2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R Review JIMIN.COM

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2009 Kawasaki 650R Review

The revamped 650R remains a sure-footed sportbike for the beginner/intermediate market

The Ninja 650R has been a mid-sized mount ever its 2006 inception – so popular that Green has since added two siblings to its lineup, the Versys and Even with the new rides, hasn’t forgotten about the Ninja, giving it a host of for the 2009 model year.

the revised Ninja in action in the Kawasaki Ninja 650R .

So while the original was great, refined the Ninja with a 40 alterations, including tweaks to the chassis and style.

Revisions to the didn’t jump out to us at first, as the visually striking features on the its low-slung stubby exhaust and rear shock, appear Viewed closer, however, the changes manifest in more bodywork, less bulbous and than its predecessor. New headlight, signals and mirrors, along a wider windscreen freshen up the

Out back the new swingarm’s tubular melds better with the frame than the square-shaped on the original Ninja. The subframe and taillights also sport changes.

The visual styling cues are to overlook, as the 650R’s stubby low-slung and off-set rear return.

the hood, so to speak, engineers didn’t any parts in the 8-valve 649cc Twin. However, new EFI settings to enhance bottom-end torque and the engine to rev quicker with response low to mid range. The updated also sports a smaller, exhaust catalyzer. Our test topped out on the dyno at 61.7 and 41.4 lb-ft torque. ( numbers fall from the stats taken during our 2006 explained in part by the use of a different but eyeballing the torque curves to back modest low to mid-range performance .)

On the road the Twin produces power, exhilarating for beginners but enough to keep a grin on the of more experienced riders. acceleration accompanies a respectable note as the Twin revs up to its rpm redline. The bottom end does robust for its street application, the real meat of the powerband in between 6-8K on the digital

Kawi claims an increase in torque, our test unit out at 61.7 hp and 41.4 lb-ft MCUSA dyno.

More than capable for yet sensible, street riding, the 650R delivers power in a manner – no herky-jerky throttle to with or irritating fueling The right wrist’s commands are with a response that is without being sedate forgiving throttle a keen for a bike marketed to the beginner/intermediate

Another positive update is a new engine mount. Located in the the rubber mount subdues the rattling up through the bars rubber mounted now), and fairing, a noticeable complaint on the Yet the vibration from the Parallel isn’t eliminated altogether, as it shakes enough to blur the at idle.

The 650R’s frame and while visually similar, had rigidity retuned, along suspension settings, for lighter in the corners.

Lashing out power to the wheel, via chain drive, the transmission delivers trouble-free A repositioned shift lever up and down a well-sorted gearbox, light clutch pull the cable actuated lever. Our note on the transmission came innocent, but sloppy, downshifts at rpm that generated rear-end

Kawi revised the steel frame’s flex for reduced the swingarm tuned for more to complement. Suspension settings for the 41mm fork and pre-load offset rear shock handling, with the 55.5-inch 25-degree rake and 4.2-inch identical steering geometry the previous model.

We’d to sample the old and new Ninjas back to to notice any appreciable difference the frame and suspension. The fork squishy at times porting our 205 lbs, but overall the latest continues our impression of the Ninja’s handling traits. The 447-lb (curb weight) tosses bends and transitions side-to-side trouble, with quick

The stock Bridgestone Battlax BT-021 hold up well enough on the

The 650R’s two-piston caliper 300mm disc brakes up don’t deliver the great or stopping power found on its Ninja kin – though the wave look good. The lack of feel at the lever may be a positive for a beginner mount, and the front are still effective enough for its application, but not a highlight of the Ninja’s The single-piston 220mm rotor out does its job too, though the tire broke loose than expected.

The Ninja’s instrument panel is to read in the dark (left). The exhaust returns on the revamped with an smaller, more catalyzer.

The Ninja’s controls and fit and finish met with our expectations for a bike. Adjustable levers, switchgear and functional mirrors with the improved looks of the and swingarm complete the package. On the hand, the LCD display provides of info but isn’t the most or easy to read.

All the information is – no analog displays at all – with the tach and fuel gauge a gripe.

Sitting behind the at 6’1”, the Ninja feels on the side, but not tiny. Some riders complained of cramped of the footpegs (now rubber to further reduce vibration), but we them tolerable. More than aggressive, the riding allows for long stints great fatigue, a rider’s tugging in snug under the 4.1-gallon fuel tank.

The new, slimmer frame for a slimmer seat, which for an easier reach to the ground its 31.1-inch height (unchanged the old model). From a comfort we rate the new seat as average, thin with the foam way a bit too much. The highlight of the rider package comes from the new and wider windscreen, which our expectations as we had no complaints of excessive

Compared to its predecessor, the Ninja continues all the positive traits we with some extra

Observed fuel mileage for out rides fluctuated. Relaxed runs yielded near 50 while more spirited jaunts netted less 40 mpg. Even running steam should get near range, with more throttle hands rewarded close to 200 miles per tank.

By our the new Ninja doesn’t feel a lot different than its predecessor – a thing. What we do recall are for the better – less vibration and wind protection. As far as the styling we could take it or leave it.

While partial to the older bodywork, the new swingarm does much better matched. One we don’t like is the $400 increase, pushing it now above the 7K for 2010 ($6799 for 2009, for 2008), but we can’t begrudge for trying to make a dime the bottom fell out of the market year.

All told, the Kawasaki 650R remains an approachable easy to ride and, important, fun. It holds its as one of the more attractive options in the market.

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

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