When Kawasaki provided its popular Ninja 650-- Group Green's No. 2 selling street bike-- an overhaul from the ground up, losing weight was a significant goal. Its new high-tensile, tubular-steel trellis framework conserves 18.9 extra pounds. Its brand-new hollow-press construction swingarm, which has a classy gullwing shape on the best side to get rid of the low-slung exhaust, conserves 6.2 extra pounds. Changes to the engine save one more 4.4 pounds, brand-new wheel settings up reduced 3.9 pounds in unsprung weight (a major benefit to taking care of) as well as various neck and neck-- lightening everything from the chainguard to the ABS device-- saves another 8.4 extra pounds.
Although styling is more aggressive, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 remains a friendly, straightforward, fuel-efficient, fun, value-priced sportbike.
The brand-new Ninja 650 is not only lighter, it has extra hostile styling that looks specifically sharp on the KRT (Kawasaki Racing Group) Edition you see right here. Unlike Kawasaki's track-focused ZX-R supersport designs, the Ninja 650 is intended to be a daily road bike. It has a lot more small performance, price-point components, less extreme functional designs or even a three-position windshield with 2.5 inches variety (modification 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 as well as sharper guiding geometry make it a lot more nimble yet not at the cost of security.
Bryan Smith's Apartment Track GNC1 Championship-winning race bike makes use of the exact same engine system as the Ninja 650-- a liquid-cooled, 649cc parallel twin with DOHC and also 4 shutoffs each cylinder. For 2017, it has been retuned for even more reduced to midrange torque as well as includes open-deck, die-cast aluminum cyndrical tubes for much less weight; layered, linerless cylinder burns out for a more portable engine; fine-atomizing injectors for specific fueling as well as brand-new engine situations that include a mechanical gear-position sign. Throttle bodies are smaller sized (36mm, down from 38), intake ports are slimmer, brand-new camshafts have actually lowered running angle and also shutoff overlap, as well as a modified airbox and exhaust boost acceleration, sound as well as midrange power.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's engine has actually been revised for better midrange and also much less weight. Together, the brand-new structure as well as swingarm conserve 25 pounds.
When we put the 2017 Kawasaki Z650, which has the same engine and also framework, on Jett Tuning's rear-wheel dyno, it made 60.6 horsepower at 8,100 rpm and also 43.9 lb-ft of torque at 6,700 rpm. As compared to the 2016 Ninja 650, peak horsepower is down by 5, peak torque has to do with the very same and redline has been lowered from 10,500 rpm to 9,500 rpm. 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 2014's version, however above 6,700 rpm the 2016 makes more power and torque, and its benefit boosts with rpm.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 action
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's direct power contour, precise throttle response and also solid midrange are wonderful mix for sporting activity riding.
Numbers as well as specs are something, yet from the saddle, the brand-new Ninja 650 feels punchier and also appears rowdier. It still makes that manageable chugga-chugga-chugga noise at idle, yet a good twist of the throttle reveals an alert intake noise and also more strenuous exhaust note. After giving the bike a great flog amongst the rolling hills of The golden state's Central Coastline, I was excited by its spicy attitude. The previous design always struck me as a little bit drooping and flabby, especially when as compared to bikes like the Suzuki SV650 and also Yamaha FZ-07. Yet a stronger midrange, significant weight management, sharper steering geometry as well as extra aggressive audio have offered the Ninja 650 a brand-new lease on life.
Read our 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 650 vs. 2017 Suzuki SV650 vs. 2016 Yamaha FZ-07 contrast examination evaluation
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's sharper tail section brings a rider seat that is 0.6 inch reduced and also narrower in front.
To complement its sportier look as well as performance, the sitting setting has been revised appropriately. The clip-on handlebars, which connect to risers that are well over the triple clamp, are an inch further forward and 1.65 inches lower while the footpegs are 2.36 inches farther forward and also 0.6 inch lower. To better accommodate newer/shorter motorcyclists, the seat height is 0.6 inch lower (31.1 inches) and also is extremely narrow ahead. The fuel container, which has less capability (4.0 gallons, down from 4.2), is significantly slimmer too, offering the bike a slim feel between the knees. For a high individual like me (6 feet high, 34-inch inseam), the Ninja 650 really feels a bit constrained down reduced, yet it does not place much weight on my wrists nor does it put an awkward bend in my reduced back. (Kawasaki makes an accessory "extended reach" seat that increases the elevation by an inch for even more legroom.).
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 really feels right in the house on a winding roadway, however likewise is comfortable enough for long flights.
When driving, the brand-new Ninja 650 feels small as well as light, and it delivers a reputable degree of performance for the cost. With the engine utilized as a worried member of the brand-new trellis structure, the bike feels strong and also well grown. Throughout the press launch we did repeated picture passes on numerous curved sections of roadway, and just like running through the very same corners lap after lap on a track offers you a clear photo of exactly how a bike handles, those image passes gave me confidence in how well the Ninja 650 holds a line. It transforms direction effortlessly yet never really feels twitchy or unsteady. Adding to that self-confidence is a new assist-and-slipper clutch that's light at the bar, and the 6-speed transmission shifts with enviable smoothness.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's lighter wheel assemblies save 3.9 pounds in unsprung weight. Bosch 9.1 M ABS is optional.
Suspension and brakes are fundamental, but they definitely satisfy the Ninja 650's multi-purpose objective. The 41mm KYB fork with 4.9 inches of traveling has no adjustability and the straight back-link shock, which supplies modern damping to stop bottoming, has 5.1 inches of traveling and springtime preload adjustability only. They supply a relatively deluxe flight and just disclose their limitations when pushed hard on rough roads. The brand-new 2-piston Nissin front calipers squeeze 300mm petal discs with unexpected authority, yet the 1-piston back caliper is rather mushy. New lighter, much more receptive Bosch 9.1 M ABDOMINAL MUSCLE is optional and brand-new 5-spoke wheels are lighter as well as shod with Dunlop Sportmax D214 tires.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 control panel.
New instrumentation includes an analog tachometer, a programmable shift light as well as digital display screens with equipment position, speed as well as much more.
Various other good attributes consist of the Kawasaki Air Monitoring System (KAMS), a radiator follower air duct that guides hot air down to the ground, away from the biker, along with five-way adjustable clutch and also brake levers, charitable underseat storage space and new instrumentation. An analog tachometer is signed up with by a programmable shift light and also digital screens that show gear position, clock, fuel level, coolant temp, A/B tripmeters or odometer, fuel range or average/instant gas consumption, and also an eco-riding sign. Readily available devices consist of the extended-reach seat, 30-liter leading case, tank pad, seat cowl, radiator guard and also frame sliders, and also the steel container suits a magnetic storage tank bag.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's revised functional designs are sportier however do not feel extreme or uneasy. The light, slim maker ought to fit brief to ordinary riders well, but taller riders may really feel a bit confined.
The new Ninja 650 is a no-nonsense motorbike that occupies the pleasant area between user-friendliness as well as efficiency. Its engine is smooth with strong midrange, a direct power contour as well as great throttle response, and it supplies excellent gas economic climate (51 mpg thus far, better than the 47 mpg estimated by the fuel usage sign). It is perfect for somebody that does not desire or require class-leading horsepower, sophisticated electronics or high-dollar elements, however still wants a fully 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