Kawasaki has launched the latest iteration of its middleweight sport tourer, the Ninja 650, with a couple of visual updates. The new Kawasaki Ninja 650 has been priced at Rs. 6.61 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and is now available in two new paint schemes – Lime Green and Pearl Robotic White.
The new Kawasaki Ninja 650 looks more or less the same as the previous model, which was updated with BS6 emission norms in 2020. However, the new model now comes with a revised front windscreen, which promises better wind deflection at higher speeds with its more upright stance and flush-fitment with the upper cowl of the fairing.
Apart from the revised front windscreen and new color options, the new Kawasaki Ninja 650 retain the full fairing bodywork, dual LED headlamps with daytime running LEDs, split seats and LED tail lamp. All of these highlights were introduced in the last update of the Ninja 650.
In terms of features, the new Kawasaki Ninja 650 retains the TFT instrument console from the previous model. However, this time around, it features Bluetooth connectivity as standard, which allows pairing your smartphone with the motorcycle and monitor the performance of the motorcycle using Rideology smartphone app. The other prominent highlights of the Kawasaki Ninja 650 which have been retained from the previous model are underbelly exhaust, apron mounted rear view mirrors and clip-on handlebars.
There are no changes carried out in the Kawasaki Ninja 650 when it comes to mechanicals under the skin. The sport tourer continues to be powered by a liquid cooled, parallel twin, 649cc engine. Paired to a 6-speed gearbox, this engine makes 67 bhp @ 8,000 rpm of maximum power and 64 Nm @ 6,700 rpm of maximum torque.
The chassis of the Kawasaki Ninja 650 sits on a steel trellis frame and gets a suspension combination of 41mm hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a horizontal back-link monoshock at the rear. In terms of brakes, the motorcycle is fitted with 300mm dual petal disc brakes at the front and a single 220mm disc brake at the back.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 can be booked either through any of the authorized dealership or at Kawasaki’s official website. While the motorcycle has no direct rival in the market right now, it takes on all the similarly priced naked roadsters like Triumph Trident, Honda CB 500X and Benelli TRK 502X