2017 NINJA 650 KRT Edition

Light. Nimble. Exciting and Easy to Ride

Superbly balanced and extremely exciting, the new 2017 Ninja 650 features a 650cc Parallel Twin engine with a strong low-mid range focus and a remarkably lightweight chassis in a slim, middleweight package. Supersport-like nimble handling, direct feel and strong acceleration are complemented by easy-to-manage power delivery and rider-friendly manoeuvrability, offering an ideal blend of sporty performance and everyday versatility sure to satisfy everyone from new to more experienced riders. Sharp styling strengthens its Ninja family image, reflecting its highly evocative character.





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FUN - Highest Ride Excitement - Key Features

  • ABS brakes offer excellent performance and enhanced confidence in adverse conditions
  • Sharp, Ninja styling, the sleek body work includes sharp front cowl with strong resemblance to Kawasaki's supersports models.
  • Twin engine focused on achieving a throttle response that balanced a powerful feeling and a quick-revving character.
  • Light and nimble handling, benefitting from from a thoroughly redesigned chassis.
  • Horizontal Back-link rear suspension, linked suspension delivers a balance of sporty performance and ride comfort.  
  • Assist and Slipper Clutch
  • Everyday versatility with an upright riding, low seat height, easy manoeuvrability and manageable power delivery give the Ninja 650 the versatility for daily riding, while its approachable nature welcomes riders of all skill levels. 
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Parallel-Twin Engine Tuned for Low-Mid Range Power & Torque

Exciting Parallel Twin engine offers quick response, strong low-mid range performance and excellent fuel economy. Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649 cm³ Parallel Twin with fuel injection delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low and medium rpm ranges.  The strong low-end focus lends itself to sporty riding, but also translates to rider-friendly power characteristic that facilitate control and inspire confidence in new riders. Performance and feel were optimised for the mid-range (3,000-6,000 rpm). However, in the low-rpm range (below 3,000 rpm) power delivery is very smooth, and even above 6,000 rpm power and torque curves continue on without dropping off suddenly. The above settings result in a performance that favours speeds most used in everyday riding. Corner pick-up is excellent: the powerful mid-range delivers a satisfying surge of acceleration and the flat, step-free torque curve and smooth engine response let riders open the throttle with confidence – at any rpm.



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Assist & Slipper Clutch 

Assist and Slipper clutch was developed based on feedback from racing activities. The clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam), offering two new functions not available on a standard clutch. When the engine is operating at normal rpm the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch.

When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart.  This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and skidding.


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Cool Riding

Simplified cooling system routes coolant through the engine cases to the cylinder and head to reduce external plumbing. Patented radiator fan cover located behind the radiator directs hot air down and away from the rider, significantly increasing comfort when stuck in heavy traffic. Redirecting the heated air also helps keep the tank, frame and other parts that contact the rider cooler, further increasing rider comfort.

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All-new Trellis Frame

One of the key components to realising the new Ninja 650’s lighter weight (noticeable as soon as the bike is lifted off its side-stand), the all-new frame weighs only 15 kg and contributes significantly to the bike’s light, nimble handling. Components of the high-tensile steel trellis frame follow the ideal pipe line. The lines of the frame were made as straight as possible, and when bends were necessary their angles were made as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well. Kawasaki's new in-house analysis technology was used to precisely determine the necessary pipe diameter, length and wall thickness to deliver the ideal lateral and torsional rigidity. This allowed unnecessary material to be trimmed, resulting in an extremely lightweight frame: a key to the new Ninja 650’s light, nimble handling.

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Telescopic Front Forks

41 mm telescopic front forks handles the suspension duties up front.

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Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

Horizontal Back-link rear suspension offers a progressive character. Compared to link-less type suspension, it delivers a better balance of sporty performance and ride comfort. Rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm. This arrangement contributes to mass centralisation, while ensuring that the suspension is located far enough from the exhaust that operation is not affected by heat.

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Front Brakes

Dual 300 mm front petal disc brakes deliver plenty of braking power while contributing to the bike’s sporty image. Dual-piston front calipers, master cylinder and brake pads offer superb brake touch and control. In addition to the very effective petal disc brakes, customers looking for an added degree of reassuring braking performance, please note all Ninja 650 are fitted standard with front and rear ABS. Compact Bosch 9.1M ABS unit contributes to both weight and space savings.

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Rear Brake

The rear 220 mm diameter petal disc brake combines with the dual front petal disc brakes to enhances the overall braking performance and sporty appearance.

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Stylish 5-Spoke Wheels

Stylish star-pattern 5-spoke wheels contribute to light weight, while their high rigidity benefits handling. They also contribute to the bike’s light looks. Low unsprung weight (thanks to parts like the swingarm, wheels, and hollow-type front axle) greatly contributes to the light, nimble handling. Silica-blend tyres offer both wet-weather performance and reduced rolling resistance, which contributes to the excellent fuel economy.

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Relaxed, Sporty Ergonomics

The Ninja 650’s upright position (compared to supersport models) and fine-tuned rider triangle offer both control and comfort. Thanks to the low seat and the bike's overall designs it's easy to keep both feet firmly on the ground when stopped, an important consideration for many riders. 790 mm seat height accommodates riders spanning a wide range of heights, enabling them to ride with confidence. Separate, raised handlebars mounted to the upper triple clamp contribute to the bike’s sporty looks. Offering both control and comfort, they put the rider in a good position for sport riding. Mounting clamp for the handlebars is rubber-mounted to reduce vibration transmitted through the handle grips. Stylish upper triple clamp features strength-reinforcing ribs on its upper surface. Its optimised rigidity contributes to the bike’s light, natural handling, while adding an elegant touch to the cockpit area.

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Narrow Seat and Relaxed Footpeg Position

Footpeg position offers a relaxed knee bend, contributing to rider comfort. The narrow frame and engine create a narrow overall package, allowing the rider to keep his or her knees and feet close together. Sporty front seat is slim at the front, facilitating the rider’s reach to the ground. Seat bracket is rubber-mounted at the front to reduced vibration transferred through the seat. Mounting clamp for the handlebars is rubber-mounted to reduce vibration transmitted through the handle grips.

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Slim Fuel Tank

Slim fuel tank is positioned low in the chassis. In addition to contributing to the light, dynamic styling, the shape is easy to grip with the knees. Resin fuel tank cap has no visible bolts. The stylish design also contributes to weight reduction.

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Sharp Ninja Styling

Sleek bodywork includes a sharp front cowl with a strong resemblance to Kawasaki’s Ninja supersport models.  The aggressive visage is complemented by slim, close-fitting bodywork designed to give the bike a light, nimble image that reflects its sporty performance. Aggresive upper cowl design inspired by Ninja supersport models exudes sportiness and contributes to a strong Ninja family identity.


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Sharp Headlamp Design

Sharp dual headlamp design contributes to the Ninja 650’s aggressive face. Chin spoilers below the headlamps are similar in design to those of the Ninja ZX-10R, further reinforcing the Ninja family resemblance.

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Fairings use black pieces to draw the eye in a horizontal line, emphasising the length of the bike to strengthen its supersport image. Compact front turn signals are built into the fairings, contributing to the sharp, sporty image. Slim lower fairings contribute to the sharp styling. Sharp front fender design features holes cut into the sides, contributing to the aggressive image. Elegantly sculpted mirror stays position the mirrors for excellent rearward visibility.

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Compact Upswept Tail Cowl

Compact, upswept tail cowl contributes to the dynamic sporty image. Slim rear seat complements the compact tail cowl. Under-seat storage has space for a U-lock and other small items. LED taillights lights up in an "X" pattern contributing to the sporty image. Sharp rear turn signals complement the aggressive Ninja styling. Rider footpeg stays combine aluminium die-cast and resin pieces to create a stylish, mechanical appearance. Luggage hooks are built into the passenger footpeg stays, providing convenient tie-down points. nner fender that incorporates part of the chain guard helps keep the underside of the tail cowl clean and contributes to the aggressive Ninja styling.
Attention given to detailed parts and care taken to ensure clean welding lines and that the electrical harness is hidden from view result in a high-quality finish.

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Stylish Muli-Function Instrumentation

Instrument panel layout features a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lamps on one side, and a gear position indicator and multi-function LCD screen on the other. Gear position indicator increases shifting precision and confidence, while also lending to the Ninja 650’s sporty image. Complementing a new shift up indicator lamp, the tachometer’s needle changes colour (from white to pink to red) to indicate the rider-selectable shift-up timing. During normal operation the shift indicator lamp is off, and the tachometer needle is white. When engine speed is within 500 rpm of the selected shift-up timing, the shift indicator lamp flashes, and the tachometer needle turns pink. When the chosen engine speed is reached, the shift indicator lamp flashes rapidly, and the tachometer needle turns red. In addition to the digital speedometer and gear position indicator, display functions include: odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining fuel range, current and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, clock and the Economical Riding Indicator.

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Sporty Adjustable Windshield

Sporty windsheild adds to the Ninja styling.  The windshield is adjustable, offering 3 positions with a total range of 60 mm.


Numerous Accessories

A number of Kawasaki genuine accessories allow riders to further enhance the Ninja 650’s sharp, sporty looks or offer added comfort or convenience for increased touring potential. Single seat cover enhances the bikes racy lines. Semi-soft panniers (14 litres, 3.0 kg each) facilitate overnight or short trips. Top case (30-litres 3.0 kg max) offer enhanced carrying capacity while maintaining the bikes slim figure to facilitate navigating city traffic. Tank bag (4 litres 2.0 kg) offers access to small items. Shoulder strap and carry-handle facilitate portability when the tank bag is removed from the bike.


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Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement 649 cm³
Bore and Stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: ø36 mm x 2 36 mm x 2 with dual
throttle valves
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 2.095 (88/42)
1st 2.438 (39/16)
2nd 1.714 (36/21)
3rd 1.333 (32/24)
4th 1.111 (30/27)
5th 0.966 (28/29)
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
Rear 130 mm
Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Caster (rake) 24.5°
Trail 110 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 35° / 35°
Front 41 mm telescopic fork
Rear Horizontal Back-link with adjustable preload
Front: Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Caliper Dual piston with ABS
Rear: Single 220 mm petal disc
Caliper Single-piston with ABS
Overall length 2,055 mm
Overall width 740 mm
Overall height high position 1,135 mm
Wheelbase 1,410 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Seat height 790 mm
Curb mass 192 kg
Fuel capacity 15 L
Maximum power 50.2 kW / 8,000 rpm
Maximum torque 65.7.0 N-m / 6,500 rpm
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Blizzard White

Ebony and Lime Green

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.




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