Superbly balanced and extremely exciting, the new 2017 Ninja 650L features a 650cc Parallel Twin engine with a strong low-mid range focus and a remarkably lightweight chassis in a slim, middleweight package. Supersport-like nimble handling, direct feel and strong acceleration are complemented by easy-to-manage power delivery and rider-friendly manoeuvrability, offering an ideal blend of sporty performance and everyday versatility sure to satisfy everyone from new to more experienced riders. Sharp styling strengthens its Ninja family image, reflecting its highly evocative character.
Exciting Parallel Twin engine offers quick response, strong low-mid range performance and excellent fuel economy. Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649 cm3; Parallel Twin with fuel injection delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low and medium rpm ranges. The strong low-end focus lends itself to sporty riding, but also translates to rider-friendly power characteristic that facilitate control and inspire confidence in new riders. Performance and feel were optimised for the mid-range (3,000-6,000 min-1). However, in the low-rpm range (below 3,000 min-1) power delivery is very smooth, and even above 6,000 min-1 power and torque curves continue on without dropping off suddenly. The above settings result in a performance that favours speeds most used in everyday riding. Corner pick-up is excellent: the powerful mid-range delivers a satisfying surge of acceleration and the flat, step-free torque curve and smooth engine response let riders open the throttle with confidence - at any rpm.
One of the key components to realising the new Ninja 650L’s lighter weight (noticeable as soon as the bike is lifted off its side-stand), the all-new frame weighs only 15 kg and contributes significantly to the bike’s light, nimble handling. Components of the high-tensile steel trellis frame follow the ideal pipe line. The lines of the frame were made as straight as possible, and when bends were necessary their angles were made as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well. Kawasaki's new in-house analysis technology was used to precisely determine the necessary pipe diameter, length and wall thickness to deliver the ideal lateral and torsional rigidity. This allowed unnecessary material to be trimmed, resulting in an extremely lightweight frame: a key to the new Ninja 650’s light, nimble handling.
The Ninja 650's upright position (compared to supersport models) and fine-tuned rider triangle offer both control and comfort. Thanks to the low seat and the bike's overall designs it's easy to keep both feet firmly on the ground when stopped, an important consideration for many riders. 790 mm seat height accommodates riders spanning a wide range of heights, enabling them to ride with confidence. Separate, raised handlebars mounted to the upper triple clamp contribute to the bike's sporty looks. Offering both control and comfort, they put the rider in a good position for sport riding. Mounting clamp for the handlebars is rubber-mounted to reduce vibration transmitted through the handle grips. Stylish upper triple clamp features strength-reinforcing ribs on its upper surface. Its optimised rigidity contributes to the bike's light, natural handling, while adding an elegant touch to the cockpit area.
Sleek bodywork includes a sharp front cowl with a strong resemblance to Kawasaki’s Ninja supersport models. The aggressive visage is complemented by slim, close-fitting bodywork designed to give the bike a light, nimble image that reflects its sporty performance. Aggresive upper cowl design inspired by Ninja supersport models exudes sportiness and contributes to a strong Ninja family identity.
Type: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement: 649 cm³
Bore and Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression ratio: 10.8:1
Valve system: DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system: Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 2 (Keihin)
Lubrication: Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Transmission: 6-speed, return
Final drive: Sealed Chain
Clutch: Wet multi-disc, manual
Type: Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: Front: 125 mm / Rear: 130 mm
Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear: 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Front: 41 mm telescopic fork
Rear: Horizontal Back-link with adjustable preload
Front: Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Caliper: Dual piston with ABS
Rear: Single 220 mm petal disc
Caliper: Single-piston with ABS
Overall length: 2,055 mm
Overall width: 740 mm
Overall height: 1,135 mm
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm
Ground clearance: 130 mm
Seat height: 790 mm
Curb mass: 192 kg
Fuel capacity: 15 L
Maximum power: 50.2 kW (FP) / 37.8 kW (LAMS) 8,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 65.7.0 N-m (FP) / 59.0 N-m (LAMS) 6,500 rpm
2017 Ninja 650L KRT Edition Lime Green / Ebony
2017 Ninja 650L KRT Edition Blizzard White