2010 Ninja 650R Preview
Fuel-injected Ninja twin-cylinder performance, a beautiful Euro-inspired chassis, and relaxed all-day comfort combine to form the sweet, do-it-all 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 650R. Sleek form meets superior function in the bike’s full fairing, and in the way its steel trellis frame integrates into its stylish swingarm via an innovative side-mounted shock.
Carefully tuned suspension, triple disc brakes and a curb weight of just 450 pounds give this special motorcycle the sort of performance you expect from a Ninja sportbike.
The key to the 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 650R’s slender size is its compact liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 8-valve 649cc parallel twin engine, which permits the use of a narrow, lightweight frame. Fuel injection and ignition settings on this torquey engine are carefully chosen to boost bottom-end torque, smooth low-mid rpm response and allow it to rev more quickly.
Routing the coolant to the cylinder and head through the engine cases reduces the number of external hoses. The Kawasaki engine also meets stringent emission regulations thanks to its precise fuel injection and a three-way catalyst system with a 300-cell catalyzer.
The non-intimidating Ninja twin-cylinder appeals to new riders, and has an excellent mid-range that offers enough pizzazz to thrill more advanced riders. The shift lever position permits easy application of the Kawasaki Ninja 650R’s linear power delivery. The manageable power delivery and superb roll-on response enable the new Ninja 650R to make short work of the morning commute or perform as an entertaining track day companion – all while delivering good fuel economy.
This spunky Kawasaki 650R sportbike’s frame, swingarm and suspension are all designed for minimal vibration and light, quick handling. Rubber upper-rear engine mounts in its signature trellis frame, and rubber-insulated handlebar mounts result in low vibration, for all-day comfort along with great handling. Rider and passenger footpegs are also rubber coated to reduce the amount of vibration transferred to the rider. The natural riding position and ergonomics are enhanced by a slim, low seat, which makes reaching the ground easy for increased confidence.
Surrounding the Ninja 650R’s chassis is unquestionably sporty styling. Avoiding unnecessary design flourishes, the Ninja 650R’s sharp lines flow throughout the bike, giving it an aggressive appearance. The fairing’s integrated turn signals and a sharp tail cowl ably highlight the motorcycle’s compact dimensions. From its windscreen and dual headlights to the high-quality finish of its sleekly minimalist fairing, there’s little room for doubt about this Ninja’s supersport genetics.
Beyond its exciting appearance, MotoGP-inspired multi-function instrumentation and controls, the new 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 650R is rolling proof that a performance motorcycle can be practical and comfortable. The rider may notice the slimness of the chassis, low seat height and minimal effort controls first before realizing the true aim of Kawasaki’s design efforts – the rider.
The 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 650R’s friendly ergonomics provide a versatile cockpit that both novice and experienced riders will use to employ its assets to the fullest, from the daily commute to a weekend canyon run. In other words, this real world overachiever easily demonstrates its versatility and everyday usefulness.