2020 kawasaki ninja 650 buyer's guide: specs & prices

New styling and agile handling make it more ’Ninja’ than before

by TJ Hinton, onOctober 21, 2021, 04:00LISTEN10:14

Kawasaki gave its ninja 650 supersport a facelift ahead of MY2020 with aggressive new lines. Safety and visibility were increased through LED technology, và instrumentation moves into the 21st century with a TFT display lớn deliver the metrics. New tires & new networking công nghệ round out the package along with the engine performance and handling that made the last generation a hit.

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LED lighting Updated nin-ja styling 4.3-inch màu sắc TFT display điện thoại thông minh connectivity with RIDEOLOGY THE APP




Kawi's ninja line has always been all about the angular features, and the ninja 650 takes it khổng lồ the ngân hàng with sharpened angles in the front fairing and cowl scoop.
Kawi’s ninja line has always been all about the angular features, & the ninja 650 takes it khổng lồ the bank with sharpened angles in the front fairing & cowl scoop. The vented front fender remains almost the same with a cut-down look that also helps to minimize the unsprung weight at the front axle.

Night vision was updated in the khung of a pair of LED projectors up front that split the night and ensure you remain visible lớn daytime traffic. The LED benefits continue into the front turn signals that are recessed in the edge of the cowl scoop well out of harm’s way. I think the factory missed an opportunity here. Personally, I’d lượt thích to see the blinkers integrated with the mirrors & the current front turn signals turned into cornering lights, but maybe next year. (Wink-nudge, Kawi.)

Prior lớn the update, the windscreen was held off the fairing for ventilation, but the 2020 model moved to a racing-style bubblescreen khổng lồ punch a hole in the wind with improved overall penetration, plus the upper fairing is wider and the angles sharper for a more aggressive look. The cowl extends all the way down to form a proper chin fairing and belly pan with ample ventilation to lớn help carry away the waste heat and prevent buildup under the body panels while generating minimal drag. Toward that end, the fairing bolts were eliminated to aid in penetration.

A four-gallon fuel tank sports broad shoulders that wane toward the waist khổng lồ create the critical knee pocket và allow for extreme cornering body toàn thân English. The flyline takes a dramatic dive khổng lồ the deep saddle trough that pulls you down into the machine. The p-pad comes with a tall rise that forms a generous buttstop that’ll keep you from driving the thing out from under yourself when you get a little jiggy with it, plus it lofts your passenger for improved visibility.

Yeah, there’s a pillion pad, but it’s the gunfighter style that suggests a clean, racer-style rear end that rocks thicker urethane padding for passenger comfort. The fold-up passenger footpegs ride on long brackets that are easily struck from the bike if you prefer a true solo-riding experience.

Typical of racebikes in general, the taillight rides in the tip of the tail, và the rear blinker, taglight, & plateholder all mount to the short mudguard that also looks lượt thích it can be easily removed as a unit if you actually plan on hitting the track.

Kawasaki ninja 650 Chassis

Lighter weight frame Bosch 9.1M ABS nin-ja ZX-10R-derived suspension Agile, sporty handling



As you'd expect, handling is decidedly agile with quick flicks và reversals.
High-tensile steel members trang điểm the Trellis frame on the ninja 650 with minimal bends so the strength is not compromised & it distributes the ức chế evenly throughout. Typical of the genre, the frame uses the engine as a stressed unit to complete the structure, thereby eliminating some of the forward members to lớn reduce weight while maintaining rigidity. Additionally, the factory used variable-thickness pipes to keep the frame strong where it’s needed, & light everywhere else.

The steering geometry points lớn a very agile nature with 24 degrees of rake and 3.9 inches of trail over a 55.5-inch wheelbase. Seat height is typical at 31.1 inches off the ground, & shorter riders will benefit from the narrow waist when they go lớn deploy the training wheels at a stop or in the parking lot.

Non-adjustable, 41 mm forks float the front over on 4.9 inches of travel, & out back, a horizontal monoshock runs with the obligatory spring-preload adjuster with 5.1 inches of travel. Cast, 17-inch wheels round out the rolling chassis with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 hoops in a 120/70 up front opposite a 160/60.

The 425.6-pound wet weight makes for quick flicks và reversals, và the dual 300 milimet discs and twin-pot calipers provide plenty of brakeage khổng lồ haul down the front wheel. In the rear, a 220 milimet disc và single-piston anchor take care of business. You get a choice between all-around ABS protection and a slightly lower-priced non-ABS model, so you can take or leave that particular safety net as you please.

Frame:Front Suspension / Wheel Travel:Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel:Rake/Trail:Front Tire:Rear Tire:Front Brakes:Rear Brakes:
Trellis, high-tensile steel
41mm hydraulic telescopic fork/4.9 in
Horizontal back-link with adjustable spring preload/5.1 in
Dual 300 milimet petal-type discs và 2-piston calipers and ABS
Single 220 mm petal-type disc và single-piston caliper and ABS

Liquid-cooled 649 cc parallel-twin engine48.5 lb-ft of torque Assist & Slipper clutch Strong, responsive power
It's a fairly essential machine with nothing in the way of electronic fandanglery khổng lồ complicate the engine controls, so you can forget about traction control or power modes, but you'll be a better rider for it.

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The ninja 650 is a fairly essential machine with nothing in the way of electronic fandanglery lớn complicate the engine controls, so you can forget about traction control or nguồn modes, but you’ll be a better rider for it.

The beating heart is a liquid-cooled parallel-twin with a 180-out crankshaft orientation khổng lồ produce smooth, even power nguồn pulses. It rocks an 83 mm bore with a 60 milimet stroke for an overall displacement of 649 cc & a compression ratio of 10.8-to-1, so you can expect khổng lồ feed it top-hook road champagne, or at the very least , use some sort of octane additive to prevent knock/ping/dieseling.

Dual over-head cams time the four-valve head, and induction control falls lớn a pair of mechanical cable-controlled, 36 mm Keihin throttle bodies that utilize a set of secondary, computer-controlled throttle plates to ensure smooth transitions. There’s a catalyst in the exhaust system lớn burn off any không lấy phí hydrocarbons that make it through the combustion chamber, and this, along with the EFI system, helps the mill meet emission standards. Nguồn flows through a slipper-style clutch that prevents excessive backtorque from causing the rear wheel to break traction, & a six-speed transmission with a chain-type final drive.

What does all this get you? Well, it generates 48.5 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm, & at the redline in top gear, the overall drive ratio turns in a vị trí cao nhất speed of 131 mph. That’s plenty enough lớn get yourself in a whole heap of trouble.

Kawasaki offers the 2022 nin-ja 650 and Ninja 650 ABS in a pair of two-tone colors – Metallic Matte Graphensteel Gray or the premium paint Pearl Robotic White/Metallic Carbon Gray – as well as a KRT Edition. No matter which màu sắc package you choose, you can expect khổng lồ pay a base MSRP of $8,299 for the ABS mã sản phẩm or $7,899 for the non-ABS and địa chỉ cửa hàng $200 lớn the base price for premium paint.

Warranty:12 Month Limited Warranty (optional Kawasaki Protection Plus™ 12, 24, 36 or 48 months)
└ 2020:Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Blizzard White
└ 2021:Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Imperial Red (ABS only),Metallic Spark Black/Pearl Nightshade Teal (ABS only)
└ 2022:Metallic Matte Graphensteel Gray, Pearl Robotic White/Metallic Carbon Gray (KRT Edition: Lime Green/Ebony/Blizzard White)
└ 2020:$7,399 (with ABS: $7,799)
└ 2021:$7,599 (with ABS: $7,999)
└ 2022:$7,899 (with ABS: $8,299)

Both bikes have a frame tuned for flexibility where it's needed and rigidity everywhere else to turn in racebike-like handling in the corners for the everyday rider.
The 650 cc supersport bracket is pretty thin at the moment, so for my head-to-head with the nin-ja 650, I went for the Honda CBR650F ABS.

Honda CBR650F

Honda keeps lớn the racer-style design with an aggressive, nose-down tail-up stance meant lớn bring track-like riding to lớn the public streets. A bubblescreen và engine cowling sets the stage, & so lượt thích brothers-from-another-mother, the CBR650F hits all the same thiết kế high points as the ninja 650.

The CBR650F rides on a pair of 41 mm Showa DBV forks that deliver a ride that’s superior to what you can expect from vanilla stems like the nin-ja uses in spite of a total lack of adjustability, so Honda gains a slight edge in this area. A steel, twin-spar frame provides the main structure for the Honda, and lượt thích the Kawi, it’s tuned for flexibility where it’s needed and rigidity everywhere else to turn in racebike-like handling in the corners for the everyday rider.

Honda opted for a four-banger lớn drive its entry, but the displacement works out the same with a total of 649 cc across the board và 47 pounds o’ grunt at 8,000 rpm, so these two bikes pretty much break even in the torque department.

Kawi picks up its biggest win at the checkout as the Honda fetches almost a grand more for its base CBR650F ABS with a $8,749 sticker. At this price point, that extra grand could be a real dealbreaker for buyers up against a firm budget.

Read our full reviews of the Honda CBR650F.

He Said

“While there isn’t anything really remarkable about the new ninja 650, it’s safe to say that it’s a good bike for riders looking for their first upgrade from whatever entry-level machine got them started. The vị trí cao nhất speed is plenty fast – more than you’ll ever need really – and handling is crisp enough khổng lồ keep you interested. Still, I lament the passing of the Candy Steel Furnace Orange/ Metallic black Spark paint package that made the MY19 lineup so attractive.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “Low and mid-range nguồn delivery is smooth and handling is agile, as you would expect from a Ninja. The new styling is unmistakably Ninja và puts the nin-ja 650 more in line appearance-wise with the ZX-10R superbike. The new TFT display is easy to read, và of course, everyone is getting onboard with a connectivity app & Kawasaki is no different. The ninja 650 is a nice mid-displacement sportbike, & while it could be viewed as a stepping stone khổng lồ a liter bike, lots of folks are landing in this displacement range & staying here.”

Kawasaki nin-ja 650 Specifications

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