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Hey all

I requested this sub-forum so I figured that I should start the first thread. :)
My new bike has just arrived at the dealership, but the weather here is still unsettled, so I likely won't be picking it up for a few weeks.
It'll be replacing my 2013 N1K which I have enjoyed, but am looking forward to the upgrades that have been introduced in the 4 years since my bike was released.
Super excited to put some miles on it.
More to come!

Anyone else making the leap?

Cheers,

Rob
 

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I put a deposit on the new 2017 last week, upgrading from the 650. I won't be able to get it until sometime May, but I still have two wheels to have fun on.

A guy on YouTube, David Hobson, has a handful of videos of him testing out the 2017. More footage than all the magazine sites combined.
 

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I put a deposit on the new 2017 last week, upgrading from the 650. I won't be able to get it until sometime May, but I still have two wheels to have fun on.

A guy on YouTube, David Hobson, has a handful of videos of him testing out the 2017. More footage than all the magazine sites combined.
Oh yes...I've watched every minute of his videos.
I especially like the one where he is riding at night to show how awesome the new headlights are.

Kawasaki should pay him royalties as he will probably sell a lot of bikes for them!

I get my bike on April 15th!
Happy Easter to me!

Cheers

Rob
 

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Enjoy your new ride. Do any of your accessories move over to the new bike?

I have yet to replace a bike with the same or newer model of the same.
I have only repeated one cage with a different level of the same model because I needed more engine.

To much variety out there. Many differenr riding experiences to explore.

Maybe I am compensating for being with the same woman for almost 38 years. ;)
 

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Enjoy your new ride. Do any of your accessories move over to the new bike?

I have yet to replace a bike with the same or newer model of the same.
I have only repeated one cage with a different level of the same model because I needed more engine.

To much variety out there. Many differenr riding experiences to explore.

Maybe I am compensating for being with the same woman for almost 38 years. ;)
Lol! I have only been married for 7 years and I hear you. ;-)

Your question is a good one.
I *think* the Sargent seat will fit/work...Sargent couldn't tell me as they haven't got their hands on a 2017 yet. I'm keeping it regardless and if it doesn't fit, it will go up for sale.
I'll leave the Puig screen on my trade-in as the new screen is a 4-bolt pattern and want to try the new stock screen first before deciding to replace it.

As for the full Akro 4-into-2 header and pipes - I don't think it will fit the 2017. I'd like to keep it, but:
-I am getting extra $ for it on the trade
-I've never replaced an exhaust before - don't want to screw it up at this point
-not sure how to manage the fueling/ECU with the new electronics on the 2017 -> basically don't want to be the guinea pig at this point

Cheers,

Rob
 

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I'm strongly considering making the jump to the 2017 model. For now, I am riding a 2013 Ninja 1000 ABS. I am able to sell myself one of these bikes at a significant discount. If anyone is in NC, or willing to make the drive, I am able to save you real money on this motorcycle. Shoot me a PM anytime! I look forward to deciding to make the leap. Still not sure when I will decide to do so.

I know I dropped a bomb above with the discount info, but I will say it's a steep discount, plus freight charges covered. We add simple $94 doc fee (below industry standard), $75 tag (subsidized by us, for NC residents only), and 3% state mandated sales tax (3%, NC residents only). The out the door cost for a NC resident is just under $11,600 (for an exact figure, contact me via PM). Plus we offer 15% off all gear and accessories for life (membership card given to buyer) with the ability to finance the parts/gear on the loan as well.

Happy buying and I look forward to getting on this machine for a review.
 

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New bike is in the garage...pictures and first impressions/thoughts to follow.
Stay tuned, but for now all I can say is "wow"!

Rob
 

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How much lower is the new seat? (Lower is the wrong direction for me)
 

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How much lower is the new seat? (Lower is the wrong direction for me)
Hi Bob
I believe that the seat is about 5mm lower than previous stock seat - however I had a Sargent on my previous bike and they are lower as well so not much different for me.
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I picked up mine on April 23 and have now put 1023 miles on it riding every day. It handles so well in the Seattle rain. Using a RAM Mount for the phone so that I have GPS and traffic updates, also ordered a Yoshi fender eliminator.

Anyone know of better bags than the small hard cases from Kawasaki?
 

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Not sure if they'll have them yet, but SW Motech will likely be coming out with a rack system that works with the Givi V35 side cases.
I had this setup on my 2013 and the bags do hold more, although they don't integrate as nicely as the OEM bags do.

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I am considering the jump to a 2017 (from a Ninja 650r), but I really want to be able to move my Givi V35s and Top Case over. The factory bags sure look nice, but they are smaller and would cost me a ton more money (and I am not sure you can do a top case and side bags at the same time with the Kawi stuff, though I saw a picture on their website that looked like you could).

I contacted Givi and they said the mounting brackets from the 2016 would fit, but after looking at the mounting points and some pictures I am not sure that is accurate. Has anyone here tried to put the side case mounts from Givi on this bike yet? I tour a lot, so it's a big deal to have the bags.

Thanks all.
 

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The cases are the same.
The only difference is that for the 2017, the fitment kit only contains the rubber stand offs for the passenger peg mounts and not the passenger grab handles as the 2017 comes with the adaptable handles as stock.

Sorry - this was a response to the previous question RE: whether the cases for the 2017 are the same as the 2014-2016.

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Well folks - I was able to put in my first long ride on the 2017 N1K and all I can say is wow.
After breaking it in and having the first service done I went for an over-nighter and put on around 600 miles (just over 900 km).
If I had to pick just one word to describe this bike, it would be "smooth".
Smooth power delivery, smooth shifting and way less vibrations than my 2013 N1K.
Even with the stock Bridgestone tires (including the 50 rear), I never once felt any lack of confidence when going into corners. The chicken strips are acceptably narrow.
Seriously - this bike is fantastic. So glad I made the change to the newer model.

Oh - and I should mention that the stock seat on this bike is a SIGNIFICANT improvement over the previous models.
I still have my Sargent seat from my 2013, but haven't yet felt the need to swap it for the stock seat - it's that good.

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Hi Bc2 here... I still own two Mean Streaks and will soon be listing one for sale. I just purchased a new left over 2017 NIK out the door $9250 out the door...That is without sales tax and title and registration of course...I'm going to the registry next week...Anyone, have a link or access to the service manual for the 2017 N1K?

Newbie to forum,

Bc2
 
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