought it home on Saturday. Spent much of the day at the dealer going over the bike, maintenance, etc., then spent time looking at luggage, stands, and goodies. More pics to come when I get our computer back from the shop. I'm on the little netbook tonight.

    I'm not much of a blur. On the trip home I was crusing along at what I thought was a respectable speed, looked at the speedometer and I was going a whopping 48 mph...very humbling.


    Thanks, Troubadour
    I'll try to reign in my hooligan ways! :)
    Thanks for the gear info & suggestions. I've looked at a few windscreens and wondered what works well. Sliders are the first accessory on my list. I'm already a member on the ridersforum... great resource. Ron and I looked over the different sliders and liked R&G the best. Good to hear someone else likes them. We'll have to cut the fairing, but they were the best looking, and sounded like the easiest install despite cutting. I probably will have to leave the garage when Ron cuts the fairing!


    Hi Trobairitz, and thanks!
    I saw over on PNWR that you and Troubadour went out photo-tagging with the TU250. I'm glad you found "your" bike! It's very satisfying to find the right one and can be quite a journey getting to that place.

  5. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT KARI!!! It's like my world is upside down! We switched rides. I hope you have a great time. Hey you've got more of a windshield on yours than I have on mine now! You just have to learn to lay down on the tank and use it!!! And you have a tack to be able to see keeping it under 4000 rpms...I'm gonna have to get one because I used to use mine for everything. I can't wait to hear more and see more. I hope you love it...get those miles in so you can enjoy the ride!!!! Yeehhhaaaaa!!!

  6. Very nice :-) congratulations, a Kawasaki, you made a good choice ;-)
    Keeping it below 4K must be a pain.

  7. Kari:

    congrats on your new bike. Does this mean you can go on group rides now.

    get the frame sliders installed right away, then nothing will happen, cause after you needed them, it will be too late

    Can't wait to see the Green Blurrrrr

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

  8. Hi Eve,
    Yes we did! :)
    Isn't it funny how different bikes fit different riders. Variety is the spice of life. My Suzuki didn't have a tach. You'll get used to going by the sound/feel of the engine. It does seem like a tach would be standard on a motorcycle though.

    I hope to get more posted this week. Our computer is finally home and supposedly fixed. No excuses now.

    Hi George,
    Thanks! Yes, I don't think the ninja likes the 4k rpm limit either!

    Hi Bobskoot,
    lol - Still not sure about group riding yet :)
    When I can corner better than Grandma in her old chrysler, maybe I'll give it a go. Frame sliders are supposed to be here next Monday. I just gotta keep her upright til then...well hopefully forever actually.