The engine stays Kawasaki’s potent and proven 649cc, parallel-twin, liquid cooled and four stroke unit, having improved low and mid range torque delivery thanks to a revised exhaust system. The frame and swing arm are new and fabricated from twin pipes. The suspension has been modified that offer 5mm more stroke in front and 2mm extra at the rear, which is still a visible, near horizontal single strut. Lower spring damping rates have improved ride quality and sportier handling is being claimed.
The size of the fuel tank of 2012 Ninja 650R has increased slightly, while the battery used in the new model more compact battery. Kerb weight is up a few kilos, at close to 208kg.
The latest 650R comes with rubber mounted split seats with improved padding, and rubber mounting is also provided for the rider footrests and 20mm wider handlebar. And while petal type disc brake sizes remain a constant front and rear, new pad material is in place for enhanced braking.
Expect to shell out a premium over what Kawasaki and Bajaj today ask for their outgoing Ninja 650R, but receive a whole lot more value to make up for this in return.