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I was surprised to how much higher the ride is compared to the KSR, not really had chance to have a real feel for handling as it was a bit twitchy in the wet. Quality is great and feels really solid. No doubt the extras you get with the MSX are more up to date but it is brand new.
I'll post opinion to which I prefer once I've had a real play.
Still for the money it's a whole lot of bike.

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Some new design is the indicators stay constantly and only flash when turning.





Compared to a KSR







Tried by panniers on her but the exhaust was in the way, so raided the container to see what I could do.

Will do for now :D



 

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Well first run out today and I was desperate to get some decent miles done as i'd only done 29 miles :-(



So text m pal last night to arrange a last min noon around mid Wales, so armed with a bacon bitty and a brew we were all set.





Decided to head up to J&S so I could grab some new trousers, some waterproof ones since summer is going to be such a wet affair. Decided to then head over to the horseshoe pass via the A55, the MSX kept up a constant speed of 65mph. stopped off for a brew and a slice of cake at the cafe and took a few pics up the top.











Headed off then towards Bala when I looked in my mirror and noticed my pal was missing???

Found him a couple of miles back at the side of the road with a flat:banghead:



He wasn't to happy.




So the call went in to the AA and like any good mate offered to stay until the truck arrived so I could laugh my ass off and take some pics.





So I left my pal and carried on up the A5 to Bangor then back home along the coast, my arse is numb but I did manage to clock up 219 miles :D

So tars my opinion of the bike is........

Bars are awful and I think the seat height is to high for the wheel base, going to lower the front and rear end and change the bars. Braking is bob on and the engine goes pretty well, does achieve 70 on a flat if your tucked in. 65 comfortably it sat. Cornering is ok but should improve with the new bars and the suspension adjusted. Overall I think its a great bike and well worth the price tag.
It is really fun to ride and i couldn't stop grinning, loved the A5 today and made some big bikers laugh as they'd lose me on the straights but I'd catch them on the corners.
Love the bike :)
 

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I wasn't sorry, thought I was hilarious.

On a serious note he did miss out on another 120 miles of great roads, would of got some more pics but my phone died. Weather is looking good Sunday though :)
 

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Seen one KSR registered in the states, was on ebay a year back. Was black with Takegawa engine mods.

To compare them at this point would be a little unfair, the KSR handles great and the riding position feels a lot better on first impressions.

But that could just be down to me being use to riding the KSR's for the last few years and the mods I've made to it, think once I've got the MSX set up how I like it there won't be much in it.

There is supposed to be a new KSR out next year so I'm hoping that it comes to the UK as an official model, hope Kawasaki see the success of the MSX and release it across the globe.

If they do my name will be down on one straight away.
 

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Could you tell me more about the exhaust you have fitted?

The only one I can find on sale so far is the Tyga maggot, But I am not overly keen on the shape of it.
 

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Yeah and I would love to actually HEAR it if you have a video. I want a custom exhaust but I want to keep it quiet if possible. Stealth will be good for what I have planned.:saint:
 

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The exhaust is a bit of a thrown together affair I'm afraid, bought a KSR with a wave125 engine fitted and a custom exhaust fitted, used the link pipe from that and a can off another KSR I had, works fairly well.

A monkey bike gp style exhaust will work as a link pipe and feed threw the Swingarm at the back but would need a bend to allow you to fit your own choice of can similar to what tynga already sell.

I wouldn't worry about exhaust choice at the moment as the Thai's are all over this so the choice will be massive, I've asked my Thai contact I get my KSR parts from to see what he can source for me and will happily share what he can find.
 

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Well it is going to pay to be patient. Guess we dont have any choice since it will be a couple of months before the bikes even get here.
 

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I'm pretty lucky where I live as there is the hills 10 miles, its very quite so the roads are empty.

Should have loads more footage in a couple of weeks, I'm going t the mountain monkey which is a mini bike run around Wales which is the best country that forms what is called the UK.

There should several MSX's aka the Grom, so will try and get loads of pics and vids up for you guys.
 

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Thanks for sharing these videos! I have a question for you: How well do these maintain going 55 mph?? I ask because I live on a 55mph highway and want to make sure I can get up to 55 and not worry about a small incline hindering maintaining a 55mph average. Thanks!
 
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