The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is now available with anti-lock brakes (ABS) as an option, which has to be a good thing on a beginner-friendly machine like this...
Kawasaki have released the specs and first official pictures of the new, 2013 Ninja 650, which is now available with anti-lock brakes (optional). Powered by a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 649cc parallel-twin that produces 65 horsepower and 61Nm of torque, the Ninja 650 is priced at US$8,099 and is a reliable, low-maintenance, beginner-friendly machine.
With a kerb weight of 209kg, steel tube chassis, 6-speed gearbox, 41mm front forks, single rear shock (adjustable for preload), twin 300mm brake discs with 2-piston calipers at the front, ABS (optional), and 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 120/70 (front) and 160/60 (rear) Dunlop Roadsmart II tyres, the Ninja 650 is all-around capable and ideal for daily commuting duties as well as a bit of two-up sport-touring.
Kawasaki claim an estimated fuel economy figure of 50mpg/21kpl, which is not too bad for a 650cc bike. And the Ninja 650’s adjustable, 3-position windscreen, generous seat and optimized ergonomics should also be handy on longer trips.