Since it was first launched in 2006, the Kawasaki Ninja 650R has been winning great reviews from both the media as well as bike owners. Massive reworking on this bike has now made it even better than before.
Loads of new technological innovations and innovative designing features have been incorporate on this sportbike. It comes with an all new perimeter styled frame, greater angular bodyworks, a revised suspension, enhanced engine performance, comfortable seating with lower seat height to name a few. This new and widely improved version comes with the promise of offering greater all-round capabilities to suit both beginners as well as veterans.
Beginning with the Engine, there has been an advanced and much more compactable, liquid-cooled twin vertical 649cc engines that create magic on the roads with support from a digitally controlled fuel injection mechanism having 38mm throttles along with sub-throttle assemblies that give maximum response and efficient fuel usage. Impressive use of technology that includes twin overhead camshafts that work on eight light-in-weight valves, ensure that the engine produces great power, particularly in the lower to medium range. Very light pistons operate on plated, unlined cylinders, whereas a 180 degree crank-assembly, supported by balancer shaft, helps in maintaining great engine smoothness.
The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R has always had an impressive streetbike engine, being smooth, torque and having superb top-end performance as well as enough power packed in low to medium range, thus satisfying both the experts and the novices alike. In the current model, this feature has been further enhanced due to critical changes in the exhaust system, which includes a connector pipe in the header-section and a 3-chambered muffler design. It still remains a high powered back, but the engineers at Kawasaki have provided additional power in the mid-range zone thereby giving the bike an all-round usability added to in-town responsiveness. Thus, a combination of the Ninja’s fuel economic engine, the perfect fuel injection along with twin cylindrical throttles work together to make it the most pleasing and flexible engine for streetbikes worldwide.
The new twin-pipe perimeter framing, wrapped around this efficient engine, offers greater rigidity to this model as compared to the previous version. The narrow-waist design has been retained thereby giving the rider a comfortable reach into the ground. The frame is slimmer, lighter, aesthetically pleasing and more compact. A swing-arm having forged axle holders arcs the rear wheel stylishly during travels. The newer back frame increases the maximum carrying capacity by 10%. Revised settings in front and rear suspensions and a nominal increase in the power of the brakes, along with the overall set up of the chassis, will definitely justify the motto of Ninja providing a sporty, yet comfortable model, through its Ninja 650.
The machine has increased in comfort as well; the handlebars are 20mm wider than the erstwhile model and the seats being topped with wider and thicker foam. Both the saddle and bars have been mounted with rubber, along with the footpegs, to offer lesser vibrations and additional comfort. A glance at the new instrument panel highlights the analog tachometer placed above the LCD-info center, which displays speed, fuel consumption, trip meters, remaining range etc. additional info-lights have been provided on the right.
The exterior styling gives the bike an aggressive but sleeker look. The body features are sharper with a flow of lines along with a tapered blow blending nicely with the other components. The body parts will make the bike more slippery aerodynamically and the 3-position adjustable windscreen will offer riding comfort by protecting the rider’s face from the external winds. Comfort levels are further enhanced with engine heat being routed to the back side.
The new bike will offer a super riding experience, for both experts and novices alike. The pull from the engine, the responsive clutch, fantastic throttle response, all point to a perfect job executed by the engineers. The crisp brakes make the exercise of braking simple whereas lower seat height gives the riders greater control in standing positions. Light steering bringing ease in maneuvering would make even elementary riders happy!
The all new 2012 version of the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R has all it takes to make it a winner.