Kawasaki revamped the Ninja 650 in order to make it a better sportbike for the street with increased looks and comfort. In order to do this, engineers made wide-sweeping changes all the way down to its name, which is no longer the 650R.
The biggest change is an all-new double-pipe perimeter frame instead of the single-pipe. Engineers didn’t want to change the geometry of the frame, which is identical, but this allows the chassis to have more rigidity balance.
This sportbike features a raft of new technology and design elements, including a totally new perimeter-style frame, revised suspension, new instrumentation, improved engine performance, a more comfortable saddle, lower seat height and much more.
Model: Ninja 650
Engine Type: Four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve, parallel twin
Engine Displacement: 649cc
Bore & Stroke: 83.0 mm x 60.0 mm
Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
Fuel System: Digital fuel injection with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with electronic advance
Starting System: Electric
Final Drive: O-Ring Chain
Rake and Trail: 25°/4.3 in.
Wheel Base: 55.5
Seat Height: 31.7
Front Suspension: 41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.9 in. travel
Front Brake: Dual 300 mm petal discs with two-piston calipers
Rear Brake: Single 220 mm petal disc with single piston caliper
Front Tire: 120/70-17
Rear Tire: 160/60-17
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gal
Dry Weight: 460.8 lbs. (Wet)