When Kawasaki gave its prominent Ninja 650-- Team Eco-friendly's No. 2 marketing street bike-- an overhaul from the ground up, dropping weight was a major goal. Its brand-new high-tensile, tubular-steel trellis frame saves 18.9 pounds. Its new hollow-press construction swingarm, which has a sophisticated gullwing form on the appropriate side to get rid of the low-slung exhaust, saves 6.2 extra pounds. Modifications to the engine save an additional 4.4 pounds, new wheel assemblies cut 3.9 extra pounds in unsprung weight (a major boon to handling) as well as various neck and neck-- lightening whatever from the chainguard to the ABS device-- saves an additional 8.4 pounds.
Although styling is extra aggressive, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 continues to be an approachable, easy to use, fuel-efficient, enjoyable, value-priced sportbike.
The brand-new Ninja 650 is not only lighter, it has a lot more aggressive styling that looks especially sharp on the KRT (Kawasaki Racing Group) Edition you see right here. Unlike Kawasaki's track-focused ZX-R supersport models, the Ninja 650 is planned to be a daily street bike. It has extra small performance, price-point elements, less extreme ergonomics and even a three-position windscreen with 2.5 inches range (adjustment needs an Allen wrench from the well-stocked, underseat toolkit).
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 activity
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's significant weight-loss, lighter wheels and sharper steering geometry make it much more active however not at the expense of stability.
Bryan Smith's Apartment Track GNC1 Championship-winning race bike utilizes the same engine platform as the Ninja 650-- a liquid-cooled, 649cc parallel twin with DOHC as well as four shutoffs each cyndrical tube. For 2017, it has actually been retuned for more low to midrange torque and includes open-deck, die-cast aluminum cylinders for much less weight; plated, linerless cylinder bores for a much more compact engine; fine-atomizing injectors for exact fueling as well as new engine cases that integrate a mechanical gear-position sign. Throttle bodies are smaller (36mm, below 38), intake ports are slimmer, brand-new camshafts have minimized running angle and also shutoff overlap, and also a modified airbox and also exhaust enhance velocity, sound as well as midrange power.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's engine has been changed for much better midrange and also less weight. Together, the brand-new framework and swingarm conserve 25 pounds.
When we put the 2017 Kawasaki Z650, which has the exact same engine as well as framework, on Jett Adjusting'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. Compared with the 2016 Ninja 650, peak horsepower is down by 5, peak torque has to do with the exact same and redline has been reduced from 10,500 rpm to 9,500 rpm. In between 3,500 and 6,500 rpm, the 2017 Ninja 650 makes 0.6-2.5 even more horsepower as well as 1.2-2.7 lb-ft more torque compared to last year's version, but above 6,700 rpm the 2016 makes even more power and torque, and also its benefit boosts with rpm.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 action
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's linear power curve, exact throttle feedback and strong midrange are excellent mix for sport riding.
Numbers as well as specs are something, yet from the saddle, the brand-new Ninja 650 feels punchier and seems rowdier. It still makes that accommodating chugga-chugga-chugga noise at still, yet a great spin of the throttle reveals a vivacious intake noise and also more vigorous exhaust note. After offering the bike a great flog amongst the rolling hills of California's Central Shore, I was impressed by its vibrant mindset. The previous design always struck me as a little bit flaccid and loose and flabby, especially when compared with bikes like the Suzuki SV650 and Yamaha FZ-07. However a more powerful midrange, substantial weight-loss, sharper guiding geometry as well as a lot more hostile audio have given the Ninja 650 a 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 area brings a cyclist seat that is 0.6 inch reduced and narrower in front.
To complement its sportier appearance as well as performance, the sitting setting has actually been modified accordingly. The clip-on handlebars, which connect to risers that are well above the three-way clamp, are an inch farther onward and 1.65 inches reduced while the footpegs are 2.36 inches further ahead and also 0.6 inch reduced. To much better accommodate newer/shorter motorcyclists, the seat elevation is 0.6 inch reduced (31.1 inches) and is very narrow ahead. The fuel container, which has much less capacity (4.0 gallons, down from 4.2), is noticeably slimmer also, offering the bike a slim feel between the knees. For a tall person like me (6 feet high, 34-inch inseam), the Ninja 650 feels a little bit constrained down reduced, however it doesn't place much weight on my wrists neither does it placed an awkward bend in my lower back. (Kawasaki makes a device "prolonged reach" seat that raises the elevation by an inch for even more legroom.).
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 feels right at home on a winding roadway, but likewise is comfortable enough for long rides.
On the road, the new Ninja 650 feels small and light, and also it supplies a commendable level of efficiency for the cost. With the engine utilized as a worried participant of the brand-new trellis framework, the bike really feels solid and well planted. During journalism launch we did repeated picture hands down a number of curved areas of road, and also similar to running through the exact same corners lap after lap on a track offers you a clear photo of just how a bike manages, those photo passes gave me self-confidence in exactly how well the Ninja 650 holds a line. It transforms direction easily yet never ever really feels twitchy or unsteady. Including in that self-confidence is a brand-new assist-and-slipper clutch that's light at the bar, and also the 6-speed transmission shifts with enviable smoothness.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's lighter wheel settings up save 3.9 pounds in unsprung weight. Bosch 9.1 M ABS is optional.
Suspension and also brakes are basic, but they certainly meet the Ninja 650's multipurpose goal. The 41mm KYB fork with 4.9 inches of travel has no adjustability and the straight back-link shock, which offers progressive damping to prevent bottoming, has 5.1 inches of traveling and spring preload adjustability only. They give a fairly deluxe trip and just expose their constraints when pressed hard on harsh roads. The brand-new 2-piston Nissin front calipers squeeze 300mm petal discs with unexpected authority, yet the 1-piston rear caliper is very squishy. New lighter, 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 cockpit console.
New instrumentation includes an analog tachometer, a programmable change light as well as digital display screens with equipment position, speed and also far more.
Other good functions include the Kawasaki Air Administration System (KAMS), a radiator fan air duct that directs hot air to the ground, away from the cyclist, along with five-way flexible clutch as well as brake levers, generous underseat storage and new instrumentation. An analog tachometer is signed up with by a programmable change light as well as digital displays that reveal gear placement, clock, gas level, coolant temperature, A/B tripmeters or odometer, gas array or average/instant fuel consumption, and an eco-riding sign. Offered devices consist of the extended-reach seat, 30-liter leading instance, storage tank pad, seat cowl, radiator guard and also framework sliders, and the steel tank accommodates a magnetic storage tank bag.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650's revised ergonomics are sportier however do not really feel severe or uneasy. The light, slim equipment ought to suit brief to typical bikers well, however taller riders may really feel a bit cramped.
The new Ninja 650 is a practical motorcycle that occupies the pleasant spot in between user-friendliness and also efficiency. Its engine is smooth with solid midrange, a straight power contour and excellent throttle feedback, as well as it supplies outstanding fuel economic situation (51 mpg until now, better compared to the 47 mpg estimated by the gas usage sign). It is excellent for someone that doesn't want or need class-leading horse power, advanced electronic devices or high-dollar elements, but still desires 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