When Kawasaki offered its prominent Ninja 650-- Team Eco-friendly's No. 2 selling road bike-- an overhaul from the ground up, losing weight was a significant objective. Its brand-new high-tensile, tubular-steel trellis frame conserves 18.9 pounds. Its brand-new hollow-press building swingarm, which has a stylish gullwing shape on the right side to clear the low-slung exhaust, conserves 6.2 extra pounds. Changes to the engine save one more 4.4 pounds, brand-new wheel assemblies reduced 3.9 pounds in unsprung weight (a major advantage to taking care of) and assorted neck and neck-- lightening whatever from the chainguard to the ABS system-- conserves another 8.4 pounds.
Although designing is extra aggressive, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 stays an approachable, user-friendly, fuel-efficient, fun, value-priced sportbike.
The brand-new Ninja 650 is not just lighter, it has more hostile styling that looks especially sharp on the KRT (Kawasaki Competing Group) Edition you see below. Unlike Kawasaki's track-focused ZX-R supersport versions, the Ninja 650 is meant to be a daily road bike. It has more modest efficiency, price-point components, less extreme functional designs as well as a three-position windscreen with 2.5 inches array (adjustment calls for an Allen wrench from the well-stocked, underseat toolkit).
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 activity
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's significant weight-loss, lighter wheels and also sharper guiding geometry make it a lot more active however not at the cost of security.
Bryan Smith's Flat Track GNC1 Championship-winning race bike uses the exact same engine system as the Ninja 650-- a liquid-cooled, 649cc parallel double with DOHC and four valves each cylinder. For 2017, it has actually been retuned for even more low to midrange torque as well as showcases open-deck, die-cast light weight aluminum cylinders for less weight; layered, linerless cylinder bores for a much more portable engine; fine-atomizing injectors for exact fueling as well as brand-new engine cases that incorporate a mechanical gear-position indicator. Throttle bodies are smaller sized (36mm, below 38), consumption ports are slimmer, brand-new camshafts have reduced running angle and valve overlap, and a revised airbox as well as exhaust boost velocity, audio as well as midrange power.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's engine has actually been changed for much better midrange and less weight. With each other, the new structure and also swingarm conserve 25 pounds.
When we put the 2017 Kawasaki Z650, which has the very same engine as well as framework, on Jett Adjusting's rear-wheel dyno, it made 60.6 horsepower at 8,100 rpm and 43.9 lb-ft of torque at 6,700 rpm. Compared with the 2016 Ninja 650, peak horsepower is down by 5, peak torque is about the same as well as redline has actually been reduced from 10,500 rpm to 9,500 rpm. In between 3,500 and also 6,500 rpm, the 2017 Ninja 650 makes 0.6-2.5 more horse power and also 1.2-2.7 lb-ft a lot more torque compared to in 2015's model, yet over 6,700 rpm the 2016 makes more power and also torque, as well as its benefit boosts with rpm.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 activity
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's direct power curve, precise throttle response and solid midrange are fantastic combination for sport riding.
Numbers as well as specifications are one point, but from the saddle, the new Ninja 650 really feels punchier and also seems rowdier. It still makes that accommodating chugga-chugga-chugga audio at idle, but a good twist of the throttle discloses a peppy consumption sound as well as even more vigorous exhaust note. After providing the bike an excellent flog amongst the rolling hillsides of The golden state's Central Coastline, I was excited by its zesty attitude. The previous design constantly struck me as a little bit flaccid and also sagging, especially when as compared to bikes like the Suzuki SV650 as well as Yamaha FZ-07. However a stronger midrange, considerable weight reduction, sharper guiding geometry and also more hostile noise have actually provided the Ninja 650 a brand-new lease on life.
Review our 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 650 vs. 2017 Suzuki SV650 versus 2016 Yamaha FZ-07 contrast test evaluation
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's sharper tail area lugs a motorcyclist seat that is 0.6 inch lower and also narrower ahead.
To enhance its sportier appearance and performance, the sitting position has been changed as necessary. The clip-on handlebars, which connect to risers that are well above the triple clamp, are an inch farther forward and 1.65 inches lower while the footpegs are 2.36 inches further onward as well as 0.6 inch reduced. To much better fit newer/shorter bikers, the seat elevation is 0.6 inch reduced (31.1 inches) as well as is really narrow ahead. The gas storage tank, which has less capacity (4.0 gallons, below 4.2), is visibly slimmer too, offering the bike a slim feeling in between the knees. For a high man like me (6 feet high, 34-inch inseam), the Ninja 650 really feels a little bit constrained down low, but it does not place much weight on my wrists neither does it put an awkward bend in my lower back. (Kawasaki makes an accessory "expanded reach" seat that elevates the elevation by an inch for more legroom.).
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 feels right in your home on a winding roadway, however additionally is comfortable enough for lengthy rides.
On the road, the brand-new Ninja 650 really feels portable and also light, as well as it supplies a decent level of performance for the rate. With the engine made use of as a stressed out member of the new trellis framework, the bike really feels solid as well as well planted. During journalism launch we did duplicated picture passes on several curvy areas of roadway, and similar to going through the very same corners lap after lap on a track offers you a clear image of just how a bike manages, those photo passes offered me self-confidence in how well the Ninja 650 holds a line. It transforms direction effortlessly yet never ever really feels twitchy or unstable. Including in that confidence is a brand-new assist-and-slipper clutch that's light at the bar, and the 6-speed transmission shifts with excellent level of smoothness.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's lighter wheel settings up save 3.9 extra pounds in unsprung weight. Bosch 9.1 M ABS is optional.
Suspension and brakes are basic, yet they absolutely accomplish the Ninja 650's multipurpose objective. The 41mm KYB fork with 4.9 inches of traveling has no adjustability and the horizontal back-link shock, which gives dynamic damping to prevent bottoming, has 5.1 inches of traveling and also spring preload adjustability only. They supply a relatively luxurious trip and also only expose their limitations when pressed hard on harsh roadways. The new 2-piston Nissin front calipers press 300mm petal discs with shocking authority, but the 1-piston back caliper is very spongy. New lighter, extra receptive Bosch 9.1 M ABDOMINAL MUSCLE is optional as well as brand-new 5-spoke wheels are lighter and shod with Dunlop Sportmax D214 tires.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 cockpit console.
New instrumentation consists of an analog tachometer, a programmable shift light and electronic screens with equipment position, speed as well as a lot more.
Other great features include the Kawasaki Air Administration System (KAMS), a radiator follower air duct that routes hot air to the ground, far from the rider, along with five-way adjustable clutch and brake bars, generous underseat storage and brand-new instrumentation. An analog tachometer is joined by a programmable change light and also digital display screens that show equipment setting, clock, gas level, coolant temperature, A/B tripmeters or odometer, fuel range or average/instant gas consumption, and an eco-riding indicator. Available accessories consist of the extended-reach seat, 30-liter top instance, container pad, seat cowl, radiator guard and also structure sliders, and the steel storage tank accommodates a magnetic tank bag.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's changed ergonomics are sportier however do not feel severe or uneasy. The light, slim device ought to suit brief to average cyclists well, yet taller bikers could feel a little bit cramped.
The brand-new Ninja 650 is a practical motorcycle that inhabits the pleasant spot between user-friendliness and also efficiency. Its engine is smooth with solid midrange, a linear power curve and also good throttle response, and it provides excellent gas economic situation (51 mpg up until now, much better compared to the 47 mpg estimated by the fuel usage indication). It is ideal for a person who does not desire or need class-leading horse power, sophisticated electronic devices or high-dollar parts, however still desires a totally faired sportbike.
In addition to the Lime Green/Ebony KRT Edition shown, the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is available in Candy Burnt Orange, Pearl Blizzard White or Metallic Spark Black, for $7,399 for non-ABS and $7,799 for ABS.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 four colors
Left to right: Lime Green/Ebony KRT Edition, Pearl Blizzard White, Metallic Spark Black and Candy Burnt Orange
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Specs
Base Price: $7,399 (non-ABS)
Price as Tested: $7,999 (KRT edition w/ ABS)
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0mm
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated assist-and-slipper wet clutch
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Wheelbase: 55.5 in.
Rake/Trail: 24 degrees/3.9 in.
Seat Height: 31.1 in.
Wet Weight: 425 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gals., last 1.0 gal. warning light on
MPG: 87 PON min. (avg) 51.1