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post #21 of 38 Old 12-04-2018, 12:37 AM
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I hate that the ninja 400 has a better looking dash than I have on a 1000 that's just 2 years older....
Well, I guess you don't feel as bad as somebody on this board who just bought a Ninja 300...

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post #22 of 38 Old 12-04-2018, 01:23 PM
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I wonder if you can fit a KOSO Guage on the n1k
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I have added the after market shift indicator and mounted it high near the oil reservoir so I can read it on a sunny day,,. After a couple of seasons on the N1K I find I'm using the dash info less and less, including the speedo,. So much torque that unless your really running on the edge a lot of the tach and gear position is not as important as it once seemed,,. The gear indicator for top gear is still a useful reference thou!!

The 650 has also been updated in recent years and for 20% more dollars you get 30% more power and significantly more in the way of brakes then the double front rotors!!

The only thing I would like to see on the N1K is the quick shifter thats appearing on so many bikes like the Versus,Tracer and the Supersport,. I think they farm these features out sparingly over the product cycle to entice the gear heads that always want the next thing!!

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Having ridden two bikes with QSs I can tell you that it is the next best thing. All bikes should have st least the upshift action like this. It makes any bike feel even faster than it is. It also eases the effort from the rider because it eliminates two hand actions. Instead of using three movements you only use one.
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Quickshifters are nice, but part of riding a bike to me is having to roll off the throttle to shift and the nice feeling when you hit the RPM's perfectly. I already clutchless upshift so really it'd just be making it like a paddle shifter car.

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Love the Ninja 400, but could I withstand the temptation to call Jeremy Toye for some "advice"?

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In buying the '18 Ninja 1000 I sold a '17 Tuono 1100 Factory. Probably the closest I'll ever get to owning a tactical nuclear weapon...so much power and so little occasion to wisely utilize it. Kind of frustrating and impractical, ya know? Probably just as well, with the Tuono's limited tactical radius might you might not escape the blast zone...that thing should come with drop tanks.

That bike also had the up and down Q/S, but oddly enough I don't miss that particular feature! In town it was much better to shift manually, and even when accelerating hard I tended towards manual upshifts- they just seemed a little smoother and less shocking to the drivetrain. The system did downshift rather nicely! But on a number of occasions I must've nudged the lever with my boot or something because it would do a spurious clutchless shift. Kind of unsettling! That's never happened to me on any other motorcycle.
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Love the Ninja 400, but could I withstand the temptation to call Jeremy Toye for some "advice"?

https://www.cyclenews.com/2018/10/ar...aki-ninja-400/
Man that is so tough... I had that problem when I first bought my 300. "But it's only $100", "but it's only $75". I came from modding my full size truck where the price tag was $500+ for a single item. Before I knew it I had spent almost $1000 on my 300 and only ridden it maybe 500 miles.

I really liked the weight and size of the 300, but at times I would be wide open throttle and not going anywhere. With the 1000, I don't even come close. Next bike may be something in between like the 400 or a 600.
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Guy somewhere local to me has a Ninja 400 with 600 miles on it for sale for 4k with a helmet and jacket...

I was tempted....
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Guy somewhere local to me has a Ninja 400 with 600 miles on it for sale for 4k with a helmet and jacket...

I was tempted....

I bought my 400 a couple month ago, and I love it. I think it is the perfect compliment to the Ninja 1000. It's similar in many ways, but so light and flick-able it is it's own beast. I think I made a great choice. It is frugal to run, regular gas at 60 MPG, cheap tires & maintenance. what's not to love. The build quality and fit and finish is really incredible for such an affordable ride. The brakes are strong, the handling is great, and it's a blast to ride. I'll take one any time...
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