2015 KAWASAKI NINJA® 650 ABS

2015 KAWASAKI NINJA® 650 ABS
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2015 KAWASAKI NINJA® 650 ABS
Passion and Performance Meet Practicality
The Kawasaki Ninja® 650 ABS is one of those rare sportbikes that encapsulates the
passion and performance of a modern sportbike while also delivering the efficiency and
agility of an urban commuter. Yet its overall ability shouldn’t be underestimated. Ninja
650-based race bikes have been successful in flat-track racing against larger
displacement V-Twin motorcycles, proving both the performance and durability of the
parallel-twin Ninja 650 engine.
Equipped with performance hardware such as ABS brakes, a 649cc engine with
Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®), double-pipe perimeter frame and stylish Ninja bodywork,
the motorcycle can hold its own on the racetrack or when canyon carving. It also has a
practical side, with its easy-to-read analog and digital instrumentation, responsive power
delivery and a comfortable tapered seat designed to accommodate shorter riders. With
its combination of performance and practicality, it is no wonder the Ninja 650 ABS is
popular for everything from track days to bike nights.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2015 KAWASAKI NINJA 650 ABS
• ABS brakes add confidence in adverse conditions (ABS models only)
• Double-pipe perimeter frame offers rigidity and a low seat height
• Stylish bodywork similar to its larger Ninja sportbike siblings
• Front and rear suspension tuned for comfort and performance
• New colors and graphics for 2015
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ENGINE
The Ninja 650 sportbike is powered by an advanced, compact, liquid-cooled 649cc
parallel twin engine that is equipped with a Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) system featuring
38mm throttle bodies with sub-throttle valves for precise fueling and response.
This narrow engine produces substantial power with plenty of character – especially
in the low- and mid-range – thanks to double overhead camshafts acting on eight
lightweight valves. The lightweight pistons run in plated, linerless cylinders, while a 180degree crank assembly – coupled with a balancer shaft – maintains its smoothness.
With fuel consumption estimated at 50mpg* coupled with the Ninja 650’s pleasing
twin-cylinder power pulse, this motorcycle might have the most flexible and satisfying
streetbike engine around.
FRAME & CHASSIS
Wrapping around the superbly flexible engine is a double-pipe perimeter frame that
provides balanced rigidity with a narrow-waisted design that helps make it possible for
shorter riders to reach the ground.
The frame is slim, light and compact, while the twin-tube swingarm and forged axle
holders allow the rear wheel to move through its suspension travel in style. A backbonestyle subframe offers excellent carrying capacity.
The suspension comprises a 41mm front fork while the rear shock has preload
adjustment but is offset and laid at an angle to create an integrated line from the
steering head to the rear hub. Both the front and rear suspension was tuned to provide
the optimum ride comfort without sacrificing control during sport riding.
The braking system utilizes twin 300mm petal-shaped front discs with twin-piston
calipers, while the rear has a single 220mm petal-shaped disc and single piston caliper.
For the Ninja 650 ABS model, the motorcycle is equipped with an advanced ABS
braking system that monitors wheel rotation and controls brake pressure to help control
wheel lock-up while braking.
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Kawasaki's fuel economy estimates are based on EPA emission measurement test procedures. Your actual
mileage may vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, road and driving conditions, tire pressure,
engine break-in, accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors
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The handlebar, footpegs and seat are rubber-mounted to help isolate the rider from
vibration. This leaves the rider to focus on the instrument panel featuring an analog
tachometer above an LCD info-center that displays speed, fuel consumption, range and
dual trip meters.
BODYWORK
The Ninja 650 bodywork is similar to Kawasaki’s race-winning supersport machines,
replicating their aggressive lines and aerodynamic efficiency. An adjustable, threeposition windscreen is an added bonus, allowing the rider to minimize buffeting air for
maximum comfort. The fairing has large openings to maximize airflow and reduce
engine heat.
New for 2015 are three of color options that include Candy Lime Green / Metallic
Flat Spark Black, as well as Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black and finally
Pearl Flat Stardust White / Metallic Flat Spark Black.
Everything adds up to a great all-around mid-sized sportbike, one that works
superbly for novices and vets. Pulling away from a traffic light is effortless thanks to the
Ninja 650’s torquey engine, light-pull clutch and ideal throttle response. Crisp, linear
ABS brakes (where fitted) help assist braking under certain conditions, while the low
seat height gives riders lots of confidence once stopped. Experts will also love the
Ninja’s powerful yet flexible engine, modern suspension, strong brakes and nimble
handling. The 2015 Ninja 650 ABS sportbike can do it all – whether it’s commuting,
cruising, touring or track days.
ACCESSORIES
A large range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available through Kawasaki
dealers, including items such as a rear seat cowl, different windshields, a tank bag, top
cases and motorcycle covers.
ABOUT KAWASAKI
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles,
ATVs, side x sides, and personal watercraft through a network of more than 1,200
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independent retailers, with an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in Kawasaki power
products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100
people in the United States, with 300 of them located at KMC’s Irvine, California
headquarters.
Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.™”, is recognized worldwide. For five
decades, the Kawasaki brand has become synonymous with powerful, stylish and
category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of recreational
products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.
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2015 Kawasaki Ninja® 650 ABS
Features and Benefits
Key Features
− ABS brakes (where fitted) offer excellent performance and enhanced confidence in adverse
conditions
− Double-pipe perimeter frame offers balanced rigidity and a low seat height
− Double-pipe swingarm assembly offers excellent rigidity and maximum style
− Sharp, stylish sportbike bodywork features excellent engine-heat dissipation
− Front and rear suspension settings and wheel travel are tuned to offer ride comfort with excellent
compliance in varying situations
− Instrument cluster features an analog tachometer and a digital readout for information at-a-glance
− Two-piece seat assembly features thick, wide foam for optimum rider and passenger comfort. It is
sculpted at the front so it does not interfere with the rider’s reach to the ground
− Easy-to-pull clutch lever design reduces fatigue and provides smooth engagement
649cc Parallel-Twin Engine
− Liquid-cooled, DOHC, eight-valve fuel-injected twin cylinder engine delivers smooth, responsive
performance, especially in the low- to mid-range RPM
− Strong mid-range power produces exceptional roll-on response and impressive passing
performance, to help make commuting enjoyable
− A 180-degree crankshaft-driven balancer shaft minimizes vibration and doubles as the water
pump drive
− 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 optimum cooling efficiency
− Engine coolant travels directly to the engine cases, following internal passages to the cylinder
and head for minimum external plumbing and a simplified cooling system
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Digital Fuel Injection (DFI )
− Digital Fuel Injection settings boost bottom-end power while letting the engine rev freely
− 38mm Keihin throttle bodies use sub-throttle valve for optimum performance and rideability
− Located behind the main throttle valves, the sub-throttle valves are controlled by the DFI’s ECU
for precise response
− Auto fast-idle system simplifies cold starts and helps ensure the catalyzer reaches working
temperature quickly
− Lightweight fuel pump is mounted inside the fuel tank
Compact Engine Design
− Powerful twin-cylinder engine is very compact, which helps reduce the dimensions of the entire
motorcycle and allows use of a slim double-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
− Semi-dry sump design reduces engine height
− Plated, liner-less aluminum cylinders with a narrow cylinder pitch keep the engine light and slim
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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
Vibration Control
− Rubber-mounted seat, handlebar and footpegs (rider’s and passenger’s) damp vibration for
added comfort
− 180-degree crankshaft-driven balancer shaft minimizes vibration and doubles as the water pump
drive
ABS Disc Brakes (Ninja 650 ABS model only)
− ABS brakes assist braking under certain conditions
− Compact, lightweight ABS unit is highly effective
− Twin 300mm petal-shaped front brake discs with twin-piston calipers, single 220mm rear petalshaped disc with single-piston caliper delivers plenty of braking power
− Petal-shape design offers improved cooling and warp resistance
Rigid Double-pipe Perimeter Frame
− Slim, low, lightweight, rigid and compact frame design is narrow at the knees and footpegs for
rider comfort and control
− The strong steel perimeter frame offers optimum rigidity
− Optimized frame rigidity is achieved through extensive computer analysis, translating into superb
handling
− The frame and swingarm designs flow together aesthetically, and work with the suspension
components to offer maximum wheel control
− Short front-to-back engine dimensions allow for a longer swingarm and a shorter wheelbase,
which contributes to the Ninja 650’s light and nimble handling
− Under-engine muffler placement aids mass centralization and yields a low center of gravity
− Clean frame welds highlight the overall quality and attention to detail
Stylish Twin-tube Swingarm
− Tuned to complement the frame’s flex and rigidity characteristics
− Gull-wing shape on the right side allows clearance for aggressive muffler design
Suspension
− 41mm front fork and lay-down rear shock with preload adjustment were tuned to offer optimum
ride comfort without sacrificing wheel control during sport riding
Comfortable, Confidence-inspiring Ergonomics
− A wide handlebar, two-piece seat and optimal footpeg placement result in a comfortable, sporty
seating position which suits a wide range of riders
− Backbone-style subframe offers a low seat height and a narrow footpeg placement for precise
feel and excellent comfort, also making it easier for riders to reach to the ground
− The offset single-shock rear suspension layout, along with a small battery, contribute to the low
seat height
− This low seat height and slim overall design make it easier to plant both feet firmly on the ground
when stopped
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Sleek, Supersport-inspired Bodywork
− A dual headlight design within the fairing’s angular upper section features multi-reflector bulb
hoods and twin position lights – like its Ninja supersport brethren
− A three-way adjustable windscreen helps to deflect air away from the rider, reducing wind
buffeting at higher speeds
− Large capacity fuel tank meshes perfectly with the aggressive fairing design
− Distinctive Ninja supersport design elements enhance the Ninja 650’s sporty image and compact
appearance
− Integrated front turn signals feature clear lenses and amber bulbs
− A sleek tail cowl featuring a bright LED tail light accentuates the bodywork’s radical appearance
− Inner rear fender helps keep the underside of the tail section clean
− Turn signals also function as flashing hazard lights
− The front fender minimizes water splash, while its shape matches the bodywork styling
− Supersport-style mirrors – like those on the Kawasaki ZX™-10R and ZX-6R – accentuate the
aggressive styling
Six-Spoke Aluminum Wheels
− Attractive six-spoke supersport-style wheels augment the bike’s lightweight look and reduce
unsprung weight for good suspension action
Instruments/Controls
− Multi-function instrumentation includes a fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer, dual
trip meters, Economical Riding Indicator (ECO), plus an analog tachometer, fuel range, average
fuel consumption and instant fuel consumption
− Clock and trip meter can be viewed simultaneously
− Easy-to-read LCD screen offers information at-a-glance on a variety of systems
− Ignition switch is located at the top of the tank assembly, which gives a clear view to the Ninja
650’s instruments
Kawasaki Genuine Accessories
− Available through Kawasaki dealers
− Including rear seat cowl, different windshields, tank bag, top cases, motorcycle covers and more
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2015 Kawasaki Ninja® 650 Specifications*
Engine:
Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, parallel twin
Displacement:
649cc
Bore x stroke:
83 x 60mm
Compression ratio:
10.8:1
Cooling:
Liquid
Fuel injection:
Digital fuel injection with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition:
TCBI with electronic advance
Transmission:
Six-speed with positive neutral finder
Final drive:
O-ring chain
Frame:
Twin-tube perimeter design, high-tensile steel
Rake / trail:
25-degrees / 4.3”
Wheelbase:
55.5”
Front suspension / wheel travel:
41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.9”
Rear suspension / wheel travel:
Single offset lay-down shock with adjustable spring preload / 5.1”
Front tire:
120/70x17 Dunlop Roadsmart II
Rear tire:
160/60x17 Dunlop Roadsmart II
Front brakes:
Dual 300mm petal-type discs and two-piston calipers
Rear brakes:
Single 220mm petal-type disc and single-piston caliper
Overall length:
83.1”
Overall width:
30.3”
Overall height:
46.5”
Seat height:
31.7”
Curb weight:
460.8 lb
Fuel capacity:
4.2 gallons
Candy Lime Green / Metallic Flat Spark Black
Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black
Pearl Flat Stardust White / Metallic Flat Spark Black
$TBD
Colors:
MSRP:
Warranty:
Kawasaki Protection Plan
(optional):
Wholesale distributor:
12 months
12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
9950 Jeronimo Road, Irvine, California 92618
949-770-0400 www.kawasaki.com
*Specifications are subject to change. Media are encouraged to visit www.kawasaki.com for most current
specifications.
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2015 Kawasaki Ninja® 650 ABS Specifications*
Engine:
Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, parallel twin
Displacement:
649cc
Bore x stroke:
83 x 60mm
Compression ratio:
10.8:1
Cooling:
Liquid
Fuel injection:
Digital fuel injection with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition:
TCBI with electronic advance
Transmission:
Six-speed
Final drive:
Sealed chain
Frame:
Twin-tube perimeter design, high-tensile steel
Rake / trail:
25-degrees / 4.3”
Wheelbase:
55.5”
Front suspension / wheel travel:
41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.9”
Rear suspension / wheel travel:
Single offset lay-down shock with adjustable spring preload / 5.1”
Front tire:
120/70x17 Dunlop Roadsmart II
Rear tire:
160/60x17 Dunlop Roadsmart II
Front brakes:
Dual 300mm petal-type discs and two-piston calipers, ABS
Rear brakes:
Single 220mm petal-type disc and single-piston caliper, ABS
Overall length:
83.1”
Overall width:
30.3”
Overall height:
46.5”
Seat height:
31.7”
Curb weight:
465.3 lb
Fuel capacity:
4.2 gallons
Candy Lime Green / Metallic Flat Spark Black
Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black
Pearl Flat Stardust White / Metallic Flat Spark Black
$TBD
Colors:
MSRP:
Warranty:
Kawasaki Protection Plan
(optional):
Wholesale distributor:
12 months
12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
9950 Jeronimo Road, Irvine, California 92618
949-770-0400 www.kawasaki.com
*Specifications are subject to change. Media are encouraged to visit www.kawasaki.com for most current
specifications.
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