The Kawasaki Ninja 650 puts the rider in an upright position for everyday enjoyment, but don't be fooled by its somewhat pedestrian appearance: underneath that fairing beats the heart of a lion, with a water-cooled 649cc four-stroke, two-cylinder DOHC engine with dual 36mm Keihin throttle bodies. The high-tensile steel trellis frame holds its line stubbornly, with a 6-speed chain drive. This new chassis weighs 42 lb. less than the previous model, improving handling in the curves and canyons.
Additional features include a 31.1-in seat height, 4.0-gallon tank, 419-lb curb weight (non-ABS), 17-in wheels, a 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork with 4.9-in. of travel and a horizontal back-link rear suspension with adjustable spring preload and 5.1-in. of travel. The under-engine exhaust and gull-wing swingarm adds a racing aesthetic.