Kawasaki Ninja 650R

The derivative to choose has more to do with ascertaining self wants than assimilate from the realm of proposed viewpoints. Practicality is often a parameter that human beings look for when choosing.

Because it is practical we travel in cars. Because it is practical we fly aeroplanes. Because it is practical we eat solid out of plates and drink liquid out of glasses. But if there is anything that is way more practical than all the earlier's riding the Ninja650R. Every time you ride it, it knocks on the door to be the companion in YOUR practical journey of life..but are you wanting one?

When PTR got the Kawasaki Ninja 650R it came along with a somewhat beguiling irony: This bike is less capable in some respects, yet more capable in some other respects.

A motorcycle that fits well is more comfortable to operate, easier to control, safer to use, and ultimately more enjoyable to ride. Is the Ninja 650R the girl you can take home to your mom or is she more of a prancing cat ? Find out in our comprehensive review of Indias largest green goblin

Unlike the steroidally-enhanced four-cylinder Ninjas, the Ninja 650 gets its motivation from a twin-cylinder engine that, while potent, offers 30 fewer ponies than the ZX-6R but offers a powerband that will help you get a taste of nirvana as long as you got that throttle pinned. Kawasaki didn’t go bonkers with the mass centralization bug. But they did some clever stuff to the bike to help achieve it for example to reduce the engine height the oiling is handled by a semi-dry. The under engine exhaust hints at a decent effort too.

The engine routes coolant through the engine cases, thus minimizing external hoses and further enabling it to be narrow and short. This is indeed the most compact engine in its category.



  1. Bajaj and Kawasaki like to tag this bike with “refined aggression”…which is not very far from the truth alltogether. The Ninja 650R’s 180-degree crankshaft utilizes a counter-balancer to allow for extremely smooth operation.
  2. The six speed transmission has a design what the engineers call as a cassette-type design..this sort of design make repairs and maintenance very economical. That’s if you somehow manage to hammer the Japanese durability.
  3. The bike rides on a pretty vanilla but functional 41mm non-adjustable telescopic fork.
  4. The non-linkage-connected rear shock is easy to adjust with an included spanner tool, and more importantly, its offset position actually helps narrow the bike.
  5. The seat height, at 31.1 inches which is not so high for shorter riders..
  6. If you are gonna be riding this bike aggressively in canyons or in ghats or intend to run in hot like a monkey in the very first corner you see when on a weekend ride…then gotta get some stickier rubber..something that costs a little more..something that’s more premium. I believe once that’s sorted..the Ninja650R can begin railing the corners while not letting your confidence slip through your sweaty hands on a not so good grip on way too high handlebars. Personally, I’d swap the bar for one with less rise if I aint into touring. Remember tho that’s not a negative to this bike as its meant to be a tourer first and a canyon carver second.
  7. The windscreen is  fairly high and was extensively engineered and designed in a windtunnel if we are to believe Kawasaki, I believe it for it really gives no weird buffeting. Certainly something that a touring bike should have J Points there to this bike.
  8. The fairing feels solid and not buzzy at all. Good for long tours again..
  9. To adapt to varied hand sizes the clutch level comes with 5 way adjustable clutch lever. Now I ride a a superbike in the city myself..and believe me this is a must in our Indian traffic. If you aint got that grip on the clutch right you are gonna dump your bike into the backside of a rickshaw pretty pretty soon only to be creating a not so pretty mess of your own bike :s
  10. Now the one thing I don’t like on the bike is the brakes. They certainly have a wooden feel..but at this price I would really not bother myself about it for they are still way better than what we are generally used to..not that the brakes don’t stop the bike but they offer very little feedback. Again if riding aggressively..invest some cheap dollars in good brake pads and braided lines and tada…problem is solved for ever. So a downside for sure..brakes aint so good..but that hardly dents what the bike is otherwise capable of doing.



So what is the bike capable of doing ?  Its capable of doing just cant master anything. They call these bikes…jack of all trades but master of none. But this jack comes at such a mouth watering price..that it has to be had..whether you covet a master at all or not.

You see all the motorcycles are made with one philosophy in mind.

Form follows function. But then this might be more a question of what “function” do you have in mind? The Kawasaki guys certainly had the function of a candid..super to maintain..built to last a lifetime kind of a function when they made this bike..and the form looks everybit like it.



  1. 649cc parallel-Twin DOHC engine | middle-weight sport-oriented bike
  3. TOP SPEED : 210 KMPH
  4. Horepower : 72 PS @
  5. Torque : Nm @
  6. Weight : 203 kgs
  7. Fuel Capacity : 15.1 litres !
Last modified on Monday, 02 April 2012 23:40
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