Ninja 650 2011 and 2012

May 21, 2013 01:34 PMSatyen Poojary

Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2016] Standard

  • 649 cc
  • 21 kmpl
  • 71 bhp
  • 211 kgs

Ex-showroom price, Mumbai


Satyen Poojary's Rating

4/ 5
  • Looks4 / 5
  • Fuel Economy4 / 5
  • Performance5 / 5
  • Value for Money5 / 5

Good about this bike

Comfort, Torque

Not so good about this bike

Braking, Lights

Full Review


The Ninja 650, 2011 version looks nice and poised. The 2012 version is more meaner and uses the new metalic color scheme instead.  Personally, I like the 2011 version of the styling more.


Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox

 The engine on the 2012 version is retuned to make for a comfortable riding experience. The torque delivery is extremely linear as compared to the 2011 version which spiked early on, and made in fun in the mid range and has a blank spot around 6000RPM. The gearbox is nice and almost unchanged for both the models


Ride Quality & Handling

The 650 is a very practical bike for the Indian market. It can take a lot of abuse, average roads etc. The braking is a sore thumb for the bike however. This can be fixed by using after market brake lines easily available online

 Final Words

 At the pricing provided, the Ninja 650 is a sweet deal with reliability and service on focus

Areas of improvement  

 Braking. Light spread. After sale support in terms of parts availability and cost



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