The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650

The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650
Bajaj recently launched the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 in India, adds yet another premium bike in its range of offerings that looks very similar to the old Ninja 650 is priced Rs. 43,000/- higher than the 2011 model. 
The new Ninja only gets cosmetic changes and hence the performance figures of the Ninja 650 remain the same. So lets have a look at what’s new in the 2012 Ninja 650. 

If you haven’t noticed it yet, Kawasaki has dropped the R from the Ninja 650 for mysterious reasons and this might be due to the fact that Ninja 650 was always considered to be sport tourer as against a racetrack bred bike and thats a new significant change to the motorcycle’s identity.

The 2012 Ninja 650 now has thicker padding in the seats for increased comfort on long rides, the tyres tave been changed to Dunlop from Bridgestone Battlemax, the new Bike is now longer and wider by 10 mm and also 7 kgs heavier and the fuel tank capacity has been increased by 0.5-liters to 16-litres. Kawasaki has also reduced the compression ratio of the bike.

On the technical front, Kawasaki has re-tuned the engine to offer a better throttle response, the suspension has also been re-tuned to offer better ride quality while the new tensile twin pipe perimeter frame improves handling.

The handlebar is now 20 mm wider than before and Kawasaki has redesigned the fairing to offer better cooling and the Japanese automaker has also incorporated 3-step adjustable front visor, which helps in reducing wind blasts at high speeds. Overall the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 659 is a definite improvement over the previous model.