And that latter is a bike the market is asking for and isn't getting. The only bikes that are inbetweens are the CBR500R - which we all know brings little more to the market than a 300, the CBR650F - which is a little much for many riders at 90hp, and the Ninja 650. The Ninja may become a bit more competitive, but the riding position and the physical looks of the bike IMO write it out of this market.GSX-R125 joins the Grom and Z-125 as second bike toys. Obviously I would have much preferred (along with everyone else) a GSX-R400 w/48 whp ...?
Even then, I'd take the R3 over the 125's for lane splitting.More 125's..... Why? Unless you live in a huge city and you can lane split, I just don't see the point of these bikes. Maybe I'm finally too old to "get it?"
Agreed, all those 400's of the 1990's were great for first time bikes, track bikes, and with a few tweaks, fast enough for most people.GSX-R125 joins the Grom and Z-125 as second bike toys. Obviously I would have much preferred (along with everyone else) a GSX-R400 w/48 whp ...
The Ducati looks nice of course, but look at the semi-aggressive clip-ons.
Not mentioned in OP's post ('cuz it's not a new bike) was that the Ninja 650R lost 42 pounds to become hopefully 423 lbs wet. Tail tidy + lithium battery, a nice faired 417 pound street-oriented bike with 60+ whp finally?
How about the updated Ninja 650? They've totally redesigned the whole package....
Yes, I agree with those sentiments-the N650 redesign is gorgeous. Hopefully, my future garage has a Ducati SuperSport S and a Triumph Scrambler to go along with my R3 and/or Kawasaki Ninja650. Right now, there are some holes in the 600 class. The CBR600RR is a bit dated, the R6 is basically a race bike, and the old N650 and CBR650F were lacking. The best hybrid 600 that mixes a sport package with standard comfort and riding position is probably the FZ600R, but its dated. It's got a but ugly headlight, and the swingarm is still like a 90's square steel tube swingarm. However, it is still the best 600 platform for someone who wants a more upright riding position with the sportiness of a supersport, and it's Inline4 is peppier than the old N650 and better tuned than the Honda 650. If I were to go back to a 600, I'd seriously consider the new Ninja 650, but I'd still want to see how the N650's P-Twin performs.It looks good. Also, Kawi has a Z900 now. Which also looks pretty good.