The virtues of Kawasaki’s twin-cylinder, water-cooled Ninja 650 were quickly realised upon its launch for the 2017 season and it rapidly became established as one of Kawasaki’s most sought after machines in the mid-capacity sports arena.
Supersport looks and lithe response combine with easy and fun handling that is allied to predictable and lively engine response. The Ninja 650 creates an overall sporting package that rewards riders new to the A2 licence category plus those for whom 650cc and a narrow chassis profile are the recipe for the perfect machine.
Engine flexibility from tick-over to the red line and urban manoeuvrability are just two of the Ninja 650’s recognised strong points. The confidence inspiring twin cylinder engine is also an ideal out of town and weekend thrills machine, either solo or with a passenger who will additionally benefit from a revised and comfier rear seat.
Now, for 2020, this lively sports model takes a giant stride forwards with a stunning multi-function 10.9cm colour TFT meter that replaces the previous meter and displays such items as gear position indicator, shift lamp, fuel gauge and Economical Riding Indicator plus other innovations including Bluetooth Smartphone connectivity. Appealing LED lighting front and rear plus Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres are also now fitted as standard.
For a new generation of riders – who would never leave home without their phone – the possibility to connect to their motorcycle is bound to be intriguing. Pairing via Bluetooth is simple and via Kawasaki’s own Rideology App, functions such as GPS route information and schedule service information can be accessed in addition to all the normal familiar notifications. Additionally, the colour display itself can be switched between “positive” and “negative” displays while a built-in light sensor alters brightness intensity.
Fuelling the visual connection with the awesome Ninja H2, the trellis type chassis of the Ninja 650 remains unchanged while reflecting the no-nonsense visual style of the KRT World Superbike. One of three colour options for 2020 will be a lime green/ebony look, evocative of the bikes competing in the World Superbike Championship. Joining this version will be a duo of other fresh options comprising of metallic spark black and a final choice of flat stardust white / metallic flat spark black.
Competition is fierce in the popular mid-capacity sports class and the new uprated and updated Ninja 650 is set to continue its coveted place among the front runners with this well-considered package of innovative and timely updates plus new colour options.