Kawasaki’s pulls the wraps off its updated-for-2020 Ninja 650 ABS. Featuring sharper and racier body panels, in line with the rest of the Ninja family, this parallel twin 650 is a kinder, more gentle sportbike for everyday street riders.
Viewed from the front, it's apparent the styling direction Kawasaki gravitates toward, with the 650's front end borrowing cues from the Ninja 400 and ZX-6R. Specifically its snout is wider with a more pronounced slant evoking a greater sense of speed. A pair of LED headlamps sit inside, each featuring individual low and high beam circuits and aesthetically pleasing position lamps. This helps the NInja rider stand out on the road.
Related: 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650/ABS/KRT EditionKawasaki gives its 650-powered twin a face-lift and electronics makeover for the 2020 model year. (Kawasaki Motors Corp./)
The windscreen fits flush with the upper fairing and the external fasteners that traditionally secure the bodywork have been eliminated for a modern, streamlined look. A colorful iPhone 6-sized TFT-type instrument panel keeps tabs on the motorcycle’s vitals. The 4.3-inch display incorporates Bluetooth functionality so the rider can pair their smartphone via Kawasaki’s new proprietary Rideology app.
Related: First Ride Review: 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650The Ninja 650 now benefits from a 4.3-inch color TFT display that offers Bluetooth functionality. (Kawasaki Motors Corp./)
This allows the rider to access features including GPS-enabled route logging and machine vitals. When paired, it also displays telephone alerts while riding. Ride settings and history are automatically saved to the smartphone app so the rider can view this information away from the motorcycle.
Kawaski didn’t forget about the passenger either, fitting a wider and more well-padded seat that also incorporates a larger hip support lip for the person in front.
Like before, the Ninja 650 is powered by a liquid-cooled 649cc parallel-twin that’s mated to a six-speed transmission. It puts power back to the new and lighter Dunlop Sportmax RoadSport 2 160/60-series tire via a chain final drive. The engine delivers nearly 58 hp and 42 pound-feet torque the last time we ran it on the dyno.Read more