The Kawasaki Ninja 650



When pushed for a choice on the latest bikes to give you a boost in the style department, you will have to go a long way to better the Kawasaki Ninja 650. The Kawasaki Ninja 650 has replaced the older Ninja ER-6f, and by the looks of it, it is still a force to be reckoned with in the budget stakes. The bike itself is looking like an improvement on the older model with a lighter and versatile chassis. The engine is more flexible and, when weighing it up against the Ninja 250, you have got a bit more style, which is definitely what you need when powering on down the highway!

The Ninja is still firmly in the budgetary requirements for the average biker, demonstrated by the suspension, which is still basic in its setup but it’s not enough to be much of an inconvenience to the standard motorist. The bike has adjustable preload on the rear which more than makes up for the suspension, and while its tautness is dependent on the adjustable preload, it is still a very slim ride, and very fun to parade around the streets. The engine is the standard 649cc parallel twin engine, but has been upgraded to include some new cams, and the inlets have been fixed up, so the result is a lot less revviness. The midrange, however, is bigger and has more flexibility. The plus of this is also economy in your fuel usage, always a benefit if you need to invest in new Motorcycle Jackets for your new ride. While the gear you may wear has no bearing on the bike itself, safety is the name of the game, so get the right stuff. As far as its riding is concerned, it is really easy to use, and rides really well, and a smooth gear change without much issue, makes it a good and sturdy piece of road hog.

In terms of its reliability, basing it on the ER-6f model, that was very sturdy and solid, which is boding well for this new model. In recent years, Kawasaki has focused on improving the quality and style with its newer models, which shows up in the Ninja 650. The detailing on the 650 is a vast improvement on the older model, so we are holding our hopes up for this one! As far as cost is concerned, it is not too bad, especially when you weigh it up against the closest competitor, the Yamaha MT-07. While the basic model will set you back around £6349, upgrading the color scheme or adding the accessory packs can set you back around £7500. As far as equipment there isn’t much to write home about, but the improvements on the ER-6f includes new clocks with a gear indicator, a height adjustable screen, and some good mirrors.

The new 650 is an improvement on the ER-6f, as you’d expect, and with the handy little improvements, and factoring into it the cost, if you are looking for a budget bike, this is a good one to go for!

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