16. KAWASAKI NINJA 650
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?