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Hey, I'm 47 years old, and wish I had my '82 GPZ 550 back that I purchased new. Now years later, kids grown I find myself commuting 40 miles one way to work (at least in the summer) on my old 440. I've been looking for a "standard" bike and spotted the Ninja 500R. How is it compared to my old GPZ for power, handling, torque, etc? I really liked the old 4 cylinder scooters of the 80's but need something newer and reliable. How is it for smoothness? (I'm gettin' old). Thanx.
 

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lol, i've ridden both and the ninja will smoke your old 82. CC meaning has really changed over the years.
 

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I'm 45, been out of riding for a while. Bought a new Ninja 500, love it! Put several 150 to 200 mile trips on it and one over 500 miles already. No problems what so ever. Very happy with it. When I took the 500 mile one, had one friend on a Shadow 750 and one on a GoldWing. Had no problems staying with them. Some corners they had trouble staying with me when I was leading.

Joe
 
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