2020 kawasaki ninja 650 mpg

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Kawasaki Ninja long-term test (on)

Kawasaki Ninja specs


Kawasaki Ninja (on)


cc Parallel twin

Claimed power


Claimed torque



Tubular steel



Fuel capacity

15 litres

Front suspension

Conventional forks, non-adjustable

Rear suspension

Single shock, adjustable spring preload

Front brake

2xmm discs with two-piston calipers, ABS

Rear brake

mm disc, single-piston caliper, ABS

Update 15 - Final reflection of our Ninja

First published 24 January

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Truth be told, I wasn’t entirely sure of what to expect from the Ninja at the start of last year. Wannabe sportsbike, commuter, sports-tourer or a frugal and friendly bike for new riders? But the fact is, the Kawasaki is all of the above.

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Now, the power delivery isn’t ever going to set your pants on fire and the 63bhp produced at the back wheel (with an aftermarket Arrow system) is only just enough to make those riders on litre sportsbikes scoff as they stand around "willy waving" at the local café. But, it’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it.

The thing I love most about the humble is that it really isn’t overkill in the engine and tech department. And, as daft as that may sound, there’s also a strong argument for the less-is-more approach. It’s rapid enough to have fun but you don’t feel the pressure to be the fastest guy out there.

What this translates to is a machine that I have been able to ride close to its limit while not making myself the subject of one of those headlines about bikers who get caught doing +mph and I get a lot more satisfaction from this.

It handles well enough and has sufficient poke to mean that I can thrash it and still keep my licence. The cheaper end of mid- capacity market has seen a boom in recent years with bikes like Yamaha’s brilliant MT and the reintroduction of Suzuki’s popular SV And, with a price of £ (£ for the KRT paint) the Ninja slots right into this group.

What you get for the money is unquestionably the best looking twin in the class, and also an extremely capable and competent all-rounder that’s as much fun to ride on track as it is to commute to work.

It’s a bike that will appeal to both newer and more experienced riders alike, with riding qualities that can compliment and flatter both.

The way the Kawasaki eggs you on to get the very most from its engine definitely makes it deserving of the Ninja name. The willy waving brigade can stay in the café and arguing over who’s the fastest. Meanwhile, I’ll be out hooning about on the , squeezing everything I can out of the bike and laughing all the way home. It’s a properly enjoyable machine.

Update 14 - Ninja proves a frugal friend

First published 6 December

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Geek alert coming up – since I’ve had possession of the , I’ve kept a meticulous diary of every tank of fuel. This way, I am able to check detailed mpg figures for different scenarios where I’m using the bike. It means I know what my economy figures were every time I’ve used the bike and paints a very good picture of what the Kawasaki returns without any guesswork.

I rarely take it easy on the Ninja when using it day-to-day. I live in the sticks and have a really fun ride to work – on a route that isn’t too busy with other traffic. That said, I’m returning a respectable return of mpg in the miles I’ve covered so far. This takes into account my daily commute, which has formed the bulk of the miles, three trackdays and a number of larger motorway trips. Considering that the most of these miles have been covered using as much of the engine as I can on my daily commute, I think it’s pretty impressive going. 

When I take it easy on the bike and cruise to my destination, the Kawasaki returns a very healthy 60mpg or even slightly more. The highest figure recorded has been mpg, after some easy miles in the city and a chilled motorway ride. For those who commute in the city and who aren’t revving the bike too hard, I’d expect the to return a healthy economy that begins in the late 50s at least.

Track riding has, at worst, returned mpg – from a sunny Donington trackday. It’s not exactly a slow circuit either, which means I would have been using the engine to the max.

The worst recorded figures have in fact been a result of very quick German motorway miles, at am when the roads were clear and the need to get home to my bed, with the near to the very end of its 10,rpm limit.

So, there’s more to the mpg than meets the eye. The Ninja has been proving to be pretty good on fuel overall. The main fault for the mpg being so low is due to me, the rider who seeks to enhoy the bike to its full potential. 

Believe me when I say that you could well be sucked into this trap too: the bike naturally encourages you to use every rpm. The friendly motor rewards you with the kind of grin you’d imagine yourself wearing if you were ever to go on a successful date with a supermodel (I’m accepting applications).

Update 13 - Ninja by name, Ninja by nature?

First published 28 September

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I’ve been asking myself - is Kawasaki's  really worthy of the Ninja name?

On looks alone, maybe. The ZXR-inspired styling and KRT paint scheme make it look like a proper pocket-rocket.

The 63bhp parallel twin motor, basic suspension and moderately average brakes scream otherwise, though.

The Ninja name is associated with some of the quickest machines going in their respective capacity classes – Jonathan Rea is pretty much untouchable aboard his ZXRR Ninja in World Superbike, and let’s not forget the supercharged Ninja H2 is in a league of its own when it comes to pushing the technological boundaries of a production bike. 

I thought the Ninja  was going to be somewhat of an imposter, and I was ready to argue that its basic specification makes it unworthy of the Ninja name.

But it’s been winning me over.

On paper, it has the makings of a classic commuter motorcycle and is gloriously close to being labelled as such, but as a machine to develop and learn on it’s hard to beat.

It isn’t just a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Sure, it doesn’t have the gleaming spec of a superbike; USD forks, trick suspension or brakes that will stop the world spinning on its axis, but the ’s easy-going and friendly nature inspires confidence on the road and track that is hard to match. 

And while I may not have anywhere near the same amount of power at my disposal as a superbike, it really doesn’t matter.

Massive power figures mean nothing to me. It’s just a willy-waving contest by most to claim the power they have on tap – a very large number of these riders will never be able to use even a fraction of a larger, quicker bike to its full potential – and I’m one of them. Give me the any day and I’ll ride it to its limit, grinning like a Cheshire cat all the way home.

It’s got so much more potential than I first thought and although the spec might not be worthy of the name alone, the fun ride that comes with it inspires me in a way that few other machines have.

Sure, there will be those who shout that it's not a proper sportsbike, and in that assumption they'd be right, but there's so much more to this machine. It didn’t take me too long to understand that the is the perfect introduction to the Ninja family – especially for newer riders or those who want to get the very most of the bike on the road.

We all know crude size-related jokes about how it’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it. The Ninja holds true to this ethos - it's the perfect demonstration of just how much fun you can have on a moderately-powered motorcycle.

And does this make me think that it’s worthy of holding the Ninja name? Definitely.

Update 12 - 5 Ninja learnings in miles

First published 9 August

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Watching the odometer tick over from 4, miles to the big 5, on the Kawasaki Ninja  was a really satisfying moment. What’s even better is knowing that all those hours and miles I’ve covered on the bike have been enjoyable, and that for me really speaks volumes about the cracking twin.

So, with that in mind I thought i'd identify five things I’ve learned about the bike in on my journey to #ridemiles…

1. It goes the distance

I ride every day, do big stints and enjoy sporty machines. What this essentially means is that I want my bikes to be practical, comfortable and most of all fun. I can safely say that my time with the Ninja has proved to tick all of these boxes and then some.

It can handle distances easily with the fairly upright position making it a cinch to ride all day without any aches or pains whatsoever. The adjustable screen is also a great feature and allows me to put it in the best position to suit the riding I’m doing. I’ve ridden it from the midlands to my Devonshire homeland on numerous occasions and ridden to Belgium and back, finding that the bike does the business of mile-munching perfectly.

2. It’s so much more rewarding on the road

One of the things I really enjoy with the Ninja is that I can use most of the bike much closer to its limit than an all-out sportsbike. While on paper this might sound a little disheartening – it’s not. What it means is that on every single ride I feel like I’m getting a lot out of the machine and I’m the one controlling the bike, not the other way around. Each ride it comes alive and makes me feel like I’m Jonny Rea as I charge along the backroads on my way home. I can honestly say that for me this is much more rewarding than going twice as fast on a bike where you’re only using 10% of its potential and relying on multi-stage traction control and all the latest electronic wizardry to keep the bike upright.

3. Change the tyres

The Dunlop Sportmax D tyres that came as standard on the Ninja weren’t the most inspiring and didn’t give me the confidence to push the bike as much as I wanted. I replaced them with a set of Metzeler Roadtec 01s and the transformation was incredible. It felt like the budget suspension had been upgraded and the difference in feel and wet grip was incredible. These are hands down the best all-round road tyre I’ve used and while they only lasted 3, miles, I had done 2 trackdays and plenty of motorway miles in that time. What they ultimately do to the Ninja is transcend it and flatter both my riding and the suspension. 

4. It’s a banging budget bike

The price has to be the most appealing thing about this machine. Starting at £6, for the standard machine or £6, for the iconic green KRT paint scheme, this bike is a wallet-friendly warrior. I honestly don’t think there’s a bike in this price bracket that looks quite as good or inspires this much fun and confidence.

5. It’s great for any rider

If I’m completely honest, before I got the Ninja I was a little worried that it might seem a little dull or that it wouldn’t offer enough excitement. I was happy to banish these worries from the second I started riding it and instead found that it’s a brilliant machine for any rider. 

It’s friendly enough for someone who might be newer to motorcycling and offers loads of potential as a brilliant tool to learn on. Yet at the same time, it offers plenty to those who have been riding for years with its flattering nature and fun motor that eggs you on in every instance. It’s plenty fast enough for the road and is a really fun bike to take on track too.

Overall, my time with the Ninja so far has been a really enjoyable experience and I’m ready and looking forward to smashing the next 5, miles – if they’re anything as good as the first 5k then I’m in for a treat.

Update 11 - Time for more tyres on the Ninja

First published 28 Juily

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Metzeler’s Roadtec 01 tyres were a complete revelation for the Ninja  when I fitted them a few months back but now it’s time to try something else. 

I’ve opted for a sportier tyre and have chosen to fit the Pirelli Diablo Rosso IIIs. I’m hoping that I can make the most of the summer while it’s briefly here and also because I’d like to take the on track a bit more — where the said tyre will be better suited.

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In the time that I’ve had the Metzelers fitted, I’ve covered around miles before wearing the tyres to the legal limit across the middle of the tread. This might not seem a lot — especially with their high cost of £

But given that the tyres saw a lot of motorway miles, including a trip to Belgium, two track days and a hill climb, I don’t think the usage time is too bad. 

Thanks to the heavily treaded pattern, the Roadtecs excelled in the wet too, and  the felt loads better from the moment I fitted them.

The thing that surprised me most was just how much Metzelers complemented the suspension of the It made the bike feel almost like it had been upgraded, they were really that good!

I can honestly say that I think they’re the best tyres I’ve used and I’d have been more than happy to fit a fresh rear and spend the rest of the summer on them.

For the sake of variety, and to see how other tyres responded, I opted for the Pirellis though.

With less tread, they’re not going to be as good as the Metzelers in the rain, but it’s a small compromise given the time of year and while they don’t flatter the in quite the same way, they offer a very neutral and balanced feel to what is happening with the bike. They also give excellent grip in the dry too.

While I’m sorry to see the Metzeler Roadtec 01s go, I’m also excited to spend the summer on the Rosso III’s.

Now I just need to get on some more trackdays.

Update 10 - Exhausting stuff for the Ninja

First published 10 July

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One of the things I’ve been interested in with my Kawasaki Ninja  long term bike this year has been its power output. Now I don’t think that it’s particularly bad as standard, and most of the time it’s usually enough to satisfy on the road.

However on track it does show its lack of grunt from the cc parallel twin engine – something that was particularly evident when I went to Spa-Francorchamps — as the litre bikes were blitzing past me on the long Kemmel Straight. 

I do understand that I’m not going to make any massive gains with the power without any major engine work. Maybe if someone was intending to take it the the Isle of Man TT Races it may be something to consider perhaps? But not for everyday and occasional track use.

So, I decided to fit a new exhaust system and wanted to take a measure of the gains (if any).

While speaking with MCNs Senior Road Tester Adam Child – who’s raced at the TT on the Ninja s predecessor, the ER-6 — he recommended an Arrow system.

In conjunction with this, I was having the bike serviced at Chris Walker’s Kawasaki Dealership the other week and chose to make use of his dyno.

Arrow system v Standard

We did a before and after run with the Ninja to accurately judge what happens with and without the Arrow system.

Dyno results

Kawasaki claim 67bhp at the crank for the and when on the dyno, the bike was measured to put out bhp at the back wheel. With an average loss of about 10% between the crank and rear wheel, it was roughly about what I was expecting to see.

The Arrow system measured bhp at the back wheel, marking an increase of bhp which wasn’t quite as large as I was hoping for. Interestingly though, there were gains across the whole rev range that averaged between bhp.

Now, it doesn’t seem like a lot but the extra few horses are noticeable and the bike feels that little bit punchier. I never thought I’d be able to feel those kinds of differences, but I was proved wrong.

The new Arrow system is lacking a catalytic converter, the manifold pipes are stainless steeland the silencer finished in Carbon and Nicrom (an alloy with stainless steel).

Who needs Weight Watchers?

What this all means in figures is that the Arrow system is like being on a juicing diet for the Ninja, losing a hefty kg over the chunky stock system, which tipped the scales at kg to the Arrow’s paltry kg.

The Euro4 compliant silencer gives the twin a bit of extra bark and makes the engine sound that little bit nicer. The only downside is the baffle isn’t removable.

To ensure the can went through Euro4 regulations, Arrow had to make the baffle a permanent fixture, done by means of a small tab welded to the baffle which doesn’t allow the circlip to be removed and thus not allowing the baffle to be freed.

Removing the baffle

There is a way out! With a little bit of carful drift and hammer work, and with the silencer held in a vice, a simple knock to the tab saw it come out pretty easily.

The hp measure was taken without the baffle in and it actually made the bike run a little leaner. I’ll be looking at fitting a fuel module in the future to correct this but at the moment there isn’t one available for the

I could get the ECU re-flashed to correct it, but this is not something I would recommend as it would invalidate the warranty should something go wrong with the bike later on.

With the baffle removed, the exhaust is LOUD! I’m a bit of a lairy rider, I like to hear the bike making fruity noises, and I'm addicted to the pops and bangs on the overrun.

A couple of downsides; Not only does the exhaust (without the baffle) make my whole body reverberate when I'm just standing next to it, it sometimes becomes the centre of attention, and not necessarily in a good way.

I’ve actually decided to keep the baffle in, for fear of getting evicted by my landlord for making excessive noise at home (it really is that loud). And I honestly can’t imagine it being able to get through any noise tests on a trackday.

The best feature of the new system is the price. Considering Yoshimura's Stainless Alpha system costs £ and the Akrapovic system from Kawasaki costs a meaty £, I was pleasantly surprised to find out the Arrow system is just £ – clearly a massive saving over the competition. Don't you think?

Next, I plan to take the Ninja back on track (haven't decided where yet) and then look at making some alterations to the suspension. Perhaps I'll also replace the brake pads and I'll get a fuel module fitted (if one becomes available). Then put it back on the dyno and measure it all over again.

Update 9 - Service time again for the Ninja

First published 27 June

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I’ve been using the Ninja now for a few months now and am really pleased with how things are panning out with the bike. It’s practical, fun, comfortable and I think it looks absolutely fantastic – especially given the £6, price-tag.

In the time that I’ve had the green machine I’ve covered 4, miles and so, the time came for the Ninja to return to Kawasaki for its second service.

I opted to head to Chris Walker’s Kawasaki dealership as it wasn’t too far away from my base. The service itself was pretty straightforward – all that was required was a simple oil and filter change, with a general check over of the machine. It wasn’t a lengthy process and was completed quickly and efficiently by the staff at Chris’ dealership.

While I was there, I asked the mechanics about the suspension. I was curious to see if there was a trick I might have been missing regarding the rear shock and its seeming impossibility to adjust the preload. Turns out I wasn’t, it’s just a right bugger if you want to alter it.

I’m a little confused in the thinking behind the rear shock, given that it’s the only adjustment you can make to the suspension system, I’d have thought it would have been easier to get at – instead the shock needs to be removed.

It’s not something that I think the average rider would be doing with the bike and, in all honesty, it’s a massive faff I could do without. So, I’m going to keep the suspension settings as they are for now and investigate to see if I can find a new shock that I can adjust to fit to the bike a little later.

The cost of the service came to £ and included the oil, oil filter and adjustments, which I didn’t think was too bad.

The next service now will be due at 7, miles, it’s more involved with a lot more to inspect on the Ninja. Larger services on the schedule are carried out at 15, and 22, miles, with the valve clearances not needing to be done until 26, miles.

Update 8 - Upgrade time for the Ninja

First published 20 June

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I stumbled into the office to laughter, hidden behind a load of boxes that had been delivered. I must have looked ridiculous but I didn’t care, I was excited.

The contents of said boxes were a load of accessories for my Ninja With parts to make the bike perform and look better, solve problems I’ve encountered and make it more practical.

I wanted to tidy up the back end on the Ninja, so joining the R&G tail tidy (£) I’d already fitted was a set of R&G pillion footrest blanking plates (£) and a seat cowl from Kawasaki (£). They’re simple additions but will really transform the profile of the bike. I’ve also got some replacement R&G cotton reels (£) after the right-hand bobbin melted when I used the bike at Spa Francorchamps the other week.

Another problem I wanted to overcome was fitting luggage to the rear of the bike. In its standard trim, the only place you can properly attach anything is to the pillion footrest hangers, which have a couple of hooks. The thing is, they don’t allow me to securely tie luggage down and whenever I’ve tried previously, I would find that my luggage would be pulled down the seat and wobble pretty badly meaning I’ve avoided trying to attach anything on trips. Plus, the footrest blanking plates will mean that there will be nowhere at all to strap anything now. 

To solve this, I’ve got a Kawasaki luggage system (£) to fit. The peanut-sized 14 litre saddlebags don’t look like they’ll hold too much and they’re not exactly secure either, with no way at all to lock them or even fit luggage padlocks. But at least with the luggage rack I’ll also be able to also attach my roll-bag that houses my tent and sleeping kit, just in time for some camping trips this summer. The saddlebags will at least also allow me to take a few extra essentials as well, though I’d have expected them to be a little larger and more secure considering the price. 

Improving the performance will be an Arrow exhaust system. It’s not going to be the cheapest modification to make to the bike, but I’m really interested in seeing just how much you can get from the and if it’s worth replacing the standard system. I’d also like to see if the new exhaust will point the gasses away from the Paddock bobbins to avoid it melting when I take to the track again next month.

Next steps now will be to get it all fitted. The bike is also overdue its 4,mile service now as well so I’m heading over to Chris Walker’s Kawasaki dealership this week to get the work carried out. While I’m there I’ll also be putting the bike on his dyno to see just how much it’s making in standard trim and how much the gains will be with the Arrow system fitted.

Update 7 - Can you take the Ninja on track?

First published 2 June

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Kawasaki’s Ninja  certainly has the looks, but I wanted to find out just what it would be like on track. And an offer to ride at Belgium’s iconic Spa Francorchamps wasn't exactly something I could turn down when it was presented to me… 

Spa is one of the fastest circuits in the world, add in the fact that I’ve not done too much riding on track and I was realistic in my expectations of what both myself and the Ninja would be able to do there. 

Going beyond its limits

It’s fair to say that I was taking the bike way beyond its intended everyday use. On arrival to Spa, I found that the Ninja was easily the lowest powered modern bike there by some margin. The closest comparable machines were a few cc sports bikes, with most having at least a good 40bhp more than the modest 67 horses that the brought to the table. I was there simply to discover more about my riding, learn more about the Ninja and most importantly, enjoy myself. 

I already knew the suspension limitations were going to prove mostly inadequate, and that the low power was going to see me blitzed on the long Kemmel Straight, but that wasn’t going to stop me having fun.

The only adjustability in the suspension comes from the preload in the rear. I knew it was tricky to get at, believing that all that I needed to do was remove a panel to gain access to the adjuster, if only it were that simple…

Turns out that it’s next to impossible to get at without removing. Something I hadn’t quite anticipated as I sat outside the hotel the night before trying to set the bike up for the track. A new suspension unit was already on the list of modifications I wanted to make to the bike, but is now creeping up higher on my list of priorities.

How did the Ninja do?

The Metzeler Roadtec 01’s performed a lot better than I thought they would too. These aren’t a track tyre by any means and on a more powerful bike they probably wouldn’t have lasted long at all. On the Ninja they surprised me though, there’s still plenty of life in them yet and they offered a good amount of feel when I was wobbling around the circuit. 

The brakes didn’t inspire as much confidence as the tyres though and after two laps were starting to fade really badly. I’m going to try a new set of pads though to see what difference they make next time and I think it’s fair to point out that they weren’t intended for this kind of use at all.

The small and light weight of the Ninja makes it really easy to feed through the corners and despite the suspension, it still feels surprisingly agile and let me carry a fair bit of speed through the turns.

The pegs were an area I was surprised with. The rubber tops made for a vague feeling from the bike. I found them especially slippery when I was leaning off the Ninja, with my feet never feeling truly secure on them. I can imagine that Kawasaki have used this rubber to reduce vibrations from the twin, improving comfort on longer journeys. They weren’t ideal for Spa though.

The R&G paddock bobbins (£) also threw up a surprise too, and coming in from my second session I looked down to find that the right one had melted! Turns out that the exhaust gasses flow directly over it and the heat caused the right cotton reel to melt, something to be mindful of in future.

Flattery gets you everywhere

Overall though and despite a couple of niggles, the Ninja performed admirably. It carries its corner speed well, was flattering to my inexperience with circuit riding and has inspired loads of confidence. Sure, I might have been in the Novice group, but catching guys riding on bikes such as BMWs ballistic SRR or Ducati’s Panigale through the corners on the fastest circuit in the world on the humble leaves me with a happiness and satisfaction that’s hard to match.

I think that this feeling translates well across to how I use it on the road too, whenever I ride it I feel like I’m getting so much more from the bike and ride it well within my own capabilities. There’s something to be said for riding a machine such as the Ninja a lot closer to its limit than say a +bhp sportsbike. It makes me feel like I’m getting so much more from both my riding and the motorcycle most of the time I’m using it.

Going forward

My aim over the summer now will be to dress the bike with a few new parts; namely an aftermarket exhaust, new suspension and try some more tyres. A power commander and some new pegs or rearsets and some brake pads will also be on the cards. I’ll also get it put on a dyno so that I can measure what I’m doing with the exhaust and anything I do regarding the fuelling. Then hopefully at the end of summer I will have a good picture what I think works well regarding how I use the bike. 

Sure, the Ninja has a couple of improvement areas, but I don’t really view these as a determent to the bike overall. I see it as more of a blank canvas and think that the £k price justifies factoring in a few additional parts and accessories that will complement the way I’m riding it and what I want to do on it.

Update 6 - Ninja accessories (not throwing stars or Nunchucks)

First published 17 May

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With its sporty profile, the Ninja  quite understandably comes without a centre stand. This can be a bit of a problem when it comes to maintaining the chain.

A quick look on the R&G website revealed they had some bits specifically designed to fit the new so alongside some cotton reels (£) to let me use a paddock stand, I also ordered a set of crash bungs (£) and a tail tidy (£) to fit on the Kawasaki.

The cotton reels literally just bolt straight onto the swingarm and only took a couple of minutes to put on the bike. The crash bungs were also a straightforward fit and simply involved removing a couple of mounting bolts and replacing them with the longer ones supplied by R&G. Simples.

I personally think it’s good to have them fitted, they’ll hopefully limit the damage that otherwise might happen if the bike is accidentally put down. I know I’d much rather replace a set of crash bungs than potentially a set of engine casings, so in my view it’s money well spent. Fitting them is dead easy too, which is always a massive bonus. 

The tail tidy does away with the large item that comes as standard on the bike, it makes the back end of the bike look much neater and more compact. It leaves the bike without a gaping great bracket for the number plate sticking out the rear of the bike. Fitting it is a little trickier than the bungs or cotton reels, but only takes an hour or so when working at a leisurely pace. More importantly, it’s a simple bolt-on job, you don’t need to drill or cut anything to make it fit.

The R&G range for the Ninja is the most extensive I’ve come across yet and there’s also casing covers available, radiator guards and blanking plates for the pillion footrests, something that I might need to look at getting when I replace the pillion seat with a cowl.

Contact www.rg-racing.com

Update 5 - Your Ninja questions answered

First published 3 May

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I’ve done just shy of miles on the Kawasaki Ninja  now so am building up quite a good idea of what the bike is like to live with every day.

In the time that I've had it a few people have been in touch with questions, so I thought I’d post some of the common ones asked.

Do you find the suspension a bit wallowy? I had a Ninja and tightened the shock, can that be done on this bike? - Heidi Smith

As a budget orientated bike, the suspension is pretty basic on the The forks have no adjustment at all and the rear only has preload adjustment – which is hideously awkward to change and involves taking a side panel off.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s not as bad as some units I’ve tried on bikes that cost more, which I think says quite a lot for the bike given that it only costs £6, When pushing on, it starts to struggle on good roads and I plan on replacing the rear shock and the fork internals later in the year to see what improvements can be made.

In everyday riding scenarios and for commuting though, it is perfectly adequate. Overall, I think Kawasaki have done OK with the suspension for the price you pay.

The bike is probably more hindered by the tyres than the suspension. The standard Dunlop Ds that come on the machine don’t give much feel or feedback. I feel this is possibly the area that shows the budget price tag the most. 

You don’t get a great amount of feel for what’s going on with the standard rubber and in the wet I didn’t have any confidence in the tyres at all. Since then, I’ve replaced them with a set of Metzeler Roadtec 01’s and they’ve completely transformed the bike. It feels more alive, more planted and gives a much better response to what’s happening on the road beneath me. 

I’m new to riding and can’t make my mind up on which to choose, the Kawasaki Ninja or the Honda CBRF, which would you have? - Baris Dal

Both are similarly aspirational motorcycles, I’d suggest going to view each, have a sit on them and also take them for a test ride if you can to find out which you prefer. The biggest difference between them is the motor – the Kawasaki is a parallel twin and the Honda is an inline four (and slightly more powerful). Ride them both and see which you get on with better and make your decision around that. 

Personally, I like the Ninja over the CBR. But that isn’t for any other particular reason other than I simply like the looks of the Kawasaki more. It is also considerably cheaper and would be the machine that I would realistically spend my own money on. However, they’re both great bikes.

How are you finding the Ninja overall? How is it on the motorway? - John Allen

It might not have the grunt of a proper ZX-6R but I’m finding that it’s enough for everyday scenarios and does the job of offering heaps of fun on twisty roads. Also, its semi-sporting profile is great for helping egg you on when you get on some belting B-roads.

Thankfully your weight doesn’t sit completely on your wrists as per a normal sportsbike, making it good for motorway miles too. I’ve done a few bigger trips on it now with a trip to Dartmouth being the longest so far. It was about 4 and a half hours and was comfortable for the whole ride.

It’ll sit comfortably at 70mph at about or so rpm, and will top out at about mph. And its torque gives enough grunt to get you there with relative ease. That said, I’ve been told that there’s more to unlock from the top end of the rev range of the twin as Kawasaki had to dumb it down slightly to get it to meet the strict Euro4 regulations, so this is something I tend to try and explore.

I also want to get the ECU re-mapped and stick an aftermarket exhaust on to free up some of those extra horses.

How far will a full tank of petrol get you? - Nitish Nair

The range of the bike is something that I’m not entirely satisfied with. I will only regularly get between miles from a full tank before the reserve light starts flashing at me. 

It isn’t that the bike has a bad range either, the litre tank will get a theoretical miles before it’s run completely dry, based on the mpg I’m currently returning.  

What I don’t really understand is how a reserve tank should last miles, in my mind it should surely be used for maybe half of that range as I find it quite unnerving and sometimes unsettling to find that the reserve light is flashing at me, even if it is doing so unnecessarily, as I’ll only be filling it with between litres, meaning that there’s still litres in the tank.

How good is the bike at stop-go traffic speeds? Does the engine feel jerky and heavy? - Joshua Ryan

The Ninja makes a brilliant commuter bike. The motor is frugal and very easy to live with. It’s very forgiving and friendly when using the bike in slow moving traffic, making it a doddle to get on with when negotiating four-wheeled obstacles in the city. 

The slip-assist clutch is light and makes it easy to feather without putting too much strain on the forearms - the relaxed seating position helps too. 

It’s also a nice bike to filter on. The profile of the Ninja is pretty narrow meaning that its simple to flick the bike between cars.

Update 4 - New tyres transform the Ninja

First published 18 April

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The Metzeler Roadtec 01 tyres that replaced the OE spec Dunlop Sportmax Ds have completely transformed the Ninja

I decided to change tyres after finding the standard Ds to be lacking in feel when I was able to start using the bike properly. It was especially bad when using the bike in the rain, leaving little confidence or faith in the Ninja.

I feel that the Ds are the area that highlight the Ninja’s budget price-tag more than anything else, and make the lack of adjustment in the suspension far more noticeable.

Covering a total of 1, miles on the standard tyres before upgrading, I’d wanted to be sure that they were used in varying conditions and on differing roads to make sure I had a good overall impression of what they were like for an everyday rider.

After talking about the problem to Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves he recommended changing the tyres before starting to try and upgrade the suspension.

With a set of Roadtec 01s fitted I found the bike to behave in a very different way. They flatter the budget suspension in a way that the Ds could only dream. And though it still struggles and is still wallowy when really pushing on, it’s far less noticeable.

Besides that, the bike feels more connected to the road, it’s more agile and responsive. It turns in easier and feels far better through the middle of the corner. They also warm up quicker too. 

I didn’t think it would be as noticeable as it has been but would now wholeheartedly recommend upgrading the stock tyres to something better. Especially if you might be commuting in the rain.

The Metzelers aren’t cheap at £ for the set, but damn they’re good.

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Update 3 - Frugal, fun and first service done for the Ninja

First published 29 March

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My first week with Kawasaki’s Ninja was purely about running the bike in and getting it to its first service as quickly as possible so I can start having some proper fun on it – resulting in me using the bike for a trip to the English Riviera of Dartmouth to help load some miles. 

The ride to Dartmouth and my subsequent commuting though took me to my first service with ease. Just a week after I received the Ninja, I found myself riding it to Kawasaki’s UK HQ in Bourne End on a glorious sunny morning, excited to finally have the bike ready to be used without restraint.

The first service is just the routine changing of oil and checking that everything is well with the machine, all of which were fine with the Ninja meaning that it’s all good to go now.

The return journey saw me click over my first thousand miles with the bike. I’m well on my way to hitting my MCN  #ridemiles target and more importantly, I’m now all set to make the most of the Ninja through this summer. Bring it on.

Update 2 - Introducing the Ninja

First published 22 March  

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The first thing that struck me about the new Kawasaki Ninja  was just how pretty it is. Kawasaki have really hit the nail on the head with the design, it looks absolutely fantastic. When has a budget bike ever looked so good? It may not be a ZX by a long way, but it looks every bit as mean, and I really like that.

My first week and a half with Kawasaki’s new Ninja have been pleasant, if somewhat muted as I had to ride frugally while running it in. Short-shifting it to keep the revs low on some of my favourite road. Overall though the first impressions of the Ninja have been spot-on and I’m really excited to be using it this year. I definitely think I made the right decision in choosing the

Update 1 -  There’s a new Ninja in town

First published 21 March

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The new Kawasaki Ninja  instantly grabbed my attention when it was revealed at the Intermot show last year with the completely new styling and frame making this machine much more than just a re-hashed ER-6f. My job this year will be to put it to the through its paces and see if the baby Ninja really is worthy of the prestigious name it boasts.

At the forefront of my mind when I think of this bike though is riding development, it’s supposed to be a cracking little number for newer riders, and though I’ve been riding for nearly 6 years now, I’d like to see how I can use it to get better. To do this I want to take it to the track and learn more about my technique without having ridiculous amounts of power egging me on. The frugal 67bhp motor will help me focus on my riding the right way, while also seeing if the bike can excite and evoke an emotional response in a similar way to a ZX-6R or the big daddy of the family, the ZXR.

But alongside that, I want to find out just how comfortable, practical and easy the Ninja will be to get along with. Full-fat sportsbikes are usually fairly uncompromising and sharp, focussed solely on getting around a track in the quickest time possible, the Ninja isn’t that, but I’m interested to find out how much of a compromise it is, either as a sportsbike or an everyday machine.

There seems to be some sort of resurgence of slightly more practical sporty looking mid-capacity bikes at the moment though, bubbling away under the surface of the motorcycling mainstream. With the introduction of Ducati’s new Supersport S and the fact that Honda will be stopping production of the tack-sharp CBRRR to instead focus on the easier to live with CBRF, and let’s not forget the CBRR in the midst of all this offing a sporty looking practical bike. Could it be that the Ninja is part of a shift to where middleweight sportsbikes will be going in future?

We all have dream garages, full of all kinds of expensive exotica, the reality though is that a lot of these bikes are beyond the financial reach of many riders. More so, they often aren’t bikes that owners would want to use on a regular basis. This is where the Ninja steps into view, its wallet-friendly price-tag starting at £6, means it’s well within reach of a lot of motorcyclists. And that’s near enough it too, you don’t get slammed with extra hidden costs for electronic add-ons and endless accessories catalogues, it’s just a bike, pure and simple and that’s a very good thing in my eyes. 

It looks to be a straightforward motorcycle for simply riding and enjoying and I really can’t wait for it to arrive.

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Kawasaki Ninja Mileage

Yes, Kawasaki Ninja is a good choice. Kawasaki has done a smashing job of making the Ninja a whole lot sportier than before. This sporty vibe stems from its Ninja ZX-6R-inspired looks and builds further with the revv-happy motor that surrounds you with a lovely raspy soundtrack. The suspension setup too is well-tuned to tackle bad tarmac stretches. There are a few drawbacks like the erratic ABS intervention, low ground clearance and tyres that don’t perform too well in wet conditions. The latter two can be solved by taking extreme precaution over oversized speed humps and by swapping out the tyres for something grippier. The ABS calibration issue can be a bit unnerving but you will have to pay more heed when grabbing the brakes. As a whole though, the Ninja BS6 certainly appeals to both the mind as well as the heart, making it a good option for someone who wants to go out there and buy their first proper big bike. Moreover, we would suggest you to take a test ride before making the final decision. Follow the link and select your desired city for dealership details.Read more -Kawasaki Ninja BS6: Road Test Review Kawasaki Ninja Breaks Cover.

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The middleweight sport category is one of the most hotly contested segments in the motorcycle industry. Situated as motorcycles capable of doing a little bit of everything, from fun in the canyons, commuting, and even the occasional visit to the racetrack, bikes such as the Kawasaki Ninja need to be as versatile as they are financially accessible.

In , Kawasaki’s loveable Ninja receives a healthy visual update, as well as new electronic technology, while still riding high on the complete mechanical redesign delivered in

We took to the chilly back roads of Santa Barbara County to see if the Kawasaki Ninja still ticked all the right boxes, and without further ado, here are the Fast Facts.

1. The Kawasaki Ninja is looking sharp in the New Year with inspiration taken from the Ninja ZXR superbike. We don’t have to dive too far into the history books to see that middleweight machines were often left in the cold when it came to alluring, sporty styling. Kawasaki has taken another good dose of artistic direction from the ZXR, by widening the upper fairing and increasing the slanted profile of the nose section, creating a much sharper, assertive appearance. The windscreen has been lowered slightly and is now integrated into the fairing itself, creating a much more streamlined mien.

2. Fit and finish are on the rise, without breaking the bank. Back in , Kawasaki made marked improvements to the visual experience of its middleweight steed by improving the finish quality – the integrated turn signals and pleasantly designed plastics are evidence of that. For , Kawasaki has expanded on that promise by a noticeable step, working harder to remove offending fastener bolts from the broadside of the fairing, and anywhere else when possible, to give the Ninja a sleeker profile. While it’s a small change, when this aspect is coupled with the far more pronounced styling features and graphics, it helps raises the bar within the Japanese middleweight class.

3. New LED headlamps light the way for commuters. From a purely functional stance, the new LED headlights will surely help those who commute into the night. Outside of that, this is another area where designers have pilfered from the ZXR, giving the Ninja a much meaner and sporting edge. In the rear, the LED X-pattern light remains.

4. Pack your saddlebags, because the Ninja is moving on up to the Eastside with its inch color TFT display.  In a first for the Japanese middleweights, Kawasaki has bestowed the coveted TFT display on the Ninja that is clear, functional, and adjusts brightness automatically, allowing riders to stay continuously informed. The pronounced gear-position indicator, tachometer, and speedometer are incredibly easy to read while also looking quite dashing. Owners can also switch between white and black backgrounds. All in all, it’s a nice little piece of kit. Further, the inclusion of a TFT display has opened the door for new technology.

5. The Kawasaki Rideology app and Bluetooth connectivity kick it all up a notch. An important part of the update is access to Kawasaki’s Rideology app, putting it in line with the illustrious H2 SX SE+ and Versys SE LT+ sport-tourers. The app allows users to track rides with the Riding Log, monitor maintenance intervals, and check fuel levels from the comfort of the couch, while the motorcycle is parked. I used the Riding Log feature, which collected mileage and time correctly. However, actual routing was inaccurate if it began tracking in low signal areas; experiences may vary depending on the mobile device. Also, you must keep the app running in the background; otherwise, it will not record the ride. Parameters such as lean angle, riding mode, and others cannot be recorded because the Ninja doesn’t have an IMU like its costlier brethren.

6. All-around ergonomics get a tad more comfortable in The rider triangle hasn’t changed, as the comfortable reach to the clip-on style riser handlebars and the low inch seat height return. What has been altered this year is a touch more foam at the center and sides of the seat, without adding appreciable girth to the chassis. Between the low saddle height and slim chassis, the Ninja is wonderful for riders with shorter inseams. In practice, my average inch inseam is quite comfortable, though taller riders could feel a bit cramped. Kawasaki offers a taller seat to help alleviate knee-bend for those with longer inseams. The four-gallon fuel tank provides considerable range, and makes for a great anchor when handing off the Ninja. The lower windscreen doesn’t compromise comfort at all, as wind protection is still quite good.

7. The liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin is just as grind inducing as it ever. Packing a perfect amount of punch for the street, the perky powerplant delivers a healthy serving of low-end torque and mid-range that will have you darting around the city streets with ease. Better yet, Ninja has some top-end lung capacity to keep things fun when you get out on the twisty bits of highway and need whack that crisp throttle open. It offers the kind of power that isn’t overwhelming for newly licensed riders, while also giving something intermediate riders can truly sink their teeth into. Advanced riders will laugh maniacally at the spunky performance on tap. There’s a hint of buzz through the footpegs if you keep it pegged near redline, but with its peak torque available at rpm, you’ll rarely be rattling your fillings.

8. Kawasaki Air Management System is a helpful summertime comfort feature. KAMS redirects hot air from the engine towards the ground, as opposed to the rider, and is a great help for commuters riding in hot weather. It’s one of the thoughtful features that make the Ninja a more versatile platform.

9. A slick six-speed gearbox with an assist-and-slipper clutch brings it all home. A nippy cassette-style transmission offers up a sporting experience. Smooth, positive shifting has been a part of the Ninja ’s appeal since , and there’s no change this year. The assist-clutch pull is nice and light, while also offering a safety feature in the form of the slipper function that eliminates wheel-hop when downshifting too aggressively.

Agility is part and parcel of the Kawasaki Ninja The tubular steel trellis frame does an effective job of telegraphing the road to the rider. The Ninja feels light and whippy with its sporting inch wheelbase and degree rake, making it amazingly maneuverable at any speed. The middleweight Ninja is at home when crawling the city streets, or when exploring the tight canyon roads. It is particularly fun when railing through a choice set of canyons with a confident package beneath you.

The Ninja ’s adjustment-free KYB suspension is designed for comfort, but not afraid of some thrills. At slower city speeds, the Ninja is as comfy as a Cadillac, soaking up potholes and the like with street-soft settings. When the pace picks up, those same settings keep the chassis riding true, though the relaxed damping rates can upset the rhythm and abused asphalt. Just reel it in over those areas of road and save your energy for the good bits where you can send the rev counter flying.

Budget brakes have a top-shelf feel. The dual two-piston Nissin calipers and mm rotors might not be anything to write home about on paper, but Kawasaki managed to get loads of feel and stopping power out of an economical setup. In short, they’re a great match for the It’s the same story for the rear single-piston caliper and mm rotor that can be modulated easily for low-speed cornering or when trailing the rear. ABS is optional on all three colorways for an additional $, and is worth every penny.

New Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires are part of the program. Replacing the Sportmax D tires, the Roadsport 2 tires are offered in the same common inch sizings of /70 and / In practice, they have decent feel and grip, If you feel the need to push on a chilly day, as we did, definitely get some heat in them before putting your head down.

If you’re after a fun, light, versatile middleweight sport machine, the Kawasaki Ninja should be on your shortlist. The Ninja has always made a compelling proposition for middleweight buyers, and these helpful updates definitely spice up the offering. Built on the same laughably fun platform we acquainted ourselves with in , the Ninja kicks it up a notch with a TFT display and other updates that please our visual sense, while still satisfying our performance needs in the class. The best part is, Kawasaki has done all that without raising the price.

Photography by Kevin Wing


Kawasaki Ninja Specs


  • Type: Parallel twin
  • Displacement: cc
  • Bore x stroke: x mm
  • Maximum torque: ft/lbs @ 6, rpm
  • Compression ratio:
  • Valvetrain: DOHC, 4vpc
  • Fueling: EFI w/ two Keihin 36mm throttle bodies
  • Cooling: Liquid
  • Transmission: 6-speed w/ Positive Neutral Finder
  • Final drive: Sealed chain


  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 41mm fork; inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Linkage-assisted spring-preload adjustable shock; inches
  • Tires: Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2
  • Front tire: /70 x 17
  • Rear tire: /60 x 17
  • Front brakes: mm petal discs w/ two-piston calipers
  • Rear brake: mm petal disc
  • ABS: Optional ($)


  • Wheelbase: inches
  • Rake: 24 degrees
  • Trail: degrees
  • Seat height: inches
  • Fuel tank capacity: gallons
  • Curb weight: pounds (ABS: pounds)


  • Metallic Spark Black
  • Pearl Blizzard White
  • Lime Green/Ebony (Kawasaki Racing Team [KRT] Edition)


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The exhaust manifold on these Kawasaki parallel-twins looks quite narrow. Well, it's supposed to benefit the low-end torque

Kawasaki detuned the all new engine from 65 hp to 62 hp to maximize fuel economy. Our presence is being noted. I can ride the bike through town at 35 mph in top gear at 2, rpm and show 85 mpgUS on the instantaneous read out. On the highway it pulses from 63 to 68 mph at 50 mpgUS and glides at something over mpgUS.
"In the engine bay, some more changes to the cc parallel twin have come to light since we rode the Z Besides the smaller 36mm (from 38mm) throttle bodies, narrower intake ports, less radical cams, different airbox, and slipper/assist clutch that we noted with the Z, a lot more has been changed internally (and externally). For example, the cylinder assembly is now an open-deck design that utilizes plated/liner-less bores for less weight and a narrower cylinder pitch (width between cylinders). New fine-atomizing injectors provide a better fuel-air mixture at the lower rpm the new engine is designed for, while the exhaust header pipes have been shortened and the crossover pipe removed to improve midrange power."
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Continuing in the path of its predecessor, the well balanced, sporty and stylish new Ninja ABS is updated to improve comfort when riding two-up, new rubber has been added for better traction and control, smartphone connectivity is now available thanks to the new TFT colour dash, and sharper, more aggressive detailing to reflect more of the Ninja family’s looks. A cc parallel-twin engine produces strong low-to-mid range power in a slim, middleweight package while adhering to the latest Euro5 emissions specifications.

For , the Ninja ABS is outfitted with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 Tires, contributing to even lighter handling characteristics, improved control and better traction.

A wider rear-seat design and thicker padding material leads to better comfort for passengers.

Kawasaki sets the bar when it comes to sportbike styling. For , the Ninja looks even racier with a new upper cowl that produces an aggressive ‘supersport’ slant, and a redesigned windshield sits lower and flush with the cowl to improve wind protection.

Reinvigorated to further embody Ninja® sportbike lineage, the new Ninja® motorcycle comes packed with a sporty cc engine, next-level technology advancements and sharp styling updates. Unmistakable sport performance is met with an upright riding position for exciting daily commutes, while a supreme level of attitude reminds you of its legendary heritage.

With new sleek, angular bodywork draped over a light weight, sporty trellis frame and responsive parallel twin engine, the Ninja® delivers uncompromising middleweight Ninja motorcycle performance and style while maintaining everyday versatility.


New twin LED headlights
New upper cowl and windshield
New passenger seat
New Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires
New Kawasaki Genuine Accessories (sold separately)

Kawasaki Ninja ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

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Kawasaki is no stranger to the pursuit of performance, excitement, and all out fun, and nothing embodies this philosophy more than the new Ninja® motorcycle. It’s one of the most well balanced motorcycles Kawasaki has produced, blending the fun and easy handling with optimal engine and chassis performance, and the legendary sleek Kawasaki Ninja® styling. For , the new Kawasaki Ninja features the tried and true cc parallel twin cylinder power plant and new styling, as well as a high-performance chassis and a full suite of state of the art advanced rider support features.

What makes the Ninja one of the most well-balanced and exciting motorcycles for a daily commute or an afternoon out on some tight, winding, back roads is the strong parallel twin engine and sporty lightweight chassis, which delivers smooth and agile handling.

Developed to offer the ideal blend of sporty performance and everyday versatility for a wide range of riders, the Ninja keeps the good times rolling. The Ninja features sharp, new styling, new LED headlights, TFT color display, smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, as well as several other new updates.

Highlights of the NINJA

  • NEW Styling with Twin LED Headlights
  • NEW TFT Color Instrumentation
  • NEW Smartphone Connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP
  • NEW Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 Tires
  • NEW Upper Cowl, Windshield, and Passenger Seat


The sharp new styling of the Ninja gives the motorcycle an even sportier appearance and even stronger Ninja family appearance. Its sleek and sporty design catches the attention of new and seasoned riders alike.

The new upper cowl is wider, with more sleek contours that help create the sporty appearance. Prioritizing a sportier look, the redesigned windshield is now lower and flush-fit with the upper cowl. It’s set at a more upright angle to offer the rider increased wind protection. Another new styling feature to the Ninja is the addition of the twin LED headlights, each featuring low and high beam as well as a position lamp. To further enhance the image of the motorcycle fairing bolts have been replaced by hooks, which create a clean, smooth surface for a high-class appeal.

Increased passenger comfort also complements the new styling of the Ninja , with a thicker and wider urethane passenger seat.

TFT Color Instrumentation

The new ” all-digital TFT color instrumentation– a Kawasaki first in the cc class – gives the cockpit of the Ninja motorcycle a high-tech, high-grade appearance. The new meter also offers additional features.

The full color display features TFT (thin-film transistor) technology, which delivers a high level of visibility. The screen’s background color is selectable (black or white), and screen brightness adjusts automatically to suit available light. Display functions include: digital speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, gear position indicator, shift lamp, fuel gauge, odometer, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, remaining range, average speed, total time, coolant temperature, clock, battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder, and Economical Riding Indicator.

Smartphone Connectivity

Another Kawasaki first for the middleweight Ninja® line of motorcycles is the addition of Smartphone Connectivity. A chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using RIDEOLOGY THE APP, a number of instrument functions can be accessed, logged, and reviewed contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience. The following information can be viewed:

  1. Vehicle Info
  • Check latest status update
  1. Riding Log
  • Can be logged in detail, and played back for review
  • Route, Distance & Time traveled can be logged for review
  • Riding conditions can be recorded in detail
  1. Telephone Notifications
  • Provides a notification on dash when a call or mail is received by smartphone
  1. Tuning
  • General instrument display setting changes can be made on your smartphone

The app can also be used when away from the motorcycle. When riding (with the app ON), the bike and smartphone are always connected and riding log data is being recorded by the app. After your ride, the latest riding information is stored by the app and may be viewed on the smartphone. Any changes made via the app while the engine is off, or while out of range, will be implemented as soon as the ignition is turned on and the smartphone is in range with the app ON.


Enhancing performance on the Ninja are the new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires, which help to improve upon the lightweight and nimble handling of the Ninja

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Sharper Ninja Styling

  • New styling provides a more aggressive appearance and stronger resemblance to the multi-time Superbike World Championship-winning Ninja® ZX™R.
  • Wider upper cowl with a more pronounced slant contributes to the aggressive looks.
  • New windscreen is lower and flush-fit with the cowl for a better appearance. Since it is set at a more upright angle on the new cowl it also provides better wind deflection.
  • Twin LED headlights, each with low and high beam plus a position lamp, add to the aggressive appearance.
  • Fairing bolts were eliminated so the fairings have a clean, smooth surface for a more upscale appearance.

Lighter Handling

  • New Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires contribute to lighter handling.

Increased Passenger Comfort

  • The passenger seat has thicker urethane padding and is slightly wider for better comfort, with a more substantial hip pad for solo riding.

TFT Color Instrumentation

  • New inch all-digital TFT (thin-film transistor) color instrumentation gives the cockpit a high-tech, high-grade appearance.
  • TFT delivers a high level of visibility. The screen’s background color is selectable (black or white), and screen brightness adjusts automatically to suit available light.
  • Display functions include: digital speedometer, digital bar- style tachometer, gear position indicator, shift lamp, fuel gauge, odometer, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, remaining range, average speed, total time, coolant temperature, clock, battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder and the Kawasaki Economical Riding Indicator.
  • Bluetooth chip allows connection to smartphone and RIDEOLOGY THE APP.
  • Handlebar switches allow the rider to easily scroll through all mode selection and display options with a fingertip.

RIDEOLOGY THE APP Smartphone Connectivity†

†Do not operate smartphone while riding

  • A Bluetooth® chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using the smartphone application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP,” a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience.

Available functions:

–              Vehicle Info: information such as fuel gauge, odometer, maintenance schedule, etc can be viewed via the smartphone.

–              Riding Log: GPS route information as well as vehicle running information can be logged and viewed via the smartphone.

–              Telephone notices: when a call or mail is received by the smartphone, this is indicated on the instrument display.

–              Vehicle Settings: Riding Mode (Road, Sport, Rain, Rider) can be set in advance on the smartphone and uploaded when paired with the bike, as can riding support systems (like KQS) and the payload mode.

–              General Settings: general instrument display settings (such as preferred units, date, date format, etc) can be adjusted via the smartphone.

  • Once vehicle information has been downloaded to the app, it can be viewed on the smartphone. Available information includes: odometer, trip A, trip B, fuel gauge, remaining range, average gas mileage, average speed, max lean angle (right/left), battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder, etc.
  • Detailed riding logs including GPS information and vehicle running information can be recorded. While riding, the app tracks vehicle speed, rpm, gear position, throttle position, front brake fluid pressure, acceleration/deceleration, current mileage, and coolant temperature from moment to moment. Once the riding log has been paired, riders can review these items in a graphic-style display at any point along the route. The app can also display a ride summary, with information that may include: route travelled, total distance, total time, gas mileage (best/average), speed (best/average), max lean angle (right/left), etc. For either display mode, riders can select which items are displayed, and can arrange them in their preferred order.
  • When riding with the app ON the bike and smartphone are always connected. When the engine is turned off, the latest riding information stored by the app may be viewed on the smartphone.

Any vehicle setting changes made via the app while the engine is off, or while out of range, will be uploaded when the ignition is turned on and the smartphone is in range with the app ON. General settings can only be updated via the app when the bike and smartphone are connected.


cc Twin-Cylinder, DOHC Engine

  • Tuned to deliver strong, responsive power for performance that favors everyday riding and inspires confidence in newer riders, yet is spirited enough for sport riding.
  • Camshaft profiles are tuned for quick response and performance.
  • Slim intake port shape also helps boost engine response and performance.
  • Airbox design with a single large inlet contributes to the power feeling.
  • Exhaust system has a short header and the sleek muffler’s internal construction further enhances power delivery.
  • Muffler is mounted below the engine to help lower the center of gravity and aid weight centralization.
  • Kawasaki Air Management System(KP) (KAMS) radiator fan cover helps direct hot engine air down to the ground and away from the rider.
  • Compact parallel twin engine helps reduce the dimensions of the entire motorcycle to keep it small and nimble.
  • degree crankshaft plus balancer shaft for extremely smooth engine operation.
  • Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout makes the engine very short from front to back, a semi-dry sump(KP) oil system reduces overall engine height, while the narrow pitch of the chrome composite(KP) plated aluminum cylinders helps reduce engine width.

Digital Fuel Injection(KP)

  • Fuel injection settings provide smooth low end response while contributing to the engine‘s quick- revving character.
  • Throttle body diameter is 36mm and utilizes fine atomizing injectors to further enhance engine response and low-to-mid-range power.
  • The throttle bodies feature sub-throttle valves(KP) for optimum performance and rideability. The sub throttles, located behind the main throttle valves, are controlled by the ECU so that the EFI system has more precise throttle response, similar to a constant-velocity carburetor.
  • Precise fuel injection plus exhaust catalyzer significantly reduce emissions.
  • Automatic fast idle system makes starting and warm-up easy.

Assist & Slipper Clutch(KP)

  • Using the rotational forces of the clutch hub and pressure plate, the clutch is forced together during acceleration (Assist function) so that fewer and lighter clutch springs can be used for a lighter feel at the lever. During high back-torque, such as when too low of gear is selected, the Slipper function allows some clutch slippage to help prevent engine lock-up and stalling, and rear-wheel hop.

6-Speed Transmission

  • Equipped with a linkage-type gear shift mechanism for positive shift touch and feeling.
  • Cassette-style transmission puts the transmission shafts and shift drum into a compact layout.
  • Includes Positive Neutral Finder, a Kawasaki exclusive user-friendly feature.



  • High-tensile steel trellis frame has optimized dimensions and wall thicknesses to significantly reduce frame weight and contribute to extremely light handling.
  • Frame components follow the ideal pipe line so that the lines of the frame are as straight as possible. When bends were necessary their angles were as small as possible, resulting in a design that disperses stress extremely well.
  • Three-point rigidly mounted engine and footpeg stays are used as stressed members to contribute to weight reduction.


  • Horizontal Back-link progressive suspension system like that found on the Ninja® ZX™R optimizes balance, sport riding potential and ride comfort.
  • The linkage is placed atop the swingarm and helps make room for the under-engine muffler for better mass centralization.
  • Rear shock is further away from the exhaust so that its operation will not be affected by exhaust heat.
  • Gull-wing swingarm uses hollow press construction that helps keep it light.

41mm Front Fork

  • Upper triple clamp has stylish reinforcing ribs on the upper surface to enhance appearance.

Triple Petal Design Brake Discs

  • Nissin brake calipers provide excellent brake feel and control and project a sporty image.
  • Front brake calipers grip dual mm petal discs and have big 27mm pistons for excellent brake feel.
  • Petal design offers great cooling and warp resistance.

Available ABS

  • Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) helps assist braking under certain conditions.
  • Bosch M control unit provides precise electronic management and is compact to save space and weight.

Wheels and Tires

  • Sporty five-spoke wheel design has a light, nimble appearance.

Confidence-Inspiring Cockpit

  • Separate, clip-on style handlebar mounts atop the upper triple clamp are positioned slightly forward for an aggressive sport riding position. However, the leg position is opened up by placing the footpegs low and forward to help maintain comfort.
  • The seat is low and slim at the front to make it easier for the rider to place both feet on the ground at a stop.
  • The fuel tank is positioned low on the chassis and its slim design further facilitates the reach to the ground for added rider confidence. A resin design fuel cap eliminates the presence of mounting bolts for a stylish design.
  • 5-way adjustable brake and clutch levers accommodate a variety of hand sizes for increased comfort and control.


  • Bodywork evokes a strong Ninja supersport image in line with the track-focused Ninja® ZX™-6R and ZXR.
  • Chin spoilers below the swept-back headlights make the front cowl closely resemble that of the Ninja ZXR.
  • Fairing has large openings to maximize airflow and reduce engine heat.
  • Front fender design and compact, upswept tail cowl contribute to the aggressive image.
  • LED taillight lights up in an X shape.
Kawasaki Ninja ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: NON-ABS: $7, / MSRP ABS: $7, USD
Canada MSRP Price: $8, CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled
Displacement cc
Bore x Stroke x mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System DFI® with dual 36mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Sealed chain
Electronic Rider Aids ABS
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork/ in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel Horizontal back-link with adjustable spring preload/ in
Front Tire /70×17
Rear Tire /60×17
Front Brakes Dual mm petal-type discs and 2-piston calipers and ABS
Rear Brakes Single mm petal-type disc and single-piston caliper and ABS
Frame Type Trellis, high-tensile steel
Rake/Trail /
Overall Length
Overall Width
Overall Height
Ground Clearance
Seat Height
Curb Weight **
Fuel Capacity gal
Color Choices Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Blizzard White
Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional) 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
**Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied). When equipped, California
evaporative emissions equipment adds approximately lb.

Kawasaki Ninja ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com  Canadian Specifications/Technical Details


Type4-stroke, Parallel Twin
Bore and stroke x mm
Compression ratio
Valve systemDOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system36 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves
LubricationForced lubrication (semi-dry sump)


Front: typeDual semi-floating mm petal discs
Front: calipersDual piston
Rear: typeSingle mm petal disc
Rear: calipersSingle-piston


Overall length2, mm
Overall width mm
Overall height1, mm
Wheelbase1, mm
Ground clearance mm
Seat height mm
Curb mass** kg
Fuel capacity15 litres ( gal.)


Transmission6-speed, return
Final driveChain
Primary reduction ratio (88/42)
Gear ratio: 1st (39/16)
Gear ratio: 2nd (36/21)
Gear ratio: 3rd (32/24)
Gear ratio: 4th (30/27)
Gear ratio: 5th (28/29)
Gear ratio: 6th (23/27)
Final reduction ratio (46/15)
ClutchWet multi-disc, manual


TypeTrellis, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front mm ( in.)
Tire: front/70ZR17M/C (58W) Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport
Wheel travel: rear mm ( in.)
Tire: rear/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Caster (rake)24º
Trail mm ( in)
Steering angle (left/right)32º / 32º


Maximum Power50 kW {68 PS} / 8, rpm
Maximum Torque66 N.m { kgf.m} / 6, rpm


Suspension, frontø41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rearHorizontal Back-link with adjustable preload


Warranty12 months warranty
Kawasaki Ninja ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details

Manufacturer Specifications and appearance are subject to change without prior notice on Total Motorcycle (TMW).

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Now It's Pretty! New Kawasaki Ninja MY

The Ninja was a &#;hard to look&#; bike 😀 It&#;s not that bad but also not a pretty bike. It&#;s too hard to say that the Ninja is a nice sport-touring bike.

Kawasaki Ninja vs old

It is changing quite much now with the New Kawasaki Ninja model. Yeah I know, it&#;s kinda a bit boring  because the front design is very similar to the Ninja / and ZX-6R but whatever, the longer we look, the more beautiful the bike. Plus, because the engine is bigger than the Ninja /, the New Ninja is more proportional.

Kawasaki Ninja black front specs

Kawasaki Ninja Specifications

Ninja has cm&#; DOHC, 8 Valves, 4-stroke Parallel Twin engine with Compression ratio and Bore x Stroke ; x mm. This engine produce power kW or 68 PS at rpm and torque 64 Nm at rpm. The fuel consumption estimated around l for km or around km/litre.

Kawasaki Ninja white black front

New Ninja uses Dual semi-floating mm petal discs dual piston caliper for the front brakes and single mm petal disc with single piston caliper for the rear brakes. The suspension is 41 mm telescopic fork in the front and horizontal back-link with adjustable preload in the rear.

Kawasaki Ninja green KRT left side features

This bike has /70 tyre and /60 tyre in the front and rear. The Ninja dimension is x x mm with mm wheelbase. The Ninja seat height is mm while the curb mass is kg. The Ninja &#;s ground clearance is mm. Ninja also has 15 litres fuel tank capacity. With the estimated fuel efficiency, this bike can run and last for around Km per one full of fuel tank.

Kawasaki Ninja white front led headlights

Now, how about the features of New Ninja MY?

Ninja brings these features;

Kawasaki Ninja green KRT right side

> ABS (Anti-lock brake system) ; Stable braking and preventing lock.
> Assist & Slipper Clutch : Back-torque limiter and lighter clutch lever pull.
> Dual throttle valves ; increased power and greater ease of use care of a second set of ECU-controlled throttle valves.

Kawasaki Ninja green KRT front

> Improved Windshield ; better wind protection.
> TFT Colour Instrument ; high-tech, more features.
> Smartphone Connectivity ; Access function using smartphone with Bluetooth.
> Economical Riding Indicator ; Encouraging efficient riding.

Kawasaki Ninja TFT

> New Tyres ; Lighter handling.
> Sharper Ninja Styling ; Sportier appearance and stronger looks.
> LED Headlights : increased brightness.
> Increased Passenger Comfort ; Thicker seat.

New Kawasaki Ninja MY Gallery

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