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Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review (2020)


Kawasaki Ninja 650

The Ninja 650 is great value for money. I highly recommended it to seasoned riders and newbies alike.
- Rating: 8 / 10

What Is It?

The Kawasaki Ninja 650 is a popular mid-range sports bike and is powered by a Euro 4 compliant liquid cooled 649 cc parallel twin engine, producing 67 bhp at 8,000 rpm and maximum torque at 6,700 rpm.


  • Seat Height: Low (790 mm / 31.1 inches)
  • Weight: Average (193 kg / 426 lbs)
  • Economy: Average (50 mpg / 5.6 l/100km / 17.7 km/l)
  • Range: High (160 miles / 257 km)
  • Power to Weight: Average (0.347 bhp/kg / 0.259 kW/kg)
  • Top Speed: High (135 mph / 217 km/h)


  • Value for money
  • Handling
  • Economy
  • Dash


  • Slightly underpowered
  • Seat

What Is It Like?

Kawasaki Ninja 650

Tell us a bit about you

I'm a 5 foot 10 male with 11 years riding experience over 10 bikes.

Why did you choose it?

I like Kawasaki.

What is good about it?

It's light and nimble with good useable power.

What could be improved?

A little more power.

Any mods or upgrades?

  • Comfort seat
  • Red livery
  • Tail tidy

What is the economy like?

Very good economy.

How is the engine?

The engine is fairly quiet but has punchy performance.

How does it handle?

It's confidence inspiring and very solid in the corners.

What are the brakes like?

If offers good stopping power from the front brakes and the rear is adequate.

Kawasaki Ninja 650

Is it comfortable?

It's better with the comfort seat and felt a little cramped with the stock seat.

How reliable have you found it?

Only 750 miles so far, so it's too early to say.

What's the servicing frequency and cost like?

Good value first service with Tilsdale in Stockton-on-Tees.

How would you sum up the model?

The Ninja 650 is great value for money. I highly recommended it to seasoned riders and newbies alike.

- Rob C, 2021

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