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Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2018-2019]

Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2018-2019] is a bike with the last known price range of Rs. 5,97,719 - Rs. 6,14,714 in India. It had 2 variants and 2 colours. It and was powered by a 649 cc BS-IV engine with a user reported mileage of 21.5 kmpl. It came with anti-locking braking system and both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement649 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported21.5 kmpl
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight193 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 6,14,714

Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2018-2019] Summary

Ninja 650 [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 649 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 21.5 kmpl
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 193 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres
Seat Height 790 mm

About Ninja 650 [2018-2019]

The Ninja 650 was the most affordable ‘big bike’ when it first launched in India. It offered performed that excited without intimidating, and through Kawasaki’s tie up with Bajaj’s Probiking showrooms, the sales and service footprint was the largest for a big bike.

Cut to 2017, and the new Ninja 650 made its debut, this time through Kawasaki’s standalone showrooms. Gone are the motorcycles from other brands standing alongside it on the showroom floor, and also gone is the ‘big bike’ feel of the earlier Ninja 650. This new trellis frame has put the Ninja on a diet, and the smaller, lighter Ninja 650 feels more manageable as a result. There still is the naked option in the form of the Z650, but the Ninja 650 is completely deserving of the name if you consider the looks alone. It looks like it belongs next to the ZX-10R. There isn’t much difference in power and torque, but the sportier ergonomics and more compact riding position make you want to ride it harder.

It is currently available in two paint schemes: a simple yet fetching blue, and the Kawasaki Racing-inspired KRT edition. The green has been discontinued as of the start of 2018.

The Ninja 650 competes with the Benelli TNT600i, Honda CBR650F and the Hyosung GT650R, although they all cover a wide price range.
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Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Excellent ergonomics for long distance riding
    • Handles well in the city
  • Could be Better

    • Spare parts are expensive
    • Service reach is a problem

BikeWale's Take

The Kawasaki Ninja 650 is a proven long distance as well as a daily commuting bike. It offers excellent performance along with great comfort, and that makes it one of the highest selling Kawasaki bikes in the country. But the ownership is a bit expensive as the cost of spares are too high. 

Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2018-2019] Review

The Ninja 650 has some major changes for 2017. How much better is it now?

What is it?

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. 

How does it ride?

Like a Ninja 300 with more poke. It may look like a supersport machine, but it really  is a sporty streetbike. As such, it doesn’t position you, arse over elbow, but it is far more aggressive than the outgoing model’s riding position, which felt like a large Hero Karizma. The compact dimensions are a factor in its weight loss – it has lost a whopping 19kg compared to the old 650. The motor hasn’t changed much; it still offers 67bhp and nearly 66Nm. The power peak is at 8000 rpm and the torque peak at 6500rpm, which means that the meat of the motor is in the midrange. You can rev it out to the redline, but it doesn’t necessarily get quicker the closer it gets to the redline. Major work has been done on smoothening out power delivery – it now has dual throttle valves per cylinder, and only the larger set is controlled by the rider’s right wrist. The second, smaller throttle valves are ECU controlled and they really do help smoothen out power delivery. The handling has improved – both a function of the mass being in a physically smaller area, as well as the change to a more aggressive riding position. The trellis frame contributes to a feeling of increased stability, and that new swingarm doesn’t just look the part, it also helps here. The footpegs could have been positioned further behind, but Kawasaki also offers the ZX-6R for those looking for a sporty faired 600cc machine. 

One of the major improvements is in braking. The setup hasn’t changed, but the performance and feel have improved by a country mile. There is now confidence when braking from high speed, and the standard ABS is a welcome addition.  

The bottom does touch over a lot of speedbreakers, but a little more preload on the rear should sort that out. However, we went gingerly over any speedbreaker sized larger than normal, because the old 650 had the same habit of touching speedbreakers with a part of the exhaust, and the result always was a leak where there was a joint. 

Despite the reduction in its size, this windscreen offers excellent protection from windblast for most riders. However, if you are one of those extra large human beings of gargantuan proportions, then you might be in for a gust of wind in your face, especially when you hit top speed. 

 

Anything else I should know?

This is a tiny motorcycle, for a middleweight. It is the size of the Ninja 300, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find that Kawasaki uses this very frame for the next generation of Ninja 300 and Z250/Z300. It polarizes opinion: Vikrant didn’t like it because it was too small for a 600cc motorcycle and because people ignored it. I loved it for those same reasons. It is so manageable at low revs that even a rider proficient with a modern 150cc motorcycle will be able to handle it provided he doesn’t try to explore large throttle openings or high revs. 

Should I buy one?

This is a slightly complicated answer. If you’re moving up from a lower capacity machine and this is to be your first true big bike, then yes. It is a suitable upgrade to the Ninja 300s and Yamaha R3s of the world. It may not be much quicker than a KTM RC390, but one can argue that the 'big bike feel' and the way the engine delivers power will teach you more about how a big bike behaves. If you’re confident that you can keep your wits about you, then you can even take the leap from a Honda CBR250R or a Yamaha YZF-R15. However, if your mates own bikes with multiple cylinders and you get the opportunity to swing your leg over them, you might not find the Ninja 650 exciting enough, improved though it may be. 

Where does it fit in?

The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 retails for approximately Rs 6.5 lakh on road, Mumbai. It competes against the Hyosung GT650R and Benelli TNT600i on price, and the Honda CBR650F is a similar motorcycle but sits a segment higher, price-wise.

Photography by Kapil Angane

Gear Check

1. Arai Astro-IQ Second in the Arai street models hierarchy, the Astro-IQ is a comfortable, stable helmet at any speed. Price: 50,000 

2. Scorpion Hat Trick Mesh/Textile jacket Although not on sale for a while now, the Hat Trick is a jacket that is protective yet allows decent airflow. The fleece liner keeps you warm enough, and the waterproof liner makes it truly impermeable, even in a Mumbai monsoon. Drying it out takes a while, though. Price: Rs 15600 (Scorpion Phalanx

3. Royal Enfield Spiti riding gloves Made for comfortable touring, these short-cuff gloves offer a lot of comfort right from the first ride. Price: Rs 3200

4. Joe Rocket Phoenix 2.0 pants Mesh is a wonderful thing in our heat, and the Joe Rocket Phoenix mesh pants manage an ideal combination of protection via the removable armour, and airflow. Price: Rs 9600 (Phoenix Ion)

5. Royal Enfield long riding boots With a little inspiration from both off-road boots and touring boots, the RE long riding boots are comfortable and yet protective. Price: Rs 11,000

 

We've even ridden the naked version of the bike, the Z650. Click here for the detailed review.

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Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2018-2019] mileage

As reported by Ninja 650 [2018-2019] owners, the real mileage of Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2018-2019] is 21 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 67.2 bhp @ 8,000 rpm

    Max Torque 65.7 Nm @ 6,500 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 649 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 83 mm

    Stroke 60 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 10.8:1

    Ignition TCBI with digital advance

    Spark Plugs --

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet Multi-Disc

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 21.5 kmpl

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 300 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 160/60x17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 220 mm

    Calliper Type Front-2-Piston , Rear-Single Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70x17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension 41mm hydraulic telescopic

    Rear Suspension Horizontal back link with adjustable spring

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 193 kg

    Overall Length 2,055 mm

    Overall Width 739 mm

    Wheelbase 1,410 mm

    Ground Clearance 130 mm

    Seat Height 790 mm

    Overall Height 1,135 mm

    Chassis Type Trellis, high-tensile steel

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) --

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Standard Warranty (Kilometers) --

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeHalogen

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2018-2019] User Reviews

4.8 81 ratings 25 reviews
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  •  5Best of beast 1 year ago by Deepak Nayak, Chennai

    It's a true monster . In my opinion this bike is my dream bike and it has all features what a rider need . This best for long tour . This monster holding power of a beast.And u will not going to have a single problem with its performance.So i request to all buyers pleas

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    • Used it for

      Tours

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      26 kmpl

  •  5 the supper bike 1 year ago by Hemal, Angamaly

    This bike is my dream. Once i explored about it i felt amazed that if i own this bike i would be rather equal to gods who are in the heaven. Riding this bike is a very superb and realistic experience that one should have in his/her life.

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    • Got mileage of

      12 kmpl

  •  5Amazing bike 1 year ago by Rahul Kumar, New Delhi

    It's a amazing bike, its power brake, it looking dashing, super cool bike, overall its best in all purpose, nothing about go to their mileage, its overall good, firstly i heard to my neighbor and colleagues this is not good bike for you, but suddenly i never look that w

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      < 3 months

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      12 kmpl

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  •  4Powerful machine for daily commute 1 year ago by Anirudh Yadav, Gurgaon

    Riding my ninja is really great . It's very comfortable for long rides and gives a decent mileage . Has a very sporty look which catches eyeballs wherever i go . Servicing and maintenance cost is decent according to me . It's affordable depending on the brand value. The

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      23 kmpl

  •  5Review 2 years ago by Arpon Ray, Guwahati

    This bike have all the expectations i need. Meanwhile bikewale has provided me so much of information about this bike and i am glad to see the best bike for me and in 2020 i am gonna buy this bike its all because of the great details by bikewale. Always shares better in

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    • Got mileage of

      21 kmpl

  •  5Super se upar 2 years ago by Abhi Kabat Abhisekh

    Its a dream come true ...Love at first side is made for this bike....Riding a bicycle is the summit of human endeavor - an almost neutral environmental effect coupled with the ability to travel substantial distances without disturbing anybody. The bike is the perfect ma

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      20 kmpl

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