2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review Rider Magazine

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650

The 456-pound Ninja 650 accelerates quickly and impressively enough most solo riders never long for more

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Before a burst of technology and in the mid 1980s commenced sharpening our into sportbikes, long-distance tourers and cruisers, a street was a street bike. In those you pretty much used the one for everything: touring, commuting, carving, even dirt The first motorcycle I bought new was a 1981 Kawasaki KZ650 was perfect for long trips, back-and-forth to work and scraping the on winding mountain roads—perfect I was blissfully unaware of how unsuited the wave of specialization would it to all of those tasks. Bikes that KZ were simple,

comfortable and looked good—all to all riders.

Today our motorcycles are reflections of our riding preferences and and the bike in your garage is to be quite specialized for the riding you do whether it’s a big luxury- or sport machine or shiny Nothing wrong with except that once in a the sportbike owners may wish for more comfortable.

The cruiser might want a sportier on occasion, the adventure folks a seat, and the luxury-touring guys weight and better fuel for commuting and riding around And many shorter and female would probably like fun to ride with a manageable height that isn’t a

Styling trickery conceals plumbing and catalytic converter in a tiny muffler that reveal is actually rather


Looking at it you might think new Ninja 650 is too much of a sportbike to any, never mind of those desires. During its six model years—when it was called the 650R—you might be right. But for while it retains plenty of the “R” has been binned along the harsh suspension and uncomfortable A broader powerband, with torque in the low- and midrange, riding the new Ninja 650 like a mortal more fun.

vibration reaches the rider the mostly upright handlebar is it fits a broader range of and the styling is all new. Yes, for this compact, comfortable and bike is improved in almost way, yet still runs on fuel and—thanks in part to made in Thailand with the 250R, KLR650 and KLX250—is enough that you can squeeze one your big luxo-tourer or lengthy with garage space and gas to spare.

Today a 650 is only a “middleweight,” but the Ninja’s liquid-cooled, parallel twin has been because it spins up decent and grunt without compromising economy. With the usual and other racing modifications has even successfully fielded the in some major flattrack events.

This year it the stock Ninja 650’s level by tweaking just everything related to intake, and exhaust, including the pistons, timing and injector settings, air filter, header pipes and Combined with a drop in from 11.3:1 to 10.8:1, managed to increase power 5 not just at peak, but throughout the powerband.

On the Jett Tuning dyno it 67.5 horsepower max at the rear at 8,700 rpm, and 45 lb-ft of at 7,000 rpm. Moreover, says fuel efficiency has increased by 10 percent, and our 2012 bike’s average fuel was a tick higher than our

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650

of these improvements come at the of character, either. If anything been enhanced; the exhaust is throatier and freer-sounding, and additional damping for the footpeg hangers the bike a smoother ride about 5,000 rpm. there’s no special reason for it, it seems to rev more quickly, more like a zippy four than a throbbing especially as the revs rise.

You need to stir the gearbox to in the meat of the power, and some buzz the seat, tank and below 5,000 rpm, the engine’s gear-driven counterbalancer most of the shaking. But right up the power begins to drop off at rpm, the fully fueled, Ninja 650 accelerates smoothly, and impressively enough that solo riders will long for more motor.

twin-pipe frame wraps engine from steering to swingarm pivot, concealed in by plastic covers designed to the illusion of a twin-spar supersport-style Single backbone seat allows numerous comfort and increases load capacity,

A big advantage of a twin is narrowness, and year the Ninja 650 is even thanks to a new twin-pipe steel frame, with both in parallel wrapping around the from the steering neck to the swingarm pivot. Instead of the old seat subframe there’s a backbone design now, brings all sorts of improvements, a new two-piece seat with padding and a higher load overall.

The bike and new rider’s are narrow enough in front even with my 29-inch I can easily flat-foot the Ninja 650 at Though it doesn’t have a lot of with your feet on the the seat and wide, tall also make it comfortable that you can almost ride to fill-up nonstop.

The twin-pipe carries over to the swingarm as to which Kawasaki has added rear axle holders for rear wheel removal and adjustment. With the clever use of covers in some areas, the piped frame contributes to the bike’s new styling by making it a higher-end twin-spar chassis Kawi’s supersport family.

more fashionably angular for the bike—literally every piece—continues the theme (note the resemblance to the on page 51) and improves rider by directing more wind around the rider and engine away. While the new windscreen is wider and adjustable over a range, we miss the former one that provided more at highway speed.

Twin-pipe swingarm mimics and is curved upward on left to the muffler.

Our Ninja 650 started and into a poppita-poppita idle need of manual fast-idle and could be ridden off right It upshifted smoothly with a light feel at the adjustable lever, though I felt as if weren’t quite as smooth as The bike positions the rider’s body in a relaxed way, slightly into the wind much weight on your though your legs are cramped by the lofty footpegs.

want that cornering though, as the Ninja 650 is a willing in canyon-strafing runs and is genuinely and quick in the corners, especially you learn which gear to for the best drive out. New Road­smart II tires are standard and terrific grip wet or dry, bump absorption to complement the and have a profile that them very neutral and in left-right transitions.

Though it lacks passenger grabrails, copilot gets a wider, padded seat this and also benefits from the footpegs. The bigger pillion and of tiedown points make it to fit a seatbag when riding though a tankbag is a bit tougher due to the slope and plastic faux Kawasaki makes a nicely tankbag that appears to well. Two-up day rides can be in ample comfort, though the is a bit compact for longer trips

Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650

Styling trickery conceals plumbing and catalytic converter in a tiny muffler that reveal is actually rather

Braking and suspension components are basic but all do their jobs Spring preload adjustment on the rear shock is the only you can make, though the bike is comfortably and compliantly for most now and still holds it together on roads and in the canyons.

The softer is a much better compromise for type of do-it-all motorcycle the harsh spring and damping of the previous model, and eliminates the the previous 650R could on commutes. Petal brake add a touch of tech to the other­wise triple discs, which great feel at the pedal and front lever and stop the quickly and strongly.

Numerous for bungees, storage under the pillion, an easily accessed and toolkit and an adjustable windscreen and make the 2012 Ninja 650 without pork. The mirrors are and its all-new analog/digital LCD instrument is much easier to read before. It includes a trip (current and average mpg and remaining dual tripmeters, a fuel and clock.

Though you can’t into or out of “ECO” mode its Concours 14 big brother, an indicator you when you’re using the in a way that conserves fuel. At our of 46.2 mpg the Ninja 650 will you nearly 200 miles between too.

Parked alongside a tribe of Ninja ZX-10Rs and ZX-6Rs, and hulking Concours 14s and ZX-14Rs, ground-pounding Vulcan cruisers, easy to dismiss the Ninja 650 as a twin-cylinder entry-level bike. It is one to be but like that KZ650 I to own, it’s also a ticket to lots of great

In fact, if I could only own one in Kawasaki’s 2012 lineup, the possible exceptions of the larger but Ninja 1000 ABS for longer trips or the KLR650 for dual-sport, the 650 would be it. Bet on it.

2012 Kawasaki 650

Base Price: $7,499

1 yr. unltd. miles

Type: transverse

parallel twin

Front: 41mm

stanchions, no 4.9-in. travel

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Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650

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