2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650


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Ninja 650



They’re known as “sweet spot” motorcycles: streetbikes so balanced, user-friendly and all-around capable that they stand well above their two-wheeled counterparts, forging lasting reputations as exciting, practical and stylish machines.

New for 2012

• Redesigned twin-pipe perimeter frame offers proper rigidity, stable handling, a low seat height and improved aesthetics

• Twin-pipe swingarm assembly offers improved rigidity and maximum style

• Redesigned exhaust system features a new connector pipe, a higher-volume 3-chamber muffler assembly for improved mid-range while maintaining peak top-end power, and a higher quality finish

• Redesigned bodywork features better aerodynamics, improved engine-heat dissipation and sharper looks that identify with the flagship ZX™-14R

• Easier-pull clutch cable design for reduced fatigue and enhanced control

• Revised suspension settings and increased wheel travel front and rear offer improved ride comfort while offering excellent compliance in varying situations

• Improved brake pads offer better braking performance and control

• New instrument cluster assembly features an analog tachometer and a digital readout module for at-a-glance information transfer to the rider

• 20mm wider handlebar offers improved rider comfort and control

• Redesigned 2-piece seat assembly features thicker and wider foam for improved comfort for rider and passenger

• Dunlop’s grippy yet durable Roadsmart II tires are standard

• Increased fuel capacity and more compact battery

Smooth, Torquey, Quick-Revving, 649cc Parallel-Twin Engine

• Liquid-cooled, DOHC, eight-valve fuel-injected twin cylinder engine delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low to medium-rpm range

• Additional mid-range power for 2012, produces exceptional roll-on response and impressive passing performance, to help make even commuter traffic enjoyable

• Minimal vibration via a 180-degree crankshaft-driven balancer shaft, which in turn drives the water pump

• Oil jets on the connecting rod big ends spray oil on the underside of the pistons to aid cooling

• Lightweight plug-mounted ignition coils deliver a hot spark and save space

• High-capacity radiator for increased cooling efficiency

• Engine coolant travels directly to the engine cases, then follows internal passages to the cylinder and head for minimum external plumbing and a simplified cooling system

Digital Fuel Injection

• Fuel injection settings boost the engine’s bottom-end power while letting it rev more quickly

• Sub-throttle valve equipped 38mm Keihin throttle bodies offer optimum performance and rideability

• Located behind the main throttle valves, the sub-throttles are controlled by the DFI® system’s ECU for a precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor

• Auto fast-idle system simplifies starting and helps ensure that the catalyzer reaches optimum temperature quickly

• Lightweight fuel pump is mounted inside the fuel tank

Compact Engine Design

• Powerful twin-cylinder engine is the most compact in its category, which helps reduce the dimensions of the entire motorcycle and allows use of a slim (and all-new) twin-pipe perimeter frame

• Triangular setup of the crankshaft and transmission shafts makes the engine dimensionally short front-to-back

• Transmission input shaft, output shaft and gear-change drum are contained in a cassette-style package that allows a compact layout and eases transmission maintenance

• Semi-dry sump design reduces engine height

• Plated, linerless aluminum cylinders with a narrow cylinder pitch keep the engine light and slim

Low Emissions

• Efficient fuel injection and a three-way catalyzer inside the exhaust produce very low emissions, able to pass stringent Euro III emissions regulations

• 300-cell catalyzer is compact and light

• Under-engine muffler placement aids mass centralization and yields a low center of gravity

Vibration Control

• Rubber-mounted seat, handlebar and footpegs (rider’s and passenger’s) keep vibration low and comfort as high as possible

Rigid Twin-Pipe Perimeter Frame

• Slim, low, lightweight, rigid and compact frame design is narrow at the knees and footpegs (50mm narrower for 2012) for optimum rider comfort and control

• The strong steel perimeter frame wraps around the engine for optimum rigidity, rivaling that of all-aluminum designs

• Optimal frame rigidity is achieved through extensive computer analysis, which translates to superb handling and wheel control

• The new frame and swingarm designs flow together well aesthetically, and work with the revised suspension settings to offer maximum wheel control

• Short front-to-back dimensions of the engine allow for a longer swingarm and a shorter wheelbase, which contributes to the new Ninja’s light and nimble handling

• Clean frame joint weld finishes highlight the bike’s overall quality and attention to detail

Stylish Twin-Pipe Swingarm

• New swingarm is tuned to complement the new frame’s flex and rigidity characteristics

• Swingarm’s upper right tube has a D-shaped cross section for strength and light weight

• Swingarm shape and design contributes to the Ninja 650’s high-quality appearance


• Revised settings on the 41mm conventional fork and preload-adjustable laydown shock offer more travel for improved ride comfort and exceptional wheel control

• Fork lower ends around the axle shaft add to the bike’s performance and enhance its high-quality image

Comfortable, Confidence-Inspiring Ergonomics

• A 20mm-wider handlebar, new 2-piece seat (wider and thicker foam for 2012) and optimal footpeg placement result in a comfortable and natural riding position suiting a wide range of riders

• New backbone-type subframe offers a low seat height and a narrower footpeg placement for improved control and comfort, making the reach to the ground even easier

• The offset single-shock rear suspension layout along with a smaller battery for 2012 allows a lower seat height as well

• This low seat height and slim overall design make it easy to plant both feet firmly on the ground when stopped – a bonus for newer riders

Triple Disc Brakes

• Dual 300mm front petal-shaped disc brakes with twin-piston calipers and a single 220mm rear petal-shaped disc deliver plenty of braking power, especially with the addition of grippier brake pads for 2012

• Front brake master cylinder features a 14mm piston for smooth actuation

Sleek, Supersport-Inspired Bodywork

• A dual headlight design within the new fairing’s angular snout features multi-reflector bulb hoods and twin position lights – like its Ninja supersport brethren

• A 3-way adjustable windscreen deflects air away from the rider, creating a still-air envelope and reducing wind buffeting at higher speeds

• Redesigned – and larger-capacity – fuel tank meshes perfectly with the radically shaped new fairing

• Distinctive Ninja supersport design elements enhance the new Ninja 650’s sporty image and compact appearance

• Integrated front turn signals feature clear lenses and amber bulbs

• A sleek tail cowl featuring a thin LED taillight accentuates the new bodywork’s radical appearance

• Inner rear fender helps keep the underside of the tail cowl clean

• Turn signals also function as flashing hazard lights

• A redesigned front fender minimizes water splash, while its shape matches the Ninja 650’s new bodywork package

• Supersport-type mirrors – like those on Kawasaki’s ZX-10R and 6R – accentuate the new bike’s aggressive positioning and aesthetics

6-Spoke Aluminum Wheels

• Attractive six-spoke supersport-style wheels augment the bike’s lightweight look and reduce unsprung weight for superb suspension action


• All-new multi-function instrumentation includes a fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, economical riding (ECO) indicator, and an analog tachometer above the LCD info-pod

• Clock and trip meter can be viewed simultaneously

• Easy-to-read LCD screen offers riders quick, at-a-glance information on a variety of systems

• Ignition switch is now located at the top of the tank assembly, which gives a clearer view to the Ninja 650’s newly designed instruments

  • Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, parallel twin
  • Displacement: 649 cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
  • Cooling System: Liquid
  • Fuel System: Digital fuel injection with two 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
  • Ignition: TCBI with electronic advance
  • Transmission: 6-Speed
  • Final Drive: O-Ring Chain
  • Frame Type: Twin-pipe perimeter design, high-tensile steel
  • Rake/Trail: 25 deg./4.3 in.
  • Front Tire Size: 120/70-17
  • Rear Tire Size: 160/60-17
  • Wheelbase: 55.5 in.
  • Front Suspension / wheel travel: 41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.9 in.
  • Rear Suspension / wheel travel: Single offset laydown shock with adjustable spring preload / 5.1 in.
  • Front Brakes: Dual 300 mm petal discs with two-piston calipers
  • Rear Brakes: Single 220 mm petal disc with single piston caliper
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gal.
  • Seat Height: 31.7 in.
  • Curb Weight: 460.8 lb.
  • Overall length: 83.1 in.
  • Overall width: 30.3 in.
  • Overall height: 46.5 in.
  • Color Choices: Metallic Spark Black, Candy Lime Green, Passion Red
  • Warranty: 12 months
  • Good Times™ Protection Plan: 12, 24, 36 or 48 months



Engine Type
Four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve, parallel twin
649 cc
Bore and Stroke
83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Digital fuel injection with two 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
TCBI with electronic advance


Front Suspension
41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.9 in.
Rear Suspension
Single offset laydown shock with adjustable spring preload / 5.1 in.
Front Brakes
Dual 300 mm petal discs with two-piston calipers
Rear Brakes
Single 220 mm petal disc with single piston caliper
Front Tire
Rear Tire


55.5 in.
Seat Height
31.7 in.
25 deg.
4.3 in.
Fuel Capacity
4.2 gal.
Dry Weight
Curb Weight: 460.8 lb.


Final Drive
O-Ring Chain


Standard: Digital
Standard: Analog
Metallic Spark Black, Candy Lime Green, Passion Red
12 Months