2006 Kawasaki Ninja 650R: MD First Ride -…

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Kawasaki Ninja 650R

2006 Kawasaki Ninja : MD First Ride

When decided to create what we call a “budget middleweight” to with bikes like SV650, the company started a clean sheet of paper and its designers and engineers to implement concepts to help achieve goals for the machine. These dictated a bike that was rider-friendly, particularly for new riders, still being fun for the more customer.

In addition, Kawasaki a lightweight (for the class) with a low seat height, overall width, a confidence-inspiring position, and of course good What they come up is the new Ninja 650R.

The Ninja engine is an all new, liquid-cooled twin powerplant that was to be extremely compact and lightweight. In the 649cc DOHC 4-valve per engine is even smaller and than the parallel twin in the Ninja 500! Kawasaki this by using a triangular of the crankshaft and transmission shafts to front-to-back length, using a sump system to reduce and using internal design like plated, liner-less to reduce engine width.

The powerplant was tuned for smooth, low-end and midrange power, and throttle valves in the 38mm throttle bodies help to smooth response and precise power. The motor was also to meet stringent Euro 3 standards, which are even than those in California.

The six-speed transmission is designed as a unit, with the input and shafts and shift drum in a compact package that can be as one unit for easy transmission

This powerplant rides in a minimalist steel frame. The compact engine allows the use of a swingarm for better handling and precise suspension action, still maintaining a short wheelbase for maneuverability. Kawasaki used computer analysis to design a frame with an balance of stiffness and flex, these days seems to be an necessity for creating a machine good handling characteristics.

The noticeable result of Kawasaki’s for compact design is the offset, rear shock, which is directly by the swingarm rather through a progressive linkage. offset layout allowed to place the bike’s battery to the shock rather than or in front of it as would have been necessary – helping to the bike’s overall compact and contributing to the low seat height.

The rolls on lightweight 6-spoke similar to those found on the and ZX-10R, and features “petal” brake discs (dual in front and single 220mm out also similar to those on Kawasaki’s sport bikes. discs are gripped by dual Tokico calipers in the front and a Tokico caliper in the rear.

We had a chance to spend a day, and 140 miles, aboard the 2006 650R here in Southern recently. We rode the 650R on tight, twisty mountain and everything in between. For a single day of it was a pretty thorough test.

The thing we noticed about the was the engine performance. When told us this was a thoroughly high performance twin were not kidding. The motor is smooth, and the power comes on any surprises, but it is more than

We did not get a chance to test it against a SV650 (which would to be considered the standard in this but the power characteristics, and the peak appears to be on par with the outstanding found in the Suzuki. The mid-range, in is very strong.

The engine is very flexible. It can be lugged to 2,500 rpm or so in a taller gear feeling like it is ready to but it is happiest between 4,000 and rpm. Above 9,000 it will continue to rev and pull, but the flattens out a bit.

Nevertheless, the 650R has a very very usable spread of

The 650R will reach an 120 miles per hour without too trouble, but it doesn’t have top speed left at that

The engine really sounds while you are riding, as well. many v-twins, the induction as air is fed to this parallel twin a distance below your is real music. Particularly, as you hit the of the mid-range above 6,000 the 650R simply sounds to the rider.

This was a big part of the offered by the bike during our and should not be discounted as an important of the ownership experience.

Just as the impressed us, the handling was hard to This bike has a very neutral feeling that confidence as soon as you pull from a stop for the first The comfortable seating position and the engine acceleration certainly but there is something about the of this bike that you want to climb aboard and aggressively.

Ridden hard, the chassis composed, stable and yet plenty to toss around in the tight, stuff. Although the steering feels fairly relaxed to the stability of the bike), the lightweight, chassis and relatively low center of allow you to take the wide, bike-style handlebars and really this bike from to side.

Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R

Adding one click of preload to the shock (from two to position three) helped 215 pound tester feel more confident on the machine by a bit more weight to the front end of the

The budget nature of the bike come through in some but not in any manner that spoils the experience of the 650R. The non-adjustable did not soak up choppy road as well as they might while the preload adjustable shock seemed just right with the non-adjustable valving and spring rate.

power was very good, but of the front brake could been better. Front power came on in a non-linear — with initial brake travel resulting in little followed by a rather sudden in braking power. This was not a problem, but it was something I needed to get to during the ride.

After riding cruisers both the clutch lever and the lever felt a bit narrow I grabbed them with my large paws. After time in the saddle, this went away, however.

bike does have an low seat height, and taller may feel a bit cramped. At 5’10″, a 31 inch inseam, I felt at home in the saddle of the 650R. I welcomed the short reach to the bars, and the generous wind offered by the full fairing.

comfort wasn’t bad either, and better than some of the found on modern sport We did not test passenger accommodations.

The tach and speedometer were enough to read, and overall was adequate even if lacking of the features found on more models (such as a progressive gauge).

We had no issues with the clutch of the transmission during our — both doing their job The six-speed transmission seems to ratios that match up with the bikes’ engine

At a U.S. MSRP of $6,299, is an awful lot of motorcycle. Modern a thoroughly modern fuel motor, comfortable, upright and full wind protection are hard to argue with. The grin I had on my face while this spunky, fun machine is to argue with. If the 2006 650R is what “budget” have come to, we have come a long way.

This is a fun, practical that is not likely to disappoint any (male or female) of any skill

The 2006 Ninja 650R is in two color schemes, silver and and should be arriving at U.S. now. For additional details and visit Kawasaki’s web site .

Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R

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