Friday, February 3, 2012

Kawasaki Ninja 650R Review

Ninja has arrived in sports biking arena of india with it's 250 cc engine powered sports bikes.Ninja didn't had any serious competition here in that segment.However other companies have started filling up the segment with models of their own.Due to rising salaries indians who were initially averse to the performance bikes costing lakhs are slowly embracing them.The latest from Kawasaki is Ninja 650R with 650 cc engine for sports & touring ride.

Design

Ninja 650R is available in green color with black in design.The rear portion is smaller compared to the front part.Lengthier split grab rail and oval shaped tail lamps make up the rear design.650R is rated as a track performance & touring bike unlike other sports bike.The design of rear suspension & exhaust is amazing. Monoshock suspension is fitted on right side of the frame itself. The cute smaller exhaust is kept under the subframe.Ninja deserves praise for getting out a finished vehicle.
Instrument cluster is completely digital.It is made up of good quality plastic. Cluster includes speedometer, tachometer,odometer, tripmeter, clock and fuel guage.Buttons and switches are very comfortable.Unlike other bike 650R does have a hazard light.All components including the plastics are best quality including the paint & fit and finish.

Ride Quality

Seating is at 790 mm high.It is comfortable to sit and foot pedals and gear levers are also not confusing. Handle bar is quite wide but it along with the riding position gives absolute control to the rider.649 cc parallel twin cylinder  liquid cooled DOHC engine is the heart of this machine.It's power is 71bhp (66Nm at 8500 rpm).Handle bar is made high similiar to that of commutter bikes to make long drives comfortable.Some people find sound of 650R thrilling.The 6 speed gear shift is smooth.Torque is deployed such that it is available at the entire rpm range.Performance at low end and mid range stands out.Bigger windshield & side fairing will help to decrease wind drifting and make ride enjoyable. Pillion drive is also great in this motorcycle.Two passangers can comfortably make a long ride.




Ninja weighs 204 kilograms.The 1410 mm wheel base & bigger tyres are responsible for the amazing road grip. Bridgestone 120/70R17, 160/60 R17 tubeless tires are used for front and back wheels.Within 5 seconds this machine can reach a speed of 100 kmph.Highest speed is 200 kmph.Braking system is rated effective so far.Front 300 mm dual discs and rear 220 mm disc brakes are important for indian roads.

For daily trips of youngsters looking for a powerful performer Ninja 650R can be considered.Ninja is sold through bajaj probiking showrooms.

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