Kawasaki will soon launch the 2020 Ninja 650 BS6 in India, as we have reported recently. The middle-weight fully-faired motorcycle will get several updates over the outgoing model. In case you’re planning to spend your hard-earned money on the bike, we tell you what to expect from the 2020 Ninja 650.
With a styling similar to the Ninja 400 and ZX-6R, the new Ninja 650 looks more aggressive now. From a pointed snout, more angular headlamp assembly to a redesigned fairing, it boasts of a more combative stance. Nonetheless, the design has remained unchanged from the fuel tank to the tail section. The edgier graphics featuring subtle red accents enhance its appeal further.
The Japanese bike maker has made the new Ninja 650 more high-tech with a new 4.3-inch TFT instrument cluster which gets Bluetooth connectivity. This console can be paired with a smartphone for displaying the motorcycle’s status and a comprehensive ride data via a dedicated app “Rideology The App.” It also packs a full-LED headlamp and tail lamp along with a new windscreen placed more upright for better wind protection.
In order to improve its handling and grip, Kawasaki has equipped with 2020 Ninja 650 with new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 rubbers. And apart from the tyres, all the cycle parts have been retained similar to the outgoing version. Underpinned by a steel trellis frame, it rides on 17-inch alloy wheels which are suspended by telescopic forks and a monoshock. Braking is taken care of by a pair of 300mm discs with dual piston calipers up front and a single disc with a single piston caliper at the rear.
The 649cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine of the Ninja 650 gets reworked intake and exhaust system for cleaner emissions. It churns out 66.4bhp at 8,000rpm and 64Nm at 6,700rpm. While the performance numbers are nearly identical to the previous model, Kawasaki claims that the mid-range torque delivery has been improved. The gearbox remains the same six-speed unit.
Kawasaki had priced the BS4 Ninja 650 at Rs 5.89 lakh (ex-showroom). For the BS6 model, the company has revealed that the cost will be around Rs 55,000-85,000 more than its predecessor. The motorcycle will certainly be launched in India as soon as the ongoing lockdown ends.