2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650
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The new and improved Ninja with better ergonomics

Kawasaki unveiled the new Ninja 650 at the ongoing 2016 Intermot motorcycle show. Although the motorcycle has not received any major updates both in terms of cosmetics and mechanical but the new changes has made this motorcycle more usable and purposeful.

There is no doubt that the Ninja 650 is one of the most important motorcycles in the Kawasaki lineup because this middleweight quarter litre sportsbike definitely provides an option for those who are looking for a lightweight yet powerful motorcycle. The Ninja 650 provides the perfect combination of balance and power while its ergonomics also makes it a suitable motorcycle which one can ride for long distance as well.

The new Ninja 650 is powered by the same engine but the powertrain has been compliant to Euro 4 emission norms now. If you want to read more about the new Ninja then go through our overview review of the motorcycle.

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Quick Specs
Year: 2017
Make: Kawasaki
Model: Kawasaki Ninja
Displacement: 649 cc
Price: Premium
Economy: 8/10
Features: 8/10
Performance: 8/10
Quality: 8/10
Safety: 8/10
Styling: 9/10
Overall: 8.2/10
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STYLING

If we talk about styling then compared to its predecessor the updated Ninja 650 gets a more aggressive design and all that credit goes to the new headlamp styling which has been inspired from the bigger ZX10R super sport motorcycle. Besides the new headlamp cluster the motorcycle also receives a new windscreen which can be adjusted upto 60 mm between its highest and lowest settings and gets three fixed positions. Further the fuel tank has also been redesigned slightly to match with the overall redesigned front end.

The underbelly exhaust of the motorcycle has been carried over from its predecessor. The rear profile of the motorcycle has also been redesigned, the updated Ninja 650 now has received better split seats while the saddle height has also been lowered to 790 mm.

The new Ninja 650 has also adopted a new multi - tubular aluminium chassis and new swingarm as well. Last but not the least the new motorcycle also gets a redesigned X shaped LED taillamp as well.

OVERALL DIMENSION

Length 2,055 mm
Width 740 mm
Height 1,135 mm
Wheelbase 1,410 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 790 mm
Curb mass 193 kg

POWERTRAIN

The updated Ninja 650 is powered by the same Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, fuel injected Parallel Twin engine. The power output of the motorcycle has not been revealed yet but the reports suggests that the new motorcycle now produces almost 3 PS less power than its predecessor However that wont definitely effect the performance because the new updated Ninja650 is actually almost 19 Kilograms lighter than its predecessors and now weighs about 193 Kilograms.

Kawasaki claims that the updated engine has a low strong end which actually has been engineered purposefully for sporty riding. The motorcycle has very usable rider friendly power which definitely gives the rider confidence.

SPECIFICATION

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 8 valves
Bore x stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Displacement 649 cm³
Fuel system Fuel injection

RIDE AND HANDLING

The new Ninja 650 as already mentioned above gets an all new lighter trelliis frame chassis which weighs only 15 kilograms. This new frame makes sure that the rider gets to utilise the bikes nimble and lightweight handling to the fullest.

The braking responsibility is carried over by duel semi floating 300 mm disc brakes with dual piston towards the front and 220 mm single disc brake towards the rear. ABS comes as standard with this motorcycle. The suspension duties are carried over by a 41 mm telescopic forks towards the front and monoshock setup towards the rear.

PRICE

The prices of the new motorcycle have not been revealed yet but this motorcycle will definitely come to the Indian market by the year 2017 and thus expect it to be priced slightly higher than the existing variant. The new 650 is available in three colours which include Metallic Spark Black, Blizzard Pearl White and Candy Burnt Orange.

COMPETITION

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Triumph Daytona 675R is the arch rival of the Ninja 650 in Indian market. This middleweight motorcycle loves to push to its limits and till the redline. The 675 is powered by a four stroke, liquid cooled, 12-valve, fuel injected inline three motor. This 675cc engine pumps out 118.5 PS of power and 70.2 Nm of torque, and is mated to a super slick 6-speed gearbox. However what really disappoints is the price tag, the Daytona 675 R is priced at INR. 10.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is steep enough for a middleweight motorcycle.

CONCLUSION

The updated Kawasaki Ninja 650 definitely has improved a lot than its predecessor offcourse the changes are subtle but that has actually made this motorcycle more purposeful and user friendly. The new face an improved engine and a new lightweight chassis definitely will imp-rove the overall handling of this motorcycle.

We will definitely update you with more details as soon as they are available.

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    • Power output has been reduced
    • No major cosmetic upgrade

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