Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Southwest Ontario
axif- I'm in London and just got my Ninja 1000 a week ago, upgrading from my 2018 650. I've already done 2 major upgrades and almost 800k in 6 days, so that might tell you how much I love the bike and how profound the differences are between the 2 machines. There are a couple of things I noted: I can't put my feet down flat when stopped to it's not as comfortable regarding that, it's definitely more difficult to back up and I don't particularly like my feet placement with repect to the shifter and the exhaust pipe. I already have a couple of shoe sole melt marks on the pipes, but of course, that'll probably be the last ones of those. I put Hot Bodies pipes on and that shaved over 11 pounds, so now down to around 510, new Motodynamic fender eliminator so probably another 2-3 pounds gone too. But I've found that the 1000 handles at least as nimbly as the 650, maybe even better, and the extra weight and 30mm on the back tire makes cornering a dream. The power is super linear and as smooth as you might imagine and I found the braking fantastic right from the get go. Might also add: when I ordered mine about 3 weeks ago, the green model, and at that time, I got 1 of the last 2 available in Ontario.