2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS Review

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS


2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS Review on Total Motorcycle:

With its new trellis style frame, twin-cylinder water-cooled engine, low seat height and distinctly sporting personality, the Ninja 650 is a great in-town partner and an ideal place to start a weekend touring journey. Equipped with engine guards, a gel tank pad and protective kneepads, the combination of soft panniers and a high windshield make the new Ninja 650 Tourer a great choice for riders wishing to widen their horizons.

​With sleek, angular bodywork draped over a light weight, sporty chassis and responsive engine, the Ninja® 650 delivers uncompromising middleweight Ninja motorcycle performance and style while maintaining everyday versatility.

Check out the 2018 Ninja® 650 like never before. Watch videos, take a virtual test ride, get to know the technology, and see what others have to say. Along the way, you’ll learn all about what makes the Ninja 650 a sporty performance machine as well as an exceptional everyday ride.

Strong power and nimble handling highlight the 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
•Assist & slipper clutch for a light feel at the clutch lever and reduced wheel hop during downshifts for smooth corner entry
•Lightweight brakes and 5-spoke wheels reduce unsprung weight which contributes to light, agile handling
•Clip-on style handlebars promote an authentic and aggressive Ninja image while complementing the ergonomics of the upright riding position.


The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja® sport motorcycle range offers the ultimate choice for riders seeking real-world performance. Available in two engine displacements, the Ninja sport lineup is infused with an aggressive sportbike spirit and speed-minded technology and engineering, but with the comfort of a touring motorcycle. The relatively upright positioning offers both control and comfort.

The Ninja® 650 ABS encapsulates the passion and peformance of a modern sportbike while delivering the efficiency and agility of an urban commuter. It’s built for the street rider who wants the performance of the Ninja® family, but with more street-focused ergonomics and control. The Ninja 650 ABS has a twin spare-frame, 650cc paralell twin engine, and sharp styling that resembles its older sibling. The Ninja 650 ABS is also avalible without ABS.

For 2018, both the Ninja 650 and Ninja 650 ABS models will be available in Pear Storm Gray/Ebony and Candy Plasma Blue/Ebony. The Ninja 650 ABS will also be available in the special KRT edition Lime Green/Ebony colors.




2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features





2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS Totalmotorcycle.com 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.
• Camshaft profiles are tuned for quick response and performance.
• Slim intake port shape also helps boost engine response and performance.
• Airbox design with a single large inlet contributes to the power feeling.
• Exhaust system has a short header and the 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 quickrevving 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.

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
• Equipped with a linkage-type gear shift mechanism for positive 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.


• 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 optimizes balance, 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.
• Gull-wing swingarm uses hollow press construction that helps keep it light.

41mm Front Fork
• Upper triple clamp has stylish reinforcing ribs on the upper surface to enhance appearance.

Triple Petal Design Brake Discs
• Nissin brake calipers provide excellent brake feel and control and project a sporty image.
• Front brake calipers grip dual 300mm petal discs and have big 27mm pistons for excellent brake feel.
• Petal design offers great cooling and warp resistance.

Available ABS
• Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) helps assist braking under certain conditions.
• Bosch 9.1M control unit provides precise electronic management and is compact to save space and weight.


Wheels and Tires
• Sporty five-spoke wheel design has a light, nimble appearance.
• Equipped with Dunlop Sportmax D214 silica-blend tires for excellent performance and better fuel mileage.

Confidence-Inspiring Cockpit
•Separate, clip-on style handlebar mounts atop the upper triple clamp are positioned slightly forward for an aggressive sport riding position. However, the leg position is opened up by placing the footpegs low and forward to help maintain comfort.
•The seat is low and slim 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 low on the chassis and its slim design further facilitates the reach to the ground for added rider confidence. A resin design fuel cap eliminates the presence of mounting bolts for a stylish design.
• Instrument panel features analog tachometer and LCD multi-function meter that is easy to read. There is a gear position indicator and upshift indicator light, while 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.


• Bodywork evokes a strong Ninja supersport image in line with the track-focused Ninja® ZX™-6R and ZX-10R.
• Chin spoilers below the swept-back headlights make the front cowl closely resemble that of the Ninja ZX-10R.
• 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.
• Front fender design and compact, upswept tail cowl contribute to the aggressive image.
• LED taillight lights up in an X shape.



2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: NON-ABS: $7,399 / ABS: $7,799$7,999 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
Rake / Trail
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
Overall Length
Overall Width
Overall Height
Ground Clearance
Seat Height
Curb Weight
Fuel Capacity
4.0 gal
Color Choices
Pearl Storm Gray/Ebony, Candy Plasma Blue/Ebony
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36 or 48 months





2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $8,099 CDN




Displacement  649cc  Type  4-stroke, Parallel Twin  Bore and stroke  83.0 x 60.0 mm  Cooling  Liquid  Compression ratio  10.8:1  Valve system  DOHC, 8 valves  Fuel system  36 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves  Ignition  Digital  Lubrication  Forced lubrication (semi-dry sump)

Front: type  Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs  Front: calipers  Dual piston  Rear: type  Single 220 mm petal disc  Rear: calipers  Single-piston

Overall length  2,055 mm  Overall width  740 mm  Overall height  1,135 mm  Wheelbase  1,410 mm  Ground clearance  130 mm  Seat height  790 mm  Curb mass**  192 kg  Fuel capacity  15 litres (3.5 gal.)

Transmission  6-speed, return  Final drive  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

Type  Trellis, 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)  24º  Trail  100 mm (3.9 in)  Steering angle (left/right)  32º / 32º

Maximum Power‡ 50 kW {68 PS} / 8,000 rpm  Maximum Torque‡ 66 N.m {6.7 kgf.m} / 6,500 rpm

Suspension, front  ø41 mm telescopic fork  Suspension, rear  Horizontal Back-link with adjustable preload

Warranty  12 months warranty



2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £6949 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
649 cm³
Bore x stroke
83 x 60 mm
Compression ratio
Valve system
DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system
Fuel injection: Ø 36 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves
Starting System
Forced lubrication, semi dry sump

Performance & Transmission
Maximum power
50.2 kW {68 PS} / 8,000 rpm
Fuel consumption
4.3 l/100 km
CO2 emission
107 g/km
Maximum torque
65.7 N•m {6.7 kgf•m} / 6,500 rpm
Fuel consumption 35 kW kit
4.3 l/100 km
CO2 emission 35 kW kit
105 g/km
Final drive
Sealed chain
Primary Reduction Ratio
2.095 (88/42)
Gear Ratios 1st
2.438 (39/16)
Gear Ratios 2nd
1.714 (36/21)
Gear Ratios 3rd
1.333 (32/24)
Gear Ratios 4th
1.111 (30/27)
Gear Ratios 5th
0.966 (28/29)
Gear Ratios 6th
0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio
3.067 (46/15)
Wet multi-disc, manual

Brakes & Suspension
Brakes, front
Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual piston
Brakes, rear
Single 220 mm petal disc. Caliper: Single-piston
Suspension, front
41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear
Horizontal Back-link with adjustable preload

Frame & Dimensions
Frame type
Trellis, high-tensile steel
100 mm
Wheel travel front
125 mm
Wheel travel rear
130 mm
Tyre, front
120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear
160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
L x W x H
2,055 x 740 x 1,135 mm
1,410 mm
Ground clearance
130 mm
Fuel capacity
15 litres
Seat height
790 mm
Curb mass
193 kg




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