16. KAWASAKI NINJA 650

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorcycle Live -

THE FACTS O 68bhp O 193kg O Seat height 790mm

HIGH­LIGHTS Re­place­ment for ER-6F 19kg lighter A2 re­stric­tor kit avail­able

Think of it as more Ninj-er than Ninja, but this ER-6F re­place­ment looks to be a crack­ing style evo­lu­tion for the model. While the 649cc par­al­leltwin has lost 3bhp at peak dur­ing the re­vi­sions needed to get it through Euro4, it’s said to have gained bet­ter fuel econ­omy and shed 19kg. The new trel­lis frame is a big con­trib­u­tor to the losses, as is the new asym­met­ri­cal alu­minium swingarm. The brak­ing hard­ware gets new Nissin calipers, mated to Bosch’s 9.1M ABS mod­ule. There’s an A2 re­stric­tor kit avail­able, too. The per­fect ev­ery­day bike?

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