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You waited until you upgraded before you joined?
What are the pros/cons of '12 vs '15?
LOL.. No just saw another post and figured i would join. Always was on another forum..

Differences

Seat is better...ever so slightly angled better...slightly softer
Throttle response much better... Smoother less twitching... Actually big difference
Shifting smoother - much smoother
Power is better however not lightning faster - but noticeable (and not broken in yet)
Breaking much better - significant in feeling
Lol horn is better - not by a whole lot but there is a difference.
Less motor buzz at all revs - huge difference
Lower RPM...very noticeable - contributes to less motor buzz
Tires much much much better... Can tell already!
Suspension seems the same for front...rear seems more responsive yet softer...
Instruments have all you need except gear indicator...much improved. I like the distance to empty and comment temp
Side mirrors are significantly better... huge difference
Finally helmet lock in rear seat
No exhaust valve...completely removed
Turn signals improved on rear..much brighter
Break light now all red LEDs.. Very bright
More room in headlight compartment (easier to replace bulb) on right side.
Headlights still suck
Far less engine breaking...
Traction control.. Haven't tested it.
Abs haven't tested it..but my 2012 worked great lol
 

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LOL.. No just saw another post and figured i would join. Always was on another forum..

Differences

Seat is better...ever so slightly angled better...slightly softer
Throttle response much better... Smoother less twitching... Actually big difference
Shifting smoother - much smoother
Power is better however not lightning faster - but noticeable (and not broken in yet)
Breaking much better - significant in feeling
Lol horn is better - not by a whole lot but there is a difference.
Less motor buzz at all revs - huge difference
Lower RPM...very noticeable - contributes to less motor buzz
Tires much much much better... Can tell already!
Suspension seems the same for front...rear seems more responsive yet softer...
Instruments have all you need except gear indicator...much improved. I like the distance to empty and comment temp
Side mirrors are significantly better... huge difference
Finally helmet lock in rear seat
No exhaust valve...completely removed
Turn signals improved on rear..much brighter
Break light now all red LEDs.. Very bright
More room in headlight compartment (easier to replace bulb) on right side.
Headlights still suck
Far less engine breaking...
Traction control.. Haven't tested it.
Abs haven't tested it..but my 2012 worked great lol
So you're saying they're about the same :D
 

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Thanks for the list. Reading various forums & comments therein it's a little challenging to keep a mental picture of which year a given poster is referring to. Your evaluation of which common issues the earlier models had, that have now been improved, is helpful.
 

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Welcome to the forum and thanks for that comprehensive list... I ride a 2012 and have been contemplating upgrading. After the '16s are out I may go in and try to drive a bargain on a '15.
 

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Rumor is the 2016 will have a slipper clutch...hold off for sure on that..
Indeed, the Australian Kawasaki site is already showing new slipper clutch:

Supersport styling with comfort​
KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control)​
Power Mode Selection​
1043cm​
3 Liquid Cooled, In-line Four

New: Assist and Slipper Clutch
Integrated Accessory Panniers​
Remote preload on the rear suspension​
Large Volume Tank​
Relaxed Riding Position​
Ergonomic Passenger Grips​
Adjustable Windscreen

www.kawasaki.com.au/pagetopdf/?itemid=1386


 
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