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Old 21st June 2010, 18:30   #1
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Can anyone confirm if the Kawasaki ER6f is coming to India? The Latest online Bike India has a story on it, saying it will be brought in as a CKD kit.(they call it the Ninja 650R).

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There are rumors but no proofs as of now.
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Can anyone confirm if the Kawasaki ER6f is coming to India? The Latest online Bike India has a story on it, saying it will be brought in as a CKD kit.(they call it the Ninja 650R).
The launch is expected around Diwali this year. I spoke to Bajaj Probiking as they manage the sales for the 250R and they confirmed that Diwali is the most probable launch date for the 650R.

The bike will be priced between 6-8 lacs on road and will be launched along with the ZX-10R.
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Thats going to be damn expensive given the duties on 800cc and below. And bajaj isnt known for keeping its dates anyways. Ninja250 was displayed in AutoExpo and then it took more than 2yrs to get it finally on roads.

Suzuki is launching the Bandit 1250 at around 8lacs exshowroom so where does this stand? Wonder why doesnt bajaj simply get KTMs. They would be such good fits for indian conditions.

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The bike will be priced between 6-8 lacs
I always believed a 600cc bike is just right for Indian conditions (roads and traffic).

Now to wait and save some more.

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Suzuki is launching the Bandit 1250 at around 8lacs exshowroom so where does this stand?
Bandit has already been launched my friend - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...-gsx1000r.html

As you said, 6-8L for 650CC mill looks pretty expensive compared to 8.5L Bandit's 1250CC's motor.
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They are aiming for around 5L on road for the 650R.

They are not going to launch the 10R. Its going to be the KTM 690.
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They are aiming for around 5L on road for the 650R.
I doubt if it'll be a reality at 5lacs.

The Ninja 250 was aimed at 2lacs odd but is over 3 lacs on road today.

I hope they do launch it in the 5L bracket. That might move a lot of ppl from the 250 to the 600.... and that would include me as well.
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They are aiming for around 5L on road for the 650R.
Is 650R a sporty motorcycle? will taking it to its rev limit and then upshifting provide as much joy as say a CBR400RR or even a 250R?
or will it be a torquey(porky) motorcycle?

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Is 650R a sporty motorcycle? will taking it to its rev limit and then upshifting provide as much joy as say a CBR400RR or even a 250R?
or will it be a torquey(porky) motorcycle?
The 650 is essentially the same as the bike i have (ER6n). Low rpm is good enough, but it comes alive at 6000rpm and really takes off. It is fast.. it is also a great bike, very well thought of all over the world as a budget bike but with a dose of fun! It would be just right for India, price and engine wise.
Of course a 4 cylinder bike would be more powerful, smoother and would sound better.. but would also cost much more.
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@Shayne - what's the riding position? I mean, should one lean or can sit straight & still remain comfortable? Or is it same as 250R? Appreciate to share the info. Tks.
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The 650 is essentially the same as the bike i have (ER6n). Low rpm is good enough, but it comes alive at 6000rpm and really takes off. It is fast.. it is also a great bike, very well thought of all over the world as a budget bike but with a dose of fun! It would be just right for India, price and engine wise.
Of course a 4 cylinder bike would be more powerful, smoother and would sound better.. but would also cost much more.
And i thought it would at least be an inline 4,
checked the specs, it is a parallel twin,

^the wait for a cheap inline 4 looms

^^The bike should be one of the best and most practical Motorcycle considering Indian road conditions
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Is 650R a sporty motorcycle? will taking it to its rev limit and then upshifting provide as much joy as say a CBR400RR or even a 250R?
or will it be a torquey(porky) motorcycle?

I care two hoots about anything which isn't Japanese/Italian
I agree with you partly. I don't give a damn for anything which isn't Jap and which doesn't have inline 4 cylinders. Italians and Europeans seem hung up on v-twins and v-fours. Not my kinda bikes. A bike for me has to have inline 4 cylinders. whatever the cc. Even 250 will do. Remember Honda CBR 250RR? What a paocket rocket it was!
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@aargee: its slightly less of a lean-forward stance than on the ninja, but you do still lean forward a bit. Its comfortable enough, but without a fairing its not too comfortable at high speeds for long distances. This should be solved with the one being launched in India (the ER6f)
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@shayne: How much is the 650r in KL ??
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