With its sporty profile, the Ninja 650 quite understandably comes without a centre stand. This can be a bit of a problem when it comes to maintaining the chain.
A quick look on the R&G website revealed they had some bits specifically designed to fit the new 650 so alongside some cotton reels (£20.50) to let me use a paddock stand, I also ordered a set of crash bungs (£68.99) and a tail tidy (£79.99) to fit on the Kawasaki.
The cotton reels literally just bolt straight onto the swingarm and only took a couple of minutes to put on the bike. The crash bungs were also a straightforward fit and simply involved removing a couple of mounting bolts and replacing them with the longer ones supplied by R&G. Simples.
I personally think it’s good to have them fitted, they’ll hopefully limit the damage that otherwise might happen if the bike is accidentally put down. I know I’d much rather replace a set of crash bungs than potentially a set of engine casings, so in my view it’s money well spent. Fitting them is dead easy too, which is always a massive bonus.
The tail tidy does away with the large item that comes as standard on the bike, it makes the back end of the bike look much neater and more compact. It leaves the bike without a gaping great bracket for the number plate sticking out the rear of the bike. Fitting it is a little trickier than the bungs or cotton reels, but only takes an hour or so when working at a leisurely pace. More importantly, it’s a simple bolt-on job, you don’t need to drill or cut anything to make it fit.
The R&G range for the Ninja 650 is the most extensive I’ve come across yet and there’s also casing covers available, radiator guards and blanking plates for the pillion footrests, something that I might need to look at getting when I replace the pillion seat with a cowl.
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