India Kawasaki Motors today launched the Kawasaki Ninja 650R in India at the Bajaj Auto Auditorium in Pune. Priced at 4.57 lakh rupees (Ex-Showroom Delhi), Ninja 650R is the largest capacity Kawasaki Motorcycle officially on sale in India and targets a particular niche of sports bike market in India, which at the moment is only populated by Hyosung GT650R.
Priced significantly less than other 1000cc sports bikes currently on sale in India, Kawasaki Ninja 650R offers Indian buyers sports bike performance at significantly lower price point and yet, provides enough power on tap to whiz past majority of cars on the Indian Highways, making it an attractive weekend bike at a not so bank breaking price point.
Kawasaki Ninja 650R is powered by a 649cc 4 stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, parallel twin engine which produces 72PS of power at 8,500rpm and 66Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. Fuel injection and ignition settings are tuned to boost the liquid-cooled engine’s bottom-end torque, for a smooth low-to-mid rpm response and allow the engine to rev quicker.
Kawasaki Ninja 650R’s frame, swingarm and suspension are all designed for minimal vibration and light, quick handling. Rubber upper-rear engine mounts in the signature trellis frame, and rubber-insulated handlebar mounts result in low vibration, for all-day comfort along with great handling. Rider and passenger footpegs are also rubber coated to reduce the amount of vibration transferred to the rider.
In terms of looks, Ninja 650R’s sharp lines flow throughout the bike, giving it an aggressive appearance. Fairing of the Ninja 650R features integrated turn signals and a sharp tail cowl to highlight the motorcycle’s compact dimensions. Ninja 650R also features MotoGP-inspired multi-function instrumentation and controls.
Kawasaki Ninja 650R Specifications
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, parallel twin
Bore x stroke: 83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Fuel injection: Digital fuel injection with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with electronic advance
Final drive: O-ring chain
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / trail: 25 degrees / 4.2 in.
Wheelbase: 55.5 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Single offset laydown shock with adjustable spring preload / 4.9 in.
Front tire: 120/70×17
Rear tire: 160/60×17
Front brake: Dual 300mm petal discs with two-piston calipers
Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with single piston caliper
Overall length: 2100mm
Overall width: 760mm
Overall height: 1200mm
Seat height: 790mm
Curb weight: 204kg
Fuel capacity: 15.5 liters