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« on: February 18, 2009, 09:32:03 PM »

 
 I really like this bike. Does anybody own it and use it for some light touring.

Please attach pictures!

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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2009, 09:58:50 PM »

I don't have one, but you might want to check out these links:

http://www.ex-500.com
http://www.bestbeginnermotorcycles.com/kawasaki-ninja-500-review
http://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/kawasaki-streetbikes-sportbikes/6668-kawasaki-ninja-500r-vs-suzuki-gs500f.html
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009, 10:31:43 PM »

I have an '05 Ninja 500.  It was my first bike, and I have to say that it's just about perfect to learn on.

I rode it from Toronto to Deal's Gap and back last April.  It does OK as a sport-touring platform if you pack light.  I made do with a large OGIO tank bag and a tail pack.  I did find that my knees were the first to complain on long days in the saddle.  I'm 5'11" and 190lbs.  

I loved the touring so much I went and got a VFR with bags.  That's much better for the long trips, but I'm still glad I cut my first 10,000 miles on the little Ninja.

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2009, 01:32:34 AM »

I'm going to find out how well it tours in a few weeks when I ride from Ohio to Phoenix, I'll let you know.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2009, 11:46:37 AM »

I did Vancouver to Toronto along with many, many over night trips with my EX500 before I traded it to the Devil for a ZZR600.  I had that thing loaded right up in one of the more ridiculous fashions because I didn't have hard luggage.  Check out my sweet EX500 photo action at the Chief Joseph Dam in Washington.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt1256/3542155759/sizes/l/
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2009, 04:58:23 PM »


I did Vancouver to Toronto along with many, many over night trips with my EX500 before I traded it to the Devil for a ZZR600.  I had that thing loaded right up in one of the more ridiculous fashions because I didn't have hard luggage.  Check out my sweet EX500 photo action at the Chief Joseph Dam in Washington.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt1256/3542155759/sizes/l/


Holy crap.  Talk about loaded....
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2009, 06:48:38 PM »




Holy crap.  Talk about loaded....

That's pretty good.  Here's my 250, about the same as the 500 minus a couple lbs and ponies.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa317/cultureslayer/travels/roadhome1.jpg
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2009, 10:49:23 PM »


http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z297/mugwump1958/For%20Germany%20File/ForGermany001.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z297/mugwump1958/For%20Germany%20File/ForGermany007.jpg
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http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z297/mugwump1958/For%20Germany%20File/ForGermany010.jpg

No pics loaded. Don't know why. Going to Road America I'll be loaded like a gypsy. I throw a bag on the seat too.

EX 500 is the forum to check out.

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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2009, 05:58:53 AM »

Are those Givi cases on your green machine?
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2009, 10:38:29 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2009, 11:19:34 PM »

I have the 2007 "sunburst yellow". Fantastic bike  Inlove and very beginner friendly. I've dropped the bike a few times from those 'dummy' moments such as dynamiting the front break in a slow turn  Lol and a few other incidents and the bike takes the beatings like a punching bag. You can dump this bike all you want and it won't hate you for it. It handles great in turns as well, but my chicken strips are still pretty narrow considering..I need to work on that.

The only real problem, which isn't a problem at all, is that around 4500 to 5500 rpm the panels sort of have a harmonic problem..loud as heck, but not a bother for the bike.

I found that I grew out of the bike after my first year from lack of power (of course, I'm trying to keep up with a ZX14, right). There's nothing in the first gear, you can red line the sucker and you're going no faster than 25mph, yuck, I'm so ready for more power  Thumbsup

But overall, the best starter sports bike out there, but you might want more power afterwards.

The most I've gone on the bike was a 900 mile trip, and I've found it to be excellent in comfort as well. Here are a few pictures:

Dinky 500 next to the ZX140
http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/660/dscn0040.jpg

Back shot with the cortech saddlebags, so far they work like a charm and fit the bike perfectly:
http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/1218/dscn0041mqt.jpg

http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/408/dscn0103b.jpg

the 500 next to the 14 and ninja 250 (green)
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/4531/dscn0080.jpg

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/3928/dscn0016g.jpg

and one more, to show my love for the 500  Inlove
http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/4951/1000890.jpg
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« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2009, 11:33:32 PM »

Man, my daughter would kill for that helmet!!!   Crazy
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« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2009, 09:43:50 AM »

Hehe, it was a cheap 100 helmet from http://helmetcity.com/ HJC is the brand. I'm going to dread the moment when I have to find a new helmet  Crazy
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2009, 02:34:06 PM »


Hepco and Becker

What did you use for mounting them to your 500?
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2009, 03:13:23 PM »

A Hepco and Becker Rack Bigok Not cheap. But they have been wonderful!
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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2009, 03:12:22 PM »

My wife had the sunburst yellow - fantastic colour  - would change with the light.

I put about 300kms on it and enjoyed them all - the weight diff was great compared to my ZZR1200

Although I did miss the ponies

All around great bullet proof bike
Highly reccommended for any beginner or intermediate rider
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« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2009, 07:09:31 PM »

On the way to Road America
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« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2009, 08:40:41 PM »


On the way to Road America
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z297/mugwump1958/Road%20America/Stand001-1.jpg

What camera are you using?  That's some great color saturation!  Very crisp.
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« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2009, 10:01:09 PM »


I have an '05 Ninja 500.  It was my first bike, and I have to say that it's just about perfect to learn on.

I rode it from Toronto to Deal's Gap and back last April.  It does OK as a sport-touring platform if you pack light.  I made do with a large OGIO tank bag and a tail pack.  I did find that my knees were the first to complain on long days in the saddle.  I'm 5'11" and 190lbs.  

I loved the touring so much I went and got a VFR with bags.  That's much better for the long trips, but I'm still glad I cut my first 10,000 miles on the little Ninja.




Exactly the same here. (But for the hard bags on the VFR). I did a 2000 km two day tour on my 98 Ninja500. It was my first overnight trip. Trip report is here.




Bunch of info on my (former) bike is on my website, at http://www.grandcorbeau.com/nest/EX500/index.html
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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2009, 09:11:54 PM »

Marcster, it's a refurbished Kodak C875. You can start laughing now Lol
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