LAUNCHED! New Kawasaki Ninja 650


The latest green monster from Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Kawasaki is here. The new Kawasaki Ninja 650 has been launched in Pune and the motorcycle comes priced at Rs 4.99 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Kawasaki Ninja 650R SLIDESHOW >


Powering the new Ninja 650 is a 649cc engine that puts out 71.07 bhp of power. The motorcycle weighs 211 kg.

The 2012 Ninja 650 now comes with an adjustable windshield, revised suspension and a split seat. While other cosmetic changes include new dual headlamps, the 2012 650 also important design changes in the form of an all-new chassis, which means the motorcycle could handle differently.  Unlike the new crop of motorcycles, the new Ninja 650 doesn't come with ABS though, so you'll need to watch out a little more.

Deliveries of the new Ninja are set to start in the next four to five weeks and the motorcycle will be available for sale at ProBiking dealerships in, you guessed it, Ninja green only.

Bajaj also plans on launching accessories for the Ninja 650 along the lines of what the Duke 200 gets now in the future. There will be accessories like cargo bags, panniers and other knick knacks which will cater to the sports tourer crowd.

So what is the Ninja 650 up against? For now, just the two motorcycles from the stable of the Korean manufacturer Hyosung. The Hyosung 650 R is priced at Rs 4.75 lakh for the single colour motorcycle, while the dual-tone motorcycle comes at Rs 4.90 lakh. The Hyosung 650 N is priced at Rs 4.39 lakh. (All prices ex-showroom, Delhi). But does the premium for the Ninja mean that more people will opt for the Hyosungs? Well, we don't think so. But we'll give you more details once we've reviewed the motorcycle. Watch this space.