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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R - Voted: Awesome

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:06 am

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650

All-new Chassis, Bodywork and Improved Power Delivery Make the Best Mid-sized Sportbike Even Better

They’re known as “sweet spot” motorcycles: streetbikes so balanced, user-friendly and all-around capable that they stand well above their two-wheeled counterparts, forging lasting reputations as exciting, practical and stylish machines.

There aren’t many such overachievers in today’s narrowly focused two-wheeled world. Since its debut back in 2006, the multi-talented Ninja® 650R has been a bona fide member of this elite group, winning accolades from owners and media alike. But for 2012, the massively reworked Ninja 650 is better than ever.

This practical sportbike features a raft of new technology and design elements, including a totally new perimeter-style frame, revised suspension, more angular bodywork, new instrumentation, improved engine performance, a more comfortable saddle, lower seat height and much more. The new-and-massively-improved version promises even more of the all-around capability that suits beginners and veterans alike.

It all starts in the engine bay, where an advanced, highly compact, liquid-cooled 649cc vertical twin works its magic with help from a digital fuel injection system featuring 38mm throttle bodies and sub-throttle assemblies for optimum response and precise fueling. The ultra-narrow engine produces substantial power with plenty of character – especially down low and in the mid-range – from an impressive array of technology, including double overhead camshafts acting on eight lightweight valves. Lightweight pistons run in plated, linerless cylinders, while a 180-degree crank assembly – coupled with a balancer shaft – maintains a surprising level of engine smoothness.

This has always been a brilliant streetbike engine – torquey, smooth, and blessed with impressive top end performance, yet enough satisfying low- and mid-range oomph to please novices and experts alike. But this year it’s even better thanks to key exhaust system changes, including a header-section connector pipe and a three-chamber muffler design. The high-rpm rush remains, but Kawasaki engineers have pushed additional power down into the mid-range zone, which results in even more all-around usability and in-town responsiveness. Figure in the Ninja 650 engine’s estimated 50-mpg* fuel economy, precise fuel injection and its pleasing twin-cylinder throb, and you’re looking at what just might be the most flexible and satisfying streetbike engine on the planet.

Wrapping around that wonderfully usable engine is an all-new twin-pipe perimeter frame that offers increased rigidity vs. the old Ninja’s trellis layout, yet retains the narrow-waisted design that results in a comfortable reach to the ground. The new frame is slim, light, compact and aesthetically pleasing, while a swingarm with forged axle holders lets the rear wheel arc through its suspension travel in style. The new backbone-type subframe also offers a 10 percent increase in maximum carrying capacity. Combined with revised suspension settings front and rear, (there’s more ride comfort for 2012 from the 41mm fork and single-shock rear end) the overall chassis setup – which includes Dunlop’s new Roadsmart II tires – amplifies the “sporty-yet-comfortable” ethos that’s won the Ninja 650 model so many fans over the years.

It’s a more comfortable machine, too, with a 20mm wider handlebar than the previous version and a 2-piece seat assembly topped with foam that’s thicker than before. Both the handlebar and saddle are rubber-mounted, along with the footpegs, for even more vibration-free comfort. And while enjoying all that ergonomic goodness, you’ll gaze upon a new instrument panel featuring an analog tachometer situated above an LCD info-center showing speed, trip meters, fuel consumption, remaining range, etc., with a swath of info-lights to the right.

Folks watching you ride by will see a sleeker and more aggressively styled motorcycle, as well. The all-new bodywork is more sharply defined and more like our race-winning supersport machines, with flowing lines and a tapered brow that blends nicely with the rest of the bike. The new body parts make the 2012 Ninja 650 more slippery from an aerodynamic standpoint, while an adjustable, 3-position windscreen allows riders to tailor the cockpit’s still-air cocoon for maximum riding comfort. Engine heat is routed rearward more effectively than before, as well, further adding to the comfort level.

It all adds up to one sweet mid-sized sportbike, one that works superbly for novices and vets – not an easy feat. Pull away from a light and the 650’s torquey engine, light-pull clutch and perfect throttle response make quick work of the job. Crisp, linear brakes make slowing down a simple affair, while the low seat height gives riders max confidence once stopped. And light steering and maneuverability keep novices grinning all day long. Experts will love the new Ninja’s powerful yet flexible engine, modern suspension, disc brakes and nimble handling. And the new more aggressive styling looks like it’s going 100 mph, even when sitting still.

The 2012 Ninja 650 really can do it all – whether it’s commuting, cruising, touring or apex-strafing. Just like we said at the beginning: Sweet.


2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 - Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $7,499.00 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $8,299 CAN


ENGINE
Type 4-stroke, Parallel Twin
Displacement 649cc
Bore and Stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Valve System DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel System Digital fuel injection with two 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication (semi-dry sump)


DRIVETRAIN

Transmission 6-speed, return
Final Drive Sealed Chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 2.095 (88/42)
Gear Ratio: 1st 2.438 (39/16)
Gear Ratio: 2nd 1.714 (36/21)
Gear Ratio: 3rd 1.333 (32/24)
Gear Ratio: 4th 1.111 (30/27)
Gear Ratio: 5th 0.966 (28/29)
Gear Ratio: 6th 0.852 (23/27)
Final Reduction Ratio 3.067 (46/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


FRAME

Type Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Wheel Travel: Front 125 mm (4.9 in.)
Tire: Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel Travel: Rear 130 mm (5.1 in.)
Tire: Rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Caster (Rake) 25º
Trail 110 mm (4.3 in.)
Steering Angle (Left/Right) 35º / 35º


SUSPENSION

Suspension, Front 41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, Rear Offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload


BRAKES

Front: Type Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Front: Calipers Dual piston
Rear: Type Single 220 mm petal disc
Rear: Caliper Single-piston


DIMENSIONS

Overall Length 2,100 mm (82.7 in.)
Overall Width 770 mm (30.3 in.)
Overall Height 1,180 mm (46.5 in.)
Wheelbase 1,410 mm (55.5 in.)
Ground Clearance 130 mm (5.1 in.)
Seat Height 805 mm (31.7 in.)
Curb Mass** 209 kg (460.8 lbs.)
Fuel Capacity 16 litres (3.5 gal.)
Fuel Consumption N/A


PERFORMANCE

Maximum Power‡ 53 kW {72.1 PS} / 8,500 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 64 N.m {6.5 kgf.m} / 7,000 rpm

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Re: This Week's Bike: 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R - Vote & Disc

Unread post by NorthernPete » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:16 pm

Always had a soft spot for these bikes. Still on my want list.
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Re: This Week's Bike: 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R - Vote & Disc

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:50 am

I voted: Awesome

What a great all around motorcycle; Kawasaki is a wonderful job with it's engine design and appeal. It works for new riders and experienced riders alike with it's friendly engine, good powerband, high MPG numbers, light weight and top speed... and not at a bad price at all (I would still like to see it a little cheaper for Canada)

Kawasaki is even keeping an update schedule for it that's quick and with a whole line of bikes based off the Ninja 650R, like the ER-6n and Versys it keeps costs down even more.

The Ninja650R is just one of those bikes that fits into the "What did you use before it?" category.

Great bike. I'm glad it's finally on our Cool Wall.

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Re: This Week's Bike: 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R - Vote & Disc

Unread post by sunshine229 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:59 am

AWESOME, AWESOME AWESOME!!!

I have a love for Kawasaki's and this one ticks all the boxes for me. It's absolutely gorgeous and has the perfect amount of power. If I were looking to buy a brand new bike, chances are I'd end up with this one (even though you guys know I have my eye on a few) but since I plan on buying used it all depends on what's on the market at the time. With any luck one of these in ORANGE will be waiting for me!!! :mrgreen:
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:52 pm

A bike for the real world at a real world price. Awesome. I wish more manufacturers would make them and I wish more people would buy them.
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Unread post by madjak30 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:58 pm

I voted: AWESOME...

Although not that awesome for a taller rider, too cramped for my liking (not that I am tall, but my knees aren't getting younger) I know a couple of people that have these now, and they all love them...great all round bike...one guy I know even rode his to Sturgis for the bike rally and had a blast...I think the time has come for more sensible bikes to be available to us...I think the "bigger is better" mantra is fading and people are getting more realistic with their bike choices...

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Unread post by Wrider » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:59 am

I voted awesome...
I've only ridden one once for a short distance at low RPMs (rode it to a friend's house for him after he bought it brand new). But even at the low RPMs it was responsive, had plenty of pep to get me moving, and handled well on the brand new tires.
Plus the variety of what you can do with this engine and frame combination is quite amazing... Between the ER-6N, the Versys, and the Ninja 650, this bike has something for everyone except the hardcore road-racer (and that's not to say you can't race the Ninja 650, I see plenty of owners who do).
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Unread post by mogster » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:34 am

Stand by for an announcement............................ I voted AWESOME for a Jap bike! :alien:

I think this will appeal to many & is likely to be a massive seller as suits the newer + experienced biker. The ctlours are typically kwacker & not for me but the black is cool.

I also like the fact they have put the exhaust low - high exhausts are a bit of a pain luggage wise.

Quite a tempting little bike if I was looking, still prefer a triple tho :D
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Unread post by madjak30 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:07 pm

mogster wrote:Stand by for an announcement............................ I voted AWESOME for a Jap bike! :alien:

I think this will appeal to many & is likely to be a massive seller as suits the newer + experienced biker. The colours are typically kwacker & not for me but the black is cool.

I also like the fact they have put the exhaust low - high exhausts are a bit of a pain luggage wise.

Quite a tempting little bike if I was looking, still prefer a triple tho :D
I think Kawasaki knocked it out of the park with this bike...I even like the LOOK AT ME!! colours...


and as for your comment about exhaust...

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You don't have to tell me...how the "heck" do you mount luggage on this thing? No one makes anything for it, so I will have to custom make something...Ventura makes a parcel shelf for it, but nothing for saddle bags...sucks because it is quite a comfortable bike.

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Unread post by jstark47 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:20 pm

madjak30 wrote:how the "heck" do you mount luggage on this thing? No one makes anything for it, so I will have to custom make something...Ventura makes a parcel shelf for it, but nothing for saddle bags...sucks because it is quite a comfortable bike.
Givi makes a topcase mount plate and PLX sidecase racks for it. So you can put any Givi topcase on the top case mount, and you can put V35's on the PLX racks.
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Unread post by ZRex » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:22 pm

I have to vote Awesome, I love bikes that you can do anything on.

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:08 pm

Votes are coming in quite strong! Keep up the work; let your fiends know they can vote too. :group:

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Re: This Week's Bike: 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R - Vote & Disc

Unread post by High_Side » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:03 am

A really nice bike but really Kawasaki needs to get the memo:

Stop writing "Ninja" on every semi-sporting bike that you make with a sticker that looks like it came out of a box of Lucky Charms. It makes a nice bike look cheap, and they really should have left the name in the '80s and just named them as ZX's or ZXR's. This new 650 is a nice looking bike but the first thing to go would be the silly-azzed sticker if it were mine :mrgreen:

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Unread post by madjak30 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:25 pm

The Ninjas aren't ZX bikes anylonger...they are EX bikes, they revived the Ninja name to put some excitement into their more friendly UJM type of bikes...they now have sexier body work, but in essence are still a commuter bike. Their ZX bikes say Ninja nowhere on them.

Same reason Suzuki dropped the Katana name and went with the GSX-F branding...Katana's had a name as mediocre bikes...and in Europe a Katana is a scooter...and it works...people are buying them.

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Re: 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R - Voted: Awesome

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:00 am

Great news! After a slew of votes, the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R finished as: 55% Awesome; putting it firmly as the top bike of 2012 so far! http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyclecoolwall.htm New Cool Wall bike now up (every Friday)

Great voting and great discussion!! Let's keep it up for the next bike: 2012 Honda Shadow RS (VT750RS) viewtopic.php?f=61&t=44532

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Unread post by High_Side » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:51 am

madjak30 wrote:The Ninjas aren't ZX bikes anylonger...they are EX bikes, they revived the Ninja name to put some excitement into their more friendly UJM type of bikes...they now have sexier body work, but in essence are still a commuter bike. Their ZX bikes say Ninja nowhere on them.

Same reason Suzuki dropped the Katana name and went with the GSX-F branding...Katana's had a name as mediocre bikes...and in Europe a Katana is a scooter...and it works...people are buying them.

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Way to get in the way of a good rant :laughing: I have to admit, I had to go look but yes, all of the Supersport bikes still say Ninja on them.... and yes I still think that name should be left to die, and not splashed all over otherwise great looking bikes.

http://www.kawasaki.ca/model-line/1/SUPERSPORT

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