2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650

Team Green’s entry-level middleweight sportbike.

Kawasaki Ninja 650 right side
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Saddling itself right in the middle of the Ninja lineup, the 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is a transitional sportbike for riders who are moving up the ranks from beginner to expert. Powered by a 649cc parallel-twin engine that is paired with revised bodywork and comfortable ergonomics, the Ninja 650 is a versatile canyon carver, daily commuter, and trackday machine. It has also been revised with new tires and seat and modern 4.3-inch TFT display and LED headlights.

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

As the more approachable middleweight in the Ninja lineup, the Ninja 650 “is both a comfortable entry-level machine and one that beginners can expect to grow into, or even never grow out of, enjoying it for many years to come,” Morgan Gales related in his first ride review.

Middleweight competition is found in the likes of the other Japanese manufacturers. Machines like the Yamaha YZF-R6, Honda CBR650R, and Suzuki GSX-R600, to be specific.

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Kawasaki Ninja 650 Updates For 2020

Following the major slim-down that was done in 2017, the 2020 model sees aggressive styling with the new angular bodywork and modern tech updates such as twin LED headlights and 4.3-inch TFT color dash. The Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires are also new. The passenger seat is also thicker and wider for comfort.

Colors available include Lime Green/Ebony, Metallic Spark Black, and Pearl Blizzard White. MSRP starts at $7,399.

Kawasaki Ninja 650 left side
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2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Claimed Specifications

Price: $7,399
Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC parallel twin
Displacement: 649cc
Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Horsepower: N/A
Torque: 48.5 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Seat Height: 31.1 in.
Rake: 24.0°
Trail: 3.9 in.
Front Suspension: 41mm telescopic fork; 4.9-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Preload adjustable; 5.1-in. travel
Front Tire: 120/70-17
Rear Tire: 160/60-17
Wheelbase: 55.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gal.
Wet Weight: 419 lb. (w/o ABS)/423 lb. (w/ ABS)
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