2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R Road Test Rider Magazine Reviews

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Kawasaki Ninja 650R

2009 Kawasaki Ninja Road Test

photography by Hirko

[This 2009 Ninja 650R Road was originally published in the March issue of Rider magazine]

Kawasaki Ninja 650R in

Test motorcycles come and go frequently, except certain we have trouble letting go. Our will only hold so but we’ll often reserve a long-term space for bikes the Kawasaki Ninja 650R . had four of these middleweight, DOHC, fuel-injected, parallel-twin in the Rider stable since the introduction in 2006, as we’re happy to supply room and in exchange for its reliable, tackle-any-paved-road, nature. Sometimes the bike is for something flashier and sits for a but when the interloper departs, the 650R starts up instantly and is ready to ride.

For 2009 the 650R received changes, including new styling, rear engine mounts and to smooth out the ride, and a digital For 2010 the bike remains and its going rate is $7,099.

The model has gained 11 pounds our last 650R test most likely due to chassis The offset shock looks but delivers a harsh ride on the (Click to see full image)

may be synonymous with “hell-for-leather” it comes to motorcycles, but this with its upright seating and mild-mannered disposition is a tame of the Ninja family. Our 2006 bike made 62.1 at 9,000 rpm and 41.5 lb-ft of at 7,250. Its mellow power and weight are ideal for newbie who also aren’t likely to it quickly.

This made it the perfect for Rider Art Director Jody, just completed the MSF course in and spent much of her new-in-the-saddle on 650R Ninjas. It was a good for her to learn to maneuver a bike at speeds and balance it at stops. The power didn’t intimidate our rider, and the clutch lever’s friction zone made it likely to lurch bike and into another dimension.

At inches the seat isn’t low, but the bike’s compact helps keep it exceptionally so your legs make a straight to the ground. All this up to a user-friendly motorcycle for first-timers enough punch to satisfy riders.

While its ergonomics and are temperate, the 650R’s brakes are stopping the 448-pound fully bike instantly with a pull of the lever. Kawasaki scrimp on the petal disc on this bargain machine. The Battlax sport-touring tires are a fit for the bike, held fast to all conditions we encountered, and didn’t when running over seams.

The Kawi’s offset single is adjustable for spring preload and the 41mm fork up front no adjustments. The ride is a bit rough on the and pavement irregularities are transferred to the Some buzziness also through the pegs and seat seems to vary in intensity lighter and heavier riders.

position is upright and comfortable, the seat could use more for long distances. The windscreen a good job keeping windblast off the chest, though you do feel it at level. Legroom for long-legged like me is somewhat cramped, shorter-inseamed riders had no complaint.

A modern digital instrument lights up well and is easy to at night, but previous models’ round analog guages easier to see in the daylight. (Click to see image)

Kawasaki Ninja 650R

Once you get to the twisties, the are forgiven as this is where the excels. You can toss the Ninja a tight turn with effort and it will change easily and stay on course. The handlebar gives you great for steering the bike where you it.

Shifting through the gears is as silk, though we did have locating neutral at stops.

The Ninja has an uncluttered look its underslung muffler, brief and integrated turn signals. The is what attracted 6-foot, Rider reader Eric who bought a new 2008 650R as his bike. He uses it for commuting, and time in the canyons on weekends his 6-foot girlfriend riding (with only Cooper to onto, he notes, as the 650R passenger grabrails).

Even he’s not mechanically inclined, has found it easy to work on, and has it “even more perfect” by on a lower handlebar for more riding, a new exhaust and windscreen, and braided brake lines.

The 650R successfully combines ergos, stability and good economy (45.5 mpg), our test bike’s ridiculously fuel gauge that low fuel way too early. Nevertheless, its balance of power and torque is to make it especially hard to say when the Ninja finally home to Kawasaki.

2009 Kawasaki Ninja Specifications Chart:

Sleek and The Ninja 650R’s narrow makes the rider feel to the bike.

Base Price: (2010 model)

Kawasaki Ninja 650R


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