Kawasaki is all set, to launch the 2012 Ninja 650 in India on August 9. Bajaj Auto will have the responsibility of selling the Ninja 650 via their Pro-biking outlets. Kawasaki has revamped the new model, to give it that more sportbike oomph factor. It is believed, even the name will be changed and Kawasaki will drop the R from 650R.
The big question?
What are the major changes we can expect in the 2012 Ninja 650?
Drivespark, goes down the kwacker alley to find out!
Firstly, the biggest change comes in the form of a double pipe perimeter frame, instead of a single pipe. This new frame construction, allows the chassis to have more rigidity.
Kawasaki has introduced, a single back-bone rear frame which helps for deeper seat foam. The biggest difference from the 2011 and 2012 model, in terms of seat design is the two-piece seat on the 2012 model. This new design has made the ride more comfortable and the bike noticeably thinner.
Apart from the chassis development, Kawasaki has wrenched-up a 20mm wider handlebar in-order to provide more leverage over the 55.5 inch wheelbase. There is absolutely no doubts, that the Kawasaki Ninja 650 is an easy rider.
Apart from these major changes, some of the other new features on the 2012 Ninja 650 are as follows:
- New instrument cluster with analog tachometer
- Improved brake pads
- A single-backbone rear frame
- Revised damping settings
- Redesigned exhaust and larger muffler
- New Dunlop Roadsmart II sport touring front and rear tires
- Reshaped piston for improved compression ratio of 10.8:1
- Claimed 5% torque increase
- New paper element air filter
- Revised engine timing
- 10% increase in fuel efficiency
- Redesigned body work with new headlights and taillight
Estimated Price: INR 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom)
India Launch: August 9, 2012