At a glance

Owners" reliability rating: Annual servicing cost: Power: Seat height: Weight:
4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
67 bhp
Medium (31.1 in / 790 mm)
Medium (426 lbs / 193 kg)


Much more than just a name change, the Kawasaki ninja 650, which replaces the old, popular ER-6f, also gets added ninja style, a lighter, more nimble chassis, a more flexible và friendly engine, added versatility và extra class, too.

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If you"re looking at the Kawasaki nin-ja 650, you may also be interested in its rivals in the supersport 600 class: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600, năm ngoái Honda CBR600RR, 2011 Yamaha R6, and 2013 Triumph Daytona 675.

This bike was replaced by the 2020 Kawasaki ninja 650.

Posh bits and name-change aside, the nin-ja is still budget-orientated và this shows most with slightly basic, under-damped suspension. It’s not really a problem though, a cảm biến extra preload on the rear (the only thing that’s adjustable) improves its tautness and most buyers are unlikely lớn be demanding enough lớn notice. That apart, the Ninja’s lovely & light, slim, nimble & fun to throw around.

During our long-term kiểm tra of the nin-ja 650 we took it on a trackday to spa in Belgium. Find out how we got on here.

The familiar, 649cc parallel twin has proved hugely successful & popular – not least with Minitwins racers! Now reworked with new cams và revised inlets to lớn be slightly less revvy the chief benefit is a fatter, more flexible midrange with the added bonus of improved fuel economy. It’s a doddle lớn use, with decent drive anywhere from 4000rpm up to lớn the gearchange light kicking in at eight-five, reasonably smooth & glitch-free, too.

During our long-term thử nghiệm of the nin-ja 650 we fitted a new exhaust và altered the bike"s fuelling via a Rapid bike Evo module. This addition khổng lồ the standard ECU will self-learn a new fuel maps and even raise the rev limit slightly. For more on how we found it, head here.

The ER-6f on which it’s based has been mechanically solid with no major scare stories while Kawasaki really seems to have upped the quality, particularly in terms of finishes và detailing, with this newcomer.

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Our round-up of life with the ninja 650 after 12 months was overwhelmingly positive, with our tester not reporting any reliability issues lớn speak of.

Base xe đạp was £6349, or £300 more than the naked Z650, which isn’t that bad. That said, it can’t match the outrageous cheapness of possibly its closest rival, Yamaha’s (albeit naked) MT-07 while it’s also easy to lớn bump that price up. The KRT green/black colourscheme costs £200 more while various accessory packs can bump that price up khổng lồ nearly £7500.

As we said, it’s a budget bike so you shouldn’t expect much. That said, the ninja 650 is a far nicer thing than the outgoing ER-6f it replaces. In comes ABS and a slipper clutch & attractive new clocks, which now feature a gear indicator, decent mirrors, span-adjustable levers on both sides & even a three-way height adjustable screen, although to lớn alter it you’ll need the Allen key from the toolkit!

Engine sizeEngine typeFrame typeFuel capacitySeat heightBike weightFront suspensionRear suspensionFront brakeRear brakeFront tyre sizeRear tyre size


Four-stroke, liquid-cooled parallel twin
Tubular steel
15 litres
Conventioanl forks, non-adjustable
Single shock, adjustable spring preload
2x300mm discs two-piston calipers, ABS
220mm disc, single-piston caliper. ABS

Average fuel consumptionAnnual road taxAnnual service costNew priceUsed priceInsurance groupWarranty term

Mpg, costs và insurance

55 mpg
£4,800 - £6,300
-How much to lớn insure?
Two years

Max powerMax torqueTop speed1/4 mile accelerationTank range

Top speed & performance

67 bhp
48.5 ft-lb
125 mph
150 miles


MCN Fleet: Final reflection of our ninja 650

Truth be told, I wasn’t entirely sure of what lớn expect from the ninja 650 at the start of last year. Wannabe sportsbike, commuter, sports-tourer or a frugal và friendly bike for new riders? But the fact is, the Kawasaki is all of the above. Now, the power delivery isn’t ever going khổng lồ set your pant…

14 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI nin-ja 650 (2017 - 2020) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say & what they like and dislike about the xe đạp below.

Review your KAWASAKI nin-ja 650 (2017 - 2020)

Overall rating: Ride unique & brakes: Engine: Reliability và build quality: Value vs rivals: Equipment: Annual servicing cost:

Summary of owners" reviews

4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)

Buying experience: Bournemouth Kawasaki were superb and have continued to lớn be brilliant over the last 4 years.

Version: krt

Year: 2018

over was a great bike. But how is the bottom going lớn to blow up with only 7000 miles on it & it being a 2018 model lượt thích I said never was used or abused was well taken oto of and of course kawi is not offering any kind of help at all since out of warranty

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

dont know that i would eve buy a kawi again bottom over of my motor blew out. Xe đạp was a 2018 with only 7000 miles never abused & very well taken car of always oil changed và matience on it

Ride unique & brakes 4 out of 5

For the price not bad. Front fork internals upgrade and a chất lượng rear shock. But then you might as well buy the 600 zxr

Version: All black

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £7

At 5'7" tall apart of the Honda Pan this is the best wind protection I have experienced on any xe đạp I have ridden. Negligible vibes from the little twin . Could be smoother during the initial on/off throttle. But no worse than other twins that I have ridden.

Ride unique & brakes 5 out of 5

Have ridden for up to five hours with only a short nhà wc break between fuel stops without much discomfort

Engine 4 out of 5

Other than the snatch during the initial throttle opening all is as I would wish, really starts shifting once the 5000 rpm. Mark is passed but happy lớn toddle along at 4/500rpm.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

Wind protection & versatility, frugal. Fitted fender extender, radiator guard, bobbins, chain guard, tail tidy (R&G) wasn't impressed by the original Dunlop tyres, now trying Bridgestone's, slight improvement.