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I picked my z650 up last weekend! I am loving it. My previous bike was a 2009 650r. I also own a 1975 Honda 200t.
 

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Congrats on the Z, quite the move to make from that history of Honda's. Were you at any point comparing the Z650 to something else from Honda?


Keep us posted on your experience.
 

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@ Roadhawk: Opps Sorry about that, the 650r is a Kawasaki. I have been looking for a lighter bike for the last year. When I heard that the z650 was coming out I knew it would be the bike for me. I love the 650r but it was to heavy for me as I am a bit on the short side of life...5'1" on a good day.
@Stitch: I still love it. It's light, fun and I need a wind screen!
 

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@ Roadhawk: Opps Sorry about that, the 650r is a Kawasaki. I have been looking for a lighter bike for the last year. When I heard that the z650 was coming out I knew it would be the bike for me. I love the 650r but it was to heavy for me as I am a bit on the short side of life...5'1" on a good day.

@Stitch: I still love it. It's light, fun and I need a wind screen!
Heavier bikes are good motivation to hit the gym. My dream bike is a Busa and as anyone can tell from just looking at one, they are tanks, but too heavy for me even on casual riding. Throwing around nearly 600LBS isn't easy, just imagine if it drops and having to pick it up.
 

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Hey... at least you were able to stand one up... I tried to do so recently off of the kickstand.. it was embarrassing to say the least :|
 

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That's where sliders come in, and it's just a matter of practicing how to shift from on foot to the other on a bike. It does help if you've some leg muscles to make life easier. :D
 

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That's great to hear. Gonna be looking into an exhaust and fender eliminator at some point??
Frame Sliders are on the bike.
Fender Eliminator is on order.
Lowering link is on order.
Radiator cover on order.

At this point, I am not going to change out the exhaust. I had a super loud Muzzy megaphone on the last bike that I loved. Since I can't get that for this bike I think I am just going to keep what it came with....(we will see how long that lasts)
 

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Interested to see what the bike looks like lowered, which links did you end up ordering if you don't mind me asking?
 

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Interested to see what the bike looks like lowered, which links did you end up ordering if you don't mind me asking?
I ordered the Soupys link. It arrived today so hopefully by this weekend it will be installed. I will post a picture when it is done.
 

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Any updates :wink2::surprise: I'm just super interested so don't mind me too much haha
I don't mind at all!!

It's on and I lowered the back end about 2 inches...this means that instead of being on the tops of my toes I am on the balls of my feet. I had to get the kick stand chopped off about an inch. I hope to put that back on the bike on Saturday. This link is adjustable so you don't have to lower it that much if you don't need to. The front end was lowered as far as it would go. My husband said that the link was almost too large to fit into the bolts and he had to take off the exhaust, the left side rear sets, and some trim to install it.

For me it handles just fine lowered but I am not dragging my knees.

I will try to get some pictures on Saturday as some of my other parts have arrived to put on the bike...I am also waiting for the tidy tail that should hopefully be here by Saturday.
 

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That does sound a lot more manageable, and it's great that it's adjustable as well.. it's something I'll have to look into. It probably looks a lot nicer too :O

Dope to see more parts are coming in, you must be super excited! Was there any tuning of suspension needed to compensate for the drop at all?
 

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This is a picture of the lowering link. We raised the fork tubes. (there is a pic below)





This is the radiator guard.



I saw these at the Chicago Motorcycle show and liked the look of the knee pads. They are not thick but I hope they will keep my knees from scratching up the paint on the bike. If you look at the fork tubes you can see that we raised those in the triple clamp to the second ring.



Hopefully the tidy tail will show up tomorrow...
 
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