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Kawasaki Ninja 650R

1,200 THB

Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Kawasaki Ninja 650R

The Kawasaki Ninja 650R, or ER-6F. High-minded, bevel-booted sportbike purists and disciples of the committed riding position will dismiss the Kawasaki Ninja 650R. It's not big or bad enough to inspire awe in all who cross its path. It doesn't costs as much as a new pickup truck. The Kawasaki Ninja 650R is just 50 percent of the cost of its closest competitor. And the Kawasaki Ninja 650R bears little resemblance to the sort of thing usually flung around race-tracks by brave men in expensive leathers on Sunday afternoons.

And you know what? Such upmarket elitists will miss the boat. You know why? Because the Kawasaki Ninja 650R is fun.

Contrary to popular mythology, fun is not all about the amount of times you needed to use the ATM to pay for the bike. It's not about impersonating Valentino Rossi on Saturday or Sunday mornings, either. Our meticulously subjective research has discovered no reliable correlation between expenditure and enjoyment. Still, most motorcycle manufacturers have done little to refute the horsepower equals happiness equation, relying instead on racier, more expensive efforts to keep the cash registers ringing.

Affordable has been another word for overripe ideas wrapped in bold new graphics – at least until we looked at the Kawasaki's Ninja 650R.

The Kawasaki Ninja 650R looks a bit different from its predecessors, it is. The Kawasaki Ninja 650R idea started with questions about what riders want, aiming at a comfortable target that would inspire confidence and toothy grins in riders at either end of the sportbike learning curve. Contrary to what you might think, hitting a target that big is a lot harder than focusing on a small niche one.

Beneath that plastic skin you'll find 2-cylinders parked side by side, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve per head, 649cc engine, creating a layout that's narrower than a four and shorter than an equivalent V-twin. The Ninja's engine has a 83mm bore and 60mm stroke producing a 11.3:1 compression ratio. Aside from the internal combustion process, Kawasaki is adamant that this twin-cam, eight-valve parallel-twin engine shares essentially nothing with the Kawasaki Ninja 500R. The Kawasaki Ninja 650R engine procures a flawless power flow in a broad, steady stream from 4000rpm to 9000rpm, with a maximum of 64.8 horsepower's the Kawasaki Ninja 650R plenty of power.

Power pulses still arrive 180 degrees apart, with a balance shaft timed to counter nasty vibration. Pair of digital fuel injection with 38mm Keihin throttle bodies feed the fire, and a catalytic converter in the muffler scrubs exhaust gases to squeaky-clean Euro-3 emission standards. The Kawasaki Ninja 650R's engine may be tuned for manageable delivery, but it also has excellent roll-on response for highway passing and more than enough power to be an entertaining trackday companion.

Despite all that and another 151cc, the Kawasaki Ninja 650R is more compact than its erstwhile predecessor. Semi-dry-sump-lubrication makes the engine shorter top-to-bottom by doing away with the old fashion oil pan underneath, while stacked transmission shafts compress the for/aft dimension. Thanks to a thin, plated layer in place of bulky liners, the 83mmx60mm cylinders live happily in less space.

There's more careful execution than NASA technology in the newest Kawasaki Ninja's engine, which also goes for its chassis. Constructed from a lattice of semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel tubes instead of phat aluminum spars, the Kawasaki Ninja 650R skeleton puts efficient packaging above techno-pretense.

The Ninja 650R's ideal handlebar, seat and footpeg relationship results in a comfortable and natural riding position suiting a wide range of riders.


Price, daily: 1,200 THB
Price, weekly: 4,900 THB
Price per month: 17,000 THB

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