Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review
Kawasaki has enjoyed unparalleled success, and complete monopoly in the middle-weight sports bike section, since the launch of its iconic Ninja 650. Since its debut back in 2006, the multi-talented Ninja 650R sportbike has been a bona fide member of this elite group, winning accolades from owners and media alike. In Indonesia, Kawasaki has introduced two models of this middle-weight sports bike – Ninja 650 and Ninja 650 ABS. In the recent version of Ninja 650, this Japanese manufacturer was able to knock out every competitor by upping the ante and packing more punch in this parallel twin-equipped product. The best stepping stone for amateur riders who want to quench their racing thrust, this bike has a perfect blend of all – top performance, agile handling and economic price.
Though the Kawasaki Ninja 650 is a sportsbike for everyday use, it does not have the looks of it, instead, it looks like a killer bike on the track. Ninja 650's design aesthetics is inspired by its elder, race track siblings. The bike features a new dynamic looking twin, daytime running multi-reflector headlights, which bestow it a futuristic look. The dual headlamp design features twin position lamps – similar Ninja supersport models. The sleek rear view mirrors mounted on the front fairing accentuates its aggressive look, and the sharp front fenders compliment the overall look. A new sport looking adjustable windscreen offers a total range on 60mm and helps in reducing turbulence. Based on an advanced double-pipe perimeter-style frame, made from high-tensile steel which contributes to bike's lightweight and sleek appearance. To ensure its agile handling, Kawasaki has kept the bike dimensions compact, at 2.100 mm x 770 mm x 1.180 mm and a wheel base of 1.410 mm. The raised cowl and extended fenders bestow a naked look to the bike and LED tail lights with clear lens indicators to give it a dynamic look. Ninja 650 features a new cutting edge, multi-function dual-window LCD screen instrument console, with LED backlights for excellent visibility at night.
Engine, Economy & Performance
To bestow it a distinctive identity in the middle-weight sportbike segment, Kawasaki engineers packed the Ninja 650 with plenty of thrusts and equipped it with a leading 649cc, 4-stroke, Parallel Twin Engine that is designed with the sole purpose to offer massive power. The engine can generate maximum power of 70.7PS in 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 64NM in 7,000 rpm. Mated with a 6-speed gearbox, which ensure smooth and well-weighted shifts. The Parallel Twin engine tuning delivers more low-mid range torque for more fun and greater usability in daily riding while maintaining the high-revving character. The new refined engine helps the bike to reach from 0 to 100Km/h in less than 7seconds. The bike can easily go pass the speed of 200 km/hr which is achievable through its well-matched gear ratios.
Being an everyday city ride sportbike, Kawasaki has to deliver a tasteful balance between fierce power and superb handling. Kawasaki was successfully able to do so by integrating the bike with an all new double-pipe perimeter-style frame which contributes to the bike's lightweight of 209kg, ensuring a nimble and agile handling. The riding position on Ninja 650 has been strategically designed to assure riders confidence. An ideal position between the handlebars, seat and footpegs results in an up-right riding position and excellent ergonomics. Ninja 650 also features a tandem seat with thick cushioning to provide proper rider comfort. The wide 20mm fuel tank helps in concentrating the bikes mass in the front and forms a straight seating. Also, Ninja 650's superb handling of is attributed to its new 41 mm inverted fork suspension which delivers both comfortable and sporty ride.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous:
Kawasaki has always focused on safety as a priority. The Ninja series by this Japanese maker is an exemplary example of top performance with utmost safety. The Ninja 650's progressive braking mechanism is equipped with disc brakes with 300 mm dual semi-floating petal discs dual piston brakes in the front and 220mm single disc brakes in the rear that can standstill the bike with just a slight push. The Ninja 300 is also blessed with widest tyres and wheellbase, that not only accentuates its look but also bestow a sturdy grip on the road and during turns. The stopping power gets more precise and aggressive with the incorporation of a high-performance ABS unit to the package. These safety gears make Ninja 650 amazing naked superports that are capable of delivering a furious ride with complete safety.
Kawasaki Ninja 650 is a perfect amalgamation of fierce power, superb handling, comfortable ergonomics and dynamic design. This middle-weight sportbike is apt for both everyday city touring and racing. The slightly high price tag of Ninja 650 can be a deal breaker, but the plethora of features and powerhouse engine, makes it the best bike in its segment, nonetheless.