Real-world versatility, swoopy looks, budget price, easy to live with.
Not the most refined bike in the world especially compared to its newer rivals.
High-mileage ills like notchy steering, loose swingarm bearings, scored brake rotors, balky starters, poor overall maintenance.
Surprisingly good across a wide range of missions, the Ninja 650's biggest competition is the newer (and still more expensive) Yamaha FZ-07.
2010 / $4,260
2011 / $4,425
2012 / $4,655
2013 / $4,885
2014 / $5,180
2015 / $5,810