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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650



2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review


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Strong power and nimble handling highlight the new 2017 Ninja® 650 motorcycle. Exciting and easy to ride with sporty performance and aggressive styling, the modern Ninja 650 stays true to its Ninja roots. Rounding out the package, a comfortable and adaptable upright riding position makes the Ninja 650 an exceptional everyday ride.


•Sporty 649cc parallel-twin engine delivers smooth and responsive performance with exciting mid-range power that is felt in every gear
•New chassis is lighter and slimmer with revised rigidity for improved riding response. This contributes to the bike’s new overall weight, a significant 42 lbs. less than the previous model for light handling and easy maneuverability
•New sporty front cowl and aggressive bodywork with sharp, angular lines, along with gull-wing swingarm and under-engine exhaust





A lone sportbike is heard gliding through the turns of a two-lane mountain road. A casual Sunday, with the sun falling behind the peaks, and the light fading. Through one corner and onto the next, each mile bringing a new adventure. Carving out your own line, you daydream of the racetrack. The race may be on TV, but at home your couch is empty. Instead, you replay the race in your head as you roll into the next corner and out to a long straight. You blast past the local biker-hangout café. The parking lot is full, riders stand and talk in their full-race leathers. But you have no time for standing.


Your bike isn’t meant for a parking lot.


Riding through the canyons on the weekend or to work on Monday, introducing the new, easy-going sportbike, the Ninja® 650 motorcycle.


The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650:


” NEW Stronger, lighter frame
” NEW Rear suspension and redesigned gull-arm swingarm
” UPDATED Parallel twin 650cc engine
” NEW Sportbike cowling, headlight and design elements.


With improved styling resembling that of its bigger siblings, the stylish 2017 Ninja 650 features new components. Built for the street rider who wants the performance of the Ninja family, but with more street-focused ergonomics and control, the Ninja 650 is new with a twin-spar frame and the redesigned, race-proven 650cc parallel twin.


The mid-sized member in the Ninja lineup, the Ninja 650 is built to satisfy the needs of riders who want to step up from a Ninja® 300, but don’t want the high technology, cost and high performance of the Ninja® ZX™-6R.


The Ninja 650 is truly a member of the Ninja family, with a new front cowling that takes styling cues from the Ninja ZX™-10R motorcycle, but with comfortable ergonomics so riders can enjoy this ride for more miles. The Ninja 650 will also be available without ABS.




” Racing inspired fairing and bodywork style?
” NEW Sporty front cowling
” NEW X-pattern LED taillight
” NEW Trellis frame and centrally positioned rear shock


The Ninja 650’s new upper cowling fits with the Ninja family identity. The chin spoiler below the headlight emulates the design theme from the Ninja® ZX™-10R. Accompanying the new front cowling is a sharply redesigned headlight.


New mirrors contribute to the stylish look and enhance visibility. Further adding to the sporty look is a X-shaped LED taillight.










2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Key Features












2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Features and Benefits


649cc Twin-Cylinder, DOHC Engine
Tuned to deliver strong, responsive power for performance that favors everyday riding and inspires confidence in newer riders, yet is spirited enough for sport riding.
Modified camshaft profiles have reduced operating angle and valve overlap for better response and performance.
Slimmer intake port shape also helps boost engine response and performance.
Redesigned airbox with a single large inlet instead of two smaller ones contributes to the increased power feeling.
Exhaust system has a shorter header and the new, sleek muffler’s internal construction further enhances power delivery.
Muffler is mounted below the engine to help lower the center of gravity and aid weight centralization.
Kawasaki Air Management System(KP) (KAMS) radiator fan cover helps direct hot engine air down to the ground and away from the rider.
Compact parallel twin engine helps reduce the dimensions of the entire motorcycle to keep it small and nimble.
180-degree crankshaft plus balancer shaft for extremely smooth engine operation.
Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout makes the engine very short from front to back, a semi-dry sump(KP) oil system reduces overall engine height, while the narrow pitch of the chrome composite(KP) plated aluminum cylinders helps reduce engine width.


Digital Fuel Injection(KP)
Fuel injection settings provide smooth low end response while contributing to the engine’s quick-revving character.
Throttle body diameter is reduced from 38mm to 36mm and utilize fine atomizing injectors to further enhance engine response and low-to-mid-range power.
The throttle bodies feature sub-throttle valves(KP) for optimum performance and rideability. The sub throttles, located behind the main throttle valves, are controlled by the ECU so that the EFI system has more precise throttle response, similar to a constant-velocity carburetor.
Precise fuel injection plus exhaust catalyzer significantly reduce emissions.
Automatic fast idle system makes starting and warm-up easy.


New Assist & Slipper Clutch(KP)
Using the rotational forces of the clutch hub and pressure plate, the clutch is forced together during acceleration (Assist function) so that fewer and lighter clutch springs can be used for a lighter feel at the lever. During high back-torque, such as when too low of gear is selected, the Slipper function allows some clutch slippage to help prevent engine lock-up and stalling, and rear-wheel hop.


6-Speed Transmission
Now equipped with a linkage-type gear shift mechanism to improve shift touch and feeling.
Cassette-style transmission puts the transmission shafts and shift drum into a compact layout.
Includes Positive Neutral Finder, a Kawasaki exclusive user-friendly feature.


All-new high-tensile steel trellis frame has optimized dimensions and wall thicknesses to significantly reduce frame weight and contribute to extremely light handling.
Frame components follow the ideal pipe line so that the lines of the frame are as straight as possible. When bends were necessary their angles were as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well.
Three-point rigidly mounted engine and footpeg stays are used as stressed members to contribute to weight reduction.


Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension(KP)
Horizontal Back-link progressive suspension system like that found on the Ninja® ZX™-10R replaces the straight-mount shock for better balance, increased sport riding potential and ride comfort.
The linkage is placed atop the swingarm and helps make room for the under-engine muffler for better mass centralization.
Rear shock is further away from the exhaust so that its operation will not be affected by exhaust heat.
New gull-wing swingarm uses hollow press construction to be nearly six pounds lighter than the 2016 model.
The line from the rear axle to the pivot was straightened which contributes to lighter, natural handling.
A longer shock with increased stroke improves sport riding potential and overall ride comfort.


41mm Front Fork
All-new upper triple clamp now has stylish reinforcing ribs on the upper surface and is lighter than before.


Triple Petal Design Brake Discs
New Nissin brake calipers improve brake feel and control and have a sportier image.
Front brake calipers grip dual 300mm petal discs and have big 27mm pistons for excellent brake feel.
Petal design offers improved cooling and warp resistance.


Available ABS
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) helps assist braking under certain conditions.
New Bosch 9.1M control unit provides more precise electronic management and is more compact to save space and weight.
Revised ABS settings match the lighter chassis.


Wheels and Tires
New sporty five-spoke wheel design adds a lighter, nimble appearance.
Now equipped with Dunlop Sportmax D214 silica-blend tires for excellent performance and better fuel mileage.


Confidence-Inspiring Cockpit
New separate, clip-on style handlebar mounts atop the upper triple clamp are positioned slightly more forward for a more aggressive sport riding position. However, the leg position is opened up by placing the footpegs 60mm forward and 15mm lower than the previous model.
New seat is 15mm lower, and slimmer at the front, to make it easier for the rider to place both feet on the ground at a stop.
The fuel tank is positioned lower on the chassis and its slim design further facilitates the reach to the ground for added rider confidence. A new resin design fuel cap eliminates the presence of mounting bolts for a more stylish design.
All-new Instrument panel features analog tachometer and LCD multi-function meter that is easy to read. A gear position indicator and upshift indicator light are new and the tachometer needle complements the upshift light, changing colors in three stages as the chosen shift point nears.
The LCD display also contain the speedometer, odometer/trip meters, coolant temperature, fuel level, fuel range and average/instant fuel consumption, plus an Economical Riding Indicator(KP) that displays when fuel consumption is most favorable.
5-way adjustable brake and clutch levers accommodate a variety of hand sizes for increased comfort and control.


New bodywork evokes a stronger Ninja supersport image more in line with the track-focused Ninja® ZX™-6R and ZX-10R.
New chin spoilers below the new swept-back headlights make the front cowl closely resemble that of the Ninja ZX-10R.
New windshield design further reinforces the overall Ninja image and features three-position adjustability with a total range of nearly 2.5 inches.
Fairing has large openings to maximize airflow and reduce engine heat.
New front fender design and compact, upswept tail cowl contribute to the aggressive image.
New LED taillight lights up in an X shape.








2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: ABS: $7,799 / MSRP NON-ABS: $7,399 USD


4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled
Bore x Stroke
83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with dual 36mm Keihin throttle bodies
TCBI with digital advance
Final Drive
Sealed chain
Electronic Rider Aids
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
41mm hydraulic telescopic fork/4.9 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Horizontal back-link with adjustable spring preload/5.1 in
Front Tire
Rear Tire
Front Brakes
Dual 300mm petal-type discs and 2-piston calipers and ABS
Rear Brakes
Single 220mm petal-type disc and single-piston caliper and ABS
Frame Type
Trellis, high-tensile steel
24.0/3.9 in
Overall Length
80.9 in
Overall Width
29.1 in
Overall Height
44.7 in
Ground Clearance
5.1 in
Seat Height
31.1 in
Curb Weight
ABS: 425.6 lb** / NON-ABS: 419 lb**
Fuel Capacity
4.0 gal
55.5 in
Color Choices
Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Blizzard White, Candy Burnt Orange
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36 or 48 months









2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $NA CAD


Model Not Available






2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 – European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


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