2010 Kawasaki Ninja 650R Review —

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The versatile and moderately priced 650R has impressed us since it Kawasaki ’s sport line-up in It proved to be a worthy competitor to venerable SV650, being newbie-friendly and capably sporty.

The 650R’s soft lines got an restyling for 2009, plus upgrades to increase rider but we haven’t had a chance to sample it now.

Except for color this year’s 650R is the stable-mate it was in 2009 to the ER-6n and which share Kawasaki’s parallel-Twin DOHC engine, and it essentially true to the well-executed it’s had since its introduction.

lists at least 17 areas in the Ninja 650 was re-tooled or re-designed. were revised fuel settings that Kawasaki improve both low-end and quick-revving capability. A 40mm radiator was selected to improve life, while preventing from fading during use.

New rubber handlebar and engine mounts were as were tweaks to the fuel shape, steel semi-double trellis frame, and suspension A D-shaped swingarm was also of the engineered changes, as were 27mm piston front redesigned fairing, cowl and and an all-digital instrument cluster.

Kawasaki says its new front and dual headlight design, for are reminiscent of its sportier brothers (or you decide), the Ninja ZX-6R and And the digital instruments, complete bar-graph tach, are modeled on other than the baddest of them all, the ZX-RR racer.

Unlike the steroidally-enhanced Ninjas, the Ninja 650 gets its from a twin-cylinder engine while potent, offers 30 ponies than the ZX-6R offering a powerband more for daily riding.

Its over-square bore x 60mm … employs an 11.3:1 compression and “chrome composite” plated cylinders. Oiling is handled by a sump to reduce engine and jets on the connecting rod big ends aim oil to the undersides of the pistons.

The liquid-cooled, mill also routes through the engine cases, minimizing external hoses and enabling it to be narrow and short. says this engine is most compact in its category,” and its are smaller than the older engine, and as MO’s writer in 2006, this is not a mere

Its 180-degree crankshaft utilizes a to allow for “extremely smooth but 2008’s rigid rear mounts were replaced rubber mounts, so apparently Green’s engineers figured it even more smoothness.

is channeled through a six-speed which in addition to being its cassette-type design could maintenance or repairs less too, if needed.

Keihin throttle bodies with valves feed the air-fuel Kawasaki says it tweaked response to emulate good old carburetors, while the digitally-controlled improves starting, warm-up, and fuel consumption.

The 300-cell catalytic converter meets Euro-III emissions regs and is hidden inline with a muffler that is placed the engine for optimum mass

We measured the output of our 2010 650 on Hypercycle ’s Dynojet Research at 61.8 hp and 41.1 ft-lbs of Power was down from our bike’s numbers – also on a Dynojet Research dyno – then told a tale of hp and 45.5 ft-lbs of torque. It be noted that the Hypercycle has a reputation of being a bit stingy.

Our returned fuel economy in with the EPA average rating of 48 and the 650R’s 4.1-gallon fuel is large enough so gas stops have to be too often.

The bike on a pretty vanilla but functional non-adjustable telescopic fork 4.7 inches of travel and an offset preload-adjustable rear shock 4.9 inches of travel.

The non-linkage-connected shock is easy to adjust an included spanner tool, and importantly, its offset position narrow the bike.

Kawasaki Ninja 650R

Braking are handled by dual front petal-shaped rotors of the same as those on the Ninja ZX-6R. are pinched by twin-piston calipers. stopping is handled by a 220mm rotor that’s grabbed by a caliper.

Our bike came shod 120/70ZR17 front and 160/60ZR17 Bridgestone Battlax BT021 tires.

At a couple ounces shy of 450 full of fluids, the Ninja feels light, narrow and

Its handlebar is pretty high and back so you feel like you are on your grandad’s old Standard It helps to get off every now and again for look at the swoopy fairing and twin headlights to remind this is a contemporary bike actually designed for … and built for speed. The redesigned gives the 650R a sharper and appearance that we all appreciated.

The height, at 31.1 inches is low. It and the upright riding are part of the conspiracy to make the as universally appealing as possible. I’d swap the bar for one with less .

Even with a two-inch handlebar, taller riders find the riding position to be mildly forward leaning. At 6’ with a 34” inseam, I find bike a bit small, but it is not so bad, and I contemplate trips of a few hundred The step to the passenger section stop me from sliding as far as I’d sometimes like, however, and a flatter saddle could another worthwhile modification.

The is a better fit for shorter riders.

As for delivery, its healthy low-end was welcome everywhere we went. On the this bike will do all day long, and roll-on power is between legal and well-over-legal (tested under special conditions, of course!).

Published show this bike sprint to a mid-to-low 12 second mile, which means will want to give a degree of respect, if they confident enough to start on a this fast at all.

In the canyons, the grunty powerband was when sloppy upshifts at mid to rpm would deliver a swift in the pants. This served as lessons on the topic of good manners, with extra given for a smoother hand disengaging the clutch.

Romping curves, the sport-touring tires did not scraping down of the Ninja’s high footpegs. Experienced riders might want to opt for sticky rubber. The bike like to be whipped into any angle, however, and holds a with minimal effort in because the wide, tall give great leverage.

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


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