The new-for-2017 Ninja 650. We’ve been through the changes a number of times: a completely new frame but with the same engine and transmission. The chassis is now a trellis frame, like the kind you will find on a KTM or Ducati, and has helped it shed 19kg overall, compared to the outgoing Ninja 650. It also meets BS4 norms in the Indian market.
The styling has been updated significantly as well – from most angles it looks like one of the ZX family, and thus justifies the ‘Ninja’ tag more than ever. The only fly in the ointment is the size of the machine and the cut-price suspension, which doesn’t really gel with the promise that its styling offers.