2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 | First Ride

Fun for the Masses

By Jamie Elvidge, Photography by Adam Campbell

Tech Specs

Evolution
A new frame, redesigned bodywork and other refinements make Kawasaki’s novice-coddling, wallet-friendly sportbike even more practical.
Rivals
Ducati Monster 696, Hyosung GT650R, Kawasaki Versys, Triumph Street Triple, Yamaha FZ6R.

Price $7499
Engine type l-c parallel-twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 649cc
Bore x stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression 10.8:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate hydraulic
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 71 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Claimed torque 47 lb.-ft. @ 7000 rpm
Frame Steel-tube perimeter
Front suspension Kayaba 41mm fork
Rear suspension Kayaba shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Dual Tokico two-piston calipers, 300mm petal discs
Rear brake Tokico single-piston caliper, 220mm petal disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Dunlop Roadsmart II
Rear tire 160/60ZR-17 Dunlop Roadsmart II
Rake/trail 25.0°/4.3 in.
Seat height 31.7 in.
Wheelbase 55.5 in.
Fuel capacity 4.2 gal.
Claimed curb weight 461 lbs.
Colors Metallic Spark Black, Candy Lime Green, Passion Red
Available Now
Warranty 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
9950 Jeronimo Rd.Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
www.kawasaki.com

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Revvy for anything.

By Jamie Elvidge
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